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River Rafting in Coorg – Where Adventure Comes Calling

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Coorg is a district situated amidst the mountains in Karnataka. The place is also referred to as the Scotland of the East. Coorg, and one of its small towns, Madikeri, is particularly famous for its adventure activities. People from across India visit Coorg to partake in adventure activities. One adventure activity, in particular, that is most famous here, and what attracts the most tourists, is river rafting. River rafting in Coorg is an experience to be had. Do river rafting anywhere else in India, and then in Coorg. The experience will be vastly different. The thrill and adrenaline rush that you will get at river rafting in Coorg, you will not get anywhere else. Coorg is also famous for its coffee and spices. Not only will you enjoy thrilling rafting in Coorg, but you will also unwind yourself after the session with some delicious food, and a cup of coffee that will jolt you awake. If you are planning to do river rafting in Coorg, here’s all you need to know about it.

Best Time for River Rafting in Coorg

There is one vital criterion to do river rafting: the water should be turbulent. Otherwise, it’s not fun for anybody. This means is you should ideally not go river rafting during the winters or summers. It will be too cold to do rafting during the winters and the water will be calm, too, and the river will not be full due to evaporation during the summers. So, the best time to visit Coorg, especially if you want to do river rafting, is to visit during the peak of the monsoon. This means from July to September is the best time for river rafting. However, if you are new at river rafting, have never done it before, or don’t think you can handle the highly turbulent water, then you can also visit between December and January. The water is cold and somewhat placid during this period, but still thrilling. The rafting in Coorg is nearly 4 hours long. You will be positively exhausted by the end of it.

Best Places for River Rafting in Coorg


There are 2 places for water rafting in Coorg: Barapole River Rafting Base and Dubare River Rafting Base.

1. Barapole River Rafting Base

If you want to have the best experience of river rafting in Coorg, then Barapole River Rafting Base is the place you should head to. Located near the Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, it is known for white water rafting in Coorg. The water here is fiercely turbulent. With Grade V rapids, Barapole river rafting in Coorg is for risk-takers and those who like river rafting to be truly thrilling. Here, your adrenaline level will be through the roof. The river you will do rafting in is called Kathu-Kakkatu river but it goes by many nicknames, including but limited to, Morning Coffee, Grasshopper, the Big Bang. It is even recommended to take some mock rafting lessons to do this rafting. Nevertheless, even if you are doing rafting for the first time, there are professionals on the raft with you for your safety.

2. Dubare River Rafting Base

If Grade V rapid is too much for you and you would rather raft in comparatively calmer waters, then Dubare River Rafting Base is a good place for you. It is a Stillwater river with Grade I and II rapids. This is especially recommended for first-timers. You experience enough thrill to not be overwhelmed by anxiety. You can do it even with your family. As the raft flows calmly through the river, you experience the beautiful spots around you and embrace nature. The base is located near the Elephant Camp. If you want to hang out with some elephants after rafting, you won’t have to go far.

The Price of River Rafting in Coorg

Different companies around the base offer different prices. The lowest price for river rafting you will have to pay Rs 1000 per individual, but that is not the experience you would want to have. Even the state-sponsored river rafting in Coorg is Rs 1200. But it’s safe to say that if you don’t mind spending up to Rs 2000, you will have the best experience of river rafting you can ever have.

Tips for River Rafting

River rafting is a thrill-inducing and adrenaline rush-filled activity. Being an adventure activity, it involves risks, although they are minimised because there are always professionals with you for your safety. Still, there are tips that you should keep in mind before going for rafting:

  • Attend all the mock drills and training sessions.
  • Each team will be assigned guides and safeguards. Listen to what they have to say and heed their warning. If they say should not do something, you should not.
  • When you are given a lifejacket, ensure it’s tied properly around you.
  • You can eat before the activity, but make sure it’s light food.
  • Children and pregnant women are not allowed rafting
  • Anyone between the age of 14 and 60, weighs under 110 kg can do rafting.

And while you are at it, here are some places that you must visit in Coorg:


Coorg is a beautiful place and you will want to explore it. So here are some best places for sightseeing in Coorg.

1. Madikeri Fort

This is one of the best places to visit in Coorg. This 17th-century fort-turned-museum houses various historic artefacts and items. This place is a delight for tourists as well as locals. Your trip to Coorg will be incomplete till you visit the Madikeri Fort.

2. Abbey Falls

There’s one popular thing about mountain regions that people love: waterfalls. Seeing the white waterfall from a great height, and the sound of a waterfall is calming for the soul.  When you are at a waterfall in the mountains, you forget everything. Abbey Falls gives you that experience. It even has a bridge for you to stand on and take pictures.

3. Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary

If you are visiting Coorg for adventure activities, you also have to be open to experiencing some wildlife. Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary is a tiger reserve. Here, you will get to see the majestic animal in its all-natural glory. You will also see several plants and animals that you don’t have generally around you.  This place is heaven for photographers and lovers of wildlife.

Coorg is a place that will take your breath away with its natural beauty. Its natural beauty is one of the reasons why people from across India visit it, some for river rafting, and others for sightseeing. Either way, this place has something for everyone. Book one of the Coorg tour packages with Veena World today experience this beautiful district with your friends and family. You will remember it your entire life.

December 05, 2021


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