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River Rafting in Goa at Valpoi – Mhadei River

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As the age old saying goes “The fun never sets in Goa” and it definitely doesn’t during the monsoons either. Everyone has the notion that there are no activities in Goa during the rainy season but that’s inaccurate. There is a whole different section of activities one can indulge in during this “hibernation” period. Of course, all ocean related activities will not be carried out but we also have a lot of exciting action off the beaten tracks.

Did you know that you can go whitewater rafting in Goa? Well, you can and we offer you this adventure. The monsoon season begins in June but our whitewater rafting trips happen once a day from July to October. This is the perfect sport for someone who loves that adrenaline rush.

What is White water rafting ?

Whitewater rafting is an activity where you sit in an inflatable raft and navigate through a body of water that is generally not calm hence the term “Shoot the rapids”. This activity is usually done on whitewater where the speed of the water creates turbulence (rapids). Maneuvering is usually done with oars for better control. You will have an instructor with you and there is high safety so you won’t have to worry about anything, especially if you are a first timer.

Rafting in Goa at Valpoi (Mhadei River) :

Your trip begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 5:00 pm. You will spend a good two hours hurtling down the raging waters of Mhadei River. The reason why the monsoons is the only time this activity is carried out is because of the swells in the river due to the rainfall making it an optimum time for this thrilling sport.

The whitewater rafting happens in Mhadei River in Valpoi, Sattari. It is located in North Goa. Valpoi is a village in the Sattari Taluka, surrounded by nature. The temperature is relatively cool thanks to the trees that keep the heat away. It is one of the most beautiful areas in Goa. There are plenty of waterfalls, tiny riverlets, and springs to see. It is also an ideal place for trekking and hiking because of the hills. The Western Ghats lie to the east of Valpoi where some of the highest hills are found. Vagheri hills and Chorla ghats are ideal for trekking and hiking.

About Location:

Mhadei River is one of the lifelines of Goa. This river enters the state from Valpoi Sattari, and from Uttar Kannada, a district of Karnataka, located close to Castle Rock. The river meets the ocean at Miramar Beach. These waters meander through the tiny state of Goa and meet the Zuari River at the Cumbarjua canal backwaters.

Valpoi is also home to the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary, Goa’s newest sanctuary, located in the Western Ghats. It was declared as a wildlife preservation in 1999. It is home to an array of flora and fauna. Most of the sanctuary is covered with forest. The Western Ghats is famous for its biodiversity.

Things to Know:

You will be given life jackets which you will have to wear from the beginning to the end of the ride even if you are a strong swimmer, and experienced whitewater rafter. This is a good activity for groups and families. However, we do not allow children below 12 and people who are below 4 feet.

You will need to wear light clothes because you are bound to get wet. Carry a change of clothes along because it is not very comfortable to remain in wet clothes for long hours. Wear appropriate shoes that have a good grip. No flip-flops please. Floaters, sandals, rubber shoes are all safe. Avoid wearing sneakers because they will get wet in the water and will remain soggy for days. Crocs or any similar type of shoes are ideal. Please carry your ID proof along. Please don’t forget your towel.

We take utmost precautions to make sure our safety is well seen to in order to make your trip an enjoyable and unforgettable one.

White Water Rafting Cost:

This whitewater rafting trip costs 2699 INR per pax and includes a pick up and drop off from the hotel in an AC vehicle. You will be picked up from your hotel at 8 a.m. We will then meet you at Earthen Pot Restaurant, Sayed Nagar, Valpoi, Sattari, at 9:30 a.m. where you will be taken by our vehicles to meet your instructor at Mhadei River. You will return to Earthen Pot at 2:30 p.m. The whitewater rafting can last for two to three hours depending on the swells and water levels. Our time slot includes the drive from the meeting point to the river.

You will be provided with the necessary gear and equipment. You will be dealing with Class II and Class III rapids. Class II rapids might have some rough water, some rocks and might require basic maneuvering. Class III rapids will have slightly more turbulent waters, medium waves, maybe a 3-5 foot drop, but no life-threatening dangers. This category might require a significant of maneuvering.

Once you are done with your whitewater rafting adventure you will be taken to Harvalem where you will see the magnificent waterfalls and the Pandava Caves. Another wonderful experience. The caves date back to the the first century BCE.

What are Includes?

Your trip includes a pick up and drop off in an AC vehicle, Rafting at Mhadei River, and all gear and equipment required for whitewater rafting. A visit to Harvalem Waterfalls and Pandava Caves. The price is inclusive of all taxes.

Breakfast, lunch, and tea are not included in this package, neither are photographs.

Includes :

  • 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

Excludes :

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Beverages
  • Towels
  • Photos

Note :

  • 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.

Your trip will be confirmed via email once you have made the booking. If there is a cancellation from our end you will be refunded the entire amount within 7-10 working days. If you cancel the trip then you will be refunded within 7-10 working days but there will be cancellation fees.

Please book your whitewater rafting trip in advance to ensure you get to experience this terrific adventure. You will see another facet of Goa that is as breathtaking as our beautiful beaches are.

River Rafting FAQs

What is Whitewater Rafting?

White water rafting is an outdoor activity where you sit in an inflatable raft and navigate through rough waters using a pair of oars. This leisure sport is a team activity.

What is whitewater?

Whitewater is turbulent water that is formed when the river swells. These turbulent waters are also known as rapids.

What are Class II and Class III Rapids?

Class II rapids might have some rough water, some rocks and might require basic maneuvering whereas Class III rapids will have slightly more turbulent waters, medium waves, maybe a 3-5 foot drop, but no life-threatening dangers. This category might require a significant of maneuvering.

What do I wear?

Preferably light cotton clothes (t-shirt and shorts, you can wear your swimwear under your clothes if you wish), drifit, anything that will not get heavy after getting wet. Make sure that your shoes have a good grip. Avoid wearing sneakers because they will get wet and soggy.

What should I avoid wearing?

Please avoid wearing long skirts, saris, baggy clothes and shoes/ flip-flops that have no proper grip.

What else should I carry?

Please carry an extra change of clothes, a towel, and your ID (anything but your passport). You will get wet for sure and you will want to change out of your clothes once your trip is over.  

Do I have to carry extra money with me?

Only if you choose to eat and drink after your trip.

Do I need to know how to swim?

Knowing how to swim is always a plus point but it’s okay if you do not possess that skill.

What is the minimum age for white water rafting?

The minimum age is 12 years.

Is there a minimum height requirement?

Yes, there is. The minimum height requirement is 4 feet.

Is there a maximum weight limit?

120 kgs is our maximum weight limit.

What is the fitness level one has to be in order to indulge in this activity?

You have to be healthy for sure. Moderate fitness is okay.

What ailments would prevent me from going on this trip?

We do not allow pregnant women on this trip for obvious reasons. If you are a heart patient or suffer from back problems you will need to check with us if you can make the trip or not. Usually we do not allow people who have heart and back conditions because of the intensity of the ride. If you have severe disabilities then check with us to confirm your ability to go rafting.

How much does this trip cost?

The cost of the trip is 2699 INR per pax.

Does this trip include food?

No this trip does not include food.

What does this trip include?

This trip includes a pick up and drop off from your hotel, the whitewater rafting, gear and equipment required, and the sightseeing of Arvalem Waterfalls and an ancient Pandava Caves. The fee includes all taxes.

How do I book this White water rafting trip?

You can book this trip directly from our site and pay using a credit or debit card or Net Banking.

What if I cancel my trip?

You will get a refund within 7-10 working days but you will be charged booking fees.

What if you cancel the trip?

If there are any cancellations from our end then you will be given a 100% refund within 7-10 working days.

What facilities does the meeting point have?

We have washrooms, changing rooms, a car park, all this is at the restaurant which is also our meeting point.

How often are these trips conducted?

These are daily trips that are conducted between the months of July to October.

Do I need to carry my camera?

Yes, if you wish to document this adventure.

Is this trip safe?

Yes, this trip is very safe. We have a very competent instructor who will accompany you. You will be provided with the necessary gear and equipment. Your safety is our priority.

Is this trip good for children?

Yes, for children above twelve years of age.