The monsoon is here and there cannot be a better place than Goa to enjoy the rain. Goa is known mainly for its beaches and picturesque landscape but that’s not all. The overflowing rivers and the lush greenery around makes the state appear even more beautiful during the monsoon. It’s the perfect time to get oneself involved in some adventure sports in Goa such as Monsoon River Rafting.
Adventure Sports and Activities
Adventure sports include activities such as rock climbing, scuba diving, skydiving and rafting. Such sports involve a lot of physical activities. Getting oneself involved in some adventure sports is surely the best way to get relaxed. Such activities give some relief from the stress of day to day life and also some fond memories.
Rafting and Types
River Rafting is a recreational activity in which one uses raft to navigate a river or other water bodies. Rafting involves several levels of difficulty depending on the condition of the river. These ‘levels’ or ‘grades’ of difficulty are arrived at according to the presence of ‘rapids’ which evolve due to sudden fall in the rivers height and also because of rocks present in the water. Rafting is often done on white water and is called white water rafting. White water rafting is one of the most thrilling adventure sports. It is a challenging activity but can be a lot of fun if done under professional guidance and by following all safety precautions.
Rafting Locations in India
India is a country of numerous rivers and rafting has emerged as one of the most popular adventure sports. There are many locations in India where one can indulge in some exciting white water rafting. Nothing can be more adventurous than river rafting in Indus river. Offering scintillating views of Ladakh and Zanskar ranges, rafting in Indus makes for an unforgettable experience. The river Ganga offers one of the best experience of white water rafting. Rafting in river Ganga can be enjoyed at Rishikesh which is nestled in Garhwal Himalaya in Uttarakhand . If one is looking for a rafting adventure in the North East , then Lohit river flowing through Arunachal Pradesh is the best place . Kullu in Himachal Pradesh is one of the most popular destinations for white water rafting. There are many other locations like Kolad in Maharashtra and Coorg in Karnataka which are popular for rafting.
Monsoon River Rafting in Goa
The best time to try river rafting in Goa is during the monsoon season from July to September. Unlike other water sports, white water rafting in Goa is not a winter affair. Rafting in Goa can be best enjoyed when the rains pour down and the rivers are filled to the capacity. It’s the perfect time to soak in the refreshing rain and ride the waves of the gorgeous Mhadei River.
How and Where to begin rafting adventure
The Mhadei river located in Valpoi is the best place to try water rafting in Goa. Two water rafting trips are offered each day, one at 10.00 am and the other at 3.00 pm. Both trips run for 10km each providing a unique white water rafting experience. You have to first arrive at The Earthen Pot Restaurant located at Valpoi town in Sattari taluka. You have to reach there at 9.30 am for the trip commencing at 10.00 am and at 2.30 pm for the trip commencing at 3.00 pm. All the essential facilities like toilets, changing rooms, parking area and a reception area to brief the guests before departure are available at the meeting point. The visitors can also savour some unique Goan delicacies before the rafting trip begins which are available at reasonable rates at this Restaurant. You have to board the appointed minivans and get to Mhadei river which is 25 minute’s drive from the meeting point. A 10 minute’s walk down the river and you reach the start point. The visitors will be briefed and given training by the guides so as to ensure a safe and memorable ride down the river. The visitors will also be provided safety equipment’s by the guides. It’s then time to experience one of the best rafting trips and that too amid the spectacular jungle scenery along the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary. After enjoying one of the best white water rafting experience, it’s time to return. It approximately takes 2-3 hours for rafting at the Valpoi river and you come back with some fond memories. The visitors have to board the minivans and get back to the meeting point.
What to Wear
The visitors can wear swimwear or swimsuit followed by an outfit like T-Shirt and shorts. Fixed sandals or secure sneakers are allowed but slippers are strictly not allowed. Salwar kameez is acceptable but not ideal. Instead short kurtas would be more advisable than long kurtas. Additionally, please carry a towel and a change of clothes for after the trip.
Health Conscious / Keep in Mind before rafting
Rafting is allowed only for those who are above 12 years and who are physically fit. Rafting is not allowed for heart patients and pregnant women. People suffering from any ailment are advised not to go for rafting as it involves a lot of physical activity. Visitors are advised to strictly follow all the safety precautions. Kindly do not carry any valuable items like jewellery and watches that you cannot afford to lose.
How to Book Monsoon River Rafting
Rafting in Goa can be booked via different travel and excursion agents or by visiting The Earthen Pot Restaurant in Valpoi.
Pocket Friendly cost of rafting:
The cost of rafting will range anywhere between Rs. 1500/- to Rs. 2700/-. Visitors do not have to pay anything extra for the rafting trip. If the booking is cancelled 48 hours before the trip then 50% of the amount will be refunded. However, if the visitor does not turn up or cancels the booking less than 24 hours before the departure time then no refund will be given.
River Rafting Booking Information:
- A/C Transport from Hotel on sharing vehicle
- Jeep Safari from pickup point
- Equipment rentals
- Training session
- 10 kms rafting with experienced instructors
- Harvalem Falls
- Ancient Pandava Caves
- Shiva Temple
- Child below 12 yrs not allowed
- Rafting is not allowed for heart patients and pregnant women
- Pick up & Drop will be provided from hotels booked only in Calangute, Baga, Arpora, Nagoa, Candolim, Sinquerim, Nerul Area.
River Rafting Gallery
Pic Courtesy : Sandeep aka Sandy Yadav