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Best Rafting Tours in Coorg

In India, there are many locations that offer the thrill of this adventure sport and one of these destinations lies in the hill station of Coorg. The best rafting tours in Coorg are a fun water sport activity. Coorg is situated on the eastern edge of western ghats in the state of Karnataka in India. It is a very popular hill station famous for its coffee plantations and scenic views. It is rightly called as the “Scotland of India” and is often referred to as the “adventure destination of Karnataka.” With a number of adventure activities like trekking, paragliding, hiking, jeep safaris, etc Coorg has definitely become a favourite holiday destination for adventure junkies. One of these activities is the thrilling ride of white water rafting which is offered in river Barapole that flows in Coorg. The gradient offers the best conditions for speedy waters flowing over rocks. This is turn causes drops in the river known as rapids. In rafting, running through these rapids is what makes this activity an adventure to remember. River Barapole is considered to be the most dangerous in Coorg due to its turbulent flow and the ambience that surrounds it.

The best rafting tours in Coorg are during the monsoon season, typically marked from June to October. The actual length of the river run is between 3 to 4 kilometers, but the rapids on this river stretch to provide a challenging class of 4 to 5 grade rapids; depending on the rain. The entire rafting session goes on for about 3 hours and includes a mandatory training session for all rafters. Every participant is familiarized with various rafting equipments and taught paddling along with safety and rescue techniques. It is very important for every participant to follow these instructions and cooperate with the guide throughout the ride. The rapids in river Barapole are exotically named as "Morning Coffee", "Grasshopper", "Wicked Witch" and finally "Big Bang."

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What You Should Know More About Rafting in Coorg

  • Where is Coorg? How far is Coorg from Bangalore and how can I reach?

    Coorg also known as Kodagu is an administrative district in Karnataka, India. It is one of the most affluent hill stations in Karnataka famous for its forest covered hills, spice and coffee plantations.


    Coorg is about 250 kilometers away from Bangalore and you can easily reach here in 5-6 hours. The best way of transportation to Coorg from Bangalore is via your personal car or availing a public bus which is available every 30-60 minutes.

  • What is the best time to visit Coorg for rafting?

    Rafting in Coorg is a standout amongst the most famous exercises. As a result of its rough territory, and rich precipitation, the rivers in Coorg have testing grades, going from I to V.


    The best time for whitewater rafting is 15th July to 30th September when monsoons are at its peak and the river water is in full and quick flow.


    For StillWater Rafting you can visit Coorgbefore the start of the rains or after the monsoon season in Coorg when the waters are calm and placid.

  • What should I carry while visiting Coorg for rafting?

    The most important things to carry while rafting in Coorg are:

    • Pair of dry clothes
    • Cap
    • Comfortable shoes
    • Comfortable clothes
    • Camera (optional)


    You are advised to avoid loose or bulky clothes and should not carry items like jewelry or watches while rafting.

  • What types of rapids will be there in Coorg?

    The rapids in Coorg are generally of class 2-4 depending upon the water levels. The rafting trail in Coorg runs through five major rapids and they are named (as you enter) The Morning Coffee (level-2), Grasshopper (level-3), Ramba Samba (level-2), The Wicked Witch (level-3) and finally The Big Bang (level-4).


     There are about 4 to 5 rapids in the regular upper section & about 6 to 7 rapids in the lower section, these rapids depending on water levels are between grade 2 to 3 or 4.

  • Which rivers are famous for rafting in Coorg?

    The Upper Barapole or the Kithu Kakkattu River is one of the famous stretches where river rafting in Coorg is conducted.


    The River Barapole is notorious for its fierceness and turbulence and it has passed on the same to the Upper Barapole extend, which is a prevalent goal for Coorg white water rafting experience.


    Another place for rafting in Coorg is River Cauvery in Dubare. The water is pretty much calm here and there are lesser rapids in this piece of the waterway when contrasted with those in the Barapole River.

  • What is the cost of rafting in Coorg?

    Coorg in Karnataka is a standout amongst the most looked water spots in India for river rafting. This activity in Coorg is extremely energizing and captivating as it has various dangerous and threatening rapids. The cost of rafting in Coorg is about INR 1000-1200 per person.

  • What should be worn for rafting in Coorg?

    The outing is for river rafting an energizing excursion. Before you start the trip, you will be asked to change into wetsuits or any other attire that is fitting for the activity you are about to undertake.


     Men are usually advised to wear shirts and shorts while ladies are requested not to wear saris and salwar kameez.

  • Will we have 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.

  • How many people will be there on the raft at a time?

    There will be usually 6 - 8 people on the raft including a guide.

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

    Yes, life jackets are one of the essentials without which you will not be allowed to go rafting on the river.


     It is included in the safety gear and the guides acquaint you on how to handle any emergency when you are out in the river. These are easily floatable jackets that are provided for your safety while rafting.

  • Can one with spectacles do river rafting?

    You will be maneuvering along narrow passages and the tip may be bumpy as you come across menacing rapids cutting through the white gushing river while rafting. But you can do rafting even if you wear spectacles as there is no specification for eyesight to do rafting.


    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.

  • I do not know swimming, can I go for river rafting?

    Yes, you can certainly go for rafting even if you have no idea how to swim in the water. In Coorg, you are accompanied by a professional guide who familiarizes you 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.

  • Is it fine, if I carry my camera during the rafting activity?

    Yes, you can carry a camera during the rafting trip but we suggest you to invest in a waterproof camera if you are thinking of bringing one on this trip.


    However we advise you to hold it carefully while you are riding through the rapids down the river and keep it protected in a water proof case as it may get knocked down due to the challenging nature of this activity.

  • Can we have alcohol/smoke during before 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.

  • Is there any age restriction for the river rafting in Coorg or it can be enjoyed by anyone?

    Yes, there are age restrictions for river rafting in Coorg. Children under the age of 14 are not allowed to partake in this activity. However those who are older can engage in river rafting considering you do not have any medical conditions and weigh under 110 kg.


     It is a safe activity, as long as you follow the safety instructions properly and are assisted by a professional guide.

  • What kind of stay options will there be in Coorg?

    Coorg has a plethora of stay options for tourists visiting this amazing place. From homestays to luxurious resorts, Coorg is known to cater to a range of travellers looking for unique and exquisite experiences while staying in Coorg.


     There are also many estate stays situated amidst beautiful coffee plantations where you can stay while you are on your vacation.

  • Can we do camping in Coorg?

    Camping in Coorg is an extraordinary experience which you should look forward to if you are in search of an adventure to lift up your spirits. Coorg has a number of excellent locations where you can revel in the mesmerizing topography of the city with hilltops, coffee plantations, thick forests and gushing rivers.


    The best places in Coorg for camping are Gonikoppal, Nangala Village, Virajpet, Kushalnagar, Madikeri, Bettigeri Post etc.

  • What other activities can I do in Coorg besides rafting?

    Coorg, popularly called the Scotland of India is known to win the hearts of tourists with so many activities which are both adventure and fun.


    Besides river rafting, Coorg doesn’t let you have any spare time as it has so much in its offering for travelers.

    Some of these different activities to do in Coorg are:

    • Trekking to the beautiful hilltops
    • Zip lining, archery, air rifle shooting
    • Waterfall rappelling
    • Microlight flying
    • Rock Climbing at Honnamana Kere
    • Mountain Biking in Chelavara
    • Quad Biking in Chelavara
    • Plantation Walk
    • Sunset Jeep Drive at Mandalpatti

  • Which places are a must visit in Coorg?

    In Coorg, you will find plenty of tourist attractions which offer a delightful experience for all tourists.


    The most amazing places which make Coorg like no other regular hill station in India are:

    • Abbey Falls
    • Brahmagiri Peak
    • Dubare Elephant Camp
    • Iruppu Falls
    • Nagarhole National Park
    • Golden Temple, Bylakuppe
    • Raja’s Seat
    • Talacauvery & Bhagamandala
    • Pushpagiri Trek
    • Chelavara Falls
    • Omkareshwara Temple
    • Madikeri Fort
    • Cauvery Nisargadhama

Traveller Tales from Coorg


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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Saket Mehta

17 August 2017

First of all I would like to thank Coorg local team for wonderful arrangements and management. Special thanks to Mr Pavan and Mr Arun Anna. Votecad Nature camp : If you want to feel the nature really...

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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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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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Meet Pathak

21 August 2017

"Awesome place, host n food in the midst of nature. \nThe hosts were cool n amazing. They helped in every bit we asked. But, yes, it can be overcrowded on long weekends. \nPS: It would be better if you...

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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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Fredy Jackson

28 August 2017

"we guys went in a group of 15. had a wonderful time of our life. it was something outstanding to witness and feel. \neverything was planned accordingly and we booked priorily before to avoid rush. the...

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