River Rafting At Bheemeshwari – Day Trip From Bangalore

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Ready for Bheemeshwari River rafting
Ready for Bheemeshwari River rafting

If you live in Bangalore, and you have an adventure streak, River Rafting at Bheemeshwari is something that may interest you. Bheemeshwari is about 100 km’s from Bangalore. It is better known as one of the locations where you have Jungle Lodges resorts, a concept that has really picked up well in Karnataka. The place is by the river Cauvery. There are small and simple things that you can do around there, like fishing, just sitting by the river on old tree trunks and laze around in Hammocks. Or just listen to the music of the flow of river though it seemingly appears quiet.

Bheemeshwari River Rafting.

Whitewater is formed in a rapid, when a river’s gradient drops enough to form a bubbly, or aerated and unstable current; the frothy water appears white. Rapids or the entire river are graded according to an International grading system in six categories. From I to VI, I being the easiest and the safest and VI being the toughest and most dangerous, almost suicidal. The raft is a specially crafted boat like equipment which floats on the water. As rafters, you are supposed to sit on the periphery of the raft with a paddle each in your hand. It has multiple channels which are designed in a modular way and builds redundancy in case of any part of raft going bad.

Rafting Instructors.

A rafting instructor is with you who gives you commands to paddle forward or backward or not to paddle according to where you are in the river. Depending upon where and how big the rapid is and of course how confident you are in handling yourself in case the raft topples.

By the river rafting site at Bheemeshwari
By the river rafting site at Bheemeshwari

Grade 2 Rapids.

The rapids in Cauvery at Bheemeshwari are of grade 2 or so. It can be a good warm up ground for doing rafting in other places like Rishikesh, where you get rapids of higher grades. The rafting instructors are friendly and they make an effort to make you feel comfortable. While they also push you to get over your fears. Like my instructor made me jump into the water while holding the rope by the side of the raft and just float in water. I was scared to do that as I do not know swimming. But once I was in the water it felt so simple to simply float with the raft. And it, of course, took the fear of water out of me to a certain extent.

Landscape by Bheemeshwari at the river rafting site
Landscape by Bheemeshwari at the river rafting site

Travel Time.

It takes about 3 hours to reach Bheemeshwari from Bangalore and the 8 km rafting trip takes about 2 hours or so. If you plan properly you can pack in a small trek in the jungle around the river. Spot some elephants and deer, and you can see some birds. Trek is pretty light. You get to eat at the jungle lodges eating place. Some plain and simple food and some tea with biscuits in the evening. All in all, you can have a well spent day. You can come back home physically tired but mentally refreshed.

Recommend you to read following One Day Trip From Bangalore.

  1. Bheemeshwari & Shivasamudram Travelogue.
  2. Innovative Film City Bangalore.
  3. Muddenahalli – Village of Bharat Ratna Visvesvarayya.
  4. Halenijgal – Another Sunday Off Bangalore.
  5. A Day Trip To Kamlapur.
  6. Road Trip to Magadi.
  7. Drive to Pearl Valley – Bangalore.
  8. Navadarshanam – An Experiment In Alternate Living.

20 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Annu,

    It was a pleasant surprise to find this blog !!! I was searching for something and Google offered me this blog !!!
    I am back in Pune and will be here for sometime. Please send me an e-mail to satyanarayanj@yahoo.com with your contact details. I will talk to you.

    – Satya (JoJo)

  2. Hi Annu

    Can we drive in the morning and come back by evening from this site.

    I also want to understand if we get all rafting equipement there itself or we need to hire some tour operators.

    Regards
    Abhishek

  3. Hi! Anu its great to find this blog, and that too soooo much almost a ton of info from a privet person (non tour operator), great to hear about instrectors too, as Dinesh who is the main instrector and me worked together in events in GETHNAA.

    Lalit kumat
    Venture Adventure Club

  4. Hi,

    Thanks for all the info on Bheemeshwari, we were looking for a good place near bangalore for a one day outing and this place seems to be perfect. your blog is very informative

  5. Hi Annu

    I want to know if we can plan to come back same day evening. Also, how tiring is it? Can we drive back after the rafting? Where do we book rafting – in advance, or we get the options there? Please give me your no, or mail me on missmeenalmalik@yahoo.co.in. We are planning this for the coming SUnday…..Thanx / Meenal

  6. Hi Anu,

    this is Mohan from Bangalore. Thanks for your blog on Bheemeshwari.

    Our friends have planned to visit this place as a one day trip. Could you please let me know what are all the other places apart from river rafting is available around? Also, it would be great if you could provide some contact details to arrange for river rafting from here as well.

    Thanks in advance.

    Regards,
    Mohan

  7. Nice pics..hope you enjoyed a lot in the trip…Bheemeshwari is one of the best place for river rafting,and picnic spot, even fishing at cauvery…ON demand trip to bheemeshwari is available at Thrillophilia Adventures …

  8. Bheemeshwari is a lovely getaway from Bangalore. I loved their coracle rides as well as the ziplines. Your post reminds me that I should do an outing again. 😀

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