Kaudiyala popular for long river rafting is a hush hamlet located near Rishikesh. It is famous for the most challenging grade 4+ rapid ‘The Wall’ which falls between Kaudiyala to Shivpuri rafting stretch. The village is surrounded by dense woods and offers an array of adventure activities that are performed under the guidance of the experts.
The river rafting arrangements are done by the tour operators and safety standards are maintained. Protective gears are also provided to the rafters before hopping in the raft.
Famous for: River rafting and camping
Category of rapid: Grade I, II, III and IV
Total rafting distance: 36 km
Drive: 30 minutes drive to the starting point
Time to complete the distance: 4-5 hours on the river
Age Limit: 20-35 year old
Food: Small shops and dhabas located nearby
Kaudiyala also spelled as ‘Kodiyala’ has become a river rafting delight among the rafters. As white water river rafting is largely concentrated around Kodiyala and its banks. This 36 km stretch of Kodiyala is considered as one of the best whitewater rafting zones in the world.
In total there are around 12 exciting rapids namely Daniel Dip (III+), The Legendary, The Wall (IV), Return to Sender, Roller Coaster, Golf Course (III), Club House, Initiation, Double Trouble, Three Blind Mice (III+), Cross Fire (III) and Roller Coaster (III+). Rafters take the first break after crossing the first 18 km of the total stretch.
The first stretch covers small rapids and then move towards the other bigger rapids. This grade 4+ river rafting stretch in Rishikesh is one of the best river rafting points which gives an instant rush of adrenaline to the adventure lovers. One can also carry out body surfing and cliff jumping.
The view of river Ganga meandering through the hills makes Kaudiyala a perfect place for camping. Enjoy the resplendent views of the Himalayan ranges, relax near the riverside or indulge in enthralling camp activities. Play games like cricket, badminton, and volleyball to make your camping enjoyable.
Have a bonfire night in the evening and enjoy star gazing. Munch on some tasty treats at night with a hot cup of tea and crash into beds. The best time for camping in Kodiyala would be between the months of September to October.
The thick foliage of nature at Kaudiyala village offers ample adventure opportunities to the tourists. One can go for jungle walks, camp, enjoy nature photography, rock climbing or explore the village area. The tourists can also see different types of wild animals who dwell in their natural habitat.
Engage in Yoga/Meditation near the placid river banks of Ganga. Gorge on some tasty cuisines from the nearby restaurants. If you have ample time then head towards Devprayag, the influence of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers at a distance of 25 km from Kodiyala village.
Kaudiyala experiences pleasant weather throughout the year. The ideal time to visit here would be from September to April as this is the rafting season.
One can stay at GMVN Tourist Rest House in Kaudiyala that offers Ganga facing deluxe accommodation in Kodiyala. The TRH at Kodiyala offers 02 Super Deluxe and 02 Family rooms.
Kaudiyala is a village and a rafting destination located about 40 km away from Rishikesh. It lies on the Rishikesh–Badrinath road showcasing beautiful landscape and foothills along. One can easily reach here by hiring a taxi or bus.
The tour operators will safely drop you at Kodiyala as the transportation cost will be included in the rafting or camping packages. Rishikesh railway station at 40 km is the nearest railhead. Jolly Grant airport at 59 km is the closest air connectivity from here.