The super-fast flow of the river, splash of the waters on your body and you aided with a life jacket on a raft, what better adventure can you wish for? River rafting in India has emerged one of the most popular sports. Pointing through the unbridled water and passing through parlous rapids, who is adventurer at heart only realizes. There’s no surprise that river rafting has caught the fancy of not just adventure sports enthusiasts but also travellers and tourists. With a plethora of roaring rivers, you can easily find a number of river rafting places in India. If you haven’t got a chance to experience this utterly water sport then pack your bags and be ready to become adventurer this summer.

 Ganga River, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

River Ganga in Rishikesh is one of the world’s best rafting destinations. Adventure enthusiast can enjoy river rafting down rapids ranging from grade 1 to grade 4. This almost 16 km stretch is rich with whirlpools and rapids. There are as many as 13 rapids. Return to Sender, Roller Coaster, Three Blind Mice, Double Trouble, Tee Off and Golf Course are some incredible names. Camping on the beautiful white sand river beaches against the scenic Kumaon Mountains is also a popular adventure. The real charm of this region of Shivaliks is river rafting in Rishikesh.

Best Season for Rafting: September to June.

Level of difficulty: Grade I – IV

Distance Covered: 16 to 36 Kilometers.

Beas River, Kullu - Manali

The most prominent destination in India for white water rafting is Kullu. Here, you can sail on the beautiful River Beas and enjoy your love for thrill and adventure. In the Kullu Valley, the river rafting commences at Pirdi.
It further goes up to Jhiri covering a stretch of about 14 km. You will experience 1 to 4 rapids in the river. More so, some of the rapids are strong enough to leave you exhilarating memories. The picturesque scenery of the river Beas and the thrill of the rapids is certain to make this day memorable and a must visit place in Kullu  for all your adventure seekers. You can enjoy your love of rafting all round the year except during the period from 15th of July to 15th of September.
Types of Rapids: Grade I to Grade IV
Best Season for Rafting: March to July
Approx. Cost: INR 400 to INR 600 per person
Distance Covered: Approximately 14 km.

Yamuna River

Yamuna is a hub of river rafting in India, which is suitable for both amateur and skilled rafters. There are two stretches- Nainbagh to Juddo and Yamuna Bridge to Juddo among which Nainbagh to Juddo is most ideal for rafting. The rapid grades range between I and III which are challenging and can be dealt with little effort.
Level of difficulty: Moderate – Grade I and III Rapids
Distance Covered: Yamuna bridge to Juddo 9 kms stretch

Teesta River, Sikkim and Darjeeling

The Teesta River flows through Sikkim, Darjeeling, and Kalimpong Hill Region. The mighty river is another thrilling river rafting spot. Blessed with a string of rapids rated at Grade 1-4, it creates a true invigorating experience. The turbulent Rangit, a tributary of the Teesta, has multi-dimensional rapids and is perfect for a challenge to more experienced rafters.
Best Season for Rafting: October and April.

Level of difficulty: Grade I – IV

Distance Covered: 11 to 37 Kilometers.

Indus River, Ladakh

Indus is one of the longest rivers in Asia. The river is also known as the Sindhu river and it stretched over a distance of approximately 3,180 km. Here, the rafting season commences from July and continues till late September.
In this time span, the water level in Indus is massive making it one of the best river rafting places in India. Many even refer to Indus as ‘Singhe Khababs’, since the river has several rafting points such as:
§ Phey to the Indus Zanskar confluence at Nimo
§ Phey to Nimo – both of these are villages in Leh
§ Upshi to Nimo – Upshi lies on the Leh Manali Highway and Nimo is a village in Leh
§ Upshi to Kharu – Kharu is a small village in Kashmir
Rafting in the Indus river is definitely once in a lifetime experience that you’ll cherish all your life.
Types of Rapids: Grade I Rapids (very basic)
Best Season for Rafting: July to September
Approx. Cost: INR 1500 per person
Distance Covered: Approximately 25 km.

Brahmaputra River, Arunachal Pradesh


The Brahmaputra River, is mysterious and ferocious. River rafting in this river is done when the river finds its way in Arunachal Pradesh, down the Tibet region by cutting Greater Himalayas. River rafting here is rated at Level 4 -6. Brahmaputra River Rafting is for an exhilarating experience of a lifetime. Rapids such as the ‘Pulsating Pulsi’, ‘Toothfairy’ is the biggest jolt of adrenaline. The rafting expedition of the entire river last for more than a week. Camping is available along the river blessed with tropical forests, gorges and beautiful scenery.
Best Season for Rafting: November to March.

Level of Difficulty: Grade IV – VI

Distance Covered: 180 Kilometers over the period of 7 Dyas.

Spiti River, Himachal Pradesh

Spiti River is another popular destination when it comes to white water rafting in India. Spread over a distance of 180 km the river spans from Tuting region and goes up to Pasighat. If you plan on taking up the whole expedition till the end point which is the Sumdo, this entire thing would take a minimum of 6 days to finish.
One of the biggest advantages of undertaking this rafting journey is that you will be delighted with the serene view of the pristine villages and the valleys of the Himachal Pradesh.
Types of Rapids: Moderate to Grade IV
Best Season for Rafting: July to August
Approx. Cost: Price vary depending upon the chosen distance.
Distance Covered: Approximately 180 km commencing from the Tuting stretching to the Pasighat.

Bhagirathi River, Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand as discussed already is the best when it comes to river rafting places in India. Bhagirathi is a very thrilling and turbulent river that flows through Uttarakhand. The course of the river is very challenging and take you through rushing streams and beautiful landscapes that are nestled between two parallel mountains.
Some of the rapids here have very intriguing names such as the Elephant Rock, Confluence rapid, Sharp S and The Chute. Here you can also experience the two of the best rapids of River Ganges that is ‘The Wall’ and the ‘Daniel Dip’
Types of Rapids: Grade III to Grade IV
Best Season for Rafting: October to Mid of May
Approx. Cost: Price vary depending upon the chosen distance.
Distance Covered: Approximately 150 km

River Barapole, Coorg, Karnataka


River Barapole in Coorg, Dakshina Kannada, provides excellent rafting opportunities. Flowing down the Western Ghats edging along the Deccan Plateau, the grades range between 2 and 4.There are approximately 4 to 5 rapids in the upper section and about 6 to 7 rapids in the lower section. Some enchanting names are Morning Coffee (Grade 2), Grasshopper (Grade 3), The Ramba Samba (Grade 2), The Wicked Witch (Grade 3), Big Bang (Grade 4), Milky Churn, etc.

Best Season for Rafting: Monsoon and post-monsoon months of June to September.

Level of Difficulty: Grade II – VII

Distance Covered: 8 Kilometers.


Kundalika River, Maharashtra

If you head to the western India, River Sahyadri is said to be the perfect spot for white water rafting. Further, Kundali converges with Kolad at a dam that controls the turbulence and the gradient of the river. Kundalika is a very small river which flows from the Sahyadri Hills to the Arabian Sea. The river originates from Maharashtra’s small town known as Bhira.
Many even refer to Kundalika as the fastest flowing rives. Kolad is one of the best weekend getaway spots in this region and it is probably the only river rafting places in India that is open all round the year. The most suitable time to enjoy river rafting here is during the monsoon months as the water then is at its full capacity.
Types of Rapids: Grade II to Grade III
Best Season for Rafting: October to Mid of May
Approx. Cost: Approximately 785 per person.
Distance Covered: Approximately 10 km

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