Tejaswini River Rafting - 10 Things to Know Before Visiting

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About Tejaswini River Rafting

Tejaswini River Rafting is an exciting white water rafting through the gorgeous upper Tejaswini river. It will take you through the Western Ghat mountains and the lashing monsoon shower. This is one of the few white water rafting offered in the entire Kerala State.

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With plenty of curves and rapids, Tejaswini River Rafting is a one-of-a-kind experience in Kerala. The river goes through rocky areas covering its banks as well as forest trees leaning in as borders. The wild sound of water hitting the rocks makes rafting an adventure. Throughout the rafting, you can see tree branches hanging into the river which -in some parts- are very scary as you can get trapped in them. There are chances of spotting river snakes as well- they are not harmful by the way.

The rafting takes around three to four hours to complete and is physically demanding. Although you are going through a downstream slant, you will have to row hard to keep the boat on the path. If not done correctly, the boat will either hit the riverside or get stuck in the mangrove trees that are growing along the river. The rafting guide will give you instructions on time but you have to follow them. There are some parts of the river where you can jump into the water, make sure that you ask permission from the guide before you go for it.

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History of Tejaswini River Rafting


You will be rafting through the Tejaswini river (also known by the name Kariamkode river) which originates from the Brahmagiri hills of Coorg forest in the neighbouring state of Karnataka and flows through the Kerala districts of Kasaragod and Kannur (the river serves as a border of the two districts to be precise) providing water to the Valiyaparamba backwaters before it meets the Arabian sea in Nileshwar. 

The river is 64 KM in length and 20KM of it is ideal for rafting. The thick foliage that strides into the river, the rocky banks, and the large branches of trees that lean over to the river on both sides make rafting a mesmerising experience.

Best Time to Visit Tejaswini River Rafting


June to October are the ideal months for Tejaswini River Rafting. It is safe for beginners and non-swimmers so don't hesitate to participate. But whatever you do, do not do it without your rafting guide's permission.

Tips for Visiting Tejaswini River Rafting

  1. Proper precautions need to be taken before rafting. Always follow the instructions of the trained guides. 
  2. Do not stand up in the raft, in parts of the river where the currents are strong, or if there are rocks or leaning trees in the river. 
  3. Life jackets and helmets are compulsory and will be provided.

Interesting Facts and Trivias About Tejaswini River Rafting

  1. Tejaswini River Rafting is one of the very few rafting available in Kerala.

How Much Time Did Visitors Spend at Tejaswini River Rafting

Tejaswini River Rafting takes around three to four hours to complete.

How to Reach Tejaswini River Rafting

The starting point of Tejaswini River Rafting is located at a small town called Pulingome that is situated in Kannur District of Kerala State in Southern India. To reach here, take a bus to Pulingome from the nearby larger Payyannur Town bus stand. The travelling distance is around 35 KM. You can get to Payyannur either by train or from most of the other nearby cities by bus. From Bangalore, there are straight buses to Cherupuzha which is the next town from Pulingome. From Cherupuzha, there are frequent buses to Pulingome.

Entrance Fee of Tejaswini River Rafting

The fee for rafting is about INR 750 per person, minimum of 5 people is required to make a booking. More information on the pricing can be found on the organiser's website- Xtreme Adventures.

Opening Hours of Tejaswini River Rafting

Tejaswini River Rafting is only open in the months from June to October and it is very dependent on the water levels of the river. Before making any plans, reach out to the rafting organiser to know more. Their website- Xtreme Adventures.

Attractions Near Tejaswini River Rafting

Kottathalachi Mala (Mount Kottathalachi)

Kottathalachi Mala (Mount Kottathalachi)

3.49km from Tejaswini River Rafting

Located 900 meters above sea level, Mount Kottathalachi is accessible either by a 3 km hike or by off road vehicles. The peak is filled with tall green grasses which dances with the cool breeze, and amazing 360 degree views of thousands of Western Ghat Mountain peaks. This is also a local Christian pilgrim site.

Thayyeni Koomban

Thayyeni Koomban

5.13km from Tejaswini River Rafting

Thayyeni Koomban, translated to Thayyeni peak is a mountain peak in the Western Ghats mountain ranges. It is the highest peak in its vicinity and can be seen from 10-15 KM away. The top is located 850 meters above sea level and an exhausting hike through forest and grasslands is required to reach the peak.

Christ the Redeemer statue Thabore (Lord Jesus in Thabore hill top)

A large sculpture of Christ the Redeemer on top of a hill, overlooking valleys and mountain ranges below. About 2 kilometers of hiking(one side) is required to reach the place. Especially popular for sunset views.

Chathamangalam Hills (Theruvumala Kannur)

Chathamangalam Hills (Theruvumala Kannur)

6.3km from Tejaswini River Rafting

Chathamangalam Hills, also known as Theruvumala is a hill station is a trekking spot in the Kannur district of Kerala, India. The hilltop consists of a large plain of grasslands and lies near the border of Coorg in Karnataka.

Kottancheri Hill Station Malom

Kottancheri Hill Station Malom

6.93km from Tejaswini River Rafting

Part of majestic Western ghats, carpeted by a lush rain forest canopy. A trekker's paradise with numerous trails.

Panniyarmani Meadow

Panniyarmani Meadow

7.24km from Tejaswini River Rafting

A large, highly untouched meadow on Western ghats mountain, situating on the Kerala-Karnataka border. The meadow, situated in the middle of the forest and accessible by hiking a steep hill for about an hour comes with amazing views of the forest canopy, 360-degree view of the Western Ghat mountain ranges. The meadow is home for various kinds of honey bees and butterflies, and you will see a lot of uniqie, wildflowers.

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