What You Need to Know About White Water Rafting in the Mandovi River

On the one hand, Goa is all about unwinding in the sun, sand, and sea, but on the other, it is about being wild and adventurous. And guess what takes this level of adventure to the next level? It is the latest addition to the list of adventurous sports in Goa – white water rafting. Especially white water rafting in the Mandovi River is gaining popularity among true adventure junkies. 

White water rafting in Goa is the ultimate way to experience the state’s wild side. It keeps your adrenaline at its peak throughout the activity. And also demands your mind and body to be in sync and teaches you to coordinate with fellow rowers. 

If you’re looking for an exciting solo trip to Goa that will keep you on your toes, then add white water rafting to your list. So let us look at everything you need to know about this activity in the Mandovi River.

White water rafting in the Mandovi River

The Mandovi River, also called the Mhadei River, is one of the primary rivers of the tropical state. It also connects the mainland to various islands of Goa. And lately, the government prioritising the rivers of Goa has led to the emergence of this thrill-filled activity. 

White water rafting in this river attracts visitors because of its adventure factor as well as its beauty. The Mandovi River runs alongside Goa’s well-known wildlife sanctuary, Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary. As a result, while rafting on the Mandovi River, you will also get some rare sights of the sanctuary. 

Now coming to the rafting, you will get to cover a 10-kilometre stretch in this river. There are primarily two shifts for river rafting on the Mandovi River. One begins at 9:30 a.m., the other at 2:30 p.m. A rafting session can last up to three hours. As a result, choose the timing that works best for you. However, you should always arrive early to communicate with your guide and understand the brief.

Rapids like Big Daddy, Giant Haystacks, and Y Fronts in the Mandovi River make a never-forgetting experience for visitors.

Is white water rafting in the Mandovi River suitable for beginners?

Are you concerned about your inexperience but also eager to participate in this activity? Do not be concerned. White water rafting on the Mandovi River is a beginner-friendly activity. The river has grade 2 and 3 levels and passes through narrow passages, making it relatively easy for beginners to navigate.

There are also qualified instructors to guide you through the entire activity. They shoulder all of the responsibilities, including your safety. All you have to do is listen to your instructor and follow the safety rules. Besides, as it is a group activity, there will also be other people on the raft. So there is nothing to worry about at all.

The best time for white water rafting 

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The best time for rafting is unlike the best time to visit Goa. The monsoon season in Goa (July –September) is ideal for white water rafting as the river gushes down in all its power with higher waves. This creates a perfect atmosphere for rafting. 

I understand your aversion to visiting Goa during the monsoon season. But, after visiting Goa during the monsoon season, my perspective has shifted. Now, I have a thing for Goa during the monsoons. Perhaps because there are fewer tourists or because Goa’s tropical beauty is at its peak during the monsoons. So, don’t limit yourself. Explore Goa in a new light.

What is the cost of white water rafting in the Mandovi River?

The cost of rafting in the Mandovi River depends on with whom you book the trip. However, as far as I know, it should not exceed Rs.2000 ($25.08). This price includes all safety equipment, guides, and pick-up and drop-off from your Goa accommodation. So don’t spend any extra money!

Things to keep in mind before you go for white water rafting in the Mandovi River

With all that being said, there are certain things you need to keep in mind before opting for this activity.

  1. Do not consume alcohol or any drug right before the activity.
  2. It is always better to have light meals as there’s a lot of movement involved in this activity, or else you might feel uneasy.
  3. To avoid mishaps, you should wear fitted clothes and waterproof shoes (no slippers).
  4. Keep in mind to wear your safety gear properly.
  5. Make sure you’re attentive right from the start of your activity.
  6. Carry your essentials such as ID proof, sunscreen, towels, and a set of clothing.
  7. The minimum age limit is 12.

Best white water rafting organisers in Goa

Wander Trails, Goa Rafting, River Rafting Goa, Goa Bananas, and Atlantis Water Sports are some of the organisers. They organise not only rafting but also adventure sports such as kayakingsurfing, parasailing, and so on. So, if you want to try them all, go for the packages.

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Where else can you go for white water rafting in Goa?

If you are wondering if there’s any other place for river rafting in Goa, then to your surprise, there is another river where this activity takes place. It is the Valpoi River. Everything else remains the same except the cost.

So when are you planning your rafting trip to Goa?

Now that you know everything about white water rafting in the Mandovi River, are you ready to plan your solo trip to Goa and feel the thrill? If you’ve already experienced this adventurous activity, do share your experience in the comment section. Till then, keep travelling safely!


An introverted blogger who is looking to make unforgettable solo travel memories with one short life.

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