Top Water Sports In India
Adventure awaits those who are courageous enough to go after it. Whether you like bungee jumping or cliff jumping, or just trekking and hiking in the hills or meadows of flowers, there is some kind of adventure befitting everyone’s yearning. And if you happen to be the one who loves water sports, we have just the right places that you need to bookmark for your next excellent water adventure in India.
Pack your sunscreens, bathing suits and all the other underwater gear because these are just a few of the essentials you will need when you are out on (and under) water having the time of your lives.
What are the water sports you can try in India?
Before you decide on your water sports hub, shortlisting the adventure water sports you want to try is essential. From white water river rafting to cliff jumping, the options and degree of daunting adventure vary with each water sports.
Some of India’s water sports that you can (and should) try are kayaking, boating, motorboating, water zorbing, jet skiing, scuba diving, parasailing, surfing, windsurfing, etc. more. Almost all of these are available at one or other famous water sports destinations we are about to discuss.
Touted as ‘Mini-French of India, Pondicherry in the South is the perfect place for a beach and sun-kissed getaway. From leisure strolls on its cobbled streets to lazing around on its golden beaches, there are a lot of calming activities you can indulge in when you are in Pondicherry.
But, if you want to take it up a notch and try water sports in Pondicherry, this place is perfect for scuba diving. Coral Shark Reef, Temple Adventures and The Hole are a few places where you can try this therapeutic water sports. Paradise Beach is excellent for other water sports like surfing, kayaking and windsurfing.
2. Andaman Islands
This archipelago is a perfect escape for people who were born to be at the beach. If the first place that pops up in your mind when someone says vacation is the beach, book your tickets for Andaman. And when you are done island hopping and indulging in its excellent seafood, head to Port Blair and Havelock island to try the most famous water sports in Andaman.
From scuba diving to snorkelling and kayaking, there are plenty of water sports games here. The #adventureseeker in you will be thrilled to find one of the coolest ways to explore marine life – coral safari. You are seated in a semi-submarine with glass windows inclined at 45-degree angles to give you an undisturbed and clear view of the aquatic life. It is an exhilarating experience and only found in the Andamans. Thus, make sure you don’t miss out on it.
God’s own country is a slice of paradise whether you visit it for adventure or relaxation. However, if you zero down on Kovalam or the land of the Lighthouse beach, you will find some of the most thrilling water sports in Kerala. From kayaking to windsurfing and parasailing, this place offers all types of water adventure sports. And if you are not up for it, you can go for the classic yet the stunning activity of them all – backwater tours. Explore the smallest canals and canopies created by palm trees and sunlight peeping through them.
How can one miss Goa when it comes to top water sports hubs in India? The land of beaches punctuated with lush green corners, water sports in Goa is something you should try. Start with scuba diving. Grand Island and Pigeon Island in Goa offer you a chance to dive underwater and let tranquillity wash over you as you explore marine life. It is one of the most surreal experiences you will ever try for a reason.
Once you have interacted (heart to heart) with the aquatic life, come back up and try other fantastic water sports like jet skiing, wakeboarding, kneeboarding, and kayaking. You can even go for fun banana boat rides with the fam or embark on a thrilling adventure of white-water river rafting with your equally thrill-seeking friends.
For those who want to experience unique water sports in India, Lakshadweep Islands are perfect for you. Before you embark on the usual activities, go coral gazing on Agatti islands. Yes, it is very much a thing, and you will be mesmerised by all the beautiful and colourful underwater corals you get to see. Once you have crossed off this calming experience from your list, head to Karavatti for kayaking, canoeing, scuba diving and snorkelling.
And if you are not up for extreme adventure sports, you can always lounge in the blue lagoons of Lakshadweep. These are perfect for swimming and yachting if that is your thing. For every kind of adventure underwater, check out Dolphin Drive Center.
Last but certainly not least, if you ever feel the need to try all of these water sports while you are surrounded by hills and lush green forests, head to Rishikesh. It is perfect for every distance of white water rafting, but you can try body surfing along with cliff jumping. And if you ever feel the need not to do all of these and go solo when it comes to water sports in Rishikesh, there is always a kayak waiting for you. Try kayaking when the sun is about to go down. It is one of the best sights in the world and even more so when you are mulling on the meaning of life or simply relaxing alone in the lap of the river Ganga. Attend the evening Ganga Aarti on the ghats, and you would have a memorable day that will linger for years to come.
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