Goa is always a summer paradise. Even in the winter months, this sunny state sees visitors from across the world who come to enjoy the sun, sand and surf. Many activities have sprung up to cater to the intrepid tourist’s appetite for adventure including a number of water sports and adventure activities. Traditionally, come the monsoons, the seas become impossible to navigate safely, leading to a dearth of activities, but no more. Thanks to Southern River Adventures’ white water rafting, the Goa water sports scene has been revitalised during the monsoon season.
Take a trip away from the normal Goan beach scenes into the wilderness of the Western Ghats. Ride the rapids on the river Mahdei and add a whole new dimension to your Goa vacation.
White water rafting starts with a meet and greet at the Earthen Pot restaurant (next to the government hospital) in Valpoi in North Goa. From here, experienced guides transport your group to The Mahdei River to enjoy the thrills and chills of class two and three rapids. They also bring you back to the Earthen Pot after you’ve had your thrills on the river.
During the monsoon season; beginning at the end of June/start of July and finishing in September (depending on the rains), the white water rafting tour takes place twice a day, every day.
9.30 am and 2.30pm at the Earthen pot restaurant
Depending on the rapids and the water levels the trip can last anywhere between two and a half to three hours, including transport to and from the river. Be sure and allot sufficient time so that you can fully enjoy your experience.
Children under the age of 12 or height of 4 feet will not be allowed to undertake the trip for reasons of safety.
Persons who have consumed alcohol are not permitted to join the tour group
Rafters are advised NOT to wear long, loose clothing and saris are not allowed.
Ideal clothing includes shorts or leggings and a tshirt or synthetic top
Use footwear that can stand up to getting wet i.e. floaters or joggers. Slippers are NOT allowed
The sport is designed to keep it interesting throughout the 10km stretch of white water. Rapids with names like "Big Daddy" "Giant Haystacks" "Y fronts" and "Pipeline" are going to make sure that you have a blast and get thoroughly soaked.
Travelling in wet clothes, is not a lot of fun after you get out of the raft, so be sure and carry a change of clothes and shoes, as well as a towel to dry off with. Those who think that white water rafting is “hungry work” can also carry cash with them so they can eat at the restaurant after the trip.
The trip costs Rs 1800 per person. You can book your exciting rafting trip in Goa here and now so that you are not disappointed by lack of seats later.
Having undertaken this exciting adventure, you’re sure to want some souvenirs of it for posterity. That being said, you probably don’t want your camera exposed to the rigours of white water rafting or worse, dropped into the river during a tumultuous stretch of rapids.
Here at Southern River Adventures we have thought of everything and will photographically document your trip, making the pictures available to you at the end of the experience. Those who wish to purchase printed photographs can do so; or, for those who prefer digital copies, can carry a pendrive and receive their photos that way.
This is a brilliant way to enjoy the monsoon in Goa, a must do for everyone with an adventurous spirit. The tour operators at Southern River Adventures are experienced and have a sterling reputation; having navigated over 50,000 people safely through the rapids without the trips being marred by a single accident.
So head out for a day of fun and frolic accompanied by a heady adrenaline rush and unique way in which to explore more of the Goan countryside.