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Water sports in India are a huge rage among the youth, especially river rafting. Whether looking for a weekend getaway or a fun-filled trip with friends, River Rafting near Pune is a great option. The white waters of the river let you chase the rapids and give you a thrill-filled experience. Rafting here is ideal for all including the professional ones and the first-timers as you are being guided throughout the activity. So, to get a break from the daily chaos, opt for this activity. 

Being close to the Western Ghats, Pune is blessed with many rivers, which makes it an ideal spot for river rafting. Kundalika river tops the list as it provides the most thrilling rafting experience. The adventure involved in crossing the rapids, chasing the unstoppable blues, and reaching the destination, is beyond words. 

Here are the best places for river rafting near Pune:

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Kolad

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A sleepy little village by the river, Kolad is fast rising as an adventure destination. A mere 113 kilometres away from the Pune, Kolad houses one of the fastest-flowing rivers in Western India—the resplendent Kundalika River. Originating in a small town called Bhira, it traverses many curves before draining into the Arabian Sea near a creek at Roha.

The river swells as the superfluous water from the hydroelectric plants at Bhira and Ravalje is released into it every morning. The resulting opportunity created for river rafting near Pune in Kolad is a treasured one and is open for adventure activities near Pune throughout the year.

A 14 kilometre stretch of the river is ridden with exhilarating rapids and is a blessing for those seeking to experience the rush of glazing over a few quickens. The presence of grade II to III rapids during summer make it ideal for beginners. 

However, come monsoon, the rafting experience rises a notch above than usual with grade IV rapids providing the ultimate blitz of adrenaline.
As rafting in the Kundalika River is dependent on the outflow from the nearby Mulshi Dam, it is usually started at around 8.15 A.M. and being there on schedule becomes paramount. The best months to visit are from June to October.

The hilly and rocky terrain of Kolad offers many activities in Pune like waterfall rappelling, parasailing and kayaking. The weather is fairly pleasant throughout the year, and the air can be a touch nippy in the evenings. A couple of forts, lakes and a waterfall add to the magic of Kolad and can be reached from both Pune and Mumbai to the only whitewater rafting destination in Maharashtra.

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Dandeli

Following the Western Ghats trails southwards, the virgin forests get thicker at Dandeli in Karnataka. A speck under 440 kilometers away from Pune, Dandeli is an overnight journey away into one of the most stirring water rafting experiences around. 

Kali is one of the many pristine rivers that take birth in the Western Ghats, and a certain 13-kilometre stretch is filled with bewitching rapids. One of the only two places offering whitewater river rafting in Pune, adventure enthusiasts swear by the stirring experience.

Treks, cycling, kayaking, canoeing, and nature walks spotting crocodiles are a few many things you can indulge in during your stay at Dandeli. The months from October to June are tailor-made for some serious white water rafting, even as rapids up to grade IV and V take you on an aquatic roller-coaster ride!

Well-connected by road, the nearest railheads are Londa, Dharwad, and Hubli; while Goa airport which is 125 kilometers away is the nearest airport. So, if you’re craving for an experience that’ll remain etched for long, choose one of these two picks for the best river rafting near Pune.

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Activity Location: Kolad


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About the Kundalika River Rafting Camp:

The Kundalika rafting camp is the perfect choice for anyone looking to indulge in adventure in the green escapes of nature! Located at just a couple of hour's drive from Mumbai, it is the preferred hotspot for all adventure junkies.


As you take a quiet drive down to the campsite, you can check in your comfortable tents and munch on some yummy snacks and refreshing tea. Cheer yourself and embark on a vast range of activities like kayaking and banana ride. Comfortable tents are available and you can choose between 2 or 3 sharing bases.

Get your tired but excited selves back to the campsite and relish a delicious dinner during the stay.

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About the Activity:

  • Brace yourselves for some serious 2-hour white water rafting experience in the Vaitarna River!
  • The dam-controlled river offers enthralling rapids tailored for a nerve-chilling experience as you raft through the rocky gorges.
  • Dive down the cliff and show off your moves, or revel in the Jeep safari and swimming in the beautiful Vaitarna River.
  • Engage yourselves in a variety of optional activities such as rappelling and valley crossing, and beat the heat with a waterfall in the vicinity.
  • The activity can be availed at 09:00 AM and 02:15 PM.



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About the Activity:

  • The most exciting of water adventures awaits you at Kolad, situated over the Kundalika River, just about 121 Km from Mumbai. Flowing over the mountains of the Sahyadris, it indeed makes up for a stunning getaway adventure!
  • Post your arrival at the rafting campsite at around 08:30AM, you will be briefed about the dos and don’ts of water sports in Kolad. Post this, by 09:00 in the morning, get you rafting gears, hop into the enthralling waters of Kundalika.
  • Employ your adventure spirit and  witness the rapids crushing against the raft and increasing the thrill of the day. Continue On completion of this vigorous journey, return to the campsite by around 02:00 PM for a delicious lunch.
  • Post  lunch, you can also embark on various other adventures such as  kayaking, jet skiing and dart games.
  • After such an exciting day beside the Kundalika River and adventures like river rafting in Kolad, check-out from the campsite around 06:00 PM.


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Mutha River in Pune lays an excellent opportunity of White Water Rafting and other adventurous water sports that are thrilling enough to attract both nature and adventure lovers. Indulging in Mutha River adventure activities can certainly be a great option for a perfect weekend getaway.

About the Activity
The White Water River Rafting activity at Mutha River lets you gain an enthralling experience of traveling 7 km and experience rafting over exciting rapids through a beautiful jungle.  On spending 3 hours base to base containing 2 hours of river experience, you get to capture thrilling memories for an entire lifetime. With Grade 2+ water action (advanced), guided by experienced and trained professionals, you are sure to grab some great memories for the lifetime.

How to Reach
The location is based at the Kharawade Village, Mulshi locality in Pune and can be reached through convenient public and private transportation.

Duration: 2 Hours 
Note:
Minimum age Required for River Rafting: 12 years
River Rafting is a high-risk adventure activity, it is important to inform us about any health issue before you enroll.

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The Kundalika River is the ideal destination for anybody hoping to enjoy the company of the green getaways of nature. 
Situated at only a short drive from Mumbai, it is the favourite hotspot for anyone enthusiastic to escape the crowds of the city.
Witness the rush of energizing rapids, get invigorated by the shower of cooling water, and let out the skill in you! 
Enjoy an escape of a lifetime at the stunning Kundalika River and revel in the union with nature!
Covering a large stretch of 14km, river rafting near Pune will take you around 3.5 hours to complete. Get exhilarated by the jaw-dropping, exciting rapids and challenge yourself to an adventure unlike any other!
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22 July 2019
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Place: The scenery there is really breathtaking. All the hills and the lake view is amazing. The place makes you stay there for life long. If you really want a peaceful, beautiful and close to nature place then this place should be on your bucket list. Hospitality: The host Rahul Slave was really humble and a cheerful person to talk. They will try to give their best by providing all kind of basic needs and anything you could ask for at such a remote place. Food: The starters are really amazing. I enjoyed the food as a non-vegetarian. I was really impressed with the tea and poha breakfast. I recommend you to try the breakfast. Activities: They have multiple activities including DJ, Bone Fire, Cricket, Archery, Boating, Badminton, Karaoke etc.
06 May 2015
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We had a great time at the Bhimashankar Trek. The trekking was quite good and interesting. It was awesome. We had a really lovely time here. It was so worth every penny spent. The trek trails, the surroundings, the backdrop were all just WOW! It was completely worth every penny spent. I personally want to visit here again. The trek was well organized too; thus enhancing the whole trek experience. Thinking back there are no negative experiences at all. It was perfectly a great and a nice experience. The rates were also not that costly and it was definitely worth the time and money we spent on this vacation. I am so recommending this to everyone out there.
"it was an excellent trip.well organised. food was excellent"
"For a long time I was planning to go for a trek but could not find the time. this independence day I just booked a trek to andharban trough this app. the place is wonderful I would say this is the best trek if you are a beginner. Going through dense forest through Giant waterfall and breathtaking scenery. This place Will defenately make you hungry for more of such beautiful exploration. Believe me it is lot better to go out and do something rather than just sleeping in weekends. Go Green."
10 August 2015
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We had a good trekking experience here in Lonavala. Pune and Lonavala are places that can be viewed in a couple of days. While we planned for a long vacation here, we chose to have a beautiful planned itinerary which involved this trek, and we are super glad that we took it. Regarding the trek, it was a great experience.
I booked the Ashtavinayak trip from Pune and we visited all the eight temples of Lord Ganesh and the temples were renovated very well and there is also a lake Shree Vighnahar Ganpati Temple where boating is available.
17 February 2020
Excellent
It was our first experience there on trekking. Thrillophilia package includes guide so we have a good guide there and he helped us well during this entire trek. The food they gave is quite nice and delicious. Bhimashankar was my personal favourite place in this trek. Our group was of 12 people but we all enjoyed it nicely. Good place and Highly recommended.
21 February 2020
Excellent
Very beautiful place with lots of scenery, the relaxing and calming sunrise was mesmerizing and we loved it. Our guide was a funny and amazing person, he was also taking care of the group and briefed us well about the way and do’s. we had a group photo at the top and the trek was very memorable, will look to do these types of treks again. Thanks
26 February 2020
Excellent
Nice place with a well-mannered guide, I booked it from Thrillophilia for me and my sister, the trek went super fantastic and we had a good company there with us. The only problem was waking us early but as u reach the Bhimashankar, you will feel alive. Must try.
13 March 2020
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The guide was nice and the food was also up to the mark. The trek was amazing and you must carry your torch with you as the place needs your full attention. Thanks to Thrillophilia and the guide because without them it wouldn’t be possible.

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  1. Which are the best places for River Rafting near Pune?

    1. Rafting at Kolad:  Kolad is one of the most popular places for white water rafting in Pune, where you can have fun with the rapids in River Kundalika, the fastest flowing river in the western region, making it the best place for river rafting near Pune. This place is suitable for an amateur to expert rafters. Also, if you are coming to this place for the first time, do not worry, as you will have proper guidance from experts before the activity. 

    Price:
    INR 1100 to 1500 

    2. Rafting at Dandeli:  Around 450 km from Pune, Dandeli is a paradise for experienced river rafters. The grade of rafting here is 4-5 and is usually carried on the river Kali which is 13 km long. The best time to visit here between November to February as the water flow at this time is ideal for Rafting.

    Distance from Pune: It is around 440 km from Pune
    Price: INR 600 per person

    3. Rafting on the Vaitarna River: If you're looking for an offbeat experience of river rafting in Pune then the Vaitarna River is the best option for you. You get to experience the thrill of white water rafting on the Vaitarna River for almost 2 hours. The best way to reach here is through the Khopoli-Karjat-Shahpur route. Rafting excursions here are carried out twice a day, one at 9.00 am and another at 2.15 pm.

    Distance from Pune: 200 km from Pune.
    Price: INR 1200 per person

  2. When is the best time to go for River Rafting near Pune?

    The best time to go for River Rafting near Pune is during the monsoon season when the water flow is at its peak. You can have an amazing rafting experience at this time. 

  3. Is River rafting safe in kolad?

    You are sure to experience the best River Rafting near Pune at Kolad, which is more than safe for you and your family. During the tour, you will get life jackets and additional gears to help you enjoy the activity, without fear of being turned over in the water.

  4. What are the things to carry along while going for rafting in Kundalika River?

    Deck up with all the necessary items before beginning your excursion of the best river rafting near Pune. You should be equipped with some of the essential items which you will need during the activity:

    - A valid identity proof, to be produced anytime during the course of the activity.
    - A sturdy and waterproof bag which can carry all your essentials
    - A handy water bottle which is easy to carry
    - A comfortable pair of footwear which is easy to walk in and does not weigh you down if soaked in water
    - Sunglasses and sun protection cream; hats; rain jacket to protect you from the extremities of the weather
    - A pair of extra clothes to change into, once the river rafting in pune is complete.
    - A camera to capture all the moments which you would like to share with others
    - Essential medicines which may be needed for you.

  5. What is the minimum age to do River Rafting near Pune?

    The minimum age to do River Rafting near Pune is 14 years.
  6. How much does River Rafting near Pune cost?

    River rafting in Pune starts from Rs. 600 and goes up to Rs.3000 or more depending on the duration of the rafting experience and distance covered.
  7. What to carry before going for River Rafting near Pune?

    -Loose clothes -Sport shoes -Sunglasses -Water Bottles -Sunscreens