White water rafting, one of the most popular monsoon activities in Goa, that draws thousands of water sports enthusiasts and tourists to Goa has now commenced. With the monsoons, the activity offers adventure experience on river Mhadei.
Nilesh Cabral, chairman, Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC), said, “White water rafting is a water sport adventure activity that has become very popular during the monsoons. Both tourists and Goans have been availing this facility during the last three years and we are confident that the 2016 edition will also get an overwhelming response.”
The river rafting facility will be available from July to October 2016 subject to availability of rapids and adequate water currents, and suitable weather conditions. There will be two trips beginning at 9.30 am and 2.30 pm every day. The rafting activity is open to both adults and children above 12 years of age.
The trip starts at the rafters meeting point next to Earthen Pot Restaurant, Valpoi in North Goa from where a vehicle transports the rafters through the jungle on a 25 minute drive, followed by a 10 minute walk into the Mhadei river valley before reaching the river side.
The rafting expedition on rafts for six to eight persons through numerous class II and III rapids covers a distance of approx 10 km in 90 minutes. Prior to departure, a briefing is conducted for safety and other procedures. Charges are fixed at INR 1,800 per head. The total charges with transportation from Panjim (Paryatan Bhavan) is INR 2,500 per head and from Calangute Residency INR 2,600 per head.