River Rafting: Top 10 Rivers in India to Challenge the Rapids

by On Nov 15, 2014

With water bodies like the mighty River Ganga, River Brahmputra and Teesta River, India is undoubtedly a great place for various adventure sports that can be enjoyed in water. There are not many water sports that lure the adventurists more than white water rafting. River rafting is more than just an adventure sport; it can also help you reach areas which can’t be accessed by road. Further, it is a great way to explore nature’s beauty and have fun while showing your passion for an al fresco adventure. If you are also planning an adventurous rafting holiday, we have come up with the top rivers in India for you to choose from:

Ganga River, Rishikesh

Labeled as the “River Rafting Capital of India,” Rishikesh has seen the likes of Brad Pitt coming here for enjoying river rafting in the Ganga. The crashing waves of the Ganga test your physical strength and endurance, and offer you a boost of adrenaline rush. Here, the Ganges has four rafting stretches with rapids ranging from grade I to grade IV. The four rafting stretches in the Ganga River include Shivpuri to Rishikesh stretch (16kms), the Brahmpuri to Rishikesh stretch (9kms), the Marine Drive to Rishikesh stretch (24kms) and the Kaudiyala to Rishikesh stretch (36kms). With so many rafting stretches and grades for all kinds of rafters, the Ganga is certainly the best river for rafting in India.

Zanskar River, Ladakh

The Zanskar River on the alluring land of Ladakh is also one of the best places for river rafting in India. Varying intensity of rapids on the Zanskar River makes rafting in the river even more challenging and exciting. Enjoy the view of giant mountains, picturesque landscape and beautiful monasteries on hilltop while rafting on Zanskar River. Here you can enjoy rafting on III and IV grade rapids in Padum and Nimmo stretches. Visit Ladakh in the months of June to October. Don’t forget to carry wet suits for rafting in this river as water temperature remains quite low.

Teesta River, Sikkim and Darjeeling

Come and find out what the unrestrained Teesta River has to offer you when it comes to river rafting. Flowing through the states of West Bengal and Sikkim, this river features a series of rapids with different intensity. The river offers different grades of rapids according to the choice and capability of rafters. Teesta flows together with Rangit River which has multi-dimensional stretches. First time rafters can also enjoy paddle rafting and oar rafting in the Teesta River. October to April is the best time to enjoy rafting in Teesta.

Brahmaputra River, Arunachal Pradesh

Rafting in this one of the most ferocious rivers in India provides you immense pleasure and a sense of pride. This mysterious river is so deep and wide, and is at its visual best in Arunachal Pradesh. Honestly, you should head to Brahmaputra for a river rafting expedition if you have enough courage and training for rafting in this most challenging river of India. Most rapids in Brahmaputra are of grade 4 and include Roaring Rikor, Moying Madness, Tooth Fairy and The Zabra Rock. The river has a 180 km stretch starting from Tuting and terminating at Pasighat that takes about one week to cover via river rafting.

Barapole River, Coorg

Barapole River has a 3 km long stretch with creatively named rapids such as the Grasshopper, the Morning Coffee, the Big Bang and the Wicked Witch. Located in the Western ghats, Barapole River receives heavy rains during monsoon, and many streams join Barapole to strengthen it. All the rapids in this river are of grade 2 to 4. Monsoon and post monsoon months from June to September are the best time to enjoy rafting here.

Dandeli is another reputed white water river rafting spot in Karnataka offering both long and short runs in river Kali.

Alaknanda River, Uttarakhand

With a rafting stretch extending from Chamoli to Devprayag, Alaknanda River is sure to offer you a good dose of shrill and thrill. Meandering through rough terrains, Alaknanda River sets the stage for a challenging water sport. Rapids here are of grade IV & V, and are named as Hillary Fall, Kakar Fall, Karnprayag Confluence, Bagwan Rapid and Confluence of Rudraprayag.

Kali/Sharda River, Uttarakhand

Originating from Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand and forming a natural boundary between India and Nepal, Kali River passes through green forest. Rafting in this beautiful river offers a view of wild animals and birds. You can enjoy rafting here in pre-snowmelt season (March / April) as well as post-snowmelt season (May / June or Mid-Sept / Oct / Nov).

Tons River, Garhwal

Flowing through the western part of Uttarakhand, the river is the biggest tributary to Yamuna River. The rafting stretch here has rapids of III, IV and V grade, and is considered as one of the toughest rafting spots in India.

Kundalika River in Kolad, Maharasthra

Don’t remain stuck in an ordinary life anymore. Enjoy multiple sensations with river rafting in the white waters of Kundalika River of Kolad. You will also enjoy spectacular views of nature all around while rafting here. Most of the rapids in Kundalika are of grade II and III.

River Bhagirathi, Uttarakhand

One of the main tributaries to the River Ganga, the Bhagirathi River offers an unforgettable rafting experience. The whitewaters of the River Bhagirathi leaves you wanting more and more. Most of the rapids here are of grade III and IV.

The Final Word

Now, that you have gone through the top 10 rivers for rafting in India, it is time to pack your bags, have some fun on roaring tides of these mighty rivers, and challenge the ‘mother nature’. After all, you feel lively when you are ready to take challenges.

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