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Top 10 White Water Rafting Destinations in India

White Water Rafting is one of the most thrilling adventure sports and is surely for the brave hearts. That is the reason it is quite popular with youth. Rafting through the violent waters and managing to find your ground can be quite exciting and give you an adrenaline rush. Since India is a country of different types of rivers, it is undoubtedly a highly popular White Water Rafting location. You can find quite a few places where you can indulge in some exciting White Water Rafting and here are the top 10 places to go for an adventurous White Water Rafting.

1. Rishikesh

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Rafting through the Ganges can be thrilling and peaceful at the same time. That’s why White Water Rafting along the Rishikesh can give you the ultimate adventure. The gushing water, the flowing terrain and the peaceful surroundings can give you a rafting experience you can hardly find anywhere else. You can find grade 3 and 4 raids here and can get quite a long distance to cover. Another advantage of rafting in Uttarakhand is that you will be able to find many locations for different adventure sports.

2. Tattapani

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Tattapani is another location in Uttarakhand that is suitable for White Water Rafting. It is around 51 km from the state capital, Shimla, and the Sutlej River offers the ideal location for rafting providing rapid ranges from 1 to 4, thus ideal for all kinds of rafters. Those who would like to better their skills can also find Sutlej River quite useful and those who are seeking a challenge can do so as well here. That’s the beauty of rafting in Sutlej.

3. Pirdi

Beas River in Pirdi in Himachal Pradesh offers rapids grade 3 and grade 4. It is just 45 km away from the renowned tourist destination Manali and offers a rafting distance of 14 km. It will take at least 3 hours to complete the ride and offers great challenge, and hence is considered to be one of the best destinations for White Water Rafting. It offers a great experience for skilled rafters.

4. Ravangla

There are quite a few adventure spots in Sikkim but its Rangit River is definitely more popular as it offers grade 2 and 3 rapids for White Water Rafting. The flowing river with its turns and twists offers a thrilling rafting experience. You really won’t know what to expect as it will be a peaceful at one juncture and really tricky at the next. The rafting distance is of 9 km.

5. Tawang

Arunachal Pradesh is ideal for any type of adventure sports. The Kameng River in Tawang is a great destination for indulging in a fascinating White Water Rafting experience. The rafting distance of 25 km with the turbulent water that offers a very challenging water rafting experience, Kameng River is a must visit for rafting enthusiasts. It provides grade 3, 4 and 5 rapids.

6. Karjat

Ulhas River, Photo by Shlokmane, CC BY-SA 4.0

Karjat is near to the Maharashtra state capital Mumbai and can be reached easily. The Ulhas River with a rafting distance of 8 km and rapids in the grade of 2 and 3 is a popular getaway for tourists and adventure enthusiasts both.  The river has great downstream stretches which makes it ideal for White Water Rafting. The trail consists of high-speed rapids as well as slides and can be as challenging as it can be for rafters. To cover such a trail, it requires skill and experience and of course, strength and perseverance as it will take at least 3 hours to cover the whole stretch.

7.  Kolad

Kolad another ideal location in Maharashtra. The Kundalika River offers grade 1 to grade 3 rafting and also a distance of 14 km. The best part is that as you manoeuvre your way, you will find different grades and thus you can experience a rafting that is easy and challenging at the same time. Those who want to upgrade their rafting skills should visit the Kundalika River for a fascinating experience.

8. Dandeli

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Located in Karnataka, the town of Dandeli offers many avenues for different adventure sports. The Kali River is unruly and thus suitable for a very challenging and supremely thrilling experience. The gorges and wild Rough River will give you an adrenaline rush like never before. A distance of 12 km and rafting grades of 2 and 3 make it ideal for novices as well as skilled rafters.

9. Coorg

The Barapole River in Coorg in Kartanaka is yet another hot white water rafting destination. Though the stretch is just of 3 km, it offers at least 5 rapids in grade 2 to 4. The Grade 4 is referred to as Big Bang as it offers one of the most challenging rafting experiences in the country and this is what makes Coorg a great destination for rafters in all stages.

10. Wayanad

There are two rivers in Wayanakd in Kerala that offer white water rafting and they are Mananthawady and Anoth rivers. The former has different levels of rafting distances while Anoth River has two distances of 8 and 16 km. Mananthawady River offers Grade 1, 2 and 3 rapids while at Anoth, you can experience grade 2 and grade 3 rapids.

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