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Rafting in Dandeli is stunning recreational water activity. White water river rafting is an arduous and challenging adventure and this activity in Dandeli starts from Ganeshgudi which is the start point and ends at Maulangi Dandeli. The river near Dandeli, coupled with Virnoli rapids makes a perfect hotspot for adventure sports like river rafting. This stretch covers a distance of about 9.5 kilometers and you need at least 3 hours to cover it. The thrill starts at around 8 - 9 am in morning.
The best time for river rafting is from November to February. However, travelers, who do not visit Dandeli during this period, can still river raft, depending on the water flow. Before getting on the rafts, passengers are instructed with all safety measures. It is very essential for all these measures, to understand the technique and apply them whenever needed and guided. It is also necessary to wear gears like helmets and life jackets and take every possible precautionary measure. As river rafting is a thrilling adventure activity, performing it under an expert’s supervision is a must and Dandeli has guides who are experts in the sport.
The rafts that are used for this activity are inflatable boats, consisting of very durable, multi-layered rubberized or vinyl fabrics with several independent air chambers. The length of these vary from 20 feet, having a width of 8 feet down; to very portable single-person packrafts that may be as small as 4.9 feet long. These may weigh as little as 1.8 kg. As Dandeli is an eco-friendly tourist destination, river rafting here can be really enjoyable. Rapids range between 2 to 4 grade which is great for a first timer as well as for an experienced rafter.
The adrenaline gush from navigating these mixed rapids is an unmatched experience and must be tried at least once by every person. Along with the fun rafting experience, you can also enjoy other parts of Dandeli such as the wildlife sanctuary, rappelling, kayaking, various excursions, etc. You can choose these expeditions from our list of the best rafting tours in Dandeli and other tours carefully curated to showcase the best of eco-friendly Dandeli.
People Also Ask About Rafting in Dandeli
What is the best time to visit Dandeli for rafting?
Winter season is the best season for a visit to Dandeli for a taste of river rafting. From October to February as the water levels are high for the same. Summers are also nice for a visit, the climate being moderate throughout the season.
There are various adventure activities in Dandeli that you can do at the different time of the year.The monsoons, however, are the least advisable time for a trip if you’re planning on rafting.
What all should I carry while visiting Dandeli for rafting?There are a couple of essentials one should carry while planning to do river rafting. See below:
1. Quick dry shorts/bathing suit.
2. Synthetic shirt for warmth and sun protection.
3. Sturdy footwear – sandals with straps (no flip-flops), sneakers, wetsuit boots.
4. Hat with brim to protect face from sun.
5. Sunglasses with retainer strap.
6. Avoid all cotton clothing, as cotton gets cold when wet.
What types of rapids will be there in Dandeli?
The Dandeli rafting trail stretches for around 12 km, making it one of the most exciting and exhilarating stretches of rafting. The rapids in the Dandeli River Rafting can be classified into grade 2 and grade 3 rapids which are ideal for both professionals and inexperienced rafters.
While Grade 2 rapids are relatively easy to maneuver with little bumps and easy passages, the grade 3 rapids require expert steering and an eye for detail for passing ways. However, due to the presence of skilled instructors, the activity is safe for amateurs as well as experienced rafting professionals.
Which river is famous for rafting in Dandeli?
River Kali is one of the best rivers for rafting in the entire country.
What is the cost of rafting in Dandeli?
River rafting is conducted from morning 9 am to 2pm. The average cost per person is INR 1400.
What should be worn during rafting in Dandeli?
One should wearlight clothes or bathing suit while going for rafting. Avoid cotton clothing as it absorbs all the water and gets cold when wet.
Will we have guide while river rafting in Dandeli?
Yes, there are skilled instructors while rafting so the activity is safe for amateurs as well as experienced rafting professionals.
These rafting guides also train you before the session about all the equipment and also with various instructions during the entire session.
I do not know swimming; can I go for rafting?
One can definitely go for river rafting, regardless of the fact if they are swimmers or not. We provide safety jackets to all the people who do this activity and have skilled instructors on board in case of any emergency. This will still be a life-altering experience.
Is there any age restriction for the river rafting in Dandeli?
Yes, the kids below the age group of 12 years are not permitted to do river rafting in Dandeli. This is because the rapids can get very high while rafting.