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 -
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Goa is the heart for adventure sports in India. Adventure activities in Goa has no metes and bounds. Goa offers both land and water adventure activities. Under water experiences like scuba diving and snorkelling 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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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Pooja Shah - I am a lively ball of energy who found 6 years of corporate life writing patents for multinational giants too.... well not enough lively. I strive to see numerous fairytales in every nook and corner of India and wish to document places beyond the usual sought after destinations in my blog Fairytale Studios. I hope to inspire my readers to leap out of their comfort zones and travel before life slips away.