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15 Best Places to Try Adventure Sports in India

Adventure sports in India has been on a rise since some years now. Rising younger population with higher disposable income and global influence has created a huge demand for adventure sport activities in India. This has led to numerous destinations across the country to explore and develop adventure sports facilities. So, if you are an adventure junkie, read on to know 15 best destinations for adventure sports in India ordered alphabetically -

Adventure sports in India
Adventure sports in India

1. Andaman Islands

Havelock Island and Neil Island in Andamans are famous for water activities like scuba diving, snorkelling, sea walking and kayaking. The rich coral seabed, colourful marine life and crystal clear turquoise blue water is the reason why no one should miss out on the underwater adventure activities while in Andamans. In addition to this, night kayaking is popular in Havelock Island for witnessing the bioluminescence emitted by sea planktons. Get more information to plan your own trip to Andaman Islands by reading the travel blog series – The Andaman Odyssey

Scuba diving in Andaman Islands_Adventure sports in India
Scuba diving in Andaman Islands

2. Auli, Uttarakhand

Auli in Uttarakhand is considered to be the best skiing destination of India. Apart from skiing, Auli also offers other adventure activities like river rafting in Alaknanda River, main tributary of Ganga River, and camping on its banks. The cable car ride to reach Auli is an adventure in itself. Auli Gorson trek and the trek to Kuari Pass can be opted for while in Auli.

Skiing in Auli, Uttarakhand - India_Adventure sports in India
Skiing in Auli, Uttarakhand - India

3. Bir, Himachal Pradesh

Bir Billing, located in Himachal Pradesh, is considered to be the paragliding hub of India. Bir is recognized as the second best paragliding site in the world after Lake Como in Italy. Hand gliding, mountain biking and trekking to nearby mountain peaks are the other must have experiences that should not be missed while in Bir.

Paragliding in Bir, Himachal Pradesh - India_Adventure sports in India
Paragliding in Bir, Himachal Pradesh - India

4. Coorg, Karnataka

Coorg, located in Karnataka, offers various outdoor adventure activities; best of which is the white-water rafting in the mighty Barapole River. Grade III and IV rapids in the river provides for an adrenaline rush. Jeep Safari, trek to Tadiandamol peak, ziplining, micro light flight, kayaking, canoeing in Kakkabe River, quad biking are the other experiences in Coorg that one can sign up for.

Quad biking in Coorg, Karnataka - India_Adventure sports in India
Quad biking in Coorg, Karnataka - India

5. Dandeli, Karnataka

Dandeli is another adventure sport destination located in Karnataka famous for the white-water rafting in Kali River. Kali River is absolutely stunning with strong flow of water converging into Class III rapids. Water Zorbing, kayaking, coracle ride, river crossing, canyoning and zip lining are the other adventurous activities, which certainly can rejuvenate one’s body and soul.

Ziplining in Dandeli, Karnataka - India_Adventure sports in India
Ziplining in Dandeli, Karnataka - India

6. Goa

Goa is the heart for adventure sports in India. Adventure activities in Goa have no limits and boundaries. Goa offers both land and water adventure activities. Underwater experiences like scuba diving and snorkeling are run by international standards of expertise and safety in Goa. The numerous water activities like dolphin sighting, jet skiing, Ringo ride, kayaking, banana boat ride, and parasailing can be experienced on almost all the popular beaches in Goa. Trekking, hiking, cycling, and hot air balloon flight make up for the land adventure activities. To make your adventure-filled trip even more convenient, you can rely on reliable Goa cab services for hassle-free transportation throughout the region.

Jet skiing in Goa, India_Adventure sports in India
Jet skiing in Goa, India

7. Kamshet, Maharashtra

Kamshet, located near Pune, in the state of Maharashtra is renowned for paragliding and balloon safaris. Internationally acclaimed gliding schools and trainers have set up their centres in Kamshet making the experience more safe and indulging. Caving and bouldering are other adventure sports in India that are quickly gaining popularity and can be experienced when in Kamshet.

Hot air ballooning in Kamshet, Maharashtra_Adventure sports in India
Hot air ballooning in Kamshet, Maharashtra

8. Kullu, Himachal Pradesh

Kullu is located near to Manali in Himachal Pradesh and is known for white water rafting in Beas River. Kullu has various trekking options to nearby peaks where one can opt for activities like, camping and mountaineering. Angling in Beas River provides for great opportunities for fishing.

Trekking in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh - India_Adventure sports in India
Trekking in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh - India

9. Lakshwadweep

Lakshwadweep Islands are most frequented by adventurous souls to enjoy various water activities like snorkelling, scuba diving, parasailing and water surfing. Lagoon fishing, angling and yachting are other fascinating experiences one can opt for in Lakshadweep Islands.

Water surfing at Lakshadweep Islands, India_Adventure sports in India
Water surfing at Lakshadweep Islands, India

10. Leh, Ladakh

Leh, a town in Ladakh, is well known for white water rafting in Zanskar River. Trekking, camping and mountain biking are popular activities for someone looking for hard-core adventure in Leh and surrounding areas.

Mountain biking in Leh, Ladakh - India_Adventure sports in India
Mountain biking in Leh, Ladakh - India

11. Manali (Solang Valley), Himachal Pradesh

Solang valley in Manali, Himachal Pradesh, has some great slopes accessible throughout the year for activities like skiing, paragliding, parachuting and trekking. Cable car ride, snow scooter and zorbing are some other activities one can indulge in.

Parachuting in Solang Valley, Manali - Himachal Pradesh, India_Adventure sports in India
Parachuting in Solang Valley, Manali - Himachal Pradesh, India

12. Pahalgam, Jammu and Kashmir

River Rafting on Lidder River in Pahalgam attracts lots of adventure junkies to this picturesque land. Skiing can be experienced in the slopy valleys of Pahalgam in winter. Trekking, hiking, golfing, zorbing, fishing are other activities that are quickly gaining popularity.

White-water river rafting in Pahalgam, Jammu and Kashmir - India_Adventure sports in India
White-water river rafting in Pahalgam, Jammu and Kashmir - India

13. Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Rishikesh, located in Uttarakhand, attracts huge crowds of adventure seekers who love extreme sports. Being a hub for adventure sports in India, Rishikesh offers array of adventure activities like white water rafting in the mighty Ganga River, cliff jumping, bungee jumping, rappelling, rock climbing, kayaking, flying fox, waterfall trekking, zip lining and valley crossing – all these providing adrenaline rush which is then calmed by sessions of yoga on the banks of Ganga River.

Bungee jumping in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand - India_Adventure sports in India
Bungee jumping in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand - India

14. Shnongpdeng (Dawki), Meghalaya

Shnongpdeng, Meghalaya is known for camping on the banks of the crystal clear Umngot River. Situated near Dawki, the water in Shnongpdeng’s Umngot River is so clear and transparent that it is popular for adventurers looking for under water sports like scuba diving and snorkelling. Kayaking, zipling across river, cliff jumping are the other activities that are offered by various camping sites situated across the banks of the Umngot River. You can read more about Shnongpdeng in travel blog series – The Meghalaya Odyssey

Kayaking in Shnongpdeng, Dawki - Meghalaya, India_Adventure sports in India
Kayaking in Shnongpdeng, Dawki - Meghalaya, India

15. Tarkali, Maharashtra

Tarkali is probably a relatively lesser-known destination that provides the cheapest option for scuba diving experience in India. Dolphin spotting, parasailing, snorkelling, and other water activities like jet skiing, banana and bumper boat rides are popular at this beach site located on the Konkan coastline in Maharashtra.

Snorkelling in Tarkali, Maharashtra - India_Adventure sports in India
Snorkelling in Tarkali, Maharashtra - India

With this list of 15 best places for adventure sports in India, you now know which destination to add in your bucket list. Participate in these activities and get that adrenaline pumping!

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