If you have a bucket list or love to taste the adrenaline rush right through your pulses, you probably would have tried or would love to try river rafting. This outdoor recreation water sport has gained immense popularity over the past few years in India with the Indian millennials all out to experience the yet to be experienced.
River rafting is undoubtedly one of the most enthralling and physically challenging adventure sports in the world. The elation experienced with your raft steering through the untamed waters fast flowing torrential rivers of India is simply unmatched by any other sport.
With this, I will like to bring to you the most preferred river rafting destinations of India and the list is as exciting as the sport itself!
Here are the top 5 river rafting places in India to enjoy this daring sport –
1. River Ganga, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Rishikesh takes the first spot in our recall value when it comes to the thought of whitewater rafting. The holy town in Uttrakhand is a playground for various adventure sports, river rafting being the most popular one.
A river rafting experience in the mighty Ganges and conquering the act of real rafting is what draws people from all over the world to htis place. With as many as 13 rapids spread throughout the course, there are river rafting experiences for every grade and level. Return to Sender, Roller Coaster, Three Blind Mice, Double Trouble, Tee Off and Golf Course are some marvelous names. Indulge in camping for relaxation post the sport against the splendid views of the Kumaon mountains and white beach sand while gushing through the Ganges waters.
Besides these, Rishikesh also offers other activities like hiking, kayaking, bungee jumping, and cliff jumping making it the perfect destination for adventure lovers.
Best time to visit: Late September – Mid November and March – April
2. Beas River, Kullu & Manali
Another popular hotspot for river rafting in India is Kullu. Rafting in Beas River is an exhilarating and adrenaline-charged experience.
This rafting adventure commences from Pirdi and continues down to Jhiri – the total distance comes close to 14 kilometers. With rapids ranging from level 1 to 4, this is one of the most exciting river rafting places in India. Don’t forget to ger engrossed into the spellbinding views of beautiful surroundings while the cold Beas river drenches you with water, glee and exhilaration.
Best time to visit: June – July and October – February
3. Teesta River, Sikkim & Darjeeling
Another recommendation coming from the North East is the Teesta River which flows down the northeastern states and passes through Sikkim and Darjeeling. This mighty river provides travelers with another electrifying rafting experience.
Ranked at grade 4 internationally, the river has multi-dimensional rapids that depends on the flow of the river. Often a challenge even for experienced rafters, this sure is going to leave you pulsating. The icy, crystal blue water along with the beautiful scenic beauty of nature will hike up your experience here.
Best time to visit: December – June
4. Barapole River, Coorg, Karnataka
The Barapole river provides south with its own buzz and adventure! The rafting stretch in Barapole is divided into two sections- upper section with 4 rapids and lower section with 6-7 rapids. The rapids range from grade 2 to 4 and provide for an amazingly engaging rafting experience.
Some famous rapids of Barapole River include Grasshopper (Grade 3), Morning Coffee (Grade 2), and the Wicked Witch (Grade 3), the Ramba Samba (Grade 2), Big Bang (Grade 4)
Best time to visit: Mid July – September
5. Kundalika River, Kolad, Maharashtra
Another eminent river for rafting in the west part of India, Kolad is a popular destination in Maharashtra for the adventure seekers, especially during monsoons. Flowing down the Sahyadri Mountain ranges into the Arabian Sea, Kundalika is one of the fastest flowing rivers in South India.
The rafting stretches to over 15 km and has rapids of grades 3 and 4. The only place to provide rafting throughout the year, Kundalika offers a phenomenal rafting experience. Surrounded by lush green fauna and the splendid natural beauty makes this an extremely popular weekend getaway.
Best time to visit: Throughout the year.
6. Zanskar River, Ladakh
Re-defining the definition of river rafting, the Zanskar River Ladakh one of the world’s most exotic rafting expeditions one could imagine of! The -10 to – 15 degree temperature river flows at a height of more than 12, 000 feet and then further merging with the Indus. And rightly so, is called as the ‘Grand Canyon’ of Asia. The rapids are of Grade 3 and Grade 4. Rafting is held between Padum and Zimo regions.
Best time to visit – July – August