I am really excited to write this post. This is the first trip we friends went together without any parental guidance. We planned everything on our own right from booking tickets to arranging cab for the travel.
When we started, I never thought that this trip was gonna be so much fun. One of my cousins and my friend D had already visited the place and explained their experience but I never knew that time that this was gonna be an experience to remember life time.
Coorg (kodagu) is located in the eastern slopes of the western ghats. It shares its border with Hassan district to the north, Mysore district to the east, Kasaragod district in west and Kannur district of Kerala to the southwest, and Wayanad district of Kerala to the south.
We started from Mysore after breakfast and went directly to Coorg. The white water river rafting is done in the river called Barapole. We did not do any pre-booking and bought ticket straightaway. They will give a life jacket and helmet. Loose clothes, watches, jewels, mobile, camera etc are not allowed. But we managed to take a digital camera by covering it in a plastic cover and kept in a jacket with closed pocket.
The instructor will come along and he instructed us in English. The raft can occupy six people. There is nothing to hold but there was a strap to put our feet inside. The raft in designed in a way to balance itself on the water I guess. The instructor will tell you how to use the paddle. He can find out who is putting less effort and will hit with the paddle on the helmet. He often made fun that our action is like ‘frying dhal’ rather than rafting 😛
The actual fun is, after reaching a certain distance, you can jump in to the water. Don’t panic. We need not to know swimming. Yes. The life jacket we are wearing can make us float. Real fun right? If you are hesitant to jump in to the waters, the instructor will literally push you inside the water. So beware!
I am always excited to be in water but there was a bad experience during my childhood where I was drowned inside a swimming pool in a theme park. I so wanted to enjoy but I was scared so I stayed near the raft as you can see in the pics 🙂
The river flow won’t be stable or same. The gradient can increase, flow can be rapid, turbulence can be formed. That is why it is called as white water rafting. But nothing to worry as such. The instructor can take for everything. Neither was know swimming and rafting and we all survived right 😛
We asked for surfing/spinning also. Which means, spinning the raft with certain speed. It should be done by experts only I guess because the instructor was a bit hesitant when we asked for it. But we convinced him to do that and it was so much fun.
It took like 3 hours for the whole experience and then we thanked the instructor took photos with him and changed our dress. We went to a place called Nisagardhama Park which is famous for deer, rabbits and a hanging bridge. It was almost evening and went back to Mysore.
The trip was solely made for the river rafting experience. So the next day we did not have much plans and by evening we had to reach Bangalore. So we went to wonderla, a theme park which on the way to Bangalore from Mysore.
Personally, I felt like we have missed the Tibetian Monastery- Bylakuppe, Iruppu Falls (my cousin swear by this place as a must visit) and Dubare Elephant Camp. Other than this many places are there like coffee plantation, temples etc.
Mysore to Coorg – 130 Km Approx. The Tibetian Monastery is on the way to Coorg. So it can be visited before Coorg. Iruppu falls – 60 Km Approx. May be the next day can be planned for the falls and on the way back Nisagardhama Park can be visited. Mysore to Wonderla – 137 Km.
Best season to visit – July to October
Age Group – 14 years and above
What to wear – Best could be a tee shirt and track pants with a footwear with straps. Please avoid saree, skirts, slip-ons
Not suitable for – Pregnant Ladies, Heart Patients, Peson more than 100 kgs, Children below 14 years
Please add this to your bucket list. It is a must visit. I wanna re-visit this place again and again and again.
Ps : The photo taken from http://www.kodaguriverrafting.com/ is just for representation purpose. Will be deleted if the owner have a concern.