During the long weekend of Christmas 2019, we finalised that we would travel to Hubli and take day trips to Dandeli and Badami/Aihole/Pattadakal. We were 5 of us and stayed at SmartStay Serviced Apartment in Hubli.
Dandeli is a taluk in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. River Kali also known as Kali nadi that flows through Dandeli, originates at Diggi in the Western Ghats and flows into the Arabian sea.
Dandeli White Water Rafting is done in the stretch- downstream the Supa Dam. It has three different levels of difficulty and starts from a place called Ganeshgudi. Depending on the level of difficulty, distance and time taken the prices vary.
Level 1 - 1 km, priced at Rs 600 and journey time is approximately 30 minutes
Level 2 - 5.5 km, priced at Rs 1200 and journey time is approximately 1.5 hours
Level 3 - 9 km, priced at Rs 1400 and journey time is approximately 2 hours
There are many resorts in and around Ganeshgudi and Dandeli that conduct water activities like rafting, kayaking, zipline across the river, natural Jacuzzi, etc. All these activities are supervised and guided by trained professionals.
Our journey from Hubli started at 6:30 am and we drove towards Dharwad -> Haliyal -> Ganeshgudi to reach Flycatcher Adventures and Resort at 9 am. Parking facility was provided to us inside the resort premises. As we had pre-booked our rafting slot the guide, Shabbir, was available by the time we reached the resort.
As soon as we reached the resort, we changed to our rafting clothes. Changing rooms and washrooms are available for both men and women which were quite clean and hygienic. We then proceeded to have breakfast at the restaurant in the resort as our guide had suggested to eat something to get the energy to raft for the next 1.5 hours/5.5 km. Breakfast buffet is available at Rs 150/person or you can also opt from their Ala Carte menu.
It is advisable to not take any valuables while rafting. The whole rafting experience will be captured by the guide in a GoPro. This costs additional Rs 1500 per group.
We were then taken in a jeep to the starting point which is just 2 min away from the resort. The place is calm and surrounded by dense forest.
The first thing that we wore was a life jacket and helmet. It is important to wear it securely because sometimes the jacket may come off when you fall into the water.