Tourists throng Dubare to enjoy rafting

Tourists throng Dubare to enjoy rafting

Tourists go rafting in River Cauvery at Dubare.

Rafting, an activity that is a big favourite of tourists at Dubare, is back. As a result, the tourist camp is buzzing with activities again.

As river rafting had been banned in River Cauvery at Dubare a year ago, the number of tourists had dipped drastically.

The rafting association had urged the district administration and District In-charge Minister Sa Ra Mahesh to lift the ban on rafting and support the local entrepreneurs.

As the ban has been lifted, tourists are now making a beeline during weekends to take part in the adrenaline-pumping and adventurous activity.

This, in turn, has left the organisers of the rafting activities as well as the local vendors smiling.

River water level

Water rafting at Dubare is being conducted along a distance of eight kilometres. The water level in River Cauvery too has risen, following good rain in the district. More number of youth were seen enjoying rafting.

The sport was relaunched at Barapole as well. Barapole is located 35 kilometres away from Madikeri. A fee of Rs 600 is charged per head for those keen on rafting activity.

River rafting was introduced in Dubare in 2002. In case of good rain, rafting activities can been conducted till December.

Dhanush, a software engineer who took part in rafting at Dubare, said, “The plans to take part in the rafting activity could not be realised a year ago as it had been banned. Now, we got a new experience.”

Elephant camp

Businessmen said that as the rain was less this year, more number of tourists were landing in Kodagu. Many of the tourists have also been visit the elephant camp at Dubare.

Randeep from Bengaluru said that he would like to explore all tourist sites in Kodagu.

Tourists have been thronging Raja Seat, Abbey Falls, Mallalli and Irpu Falls. The homestay and resort business has also been revived, the businessmen added.