A Day Canyoning in the Indian Jungle, Goa

“There are 3 rules” said the hairy Frenchman. “One: you must jump from a height of 3 metres, it is not optional. Two: you are responsible for your equipment. And last one, you are not allowed to be terrified of snakes, spiders or tigers. You are allowed to pee yourself, but you cannot be terrified.”

GULP.

Manu (hairy French man) continues to tell us about the time he came face to face with an actual tiger…

MORE GULPS.

Tigers, spiders and snakes aside, did you know you can go on a thrill-seeking canyoning adventure in the jungle in Goa?

Renowned for it’s dreamy palm fringed beaches, Goa – particularly south Goa – isn’t often associated with anything much more adventurous than sea kayaking and a sunset swim. Head less than an hour inland though and it’s a completely different world dripping in jungle and gushing with waterfalls. If you’re looking to channel all things Jungle Book with a hint of Adrenalin, you’ve come to the right place.

Canyoning in Goa

It’s a thing. This mega adventure run by Manu and his team will take you deep into a canyon in the Indian Jungle and have you rappelling, abseiling and jumping off waterfalls. Finished off with some seriously local grub to get your adventure stoke levels back up again… If you love adventure, you won’t want to miss this.

In this post I’ll cover everything you need to know to get your adventuring asses on this trip based on the Upper Sauri day trip, as well as the essential information you’ll want before you go including what to pack, the cost and other top tips about when to go and how to book.

About Goa Jungle Adventure

Based in the Palolem Hills (a short walk from Palolem beach or tuk tuk ride from Agonda) Goa Jungle Adventures is run by Frenchman Manu and his team of two guides. He’s been running canyoning trips in Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary in south Goa since 2003, and ensures everything is set to European safety standards. In India’s off-season (June – October) he runs canyoning trips in the French Alps.

What to Pack

Besides safety, one of the biggest questions I had before we set off was:

What do I need to wear and bring?

Basic, I know. But I’m a girl. The answer is pretty easy. It’s short and sweet, you really don’t need much.

What you’ll be wearing:

  • Bathing suit, wetsuit, t-shirt, socks and trainers.

Although you take a short hike through the jungle, you won’t need all your favourite activewear. You just need to wear your wetsuit and a t-shirt with your bathing suit underneath. You’ll wear your t-shirt for the hike and then put it in your bag for the canyoning – it WILL get wet.

Carry with you in the jeep:

  • Trainers – preferably light weight (if you don’t have any you can rent some from Goa Jungle Adventure)
  • Towel
  • Spare underwear, a spare t-shirt and some lightweight trousers or shorts.
  • Flip flops (otherwise you’ll be in your wet shoes the whole ride home)
  • Don’t bring any valuables as they will need to be left in an open jeep while you’re in the jungle
  • Go Pro – some of the helmets have the attachment (yay!). Just make sure you pick up a helmet with the right attachment before you set off

Cost*

Upper Sauri Canyoning Trip: 2590 Rupees pp (including all your gear and entry fee to Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary).

Winter Package (long wetsuit if you feel the cold): 490 Rupees extra pp

Photographs: 390 Rupees pp for a minimum of 80 pictures which the guides take (you’ll need your own USB pen drive or hard drive to get these at the end).

Shoe rental: 200 Rupees pp.

Food & drink: 100 Rupees pp – this will cover a drink, a snack and two omelette sandwiches if you want! 1 bottle of water is included in the trip – bring an extra litre for the car journey there and back.

How to book

Facebook – we just sent a message through Facebook a few days before we planned to go. We then had to go to Palolem to pay the deposit (1000 Rupees pp) and sign a disclaimer. Note that the trips don’t necessarily run every day so be sure to allow a few days for flexibility.

If you don’t have Facebook, you can find contact details directly on their website.

How to get to Goa Jungle Adventure

It’s literally at Manu’s house in a village in Palolem Hills. So when you’re headed off road into a village, rest assured you’re going to the right place! It’s a short walking distance from Palolem beach or an autorickshaw ride from Agonda. He will send through the full details when you message him and arrange a time with you to stop by to ensure he is around.

When to go

Goa Jungle Adventure runs trips from October through to May.

Top tips

  • Eat a hearty and filling breakfast

You won’t be eating again until you are out of Natravali Wildlife Sanctuary again in the late afternoon.

  • Practice being present

Because you can! No phones, no wifi, nothing to distract you apart from nature and your innermost fears.

  • Choose your poison

We booked on to the Upper Sauri trip, but Goa Jungle Adventure offer heaps of other AWESOME trips, check them out here if there’s any you want to do specifically.

Follow the journey

If you’re not already, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram where you’ll get the latest updates not only as they happen in stories but hot off the press in my feed (when we’re not in the middle of nowhere obvs).

L x

*Cost at time of writing.

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