The water rockets in foamy splendour hurtling down the slopes. A group of men and women with safety jackets, helmets and other safety gear swivel their oars as they glide in the rapids, letting out shrieks of excitement. Some fall of the raft and pull themselves up again, others manage to hang on as the raft plunges on. These are the images of river rafting that are enough to set off the adrenaline traipsing merrily through one’s veins. If you are looking for a thrill river rafting adventure, then you do not have to look far. Coorg, also known as Scotland of the East is an ideal locale to indulge in this adventurous sport. Coorg is a hilly district in the state of Karnataka and is located about 250 kilometres from the capital city of Bangalore. The place is well connected by road to Bangalore and is nestled in the midst of hills and embellished by Coffee plantations, gushing waterfalls, meandering rivers, and lush forests.
The terrain of Coorg district with steep gradients renders itself very well for river rafting. River rafting is a challenging adventure that tests ones skills of negotiating rough waters, usually in the rapids in a raft.
River Rafting on the Barapole River
The Barapole river in Coorg is indeed a river of opportunity for those looking for a slice of adventure in the rapids. The river rafting run in the river is for about 3 to 4 kilometres and the entire adventure takes about 3 hours which will include a short introductory and acclimatization session. Safety measures are taught and each rafter is given hands on experience of going overboard and rescuing as well.
Once you are ready and the excitement has built into a crescendo, the raft sets off in the rapids for its tryst with adventure amidst squeals of excitement. The rapids themselves have been very imaginatively named as Grasshopper, Morning Coffee, Wicked Witch, and Big Bang. The spray of water, the act of getting wet, falling into the water and getting onboard again all are part and parcel of the excitement and adventure of river rafting.
Who can participate in River Rafting