These aqua adventures on the Kosi river in Uttarakhand are possible all year round, and even during the monsoon.
In a first-of-its-kind initiative, Leisure Hotels Group (LHG), and Paddy Adventures India (PAI) have introduced river rafting on the Kosi river near the Corbett National Park.
Leisure Hotels Group is the largest resort chain in Corbett, with two upscale hotels and one luxury resort, that adds up to the maximum number of keys in what is said to be the world’s second most popular wildlife national park. The hospitality chain is witnessing an influx of visitors this monsoon season, following the decision to open Corbett Tiger Reserve for round-the-year tourism by the Uttarakhand state government.
Highlighting the popularity of Corbett as a wildlife destination, Vibhas Prasad, Director, Leisure Hotels Group says, “Our properties are located on the banks of river Kosi and a stone’s throw away from Corbett National Park. In addition to the already teeming demand for wildlife tourism, Corbett now also becomes a magnet for adventure tourism during the perceived off-season months of July to September.”
Pardeep Raj Singh, Director, Paddy Adventures Pvt Ltd, says, “Kosi is ideal for Class II rapid rafting during the monsoon season, making it an ideal experience for beginners. These water activities are organised under the aegis of Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMVN). Our rafting packages include short and long trips for four people in a raft.” Paddy Adventures Pvt Ltd has been organising successful outdoor adventure programs across India, Nepal, Bhutan, USA, and Mexico for the past 23 years. They are the official travel consultant for many embassies. In the past, Paddy Adventures has assisted the Uttarakhand and Himachal governments in rescue operations for international guests.
The Riverview Retreat by the Leisure Hotels Group, a wildlife resort spread across nine acres on the banks of the river Kosi, offers 90 well-appointed rooms, cottages, and villas. Be it a wedding, an anniversary, a festive celebration, or any other type of special occasion, The Riverview Retreat is built for guests who enjoy privacy and comfort. With its intricately built private lawns, balconies, dining areas and picturesque scenery, the jungle resort offers travellers an exclusive leisure and adventure experience.
Corbett is well connected to several big North Indian cities, which enables convenient travelling by road. Less than five hours’ drive from Delhi NCR, Corbett is the perfect weekend getaway for family, friends and couples, away from the hustle bustle of the city. This season offers a wonderful opportunity for visitors to re-discover the unseen beauty of the flora and fauna of Corbett National Park during the rains.