Sita River in Udupi
The river is formed from the Agumbe waterfalls which makes the flow of the river strong, clear and fresh. The river takes its magnanimous form during monsoons and it is the best time to take up rafting, as the currents are strong. The river runs for more than 60 kms before joining the Arabian Sea.
Reaching Sita RiverThere are KSRTC buses which run regularly from Bangalore to Udupi and Hebri. The closest railway station from where you can easily reach Sita Nadi is Udupi. After you get down at the Udupi station you can look out for local bus services running to the Sita Nadi Camp. Hebri is the nearest stop and almost all the buses heading towards Shimoga crosses Hebri on its way.
Once you get down at Hebri, you can either opt for a 4 kms walk to the camp’s main gate or take an auto rickshaw. If you are a trekker, you will definitely take the walk and for your satisfaction; the route is great for trekking as it will take you along the banks of the river. It is also an excellent spot for enjoying little picnics with your family and friends. Pincode of Sitanadi, Udupi, Karnataka is 576112 and it comes under the Karkal Taluk of Udupi District.
Rafting in Sita RiverThere are numerous agencies offering tours and rafting packages of different budgets and you are left with the option to choose the most suitable one for you. The rafting companies make sure that they take in to account all the safety measures. So, even if you are a non-swimmer you can enjoy the pleasure of rafting without fear.
A professional rafting expert will be at your side all the time armed with life jackets and other safety equipments to make sure you are safe. You can take your pick from two different rafting routes from Sitanadi Nisarga Dhama. The first one starts from Nisarga Dhama and ends at Belinje Bridge covering a distance of 14 kms. The other one starts from the same Nisarga Dhama and ends at Jomlu Tirtha covering a distance of 22 kms. If you want to start from Varahi instead of Nisarga Dhama you have again two options; the first route is the longest of all routes, from Hosangady to New Bridge covering a staggering distance of 24 kms and giving you pure adrenaline rush.
The second route takes you on a journey of 18 kms in the river from Hosangady to Hole Shankarnarayana. The attractive pull of the water, the challenging tides and enticing ambience is an enthralling experience in itself. Sitanadi, as it is fondly called can compete with any rafting sites from all around the world. Beside the rivers lies the beautiful spot of Kudlu Theertha falls but to reach the falls you have to walk through the steep dense forest. The difficulty in reaching there will be paid in full as the heavenly beauties will sooth away all your weariness from the trek. The pathway through the forest is not developed for leisure walking so, be prepared to experience on hell of a trek up to the falls. The nature is tranquil and fresh with fewer crowds and no pollution.
You can very well enjoy the pleasure of being alone with nature. However it is strictly advised to embark on your journey with a good guide with you, as one can easily get lost in the woods. Various species of butterflies, birds and reptiles can be spotted in the region making it a hot spot for nature lovers. The beautiful lush green meadows on the banks of river Sita is the perfect place to take a pleasure walk. While taking walks don’t forget that the land is full of leeches and other species from the arachnidan kingdom so, all you have to be is a bit more careful. In short, if you are planning a trip to Udupi, the Sita River is a must see destination. Make sure you do not miss it.