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Guide To River Rafting in Coorg

 
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    Thrilling Experiences of River Rafting in Coorg

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    One of the Raftings organised by Thrillophilia

    White water river rafting is one of the most exciting experiences a person can indulge in. It is a fun activity when enjoyed with friends and is one of the most preferred weekend activities for adventure lovers.

    Karnataka is blessed with a terrain that permits a large number of adventure activities. From trekking to river rafting, a number of exciting activities can be enjoyed in the different destinations in the state.

    The state has a number of rapids which are ideally suited for white water river rafting and attract a large number of tourists and adventure enthusiasts from all over the country and the world.

    So if you are someone who would prefer challenging the swift rapids of a menacing river than rest on your couch, read on ahead. If you are someone who would like to try out white water river rafting for the first time, here are some things that you can expect from the sport:

    Here are some things that you can expect from the sport:

    Expect to get wet

    White water river rafting is not a simple ride on a boat. You will be crashing through the speedy rapids of a river and you will get wet for sure. So it is best advised that you dress yourself properly in the gear that is meant for river rafting.

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    You will be crashing and manoeuvring through meandering rapids so you are sure to be soaked to your bones. The refreshing experience that whitewater river rafting provides is the main reason why the sport has so many admirers.

    Expect to be cold

    Not only do you get wet but also cold during a white water river rafting trip. You may expect the waters to be cold in the winters and spring season, but it can also get cold during the summers. 

    Wetsuits are the best way to combat the cold. So again it is important that you dress properly in the right gear before venturing out on a white water rafting trip. If you do not have a wet suit, you can rent one from the rafting company.

    Expect long bus rides

    River Rafting in Coorg2

    One of the Raftings organised by Thrillophilia

    Usually the rapids are in heavily wooded areas and you may have to take long bus rides to reach the place. So go to the washroom, pack a snack and a drink for the journey and make sure you have dry clothes to change into later on. Check with your rafting company about how long the journey will be, so you can plan accordingly.

    Expect not being able to carry anything on board your raft

    Rafts generally have very little space and apart from its passengers it will have space only for a first aid kit and a cooler to carry your lunch. So do not pack anything that you might want to carry on your raft. 

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    Also remember that anything that you will carry with you on the raft will get wet and is likely to get damaged during the expedition.

    Expect training tips before the trip

    Experienced or not, you will be given instructions and tips for the trip. Usually a video is shared and then the signals that your guide will use while you are on water will be shown. You will also be made to practise basic strokes with the paddle on water.

    Rafting in Barapole River

    Rafting in barpole river

    One of the Raftings organised by Thrillophilia

    Coorg in Karnataka is one of the most sought after places in India for river rafting. River rafting in Coorg is very exciting and enthralling as it has a number of deadly and menacing rapids. Coorg is situated in the Western Ghats edging along the Deccan Plateau.

    It gets rain from the South West monsoons and a number of streams gush along the landscape to join the mighty main rivers. River rafting in Coorg is popular particularly for the reason that it offers the ideal rapids that have the perfect speed and swiftness.

    The Barapole River is one such destination which is famous for river rafting in Coorg. It is considered to be one of the most dangerous rapids in Coorg because of its turbulence and ambience.

    The stretch where river rafting in Coorg is conducted is the Upper Barapole or the Kithu Kakkatu River. The River Barapole is infamous for its ferocity and turbulence and it has passed on the same to the Upper Barapole stretch, which is a popular destination for Coorg white water river rafting.

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    The river flows through the thickly wooded stretch of the Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary. The fear of wild animals and the ferocity of the river keeps out the natives and locals of the region. Entry into the sanctuary is only by permission from the forest authorities. The rafting stretch begins at the Ponya Devarakad or the sacred groves of Coorg and ends just before the Sanctuary limits.

    The trip is an exciting journey. Before you begin the trip, you will be asked to change into wet suits or other dress that are appropriate for the activity. While men are usually asked to wear t-shirts and shorts, women are prohibited from wearing saris and salwar kameez.

    Children below 14 years of age are not allowed to river raft and neither are pregnant women. It is advisable that you carry a set of dry clothes to change into after the activity. Lunch will be arranged if prior notice is given.

    The total time you will spend on water will be around two hours. You will cover a distance of 2.5 km during the trip and will pass through a number of rapids. The Barapole River has as many as nine ferocious Class 2 rapids.

    At the beginning of the trip, you will be given instructions, a little training of the basic strokes of rafting and then asked to begin your trip. The first rapid you will encounter is the Morning Coffee, which is a Level 2 rapid. You will reach the Morning Coffee rapid after paddling 600 metres. The next rapid you will encounter is the Grasshopper, which is a Level 3 rapid.

    Following this, you will encounter the Ramba Samba Level 2 rapid and the Wicked Witch Level 3 rapid. The last rapid that you encounter during the journey is the Big Bang which is the Level 4 rapid.

     

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    Post the trip, all the participants will be brought back to the base camp. Make sure you have a clean, dry towel and a fresh set of dry clothes to change into. Longer trips are also arranged based on the water levels.

    All trips are organised keeping in mind the water level of the river. The best time to visit the Barapole River for the Coorg white water rafting experience is from the month of June to the month of September.

    Dubare River Rafting

    River Rafting in Coorg3

    One of the Raftings organised by Thrillophilia

    Coorg has always attracted tourists towards itself with its natural beauty and wonderful terrain which allows a number of adventure activities. One of the most popular places for river rafting in Coorg is Dubare. Dubare is situated in Kushalgarh and can be easily reached by road. The rafting sessions are usually held as the water level rises in the River Cauvery.

    The procedure followed at Dubare is more or less the same as other rafting destinations in India. You will have experts instructing you on the do’s and don’ts while you are on the river. You will also be given some practice in the basic paddling technique before you hit the river. All passengers are given the right gear and lifejackets for safety.

    It so happens that often the raft is toppled under the rapids, taking exhilaration to an altogether new height. Often the organisers themselves tilt the rafts to allow the rafters to get a free fall into the river. All in all, Coorg white water rafting is a thrilling experience that you will never forget.

    Dubare is also famous for its elephant training camp. The Dubare elephant camp is a major attraction in the region and attracts a large number of tourists from all over the country and the world. During the reign of the Maharaja of Mysore, the Dubare elephant training camp was the centre where elephants were prepared for the Mysore Dasara Festival.

    Also, Dubare is home to the members of the Kuruba Tribe. A visit to Dubare will not only help you in learning more about elephants but also about the native tribes of the region.

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    The rafting is done on the River Cauvery in Dubare. The water is more or less manageable and there are lesser rapids in this part of the river as compared to those in the Barapole River. There are two rafting routes for adventure enthusiasts. 

    The shorter route is of 8.5 km and the longer route is about 12 km. So you can choose your route depending on your physical ability and prior experience. The longer runs are usually organised when the water level in the river is right for the activity.

    As you move ahead on the river, you will cross densely wooded forests. You can also indulge in activities such as trekking and angling in Dubare. Some of the places of interest near the Dubare river rafting camp include the Nagarhole National Park, Cauvery Nishadhama, the Dubare Elephant Camp and the Harangi Dam Site. 

    The best time to visit the Dubare rafting camp is from mid-June to mid-September.