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River rafting is one of the most thrilling water sports. It is an activity which is done on different levels of rough water using a raft.The fall of the water along a gradient on submerged rocks creates a frothy stretch of water with a swift changing current. India has a number of river rafting destinations and some of them are known worldwide for offering the most adventurous rides. Even though India is not known as a very adventurous country, little does everybody know about the rafting escapades. Adding to this list of places, with the best rafting tours in Bangalore, it has become the hotspot of travel and tourism. The region is surrounded by majestic hills and rivers which fortunately is far away from commercialization. This city has great number of options for anybody who is looking to seek a rafting escapade.There are more than 5 rivers in which this activity can be enjoyed. All these rivers are absolutely beautiful and surreal, a few kilometres away from the city life.These rivers are Kabini, Kondaji, Barapole, Sitanadi, Dandeli, Maravanthe, Sharavati and Bheemeshwari.

These rivers flow in a different direction and offer a wide variety of views. They all have rapids of different levels starting at 2 and go on till 4 to 4+ as well. According to the general standards of rafting, 2 to 2+ rapids are safe for beginners while rapids of 4 to 5 must be attempted by experienced rafters. The inflatable rafts have a seating capacity of 6 people and are launched in calm waters. Passengers can practise paddling and learn the technique while in the calm waters and then use them during heavy rapids. River Kabini takes you through forests, swamps and islands while river Bheemeshwari takes you through a rather rocky patch. All these rivers are a mixture of soft and rough rapids that allow both, freshers and experienced rafters to take the fun ride. Indulge in the best rafting tours in Bangalore and have a fun filled superb vacation here.

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What You Should Know More About Rafting in Bangalore

  • Which places are famous for rafting near Bangalore?

    Engaging in a river rafting experience as the waters come gushing down from the hills is an experience which is going to last in your memories for a long time to come. The wonderful waterfalls and the pristine valleys which offer an excellent location for such an adventurous activity are found in plenty if you are discovering the suburbs of Bangalore.

    The best places for river rafting near Bangalore are:

    • Barapole, Coorg
    • Bheemeshwari
    • Kabini
    • Kondaji, Davanagere
    • Sitanadi, Agumbe
    • Sharavati, Honnemardu
    • Dandeli

  • Is a Coorg a good destination for rafting?

    Yes, Coorg is a wonderful location for rafting and you will love to experience this activity here. River rafting is becoming one of the most sought after activities in Coorg. You can try the Barapole River rafting which you can find in the Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary and Dubare Elephant Camp. It will cost you about Rs 1,000 per person.

  • What level of rapids are there in Barapole River?

    The rapids of Barapole River are known for their turbulent currents. The entire stretch of river has more than nine Class 2-Class 4 rapids which means medium waves, some rocks and requires adequate skills from paddling to maneuvering through the Whitewater River. 

  • Can we do rafting in Bheemeshwari?

    River rafting in Bheemeshwari is one of the famous activity one can not afford to miss. Also known as the Cauvery Fishing Camp, the eight kilo meter stretch River Cauvery which flows through here is famous for class 2-3 rapids. The experience is both exciting and challenging and you will not be able to help yourself but admire the tranquil landscape.

  • Why is Dandeli famous for rafting? What type of rapids will we get there?

    Rafting is one of the most famous activities to be done in Dandeli. It is an adventurous activity where even non swimmers and amateurs feel safe as they enjoy and experience the thrill.

    The rafting trail at Dandeli which stretches to about 12 kilometers is famous for grade 2 and grade 3 rapids. The Grade 2 rapids are comparatively easier to maneuver with, some bumps here and there but they are relatively easy passages. However the grade 3 rapids require expert maneuvering skills to move amidst the rocks on the river.

  • What is the best time for rafting in Coorg and Dandeli?

    • In Coorg: For rafting in the Barapole River in Coorg, the best time is from the month of June to the month of September. The best time to visit the Dubare rafting campis from mid-June to mid-September.


    • In Dandeli: If you are looking for rafting in Dandeli, it is best to go when the water is in abundance in the rivers. So we suggest you to plan your trip from the months of January to March to enjoy the best experience.

  • What type of clothing should we carry for a rafting vacation?

    While going for rafting, it is advisable that you wear comfortable clothes like tracksuits or sportswear. You should also wear sports shoes while dressing up which helps you keep up with the activities. You should also remove any piece of jewelry or watches so that they may not get washed away in the currents.

    It is advisable that you also carry a pair of dry clothes too while going for rafting to change into later on.

  • Will we have any guide for rafting?

    Yes, you will be accompanied by a guide while rafting. There are professional guides to give you safety tips and acquaint you with the signals to be used while rafting as well as make you practice basic strokes. You are also given a safety briefing where you are usually shown a video before the rafting activity and then only you can go on with the adventure.

  • Will there be any life jackets provided to me for rafting?

    Yes, life jackets are one of the essentials that is included in the safety gear when you go rafting. These are easily floatable jackets that are provided for your safety while rafting. The guides acquaint you on how to wear these life jackets and how to handle any emergency when you are out in the river while rafting.

  • Am I expected to have some sort of physical fitness for rafting?

    You are only required to have moderate fitness levels for rafting. But we advise you to let your guides know if you suffer from any ailments or have any medical conditions so that they can guide you better with the prerequisites for the rafting activity.

  • Can a person with spectacles do river rafting?

    You will be maneuvering along narrow passages and the ride may be bumpy upon the rocks cutting through the river while rafting. But you can do rafting even if you wear spectacles. However we advise you to use contact lenses or arrange for spare pair of spectacles since there is always a chance for spectacles to be knocked off while rafting.

  • Can children do river rafting? Is it safe for them to raft?

    Children under the age of 14 are not allowed to try this activity. However, those who are older can engage in river rafting which is a safe activity, as long as you follow the safety instructions properly and are assisted by a professional guide.

  • How can I make payment for rafting? Can I book online?

    You can make a payment for rafting through electronic mode via Debit Card/Credit Card or through NEFT mode. You can book online with the tour operator to book your slot on the date and time of your choice.

  • Will there be any medical facility in case of any emergency druring rafting?

    Each company that conducts river rafting also have medically trained professionals in case of emergency who can assist you immediately. They also take you to the nearest medical clinic or hospital so that you can get treated immediately.

  • Can we have alcohol before going for rafting?

    No, alcohol is strictly prohibited when you are going for a rafting activity. For your safety, we strongly advise you not to do that as you may endanger the lives of everyone around you including yourself. Most tour operators ask the tourists to sign an indemnity bond which makes you privy to the declaration of not being under the influence of alcohol before the trip.

  • Can I go for rafting if I don’t know swimming?

    Yes, you can certainly go for rafting even if you don’t know swimming. You are accompanied by a professional guide and familiarized with all the safety instructions before you go on the trip. The rafting trails near Coorg are comparatively easier and quite an exciting experience for amateurs.

  • Can I carry my camera during the rafting?

    Yes, you can carry a camera during the rafting trip but we suggest you to bring a waterproof camera. However we advise you to hold it carefully while you are riding through the rapids down the river and keep it protected in a waterproof case.

Traveller Tales from Bangalore


Agnimitra Banerjee

24 October 2015

Trekking and water adventure...what else can be so tempting especially for adventurists like me. This things give me my Kick. Wonderful place and everything is just up-to-the-mark. I'm certainly explor

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Madhusudhan Anand

29 May 2017

It was a team outing, 30 of us from office and a few also got their family and kids! I and few others in my team were looking everywhere and nothing seemed to match our requirements. It had to be fun, ...

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Ekdant Agarwal

31 December 2015

loved the was so rejuvenating and peaceful at the same time... the rafting was scary but we were well protected with the life jackets... would love to do rafting and water related activities ...


Gati Singh

28 December 2015

Rafting was the best part of this trekking...If you an adrenaline junkie than you will surely love this thrilling experience... It was exciting and fun filled... Loved it to the core..Trekking was awes

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Shivakari Varman

24 April 2015

this has been a truly amazing experience for all of us and we had a really nice time. The pllace is teeming with mosquitoes though and you need to make sure that you are well protected!


jeevan yelety

06 September 2014

An amazing experience .. The tour was well organised .. This was my first trek and it was a memorable experience. Would strongly recommend this trip....

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Adarsh Rajput

12 September 2014

The trip was awesome, once in a lifetime experience for me.

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Shikhar Malik

12 September 2014

A must do trip. Amazing experience.

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vinamra vinay

08 October 2017

Amazing trip and great experience. Was my first trek and a great one. Though it's good enough for beginners but very adventurous as walking through ridges is challenging and due to monsoon the path was...

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