Goa tourism development corporation GTDC has floated a tender for empanelment of contractors to start the activity.The process for starting white water rafting was initiated two years ago after Goa forest development corporation GFDC allowed a promoter to conduct trial runs on the Surla tributary and Mhadei river.After testing the safety and feasibility aspects, the exercise was declared successful for commencing the activity in the hinterland. “But the proposal was held up due to some factors,” GTDC source said.
The feasibility exercise was carried out on the 18-km stretch of Surla-Mhadei. “The Surla tributary and Mhadei river stretch has 35 rapids and holds good potential for white water rafting,” a source said.The white rafting location is around 15 kms away from the Valpoi town.
The GTDC is considering of interlinking this activity with other attractions in Sattari especially during monsoon.Since the river is in full flow till about October and the water sport will be a seasonal activity.The operator is expected to have expertise on a wide-ranging aspects of white water rafting, including the river course, grade of rapids, location of the hazards and access to hospital and evacuation points.Nearest white water rafting available for tourists in Goa is in the nearby Dandeli area of Karnataka.