Destinations: Rishikesh, Kaudiyala, Shivpuri
Duration: 2 night, 3 days
Distance: Around 80 km from Rishikesh
Experience: River rafting (Category of rapid- Grade I, II, III and IV)
Budget: Approx INR 2,500 (per person)
Arrive in Rishikesh in the morning and check into your accommodation. Spend the day exploring the temple town, visit the shrines and in the evening enjoy the aarti (divine ritual) by the River Ganga. Rishikesh and its surrounding areas have numerous “propulsion” points for rafting, from where the experience begins. One of the most popular and challenging ones is at Kaudiyala, a small village. This starting point is also the furthest one from Rishikesh. There are 13 rapids in the stretch of the Ganga from Kaudiyala till Rishikesh, and of different grades, including Grade III and Grade IV. The stretch offers a mix of easy to difficult rapids, including the the 'Wall’ a rapid where 90 per cent of rafts flip over. Do not attempt this stretch without an expert guide. The total number of hours of rafting that you will enjoy in this trip will be around 36 km and the time taken to complete the distance will be around 6 to 7 hours. There are several other itineraries you can explore from Rishikesh. For more information, click
Rishikesh to Kaudiyala
In the morning, drive to Kaudiyala after breakfast. The hour-long road trip is beautiful. In case you do not want to stay at Rishikesh at night, you can stay at Kaudiyala as well. Rafting begins in the morning. The start is made at with a stretch of 18 km from Kaudiyala to Shivpuri. Experience enthralling rafting riding rapids like the Three Blind Mice, The Wall and Crossfire till Shivpuri. Enjoy the serene river-side scenery of Shivpuri before you drive back to Kaudiyala. You will reach in around 30 minutes.
Kaudiyala is around 40 km from Rishikesh by road and it will take about one hour to reach by taxi.
The nearest railway station is at Rishikesh (41 km)
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport (55 km)
Shivpuri to Rishikesh
The day's rafting begins from Shivpuri. The stretch from Shivpuri to Rishikesh is of 16 km and there are wild rapids like the Initiation, Roller Coaster, Return to the Sender, Double Trouble, Golf Course and Club House. Besides river rafting, you also can also try body surfing. Reach Shivpuri and enjoy the sprakling silver sandy beaches by the Ganga. Here, you can either end your trip and disembark from the raft and drive onwards to your destination. Or you can float past beautiful temples, ashrams and ghats and linger around in the river for a little more time.