7 Best River Rafting Destinations Near Bangalore
White-water rafting has rapidly gained popularity as one of the most thrilling adventure sports in India. There are several grades in rafting, also known as the International Scale of River Difficulty, ranging from 1 (smooth and basic) to 6 (dangerous).
Apart from some popular destinations for rafting in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and North East, the state of Karnataka provides abundant opportunities for the lovers of water sports and wildlife. Most of the sites are located in the beautiful Western Ghats and are pristine beach towns offering incomparable adventure to thrill seekers.
Majestic rivers like Cauvery, Kali, Sharavathi, Sita meandering through the state offer extreme adventure through their strong currents. These towns near Bangalore offer river rafting and other exciting activities for a perfect weekend getaway:
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1. Kabini, 140 kms from Bangalore
Famous for once being the hunting spot of Maharaja of Mysore, a tributary of the Cauvery river, Kabini offers thrilling rafting experience for beginners as well as experts. It passes through a wildlife sanctuary and offers numerous activities for wildlife enthusiasts as well.
Activities: River Rafting, wildlife safari, trekking
2. Bheemeshwari, 120 Kms from Bangalore
Located on the banks of the Cauvery River is Bheemeshwari, tucked away from the city and offering spectacular natural beauty. The swift currents of the river maneuvering through thick forests offer much thrill to the rafters.
Activities: River Rafting, camping, kayaking, trekking, bird watching
3. Kondaji, 260 Kms from Bangalore
Situated some 12 km from Davangere, and a 4-hour drive from Bangalore, this place is cuddled between lavishly thick forests and beautiful small hamlets. The quaint town also houses some exotic species of birds.
Activities: River Rafting, kayaking, canoeing
Contact: Hotels in Davangere
4. Agumbe, 350 Kms from Bangalore
A small pristine village located in the Shimoga District, Agumbe is one ideal place for rafting in the waters of the river Sita. The place is famous for receiving abundant rainfall in the monsoons, giving rise to exhilarating grade-II and grade-III rapids.
Activities: River rafting, trekking to waterfalls
5. Coorg, 270 Kms from Bangalore
Barapole, located on the banks of the river Kithu Kakathu in Coorg, is one lesser-known rafting destination near Bangalore. Due to turbulent waters, it is mandatory to undergo a specialized training before rafting here.
Activities: River Rafting, Trekking
6. Dandeli, 460 Kms from Bangalore
This town, located 125 Kms from Goa, is home to the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka housing tigers, panthers, bears and other wild animals. River Kali flowing through the town offers some of the best rapids and torrents for the rafters.
Activities: River Rafting, nature walks, angling
7. Honnemardu, 380 Kms from Bangalore
Sharavathi River, nesting the famous Jog Falls is an adventurer’s delight. A small, hilly town that overlooks Linganamakki Reservoir offers spectacular sunrise and sunset points.
Activities: River Rafting, boating, canoeing, nature walks
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