White Water River Rafting in Goa, my Experience
White Water River Rafting in Goa, a must do adventure activity in monsoons.
Whoever has discouraged you from visiting Goa during monsoons need some enlightenment in that matter! The monsoon story of Goa has always been a mixed one for the locals… for some pleasant and for some not so pleasant. But for tourists I can say it is going to be a pleasant one always!
During peak monsoons, when rivers are filled to brim, tourists can now raft along the stunning forested wilderness of the Mhadei River. In fact, more the rains more will be the fun. I got a taste of this thrill of white water rafting this monsoon – thanks to Goa Tourism.
White Water River Rafting in Goa was unheard of till sometime back. Southern River Adventures started this tour in 2012 in association with Goa Tourism. The entire rafting trip lies in Western Ghats of Goa which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. During July to September when rains lash this little state of India, tourists can indulge in white water river rafting activity in Mandovi River (locally known as Mahdei River) The founder of this activity in Goa is John Pollard. He is reputed to be the pioneer of river rafting activities in South of India. He introduced 6 new stretches of rafting to this part of the country since 1999 and has safely rafted 50,000 people accident free.
White Water River Rafting in Goa my Experience
Mahdei River carries the outpouring water of South West monsoons, rushing and gurgling along the slopes of Western Ghats. As the river swings, surges and turns along its course of flow, it offers fine rafting of class 2 to 3 rapids with stunning forest backdrops. Being a first timer, I did not know what to expect. But then the whole activity was handled so well that I found this very exciting, safe and adventurous. Probably now I can venture out and try some class 4 to 5 rapids in Himalayas. White water river rafting activity is definitely a must try trip for both first time rafters and seasoned paddlers alike. The trip itself is of one hour duration.
All of us assembled near Earthen Pot restaurant in Valpoi. We were given a small lecture on the rafting requirements here. Here the activity operators ask each participant of any medical ailments they suffer. Accordingly they are segregated. From here we were driven to the starting point in the banks of Mahdei River. We were grouped in batches of 6 to 8 people. Each of us was given life jackets and helmets and of course the oars. There were 8 rafts that day, each led by highly skilled and experienced guide.
My Rafting Experience
And amidst all cheering among ourselves
we started our journey of 10kms along Mahdei River!
I was seeing this side of stunning scenery of the UNESCO World Heritage area of the Western Ghats for the first time. With rains the entire stretch looked so green and fresh, we could spot some birds too. Then came the rapids! Our guide kept screaming to move the oars: Forward Forward… Backward Backward!!!!
Where?!! I was dazed at the onset of first rapid. I was frozen fearing I would fall off in to the river. After I crossed it, I realized I am still sitting safely in the raft some braveness sunk in and my spirits soared. The rapids of the river has some impressive names: ‘Big Daddy’, ‘Giant Haystacks’, ‘Y fronts’, ‘Pipeline’… for the first time when the guide said Big Daddy is coming… I wondered where… and what! In between the rapids too we were active with co tourists from rafts splashing water on to other rafts.
By the end of the trip we were soaked
head to toe with water, happiness and content!
#travel tips for White Water River Rafting in Goa
- First and foremost if you love your life listen and obey every instruction of the experienced and skilled guides.
- Carry an entire set of fresh clothes to experience a new dry you after the thrilling activity.
- Leave your high heels and sandals behind, shoes are the best.
- The season lasts for only sixteen weeks an year and there are two trips per day at 10 and 2.30. So plan ahead and book yourself a seat to avoid disappointments.
- It is best to be punctual here! Be there half an hour ahead of time.
- The costing of Rs.1800 includes drive to river bank and back, and all the necessary safety accessories there.
Some Don’t Dos
- Don’t carry your camera. The guides carry cameras, click and share them at a nominal cost.
- Don’t be late and delay the team.
#Rafting trivia: The first rubber raft was made by Lt. John Fremont and Horace H. Day believed to be built it the 1840s. They planned to survey the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains.
Contact details of Goa Rafting
Address: Southern River Adventures And Sports Pvt. Ltd. (Goa Branch Postal Address) 115 Borvanwado, Nachinola, Bardez, Goa, 403508.
(Operations at) Earthen Pot Restaurant, Sayed Nagar, Valpoi, Sattari, Goa.
Call: +91-9545305734 or +91 8805727230
Here is You Tube link to the white water river rafting in Goa that I experienced on 30th July 2016. It was taken by the guides there and shared with us.