• Maharashtra
  • Multi adventure trip
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  • ₹ 1350 - ₹ 2000

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Rappelling in India

Rappelling in India

Owing to the vast variety of scenery and terrain, India is a haven for adventure sports. One of the sports that is growing in popularity is rappelling in India. It doesn’t require prior experience and only a basic level of fitness. All you need to have is a good pair of shoes and a trustworthy operator with expertise.

Once you’re safely strapped into your harness, it takes some practice to learn how to balance your body weight and centre of gravity. After that, you’re set to take on the rock face!.

Some of the most popular destinations to try waterfall rappelling are Dodhani, Bekre and Torna waterfalls, which are spread out across Maharashtra. You can also give the adventure sport a go at parts of Karnataka like Coorg and Bangalore.

Maharashtra

Close to Matheran, the Dodhani Waterfalls are perfect for a fun waterfall rappel session during the monsoons. You’ll rappel down a 75-foot rock face, with a waterfall in full flow. The views around are gorgeous but don’t get too distracted and remain focused on finding the right foothold.

You can also check out Bekre Falls, close to Bhivpuri. There’s a short trek through lush greenery to get to the waterfall. It’s almost a 100-foot descent, so you might want to save that till you have some experience. After your adventurous session, you can take a dip in the natural pool formed at the bottom of the waterfall.

Around Pune in the middle of the Western Ghats, Torna is a spot that has attracted enthusiasts for years. Standing at 100 feet tall, the waterfall is a thrilling spot for this adventure.

It is at its peak strength during the monsoon season, so it’s wise to listen to all the instructions given. The area becomes overcast and misty, so it is an absolutely delightful attraction for adventure lovers.

One cannot miss the heart-stopping adventure at Duke's Nose, a famous cliff in Lonavala! You will rappel down a 300-foot high rock face. You can see the terrifying yet adrenaline-pumping tremendous drop beneath you as you make your way one foothold at a time. This is an adventure not recommended for the faint-hearted but a definite one for the adventure seekers.

All adventure trips must be done with experienced operators as your safety is of utmost importance. With the right operator and the best equipment, even tricky adventures like the Duke’s Nose can be done safely with maximum enjoyment.

Karnataka

Although Coorg is ideally known to provide a quiet escape, it is also a hidden gem for adventure sports. There’s also a night safari, trekking and bicycling, to name a few other adventures you can try here.

Seasoned experts head to the Chelavara waterfalls that is a heart-thumping adventure for waterfall rappelling. You could even try rock rappelling on the granite rocks of Ramanagaram and Savandurga, close to Bangalore.

The rest of India

The mighty rocks and cliffs of the Himalayas and the Aravalli ranges provide plenty of opportunities. There are stunning views all around. If you pick the right season, you’ll have excellent visibility to soak in all the natural beauty.

Best time to go

If you’re going waterfall rappelling, you have to go during the peak monsoon months from mid-July to September. By this time, the waterfalls are flowing strongly and the area around is green and cool.

If you’re going rock climbing in the Aravalli range, pick winter months so you can climb in pleasant weather. For travellers going anywhere further up north in the Himalayas, you’ll need to check with the operator about the best season. While rock climbing in India, do remember that you need to wear appropriate shoes and empty your pockets.

Sketch Itinerary:

Day 1: A fun day rappelling

  • Start point: Base Village, Lonavala
  • Endpoint: Base Village, Lonavala
  • Day start time: 08:00 hrs
  • Rappelling time: 5 hrs
Detailed itinerary:

Make sure you report to the Lonavala railway station by 07:30 hrs. This is the meeting point for all the rappellers and from here you will head towards the base village by local vehicles.

Breakfast will power you up for the adventures that lay ahead. After the meal, there will be a briefing session to familiarize you with rappelling. Post that, you begin the trek towards the waterfall.

Small talk will be given before you commence rappelling under the watchful eyes of the instructors. Having conquered the waterfalls, you will make your way back to the railway station.

Inclusions:

Transportation to and from Lonavala station will be provided. Meals and refreshments will be served based on the packages selected. All rappelling equipment will be provided. Services of an experienced instructor and crew are included. All taxes are inclusive of the package costs.

Exclusions:

Depending on the package selected, lunch and other refreshments may not be included. Kindly check with the operator at the time of booking. Any kind of personal expenses like tips, extra meals, beverages, etc. are not included. Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, natural calamities, roadblocks, etc. are not included. Insurance is not included. Anything not mentioned in the inclusions will be additional.

Sketch Itinerary:

Day 1: Fun day rappelling

  • Start point: Bhivpuri
  • Endpoint: Bhivpuri
  • Day start time: 06:00 hrs
  • Rappelling time: 2 hours
  • Flight time: 15-20 minutes
Detailed itinerary:

Report to Bhivpuri station and meet your trek guide and crew. You'll head to a nearby restaurant for breakfast before starting a 40 minute easy trek towards the Bekre Waterfall. You'll reach the waterfall by 09:00 hrs.

There will be a detailed briefing conducted on rappelling. Now you are ready to begin your thrilling practical session. You will rappel down a 90 foot rock as the cooling water of the waterfall rushes down past you! After you have completed your rappelling trip you will head back towards Bhivpuri. Once you reach Bhivpuri, you will catch your train back to Mumbai or Pune. Your trip ends here.

Inclusions:

One rappelling session is included. Meals and refreshments will be served based on the packages selected. All rappelling equipment will be provided. Services of an experienced instructor and crew are included. First aid kit will be provided. All taxes are inclusive of the package costs.

Exclusions:

Extra session of rappelling can be availed for an additional cost of approximately INR 500. Transportation/train travel from Mumbai or Pune to Bhivpuri is not included. Meals and refreshments are included. Depending on the package selected, lunch and other refreshments may not be included. Kindly check with the operator at the time of booking.

Any kind of personal expenses like tips, extra meals, beverages, etc. are not included. Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, natural calamities, roadblocks, etc. are not included. Insurance is not included. Anything not mentioned in the inclusions will be additional.

Best time to go/Weather

If waterfall rappelling is what you are interested in, then it is a must that you go when the monsoon season is at its peak. That is the period from mid-July to September. The waterfalls are thundering and the surroundings are evergreen and cooling.

For all other forms of rappelling, it is best if you enquire about the availability of the adventure with your operator. Do not make plans or bookings before you do the same.

Rappelling in India takes place in locations that are at or near tourist hubs spread all across the country. This makes accessibility to these locations easy and convenient.

All these places are well connected to the major Indian cities via three modes of transport: air, rail and road. Road travel includes a number of options such as cabs, rickshaws, private and public bus services.

Certain packages provide a pick-up and drop service from the base city to the rappel point. Inquire with your operator about the same.

Trekking shoes of good quality are an absolute essential for waterfall rappelling. Wear quick drying t-shirts and track pants as your clothes of choice.

For footwear, slippers, floaters and sandals are not permitted. You also should not wear shorts or skirts as you cascade down the waterfall. There should be no expensive items (watches, jewellery) on your person.

The operators will provide you with all the equipment that is required for the adventure. This includes but is not limited to the safety gear, ropes, harness, helmet, descender and gloves that will be needed to descend the falling water.

You should carry with you a pair of clothes to wear after your adrenaline-pumping adventure. All luggage should be carried in plastic bags so that it can stay dry.

Carrying a backpack is highly advisable as is water. Carry some snacks with you if you so desire. The camera is completely optional but do not forget to bring along your personal medication and insect repellants.

The operators will provide you with all the equipment that is required for the adventure. This includes but is not limited to the safety gear, ropes, harness, helmet, descender and gloves that will be needed to descend the falling water.

You should carry with you a pair of clothes to wear after your adrenaline-pumping adventure. All luggage should be carried in plastic bags so that it can stay dry.

Carrying a backpack is highly advisable as is water. Carry some snacks with you if you so desire. The camera is completely optional but do not forget to bring along your personal medication and insect repellants.

Rappelling in India - Frequently Asked Questions

If you are considering waterfall rappelling then the best time to go is during the monsoon months. This is the time that the waterfalls are at their peak strength, making for an exhilarating and challenging experience.

If, however, you are considering rock rappelling, winter would be ideal because of the cooler weather and stunning scenery. Consult with your operators and guides before making plans.

A basic level of fitness is sufficient to conquer the beginner level of waterfalls. For the ones with a higher grade of difficulty, some experience is preferred though not required.

There is a weight limit though, so it is best to inquire about the same before you decide to challenge a waterfall.

It is an absolutely safe experience with minimal level of risks involved. The equipment and safety gear that is provided to you is of the highest quality ensuring maximum fun and minimum risk.

Besides, the instructors come with a lot of experience and knowledge. Under their expertise and guidance you can conquer the waterfalls with relative ease and safety.