Rivers of Varahi and Sita are ideal for rafting in Udipi district on East Karnataka. Rafting here is possible during rains when water levels are high. Rafting in Sitanadi and Varahi, you may encounter Grade II and III rapids. Apart from several private agents who organise rafting, Jungle Lodges and Resorts is state government body which organises rafting in the region. With around 350 kms from Bangalore and very close to Mangalore, these rafting sites in Karantaka are quite popular.
There are two choices of rafting at Sitanadi. One is from Nisarga Dham to Belinje bridge covering 14 kms and other is Nisarga Dhama to Jomlu Tirtha which is around 22 kms.
Rafting in Varahi river is on at Anejari Nisarga Dama near Kollur. Rafting in Varahi river starts from Hosangady to New Bridge covering 24 kms or from Hosangady to Hole Shankaranarayan covering 18 kms. Here rafting can be done throughout the year.
Apart from Sitanadi rafting, rafting in Karnataka is done in Kali river in Dandeli, Varahi river in Kollur, Cavery river near Bheemeshwari and Coorg.
How to reach:
Goa is the nearest international airport for these rafting locations. Hebri and Kollur are well accessed by road from Bangalore, Mangalore and Udipi. Sitanadi Nisarga Dhama is about 35 km from Udipi. Kollur is about 70 kms from Udipi.
One can also combine one of the following options during rafting tours.
- Trek to Agumbe Ghat
- Trek to Onake Abbe falls and Koodlu Theertha falls
- Sharavathi Wildlife Sanctuary
- Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary