15 February 2021 | 5 min read

Best Places In India For White Water River Rafting


Adventure is what makes us feel alive when we are going through the monotony of life. And given how wild 2020 was and 2021 is right now, we could all use it with a break that is good for our soul. One such break would be embarking on a quest to indulge in some adventure sports, water sports to be precise because today we are talking about white water river rafting. While there is no proven reason why it will prove to be a great adventure sport for you, it is one of the most daring and bound to get your adrenaline rushing to your head. Thus, resulting in that sweet release of endorphins. Yes, those happy hormones we all could do with right now.

Moreover, with India opening to travel (with all the safety instructions and protocols in place) after Covid, you can plan your trip right away. The season for river rafting depends on various locations but the most popular of them all – Rishikesh is perfect for the sport starting from February. Neither too cold nor swelteringly hot! Ready to go rafting in Rishikesh and other unique places, keep reading and bookmarking.

1. Rishikesh

Rishikesh – Live More Zone

Rafting in India has almost become synonymous with Rishikesh. Nestled in the foothills of Garhwal in Uttarakhand, this holy town is famous for a lot of reasons – from the Beatles Ashram here to the enchanting Ganga Aarti that takes place every evening on the ghats of river Ganga. Moreover, it has emerged on the world tourism map as the Yoga Capital. And adding another reason to its fame is adventure sports you can indulge in here. From white water river rafting to bungee jumping, do it all in the land of gods and saints.

For river rafting, you will have to travel to Shivpuri, which is approximately at a distance of 16 km. Here you will find all the camps, boats, and picturesque views of the long stretch of the river flowing below you. You can opt for the 9, 16, 24, or 36 km long distances depending on your stamina and energy levels. There are plenty of tides, rapids, and waves which might seem daunting, but once you go through it, that is exactly where all the fun and action takes place. Watch out for these and make sure your teammates are as excited as you are.

Best Time to Visit – September to November, February to April
Approximate Cost – INR 1500 – 4000

2. Kullu-Manali

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When people think of Kullu-Manali, the first thing that comes to mind is snowfall, and verdant hills shrouded amid clouds. That is part of what we saw on our trip there. However, once you have soaked in the views, relaxed at your hotel/resort, you can step out and gear up for some adventure. Yes, experience in Manali is at Solang Valley with fox flying, river crossing, zorbing, and ATV bike rides. But when you are done and dusted with these, you can try white water river rafting in Manali. All geared up in your lifejackets, with your friends as your comrades in this adventure and your oars for support, you are set to get in river Bear on your raft and experience the thrill of rafting in Kullu. The Beas river’s rapids are not as high and daunting as Rishikesh; thus, this one is perfect for novices and beginners. The rafting starts from Pirdi, located close to Kullu and you cross Bhuntar, Katrain, Mohal on your way to Jhiri, the last stop.

Best Time to Visit – June to July
Approximate Cost – INR 1000 to INR 3000

3. Sikkim

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This beautiful North-Eastern hill station is perfect for a tranquil getaway. If you want to indulge in some serious adventure while you are there, rafting in Sikkim should be high up on your itinerary. Not only does the stretch on river Teesta in Sikkim provides for an exhilarating adventure, but you will be awe-struck with the views of the rocky terrains that surround you. Moreover, you get to cross the point where the river Teesta meets river Rangit, making it an experience like any other.

Hold on tight to your oars, your rafts, and your teammates because the rapids in this river are high, swirling, and something to watch out for during your trip. It is also the thing that makes river rafting in Sikkim such a treat.

Best Time to Visit – December to April
Approximate Cost – INR 3500 – 5000

4. Coorg

Moving to South India, you will not only find greenery, coffee plantations in abundance but a little bit of adventure too. Yes, Coorg has its share of thrill to offer when it comes to adventure water sports. Once you have sampled all the strong and aromatic coffees here, you can head to the river Barapole for river rafting in Coorg. The entire stretch here is divided into two parts. The upper part has rapids that are low on the intensity scale, but once you have paddled down and reach the lower part, the rapids get severe, and you are in for your share of fun and thrill.

Best Time to Visit – July to August
Approximate Cost – INR 1000 – 2000

5. Dandeli

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An unexplored gem of a place, Dandeli, is still unknown to tourists, making a substantial chunk of its charm. This coastal town in Karnataka offers stunning sunsets, archaic and beautiful temples, and a chance to visit the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary. But the real attraction lies in its adventure water sports. River rafting in Dandeli is perfect as the stretch winds down the Western Ghats, and there are steep drops that make it all the more adventurous and thrilling. You will be enthralled with the picturesque views all around you, once you come out of the river and take it all in. Add the solitude and peace of being at such a beautiful place!

Best Time to Visit – November to June
Approximate Cost – Starts at INR 1400

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