River Bhadra skirts around the hills of Chikmagalur, gushing and bouncing in places, making it an apt spot for white water rafting. Besides providing a wonderful backdrop to parts of Chikmagalur, the River Bhadra is perfect to add an adventure twist to the holiday. Outdoor company, Capture, led by Krishna, is the only (and reasonable) option for a rafting experience. The company is well known in the region with well trained instructors and appropriate equipment. June to October is the best season to hit the rapids when the monsoons are in full swing, swelling the river to its most thrilling form. The Magundi to Balehole segment is the most popular and filled with ample rapids to manoeuvre. One can choose between day trips or longer rafting expeditions that may involve camping by the riverside. Once the rains have subsided and the water is calmer, the river is also conducive to kayaking trips.
Many homestays and hotels collaborate with Capture to offer day trips for rafting beginners and amateurs. The rafting spot lies far from the Mullayangiri sector of Chikmagalur, so plan accordingly if this is the main highlight of your trip.