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Top 30 Adventure Sports Destinations In India

Discussion in 'Destination Guides' started by Debapriya Deb, Dec 17, 2015.

  1. Debapriya Deb

    Debapriya Deb Active Member

    Are you bored of the daily grind at your workplace and the monotonous nature of family-life? Do you think that you have had enough of it? Are you desperately looking for an opportunity to ditch the monotony? If yes, then you have a pretty valid reason to go for a much-deserved holiday and indulge in some fun-filled adventurous activities with your partners in crime.

    If adventure is what you are looking for, then there is hardly any better alternative than an action-packed beach holiday. Right from scuba diving and snorkeling to parasailing and kayaking, beaches offer you some of the fascinating options when it comes to adventure sports. Not too far behind are those frosty Himalayan retreats that offer various activities on their carpets of snows. Ranging from skiing to trekking and camping - you have a host of mindblowing adventures in store over there. Besides the beaches and snow-capped terrains, India is blessed with quite a few impressive destinations that can be the ideal fit for an adventure-packed vacation with options like wildlife safari, river rafting, overnight trekking, bungee jumping and loads more.

    Now the vital question comes - where should you be heading to? India is dotted with hundreds of wonderful destinations - each with its own trademark charm. While some of the places make for excellent honeymoon destinations, there are others that are admired for their scenic beauty. Few places are well suited for a family vacation while a few others are preferred by lone travelers due to their secluded nature. With options aplenty, it is important that you choose your destination carefully and do not end up at the wrong place that fails to do justice to your own 'taste'.

    Here's a list of 30 very best Indian Tourist Destinations for Adventure Sports Activities -


    30. Candolim

    Region: South-West India
    State: Goa
    District: North Goa
    Nearest Major Town: Panjim - 15 KM


    Candolim Beach in North Goa is one of the best beach destinations in India for water sports activities. Beginning at Fort Aguada and merging with Calangute beach towards the end, it is one of the longest beaches in the state. With a multitude of thrilling water adventure options available across its vast golden coastline, the Candolim beach has something to offer to every tourist irrespective of their experience level. Right from the primitive Banana Boat rides to beginner-level activities like Kneeboarding to the much tougher Jet Skiing, you can be assured of finding an appropriate ride as per your requirements.

    If you would like to indulge in soft water adventures, then try out kneeboarding, which is regarded as a primary stage of learning the balancing act in water. Paddleboarding is an excellent choice for mid-level adventure seekers while hardcore adventurists can opt for the thrilling Jet Skiing.

    Available Adventure Activities:

    1. Banana Boat Ride,
    2. Kneeboarding,
    3. Wakeboarding,
    4. Paddleboarding,
    5. Jet Skiing.

    Best Season to Travel:
    Candolim beach can be visited throughout the year, but avoid the hot summer days to enjoy your vacation to the fullest.

    Accommodation Options:
    As far as the staying option is concerned, Candolim has a number of beach-side cottages at reasonable prices with good facilities to accommodate the tourists.


    29. Churna

    Region: Central India
    State: Madhya Pradesh
    District: Hoshangabad
    Nearest Major Town: Sohagpur - 29 KM

    Churna is a forested hamlet in the Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh. Wildlife enthusiasts are attracted to the place for the Satpura National Park - spread across an area of over 520 square KM covered with dense woodlands. Home to a wide variety of wildlife including tiger, leopard, sambar, chital, chinkara, Asiatic bear, black buck, flying squirrel and numerous species of birds, this is a region of rich and diverse biodiversity.

    An elephant safari through the core forest area can be a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Jeep Safari is also available to the tourists. You can enjoy river rafting on the gushing waters through the narrow gorges and meandering streams. Churna also has an extensive network of backwaters surrounded by lush green jungles, which offers you the opportunity of canoeing. Jungle camping is another prospect that can pump up your adrenaline high.

    Available Adventure Activities:

    1. Forest Safari
    2. Backwater Cruise
    3. Canoeing
    4. River Rafting
    5. Jungle Camping

    Best Season to Travel:
    The national park remains closed for visitors from the beginning of July till the middle of October - so plan your travel accordingly. From November to March, the weather remains pleasant and that's the ideal time to visit this place.

    Accommodation Options:
    Churna is not a tourism hub yet, so the staying option is pretty limited. You have a couple of resorts near the backwaters and a few hotels near Raisalpur and Bijakhori village. Madhya Pradesh tourism department conducts jungle camping which allows you to stay in the forest area in tented accommodations.


    28. Kufri

    Region: North India
    State: Himachal Pradesh
    District: Shimla
    Nearest Major Town: Shimla - 21 KM

    Kufri, situated at an altitude of 2743 meters above the sea level in the Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh, is a hill station very popular with adventurists. An ideal summer getaway for the casual tourists, Kufri attracts the adventure buffs mainly during the winter season. Being the oldest skiing slope in the entire Himachal Pradesh, it gets a major chunk of tourists as the snowfall begins in the second half of November.


    The annual winter sports festival, held in the month of February every year, draws large number of tourists from all over the world. Skiing is undoubtedly the major crowd puller at Kufri, but it also offers a range of other adventure activities to satisfy the adventure loving souls. Hiking, Camping and Mountain Biking are some of the options that you would have at your disposal at Kufri. Adventure enthusiasts can also try their hands at Horse Riding, Tobogganing and Go-Karting during their stay over here.

    Available Adventure Activities:

    1. Skiing
    2. Tobogganing
    3. Hiking and Trekking
    4. Mountain Biking
    5. Go-Karting
    6. Horse Riding

    Best Season to Travel:
    Winter is the ideal season to visit Kufri. Snowfall starts in late November and the place retains its snow cover till March. So if you are to experience a snowy adventure, then book your trip between December and March.

    Accommodation Options:
    Kufri has no dearth of staying options. Right from luxury resorts to traditional cottages, mid-budget hotels and low-budget dormitories, you can be assured to find an accommodation that suits your pocket well.


    27. Singalila Ridge

    Region: East India
    State: West Bengal
    District: Darjeeling
    Nearest Major Town: Darjeeling - 49 KM

    Want to catch the Mount Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, and Lhotse in a single panoramic photo-frame? Then head straight to Singalila, situated in Darjeeling district of West Bengal. Besides offering marvelous views of the Himalayas, the place is considered as one of the most difficult terrains in India for mountain biking. Biking through the uphill and narrow rocky ridge is a real challenge, even for the experienced souls.

    Singalila attracts lots of bikers and cyclists with the challenge of completing the treacherous trail that runs from Sandakphu to Singalila for a stretch of 32 KM. While the challenges are immense, the rewards are greatly satisfying. Ask someone who has completed the task successfully and he would tell you what a fascinating ride it was! Apart from mountain biking, Singalila is also a paradise for the trekkers, hikers and rock climbers. Forest camping at night inside the core areas of Singalila National Park is another experience to cherish for a long time. If you are an avid adventurist, then stay assured that Singalila would satisfy your quest for adventure to the best possible extent.

    Available Adventure Activities:

    1. Mountain Biking & Cycling
    2. Hiking and Trekking
    4. Rock Climbing
    5. Forest Safari
    6. Jungle Camping

    Best Season to Travel:
    The place receives high rainfall in the monsoon season. As a result, there can be occasional landslides and road blockages. So except for the monsoon months of July-August, you can plan your Singalila trip during the remainder of the year.

    Accommodation Options:
    There is a forest guest house within the Singalila National Park and a few budget lodges in close proximity. Home-Stay options are also available. Sandakphu has a number of staying options including posh resorts and luxury cottages. Rimbick village too has decent accommodation facilities.


    26. Bir

    Region: North India
    State: Himachal Pradesh
    District: Kangra
    Nearest Major Town: Palampur - 29 KM

    Set on the backdrop of the Dhauladhar Range of the Himalayas, Bir is a picturesque hill station situated in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. Known as the ‘Paragliding Capital of India’, the place is thronged by adventure seekers to experience a thrilling para-gliding ride. The International Paragliding Association rates Bir as the second best site in the world for paragliding, after Lake Como in Italy.


    The 'Paragliding Pre World-Cup' festival held every year in the month of October draws adventure loving tourists from India and beyond the borders in huge numbers. Organized by the Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Government of Himachal Pradesh, tourists can try their hand at hang gliding and parasailing during the festival.

    The lush green surroundings of Bir offer great views of the distant plains and mountain ranges during the flight. While experienced pilots may decide to fly solo, beginners can be accommodated with a skilled instructor in a two-seated glider. This allows the beginner to enjoy the thrill with minimal risk factor - thanks to the presence of an experienced pilot. Moreover, there are ample opportunities for day hikes, river walks and longer treks around the Bir-Billing region. Mountain biking to the remote parts of Tribal Himachal is another exciting prospect to enrich yourself. Go and explore the exciting Bir - the adventure buff in you would not be disappointed, for sure.

    Available Adventure Activities:

    1. Paragliding
    2. Hangliding and Parasailing
    4. Hiking and Trekking
    5. Mountain Biking

    Best Season to Travel:
    Bright and sunny weather is an essential prerequisite to enjoy paragliding. So plan your travel during March - May and again from October - December when the weather generally remains clear.

    Accommodation Options:
    Accommodation options are aplenty here. You can be sure about finding a suitable staying option according to your preferences.


    25. Dona Paula

    Region: South-West India
    State: Goa
    District: North Goa
    Nearest Major Town: Panjim - 7 KM

    Calm sea with crystal clear blue waters, Dona Paula beach is a lovely spot where you can see rivers Mandovi and Zuari merging with the Arabian Sea. In terms of scenic beauty, there aren't too many beaches in Goa that can give Dona Paula a run for its money. Not surprisingly, many Bollywood movies have been shot here, with the most recent one being the Ajay Devgan starred Singham. Not to forget the superb views of the sunset from the Dona Paula Bay - which is fully worth all your money spent.

    The silver sandy beach at Dona Paula offers a host of water sports activities for the adventure loving tourists. It is considered as one of the very best in the country when it comes to windsurfing. It is an extremely pulsating and adrenaline pumping experience that you can't afford to miss. Apart from that, you can also indulge in Water Scootering, Jet Skiing, Parasailing, Yachting and Speed Boat Rides. You can even try your hands at Harpoon Fishing. Kayaking on the estuary of Mandovi and Zuari rivers can be yet another refreshing experience. If you are not a teetotaler, then don't miss out on tasting feni (Feni is made from cashews) and port wine - two homogeneous Goan liquor specialities available at the beach-side shacks over here.

    Available Adventure Activities:

    1. Windsurfing
    2. Parasailing
    4. Water Scooter and Speedboat Ride
    5. Jet Skiing
    6. Kayaking
    7. Harpoon Fishing

    Best Season to Travel:
    Avoid the hot summer and unpredictable monsoon days. September to April can be the perfect time to enjoy the water sports activities.

    Accommodation Options:
    Situated just 7 KM away from the Panjim city, you won't have an issue in finding an accommodation of your choice. From beach-side cottages to luxury resorts and everything in between, you have a wide range of staying options near the Dona Paula beach.


    24. Kamshet

    Region: West India
    State: Maharashtra
    District: North Goa
    Nearest Major Town: Lonavala - 12 KM

    Perched at an elevation of 2200 feet above the sea level, Kamshet is a hill station in the Konkan region of Western Ghats mountain ranges. This Maharashtrian hill station offers a seamless blend of adventure and serenity. The natural aroma of Kamshet decorated with lush green forest cover, tantalizing viewpoints and gorgeous waterfalls is second to none. At the same time, it also provides lots of adventure opportunities for the adrenaline junkies.

    Paragliding is undoubtedly the most popular adventure aspect at Kamshet. It has one of the best paragliding facilities in India with world-class safety measures. It's an unforgettable experience to soar over the lush green valleys on the backdrop of breathtaking landscapes. If you are an ardent paraglider looking for some challenging flying experience, then Kamshet is the place to do so.

    Kamshet is not far behind in popularity when it comes to trekking. Trekking to the Tower Hills and the Kondeshwar Cliff can be a rewarding experience. Overnight camping can be another great adventure prospect at Kamshet. Kondeshwar Cliff and Pawna Lake can serve as an excellent camping site. Pawna Lake also offers you the opportunity to indulge in angling and fishing activities.

    Available Adventure Activities:

    1. Paragliding
    2. Trekking and Hiking
    3. Camping
    4. Angling and Fishing

    Best Season to Travel:
    Although Kamshet can be visited throughout the year, avid paragliders should not plan for the trip during the monsoon days. The place receives heavy downpour in the months of July and August, during which paragliding activities are suspended due to safety concerns.

    Accommodation Options:
    Decent amount of staying options are available at Kamshet. However, considering the popularity of the place among the Mumbaikars and Puneites, it is advisable to book your accommodation in advance.


    23. Rishikesh

    Region: North India
    State: Uttarakhand
    District: Dehradun
    Nearest Major Town: Rishikesh - 0 KM

    Set on the foothills of the Shivalik range of Greater Himalayas, Rishikesh in Uttarakhand is a great choice as an adventure destination, besides its immense spiritual significance. It's a place where peace can be felt, spiritualism can be experienced, serenity can be relished, thrills can be enjoyed and memories can be cherished at the same time.

    For adventure enthusiasts, a plethora of exciting activities awaits you at Rishikesh. An ideal spot for white water rafting and camping on the riverside, Rishikesh is steadily becoming a preferred destination for adventure buffs from the Northern parts of India. It can be a tour of thrills and enjoyment amid the tranquility and gushing sounds of crystal clear waters. Rafting down the Grade 3 and Grade 4 rapids of Ganga can be tricky at times, but it would surely get your adrenaline pumping and make your rafting experience a memorable one.

    Kayaking in the rough waters of River Ganga can be a real test of your physical stamina. It has attained wide-spread admiration among the adventure freaks from all over the globe. Cliff Jumping from a height of 20 to 35 feets into the river waters is another exciting prospect that can give you spine-chilling goose bumps. Rappelling is another fantastic action-packed adventure you can experience during your trip to Rishikesh.


    The mother of all adventure activities, however, is Bungee Jumping. This is not for the faint-hearted souls as you need to dive from an altitude of over 120 to 150 feet. For those who want to fly high in the sky, there is Flying Fox to try your hands at. You can also savor the experience of Mountain Biking through the scenic and charming terrains around Rishikesh. In short, Rishikesh will provide you with a wholesome adventure experience to treasure for the rest of your life.

    Available Adventure Activities:

    1. River Rafting
    2. Kayaking
    3. Cliff Jumping
    4. Bungee Jumping
    5. Rappelling
    6. Flying Fox
    7. Mountain Biking

    Best Season to Travel:
    Monsoon brings the chances of blocked roads due to landslides. Other than that, Rishikesh can be visited throughout the year.

    Accommodation Options:
    Rishikesh is dotted with lots of economic lodges, mid-budget hotels and luxury resorts. Finding a suitable accommodation would not be an issue here.


    22. Devbagh

    Region: South India
    State: Karnataka
    District: Uttara Kannada
    Nearest Major Town: Karwar - 6 KM

    Situated off Karwar in the coastal Karnataka, Devbagh is a destination for the quintessential adventure freaks. It's a place where the 4 S' - Sea, Sun, Sand and Surf - make for a wonderful fun-filled vacation. Devbagh opens a world of serenity where the sea washes all your worries away and takes your spirits to an unprecedented high. There’s snorkeling, speed boat cruises, banana boat rides and para-sailing to pump up your adrenaline level.

    The crystal clear waters at Devbagh beach is a boon for diving and snorkeling. You can explore beautiful coral reefs, jelly fish, zebra fish, eel, turtles, and other exotic marine species underwater. Another thrilling activity that you can indulge in is parasailing. That's not all though, Surfing along the calm coast-line can be an enthralling experience. Banana boat ride can bring you lots of funny moments. Cruise up the River Kali on a Kayak or speedboat from its point of confluence with the Arabian sea and you will be rewarded by the sight of frolicking dolphins. Backwater cruising on a rowing boat or a country boat can be equally charming. The mangrove thickets along the Kali backwaters are a good opportunity for bird sightings. Last but not the least, avid trekkers would love to explore the forest trails in the adjacent islets of Oyster Rock and Kurumgad. If you love camping out in the open, then these islets would serve as excellent camping sites.

    Available Adventure Activities:

    1. Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
    2. Surfing
    3. Parasailing
    4. Speed Boat Ride
    5. Banana Boat Ride
    6. Backwater Cruise and Kayaking
    7. Trekking and Camping

    Best Season to Travel:
    This is a round the year tourism hub which can be visited at any time. Do pack your rain gears if you are planning for a monsoon trip.

    Accommodation Options:
    Devbagh has a few beach resorts and cottages. You can even stay at Karwar and explore the place by taking a ferry ride from the Sadashivgad Jetty. Karwar has lots of hotels to choose from.


    21. Cherrapunji

    Region: North East India
    State: Meghalaya
    District: East Khasi Hills
    Nearest Major Town: Cherrapunji - 0 KM

    Cherrapunji in Meghalaya is a stunning hill station perched at an altitude of over 4500 above the sea level. Nestled between the breath-taking landscapes of Khasi and Jayantia Hills, the place not only offers enchanting scenic vistas but also has the elements to serve the adventurists well. Trekking, river canoeing, angling and outdoor camping are the primary activities that lure the daredevil souls to this remote North Eastern corner of India.

    The most popular trekking route is the one that leads you to the Living Root bridge in Nongriat village. You will be greeted with stunning natural scenery during this 8 KM long trekking route. The 14 KM long downstream stretch from Nongthymmai to Mynteng on Mongpong river is famous for river rafting and canoeing. The route offers a number of tricky rapids and steep drops, so you can be assured of some adrenaline pumping experience.

    Adventure Caving at the Mawmluh Cave is a unique experience at Cherrapunji. Covered in complete darkness, it can be a thrilling experience to explore the natural rock formations inside this 4.5 KM long cave shelter. Apart from all these adventure prospects, you can also experience rock climbing, angling and forest camping during your tour to Cherrapunji.

    Available Adventure Activities:

    1. River Canoeing
    2. Adventure Caving
    3. Angling
    4. Trekking
    5. Rock Climbing
    6. Outdoor Camping and Campfire

    Best Season to Travel:
    The best time to visit Cherrapunji is the winter season. Summer days can also be a good option, but avoid the monsoon season at any cost. Continuous downpour for 7-10 days are pretty common during the rainy season and it can pretty much spoil your outdoor activities.

    Accommodation Options:
    There are quite a few staying options, but do not expect lavish luxury at Cherrapunji. The town has only a couple of luxury resorts - which has to be booked well in advance. Apart from that, the Government operated Tourist Guest House is your best bet for a comfortable stay. Most of the private lodges are pretty economic in nature and offer basic accommodation only.

    (To Be Continued)
     
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  2. amelia88

    amelia88 Active Member

    This is great, Deb!

    One of my most fond travel memories was from Queenstown in New Zealand, which is a bit of a home for adrenalin junkies. You can bungee jump, skydive, go jet boating on the river there...lots of things to get the blood pumping. It's cool to know that there are so many options for things like this in India too!
     
  3. Debapriya Deb

    Debapriya Deb Active Member

    Thanks, Amelia. Yes, India does have plenty of opportunities to experience adrenaline rush. It's just an attempt on my part to put together the relevant info in an organized manner which, I hope, can help out fellow adventure seekers who are travelling to India.

    Regards,
    Deb
     
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  4. BadBoy

    BadBoy Active Member

    Amazing Guide ;)
     
  5. Jani

    Jani New Member

    Great looking guide! OK, so I have to ask - what is a banana boat ride? That is something I've never heard of, and something I just may be game for.
     
  6. amelia88

    amelia88 Active Member

    Well I can certainly say your posts give me a lot of inspiration and often make me think of how to better structure my trip to make sure I can fit in all these new things I want to see and do! I'm sure I'm not the only one who appreciates the time and effort these posts take to put together.
     
  7. Debapriya Deb

    Debapriya Deb Active Member

    20. Auli

    Region: North India
    State: Uttarakhand
    District: Chamoli
    Nearest Major Town: Joshimath - 15 KM

    Auli is a place that can provide adventurists a thrilling vacation. Located in the state of Uttrakand, Auli is nestled between the lofty peaks of Greater Himalayan mountain ranges. Overshadowed by the intimadating Nanda Devi peak, Auli's claim to fame is mostly due to the high volume of snowfall that it receives during the winter season. The thick blanket of snow cover along its sloppy terrain serves as an exciting skiing ground. Although not as famous as Shimla or Gulmarg, Auli has made an identity for itself as one of the best adventure destinations in India due to its vast stretch of skiing arena. Auli Skiing Festival - organized every year in the month of February - attracts lots of adrenaline junkies from all parts of the world.

    Besides skiing, Auli is famed for having Asia’s longest cable car route which connects it to Joshimath on a 4 KM long stretch. A cable car trip over the top of Auli's snow-white landscape is an experience to cherish for a long time. For trekkers, this little paradise offers some interesting trails. The 3 KM long snowy trail leading to the beautiful Chandrakund Lake is a favorite among the trekkers. Gurso Bugyal trek is equally charming and it can be reached by covering a similar distance. An enchanting meadow embodied by thick vegetation of pine and Oak trees, Gurso Bugyal is a place that offers spectacular wide-angle views of snow-clad Nanda Devi, Trishul and Drona Parvat peaks. You may indulge in mountain biking as well. In short, if you have a zeal for satiating adrenaline rush amid picturesque environment, then Auli fits the bill perfectly.

    Available Adventure Activities:

    1. Skiing
    2. Cable Car Ride
    3. Hiking and Trekking
    4. Mountain Biking

    Best Season to Travel:
    For adventure junkies, the best time to visit Auli is between January end to the mid of March. It is also a good summer retreat if you have trekking on your minds.

    Accommodation Options:
    Although Auli is growing in stature as a Skiing Retreat, as of now it has limited accommodation options available for the tourists. Advanced booking is pretty much necessary to visit this place during the peak tourist season from December to March.


    19. Tawang

    Region: North East India
    State: Arunachal Pradesh
    District: Tawang
    Nearest Major Town: Tawang - 0 KM

    Tawang is a picturesque hill destination located on the lap of the Great Himalayan mountain ranges in the furthest North-Eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh. Perched on a mountain cliff, the town is encircled by the gorgeous Kameng river, which is also the USP of Tawang as an adventure destination. Considered as one of the most challenging river rafting opportunities in India, Kameng's Grade 3 to Grade 5 rapids can give you a huge dose of adrenaline boost. At the same time, the stunning panoramic landscapes, decorated by snow-capped mountain peaks and beautiful valleys through which the river flows, are sure to take your breath away.

    If you are travelling during the winter season, then you must explore the Pangang Teng Tso Lake, situated at a distance of 18 KM from the Tawang town. The frozen PT Tso lake serves as a huge ground to enjoy skiing and ice-skating. During summer days, the lush greenery surrounding the lake makes it an ideal spot for trekking and camping.


    Among the other adventure prospects at Tawang, Kayaking at the picturesque Sangetser Tso lake deserves a special mention. The Nuranang waterfalls, descending from a height of over 350 feet, is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in India. It also offers trekking opportunity for the hikers. The access to the falls involves a steep climb through the rocky mountain ridges which can be an experience to remember. You may also set off on an expedition to conquer the towering Geshila Peak. This 25 KM long trekking route is very scenic and the peak offers a spectacular 360-degree 'hawk-eye view of the entire Tawang district.
    Another offbeat trekking trail leads you to the frosty Sela Pass - standing tall at an elevation of 13714 feet above the sea level. Bikers could alternatively taste the experience of high-altitude mountain biking as the Sela Pass is connected by motorable roads.

    Available Adventure Activities:

    1. White Water Rafting
    2. Skking
    3. Ice-Skating
    4. Kayaking
    5. Hiking and Trekking
    6. Mountain Biking
    7. Outdoor Camping

    Best Season to Travel:
    Summer is the best period to enjoy white water rafting on the Kameng River, but if snow attracts you the most, then the December-February winter season is your best bet to satisfy your desire for skiing and skating activities.

    Accommodation Options:
    Being one of the most prominent tourism hubs in the North-East India, Tawang has good accommodation facilities. You can choose between basic lodging to mid-budget hotels and luxury resorts as per your convenience and budget.


    18. Manali

    Region: North India
    State: Himachal Pradesh
    District: Kullu
    Nearest Major Town: Manali - 0 KM

    Known as a backpacker's paradise, Manali, situated in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh is a place where adventures beckon from all directions. Arguably the most well-known skiing destination in India, the Rohtang Pass and Solang Valley offer a wide variety of slopes for the skiers of all experience levels. The versatile skiing course at Rohtang Pass is the only destination in India where skiing facilities are available throughout the year - so irrespective of the season you are planning your Manali trip in, you can definitely enjoy skiing on the slopes of Rohtang. Expert skiers can enjoy helisking during the winter months from the end of October to mid of March.

    The Beas river offers excellent white water rafting facility on a 14 KM downstream stretch from Pirdi to Jhiri. You need to negotiate quite a few high grade rapids during the course of your ride for a duration of one and a half hours. Another adrenaline rising activity which you can be a part of is Paragliding. Both short flights and long duration high flying is possible here. The Solang Valley at Manali is considered to be the safest site in India for amateur flying. Flying over the lush green valley is an fascinating experience that you will cherish for a long time.

    Trekkers can set on expeditions through the pine trails, explore the mountain slopes, visit centuries old Monasteries or climb the tall peaks for a truly breathtaking view. It's a constrasting experience to catch the towering peaks of the Greater Himalayan Mountain Ranges rising above the sky and the lush green Beas Valley with all its virgin beauty snuggled below.

    Among the numerous trekking trails around Manali, the Beas Kund Trek, Chander Trek and Pin Parvati Trek attract lots of mountaineers from all over the world. You may also opt for a Jeep Safari through some of the highest altitude mountain passes around Manali. Mountain biking is another experience that should not be missed. Last but not the least, overnight camping with bonfire is something that every adventurist must experience during Manali trip.

    Available Adventure Activities:

    1. Skiing
    2. Heliskiing
    3. Paragliding
    4. White Water Rafting
    5. Mountain Biking
    6. Hiking and Trekking
    7. Outdoor Camping

    Best Season to Travel:
    Manali is a round-the-year tourism magnet. The typical peak season for adventure lovers is during the winters, but even the summar days witness lots of holidaying tourists.

    Accommodation Options:
    Loads of staying options await the tourists at Manali. Economic lodges, budget hotels, cozy guest houses, lavish resorts and comforting homestays - you can take your pick and finalize an accommodation as per your requirements and finances.


    17. Patnitop

    Region: North India
    State: Jammu & Kashmir
    District: Udhampur
    Nearest Major Town: Udhampur - 47 KM

    A relatively unknown hill station perched at an altitude of 2024 meters above the sea level in the Udhampur district of Jammu & Kashmir, Patnitop can be the ideal getaway for adventure seekers looking for some thrilling experience. This Himalayan hamlet is a typical winter season retreat because of the winter sports and adventure activities it offers. Bounded by the gurgling Chenab River and beautiful meadows, the place is blessed with nature's allround serenity apart from being an excellent adventure sports destination.


    Sanasar is at the focal point of all adventure attractions at Patnitop. The rolling green hills and gentles slopes act as a thrilling paragliding site during the summer and spring season, while it doubles up as a skiing ground as well during the winter season once the slopes get covered in a carpet of thick snows. It also has a 6-hole golf course to amuse the tourists, besides offering opportunities for camping, trekking and rock-climbing. The Sanasar Lake, with its turquoise water and pine tree cover, is an excellent spot to spend a day out in the lap of the scenic nature. The lake shore also serves as a popular tenting site. Don't forget to carry your own camping equipment as there is no rental facility available near the lake.

    A 5 KM trek from Patnitop can take you to the beautiful Madhatop, which is thronged by adventure junkies in large proportion. During the winter season, the place gets covered in thick snow and turns in to a skiing ground for thrill seekers. Shiva Garh, situated at an elevation of over 3500 meters, is another famous trekking route for the tourists. It takes an entire day to complete this 11 KM long treacherous uphill hike. Patnitop to Gari Kund is an equally fascinating trek that can amaze the tourists with its scenic brilliance.

    Available Adventure Activities:


    1. Paragliding
    2. Skiing
    3. Hiking and Trekking
    4. Rock Climbing
    5. Outdoor Camping

    Best Season to Travel:
    October to March is the best season to visit Patnitop, although it is also the busiest period of the year and you may find difficulty in finding a suitable accommodation for yourself.

    Accommodation Options:
    If you are planing for a winter trip, then book your stay well in advance, otherwise the only option for you would be to set up your own makeshift tent near the Sanasar Lake. Summer days are usually less crowded, and you can hope to find an accommodation even at a short notice.


    16. Wayanad

    Region: South India
    State: Kerala
    District: Wayanad
    Nearest Major Town: Wayanad - 0 KM

    Wayanad is the original 'poster boy' used for the promotion of adventure tourism in Kerala. It is arguably the most renowned adventure destination in Kerala. Wayanad's winding rivers, dancing waterfalls, hilly terrains, and verdant forests provide a host of thrilling activities that can satisfy the urge for adrenaline among the adventurists. Trekking, camping, river rafting, adventure caving, wildlife safari and rock climbing are the activities to keep yourself engaged during a trip to Wayanad.

    Trekkers and hikers are going to fall in love with the offbeat trekking trails. Chembra Peak is a popular trekking and camping site. Covered with rolling shola grasslands, the place is extremely scenic in nature. There is a beautiful lake where one can indulge in angling and fishing. Wayanad to Pakshipathalam is another popular trekking route that involves walking through a wildlife reserve. One can spot several wild animals including spotted deer, wild boar and elephant during this trek. Suchipara and Meenmutty Waterfalls are equally popular among the trekkers looking for some challenging experience.

    A good number of tourists are attracted to Wayanad due the prospect of adventure caving. The prehistoric rock shelters at Edakkal Caves are home to ancient rock carvings. Situated in the remote parts of Ambukuthi Hills, the ancient stone scripts and pictorial wall inscriptions are considered to be crafted during the Neolithic and Megalithic ages.

    Wayanad also offers opportunity for river rafting and kayaking. Rafting on the turbulent waters of Kabini river can be a thrilling experience. The unique bamboo rafting around the Kuruva Islands is another must try activity at Wayanad. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, then don't forget to go for a jungle safari at the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary. The thrill of spotting wild animals in their natural habitat is second to none.

    Available Adventure Activities:

    1. Trekking and Hiking
    2. Rock Climbing
    3. Adventure Caving
    4. River Rafting and Kayaking
    5. Overnight Hill-Top Camping
    6. Wildlife Safari
    7. Tree-House Stay

    Best Season to Travel:
    Moonsoon days are not the best time to travel to Wayanad. Not only because of the heavy downpour, but also due to the leech infested trekking trails. Plan your visit during summer, spring or winter and you will be overwhelmed by the versatility of Wayanad.

    Accommodation Options:
    Accommodation options are aplenty at this Kerala adventure retreat. Besides hotels of all budgets, you have traditional cottages, tree-top huts and Swiss tents to complement your staying needs. You may also experience the warm hospitality of a neat homestay surrounded by lovely cofee plantations.


    15. Neil Islands

    Region: South East India
    Union Territory: Andaman & Nicobar
    District: South Andaman
    Nearest Major Town: Port Blair - 44 KM

    Covered with lush greenery and decorated with vast stretches of white sandy beaches, no Andaman trip is complete without visiting the rejuvenating Neil Island. There is no dearth of adventure options at the Neil Island, which is fondly referred to as the 'Coral capital of Andaman'. Also known as the 'Vegetable bowl of Andamans', three amazing beaches in Laxmanpur, Bharatpur and Sitapur are the main tourist attractions here.

    Located near the jetty at the Neil Islands, Bharatpur Beach is as much famous for its coral reefs as it is for the long stretch of white sands. You can spot a diversified variety of marine life while snorkeling at Bharatpur Beach. Scuba Diving is yet another exciting prospect here. If you are afraid of getting underwater, then you can take a ride on glass-bottom boats to experience the rich marine flora and fauna through the crystal-clear waters.

    Interested tourists can also get themselves engaged in fishing and angling activities at the golden and white sandy beaches of Laxmanpur and Sitapur. You may also enjoy surfing on the calm waters. Moreover, speed-boat and water-scooter rides are available to the tourists who are looking for some thrills. The twin beaches of Lakshmanpur and Sitapur are just the perfect spot to enjoy an overnight camping by the beach side. Camping equipments are available on rent from the nearby beach shacks.

    Available Adventure Activities:

    1. Snorkeling
    2. Scuba Diving
    3. Speed Boat Ride
    4. Water Scooter Ride
    5. Surfing
    6. Outdoor Camping
    7. Angling & Fishing

    Best Season to Travel:
    Neil Islands is blessed with pleasant tropical climate, so you can plan your travel throughout the year. However, humidity being on the higher side, try to avoid the summer season if you are coming from a place with relatively colder atmosphere. If snorkeling and scuba diving are your main targets, then November to April can be the best time for you to explore the adventure options.

    Accommodation Options:
    The island is dotted with many beach side cottages, comfortable hotels and luxury resorts to suit pockets of all sizes.


    14. Dandeli

    Region: South India
    State: Karnataka
    District: Uttara Kannada
    Nearest Major Town: Dandeli - 0 KM

    Dandeli is blessed with an incomparable mix of scenic beauty, rich wildlife and adventure options. Nestled in the lushy green surroundings of the Western Ghats mountain ranges with River Kali flowing through its heart, the Northern Karnataka town of Dandeli is one of the most attractive adventure sports destinations for th Indian tourists. Right from a jaw-dropping white water rafting experience, to a thrilling kayaking ride along with overnight camping, trekking, mountain biking, wildlife spotting and lots of other fun activities, Dandeli can be the ideal medicine (destination) that the best of doctors (adventure guru) would prescribe to his patients (adventurists).

    The rough waters of Kali river brings you some fascinating options to satisfy your urge for adrenaline. White water rafting on the Grade-3 rapids is an unforgettable experience for adventure seekers. Kayaking and canoeing can be equally thrilling. For those who are immune to the fear of height, Dandeli brings you the opportunity to take part in rappelling. Trekking to the ancient Kavala caves, through the steep downhill terrains of a dense forest is another exciting prospect. Mountaineers and hikers would love to conquer the lofty Siroli peak. An overnight camping on the riverside can be another thrilling prospect that should not be missed out during your trip to Dandeli.

    Wildlife enthusiasts will fall in love with the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary - which is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka. It is the natural habitat for several wildlife species including the Bengal Tiger, Clouded Leopard, Black Panther, Elephant, Gaur, Spotted Deer, Sambar, king Cobra and Malabar Giant Sqirrel. The Kulgi Nature Camp deserves to be visited as well. Romantic yet adventurous couples on their honeymoon can enjoy a round of moonlight boat ride on the Kali river on a full-moon night.

    Available Adventure Activities:

    1. White Water Rafting
    2. Kayaking & Canoeing
    3. Rappelling and Rock Climbing
    4. Trekking and Hiking
    5. Wildlife Safari
    6. Overnight Camping

    Best Season to Travel:
    Dandeli is an all-season tourist spot which can be enjoyed throughout the year. However, rafting and kayaking during the monsoon days can be dangerous and should be avoided due to safety reasons.

    Accommodation Options:
    Dandeli is a tourism hub which is dotted with hotels of all budgets. You can choose your preferred stay from a bunch of options ranging from budget lodges to high-end resorts and everything in between.


    13. Gokarna

    Region: South India
    State: Karnataka
    District: Uttara Kannada
    Nearest Major Town: Gokarna - 0 KM

    If you would like to experience the bohemian, idiosyncratic lifestyle of Goa at a fraction of the cost that a Goa trip attracts, then Gokarna is the place you should be heading to. Right from beach partying to night outs at beach shacks to adventure sports activities - you name it and Gokarna has it to offer to the tourists.
    The beautiful beach town of Gokarna is situated at the confluence of Gangavali and Aghanashini rivers in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. It offers a unique combination of beaches nestled between charming hills. Gokarna beach, Kudle beach, Om beach, Half-Moon beach and Paradise beach - every beach is characterized by its own highlights and offers a wide range of activities to satisfy the adventurous souls.

    If you want to get a hawk-eye view of the Gokarna coastline on the backdrop of the lofty Western Ghats ranges, then Parasailing at Om Beach is the thing for you. Kudle Beach also offers parasailing opportunities to the interested tourists. It can be an unforgettable experience with the strong wind gushing in your ears and the lovely vistas delighting your eyes.

    Surfing is another activity that Gokarna is famous for. No worries if you are a first time surfer, as the Cocopelli Surf School is the right place to learn some basics of surfing. Speed boat, water scooter and banana boat rides are the other available activities you can indulge in. Trekking from one beach to another through the rocky terrains and dense shrublands can provide you with an intoxicating combination of thrill and natural beauty. Kayaking at the Gangavali River also attracts lots of adventure seekers. Last but not the least, you can submerge yourself in the crystal-clear waters of the Arabian sea to catch glimpses of the rich underwater marine-life while snorkeling at the Om Beach. With options aplenty, rest assured, a strong dose of adrenaline and a rush of unbound excitement would greet you at Gokarna and provide you with some unforgettable moments to cherish for a long time.

    Available Adventure Activities:

    1. Parasailing
    2. Surfing,
    3. Speed Boat Ride
    4. Water Scooter Ride
    5. Snorkeling
    6. Kayaking
    7. Banana Boat ride
    8. Trekking

    Best Season to Travel:
    October to March is the best season to travel to Gokarna as the mercury level doesn't go beyond 30 degree celsius and the weather remains bright and clear. Summer days are typically hot and humid, while the monsoon brings heavy downpour which could spoil your parasailing program.

    Accommodation Options:
    Beach shacks are the most preferred accommodation option for the adventure lovers. You may also book your stay in one of the budget lodges, mid-range hotels or luxury resorts. Homestay option is equally popular among the tourists.


    12. Jaisalmer

    Region: North-West India
    State: Rajasthan
    District: Jaisalmer
    Nearest Major Town: Jaisalmer - 0 KM

    The Golden town of Rajasthan is the perfect destination to capture the spirit of desert adventure. Situated in the North-Western state of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer is a favorite hunting ground for the adrenaline junkies with the breathtakingly beautiful vistas of the Thar Desert offering truly fantastic flavors of the sun and the sands. Adventures aside, just catching the magnificent views of sunset will have a lasting impression on your soul.


    The unforgettable experience of camel safari ride through the sand dunes is sure to pump up your spirits. Right from the short day rides to the long duration safari trips that stretch for nearly 2 weeks, you can be assured of having a fascinating time riding on the back of the peculiar looking animal. Jeep Safaris are also available to the interested tourists. If you own a 4WD SUV, then do make sure to experience driving through the distant sand dunes of Jaisalmer. The desert hamlets of Amarsagar, Moolsagar, Kuldhara, Ludhrva, Damodra and Kanoi serve as excellent night camping sites for the adventurous souls. Spending a night at a desert campsite, with traditional folk performances and delicious Rajasthani cuisines, accompanied by a bonfire, can be a memorable treat.

    Do make sure to pay a visit to the huge Desert National Park. Unlike the other national parks in India, this wildlife sanctuary sports a barren outlook with its sand-dunes, rocky surfaces and salt lakes. The park is home to Chinkara, Indian Fox, Hare, Desert Cat and many other indigenous wildlife species. Amongst the birds, the Great Indian Bustard, which is the State Bird of Rajasthan, is found in abundance at this place. Kestrels, Laager Falcons, and Desert Vultures could also be spotted in large numbers.

    Available Adventure Activities:

    1. Camel safari
    2. Jeep Safari
    3. Driving on the Sand Dunes
    4. Desert Camping
    5. Wildlife Spotting

    Best Season to Travel:
    October to March is the ideal time to plan your Jaisalmer trip. Strictly avoid the summer season as the extreme heat condition can cause health related hazards.

    Accommodation Options:

    Staying options are aplenty and suitable for all budgets. Besides the lodges, hotels and resorts available in the Jaisalmer town, you can opt for the camping sites at the desert villages for a unique lodging experience.


    11. Kovalam

    Region: South India
    State: Kerala
    District: Thiruvananthapuram
    Nearest Major Town: Trivandrum - 16 KM

    Kovalam is actually a series of three adjacent beaches, seperated by rocky outcroppings. The crescent shaped beach, which stretches out along a 17 KM coast-line, is thronged by tourists from all over the world. Its diversified range of attractions satisfy the tastebuds of all sorts of tourists. Be it the honeymooning couples, family vacationers, leisure seekers or adventurists, Kovalam does have the ability to suit all desires from every walk of life.

    Besides its breathtakingly beautiful outlook, covered with multi-colored sand and surrounded by lofty edgings of green palm trees, Kovalam is also an excellent choice if you are looking for some action-packed fun. Adventure sports options at this beach are plenty and diverse. So it's an opportunity to explore the zeal within you.

    Some of the most sought after water sports activities at the Kovalam beach include scuba diving, parasailing and wind surfing. Especially for those who are looking for some underwater adventure, the world-class Scuba Diving facility at Kovalam is a must try. Although you won't be greeted by a gigantic coral reef here, the scintillating marine life will definitely excite you. Exploring the calm sea riding a country-boat can be another amazing experience at Kovalam.
    The lip-smacking traditional cuisines of Kerala are the added bonus for spending your vacation at Kovalam.

    Available Adventure Activities:

    1. Scuba Diving,
    2. Wind Surfing,
    3. Parasailing
    4. Water Skiing
    5. Kayaking
    6. Speed-boat & Country-boat Ride

    Best Season to Travel:
    A round-the-year tourism hub, Kovalam can be visited at any time. Don't forget to pack your rain-gears if you are travelling during the monsoon season.

    Accommodation Options:
    While Kovalam has many luxury beach resorts and star hotels, there is no scarcity of low and mid budget staying options.

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  8. Debapriya Deb

    Debapriya Deb Active Member

    Copy+Pasted from Wikipedia -

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  9. Jani

    Jani New Member

    Wow, that looks like fun! And like a banana! Thanks for sharing. That definitely looks like something I will be adding to my list of things to do while vacationing in India.
     
  10. Debapriya Deb

    Debapriya Deb Active Member

    And here's the final part of the article revealing you the list of the Top 10 Must Visit Adventure Destinations in India.

    10. Roing


    Region: North East India
    State: Arunachal Pradesh
    District: Lower Dibang
    Nearest Major Town: Tezu - 80 KM

    Roing is the district headquarters of Lower Dibang Valley district in the North Eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh. Surrounded by lofty mountains and dotted with lushy meadows, turquoise lakes and unchartered treks, this hill retreat is the last major Indian township along the Indo-Tibet border.

    Mountain biking to the magical Mayudia Pass, located at an elevation of 8711 feet, is a not to be missed adventure prospect at Roing. With around the year snow coverage, this high altitude mountain pass steals all the limelight among adventure seekers. Here you can also participate in ice-skating during the winter season. White Water Rafting on the flashy Dibang River is the other main adventure attraction at Roing. The 14 KM long rafting route has Grade 2 and Grade 3 rapids to provide you some thrilling bounces.


    For the trekkers and hikers, Roing has many virgin trails to explore. Trekking to the beautiful Salley Lake through the tropical forests of Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary is quite popular among the trekkers. The trekking trail from Roing to Iphi Pani Ghat is also a great choice. Iphi Pani Ghat, located on the Eastern banks of Dibang river, can mesmerize the tourists with the amazing landscapes of Dibang Valley. Moreover, it also serves as a hub for fishing and angling activities.

    Then there is the massive Mehao Lake, situated at an altitude of more than 9842 feet above the sea level. It is one of the most striking attractions at Roing. Surrounded by the dense forest cover of Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary, the lake is spread across an area of over 4 square kilometers. Besides attracting tourists with its scenic beauty and boating prospect, the Mehao Lake also attracts a wide variety of winged-visitors (migratory birds) from many distant places in the world. Include a Wildlife Safari at the Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary to spot some rare variety of tropical flora and fauna.

    Available Adventure Activities:

    1. White Water Rafting
    2. Mountain Biking
    3. Trekking & Hiking
    4. Rock Climbing
    5. Rowing
    6. Wildlife Safari
    7. Bird Watching

    Best Season to Travel:
    November to March is the best time to explore this North Eastern getaway. Strictly avoid the monsoon period.

    Accommodation Options:
    Limited accommodation facility is available at Roing. Advanced booking is more of a necessity if you are planning to visit the place during the peak season.


    9. Varkala

    Region: South India
    State: Kerala
    District: Thiruvananthapuram
    Nearest Major Town: Kollam - 37 KM

    Varkala is a small town situated at a distance of 51 KM from Trivandrum in Kerala. The place is mainly known for its pristine beach with its beautiful coast-line dotted with coconut palms. Even a few years ago, the place was off the radar for most of the casual tourists, but things have changed dramatically in recent years with the introduction of a number of adventure sports activities.

    Wind surfing is by far the most sought after activity here among the adventurers. Gigantic waves and strong currents make surfing a delight in Varkala. Giving it a tough competition is parasailing, which is gaining rapid popularity among the younger tourists. The excitement that can be felt during parasailing is unparalleled. Water scooter ride is equally favored by the tourists looking for some thrills, while you can also get the taste of Catamaran sailing at this coastal town. Scuba Diving is an activity that should not be missed, especially if you are fond of underwater adventure. You can literally feel the adrenaline rushing down the veins when you dive deep into the water and witness the underwater marine life buzzing with colorful fishes, beautiful corals, swimming turtles and other varieties of marine flora and fauna.

    Available Adventure Activities:

    1. Wind Surfing
    2. Scuba Diving
    3. Parasailing
    4. Water Scooter Riding
    5. Cataraman Sailing

    Best Season to Travel:
    As is the case with almost all Kerala destinations, Varkala too receives heavy downpour during the monsoon. The waters become rough during the rainy days and visibility decreases a couple of notches - hence monsoon is not the ideal time to experience scuba diving and parasailing. So except for the rainy days between the mid of July to the beginning of September, you can visit the place for the rest of the year.

    Accommodation Options:
    There are quite a number of hotels in the town and resorts on the beach side. You may also choose to experience the warm hospitality of the native folks in a cosy homestay accommodation right next to the beach.


    8. Havelock Islands

    Region: South East India
    Union Territory: Andaman & Nicobar
    District: South Andaman
    Nearest Major Town: Port Blair - 57 KM

    One of the most popular water sports destinations not only in the Andamans region, but also in India, Havelock Island boasts of excellent scenic holiday as well as plenty of options to indulge in some thrilling adventure activities. Although it offers a wide variety of water sports activities including surfing, parasailing, and jet skiing to name a few, there is no denying of the fact that Scuba Diving and Snorkeling are at the pinnacle of all attractions at this adventure wonderland.

    Radhanagar Beach in Havelock is the most happening place in the entire Andamans region. This white sandy beach is not only one of the most beautiful beaches in India, but it is also regarded as one of the very best when it comes to water sports. Its sparkling blue waters with crystal-clear visibility makes snorkeling a real pleasure. It has world class Scuba diving facilities, arguably the best in the country. There's a water sports centre where tourists can hire snorkeling and scuba diving equipment, as well as guides if required. The complex also offers paddle-boarding and knee-boarding equipment on rent. You can go for surfing, parasailing and jet skiing to satisfy your dare-devil spirits.

    If night outs on the beach fascinate you, then you can book a tent accommodation at the Radhanagar sea shore. Elephant Beach is another untouched paradise at the Havelock Island, which is yet to lose its idyllic charms to commercialization. You need to hire a boat from the Havelock Jetty to go to this near-deserted beach. It can be the ideal spot for overnight camping that offers you undisturbed peace far away from the maddening crowd.

    Available Adventure Activities:

    1. Snorkeling
    2. Scuba Diving,
    3. Parasailing
    4. Wind Surfing,
    5. Jet Skking
    6. Paddle-boarding and Knee-boarding
    7. Overnight Camping

    Best Season to Travel:

    November to April is regarded as the peak season time to visit Havelock Islands. Summer can also be a good option although humidity can pose a stiff challenge. Do avoid the rainy days in July-August. With strong winds, frequent rains and low visibility underwater, the monsoon is not the best season for snorkeling and scuba diving.

    Accommodation Options:
    Plenty of resorts and cottages are lined up on the sea shore near the Radhanagar Beach. For budget accommodations, the hotels around the jetty and market area can be your best bet.


    7. Ravangla

    Region:
    East India
    State: Sikkim
    District: South Sikkim
    Nearest Major Town: Trivandrum - 16 KM

    With the magnificent Mount Kanchenjunga as the backdrop and the flashy Rangit River providing the thrills at every twist, Ravangla in South Sikkim can be an excellent choice for an adventure-filled vacation close to the lap of the nature. Dotted with several trekking trails through the plush Himalayan forests, picturesque tea gardens and colossal mountain peaks, the place attracts large number of tourists every year. Moreover, tourists have plenty of options to pump up their level of adrenaline by indulging in some enthralling water sports activities at this little Sikkimese hamlet.

    Among the popular trekking trails, the one from Ravangla to Maenam Hill deserves a special mention. It is a short trek of 4 KM through a winding trail surrounded by dense plantations of Oak, Pine, Rhododendron and Magnolia trees. The scenery throughout the trek is as beautiful as the destination itself. From top of the Maenam Hill, you can catch breathtaking views of the Rangit Valley dominated by the dancing Rangit river. If you are looking for long distance treks, then the 15 KM stretch from Ravangla to Namchi can be an excellent option. Another off the beaten path trek can take you to Valedunga through the core areas of a wildlife sanctuary. You have a good probability of sighting a rare assortment of Himalayan species during this trek. Ravangla - Namchi, Ravangla - Rayong, Ravangla - Borong, and Ravangla - Tendong Hill are the other trekking trails that you can explore here. Tendong Hill also offers rappelling opportunity to the interested adventure seekers.


    The Rangit Water World is a must visit place at Ravangla for adventurists. Situated at a distance from 24 KM from the town, the Water Sports Park has been setup on a huge natural lake formed between the mountain cliffs on the main river bed. While the lake offers you adventure options like kayaking, fishing and motor boat rides, the gurgling Rangit river is a great spot to experience the thrill of white water rafting. This 9 KM long rafting route has interesting Grade-2 and Grade-3 rapids interspread with high-speed descends and narrow gorges that would require precise maneuvering. To sum up - if you are looking for some thrills that can send chilling vives through your spine, then Ravangla fits the bill perfectly.

    Available Adventure Activities:

    1. Trekking and Hiking
    2. White Water rafting
    3. Kayaking
    4. Angling and Fishing

    Best Season to Travel:
    The winter season is the best time to explore this Sikimese paradise, while the crowded summer is not a bad choice either. Ravangla receives snowfall from the late-December to mid-January period, so you have another valid reason for planning your trip during winter. Moonsoon brings with it the possibility of floods, landslides and blocked roads, so try not to plan your Ravangla trip during the rainy season.

    Accommodation Options:
    Quite a few decent lodging options are available in and around Ravangla. Being a summer retreat for the huge population of travel-crazy Bengali tourists from the neighboring state of West Bengal, prior booking is necessary if you are planning to visit the place in summer.


    6. Kavaratti Island

    Region: South West India
    Union Territory: Lakshadweep
    District: Lakshadweep
    Nearest Major Town: Kavaratti - 0 KM

    The administrative capital of Lakshadweep, Kavaratti Island is frequented by adventure lovers from all over the world. Here you can treat yourself to a variety of adventure activities ranging from snorkeling and scuba diving to surfing and yatch sailing. A wholesome holiday package to Kavaratti Island can not only add a little spice to your adventure spirits, but also relive you from the hectic and monotonous schedule of work-life.

    The island boasts of one of the most neatly maintained water sports complex in the country. Dotted with beautiful corals of different shapes, snorkeling and coral gazing can introduce you to a wide variety of marine life underwater. If you are not comfortable in getting down to the bottom of the sea, then you can view the exotic underwater world without getting yourself wet - with the help of glass-bottomed boats. Deep sea diving is equally popular among the adventure seekers, while there is an increasing demand for kayaking on the turquoise waters of the Arabian sea. Yatch sailing is another activity exercised by almost all the tourists visiting this beautiful part of India.

    Lagoon fishing is an unique experience you can gather at Kavaratti. Try your hands at catching one of the huge Tuna or Baracuda fishes that are found in abundance on the Kavaratti lagoon. Even night fishing trips, where the fishing rods are attached with flashlights, can be organized if you are looking for some added fun. Outdoor camping by the beach side is another popular adventure activity at this lovely place.

    Available Adventure Activities:

    1. Snorkeling
    2. Scuba Diving
    3. Surfing
    4. Yatch Sailing
    5. Kayaking
    6. Lagoon Fishing
    7. Outdoor Camping

    Best Season to Travel:
    Kavaratti Islands is thronged by the tourists throughout the year, so you can plan your trip at any time. However be aware of the extreme heat condition in the summer season, which can take its toll on your body.

    Accommodation Options:
    Couple of resorts have come up in recent time to cater to the splurge section of the tourists. Apart from that, there are a few beach-side shacks and basic cottages with attached toilets near to the Kavaratti jetty, which are the only accommodation option in Kavaratti Islands for the budget travellers.


    5. Shimla

    Region: North India
    State: Himachal Pradesh
    District: Shimla
    Nearest Major Town: Shimla - 0 KM

    Arguably the most popular and the original adventure retreat in India, Shimla is a place that every adventurist should visit at-least once in a lifetime. The topography of Shimla, situated at an altitude of over 2200 meters, is just the perfect locale for you to indulge in some pulsating action-packed activities. This Himalayan retreat offers a host of adventure activities to suit all types of taste buds. During your Shimla trip, you can enjoy a diversified range of adventure sports - including River Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Mountain Biking, Horse Riding, Paragliding, Skating, Skking, Trekking, Wildlife Spotting, Yak Riding, Outdoor Camping and a lot more.

    Ice and roller skating in Shimla has a huge fan base. This fun filled exercise can be tried by one and all irrespective of your age. Shimla is not only the largest ice-skating rink in India, but also is the only natural open-air rink in the country. The skatting festival organized in the month of December acts as a magnet to brings adventure tourists even from beyond the national border. You may also enjoy skiing during your Shimla trip. The slopes of Kufri are equally favorite among the skiiers and the skiing arena attracts adrenaline junkies from all over the world. Don't forget to experience the ultimate high while paragliding at the Kangra Valley. Although it has been recently introduced in Shimla, paragliding is rapidly emerging as one of the most sought after adventure sports in Shimla.

    Tattapani, situated just 50 KM away from Shimla, is an amazing spot for a fun-filled and memorable river rafting activity. It's a perfect dose of adventure and beauty rolled into one. Entry level youngster will enjoy the 14 KM long rafting stretch from Chabba to Tattapani which has a number of Grade 1 and 2 rapids. If you are a pro, then go for the longer 36 KM route to Naldehra for experiencing rafting in the turbulent Grade 3 and 4 rapids.

    For the trekking enthusiasts, Shimla has a lot to offer. The alluring trekking trails through the pristine valley can lead you to beautiful lakes, gorgeous waterfalls and intimadating mountain peaks. Especially the trek to Chaupal via Narkanda deserves a special mention. If you are looking for some long duration trekking routes, then set on an expedition to Banjar through Khanang and Jalori Pass. Overnight camping at one of the tiny Himalayan hamlets can be a thrilling experience. Mountain bikers would love to explore the dart tracks around Kangra Valley. You may also try your hands at bunjee jumping, rock climbing and rappelling during your stay in Shimla.

    Available Adventure Activities:

    1. Paragliding
    2. Ice and Roller Skating
    3. Skiing
    4. White Water Rafting
    5. Bunjee Jumping
    6. Trekking & Hiking
    7. Mountain Biking
    8. Rock Climbing & Rappelling
    9. Outdoor Camping

    Best Season to Travel:
    Shimla can be visited in the summer as well as the winter seasons. While casual trevellers prefer the summer time to relieve themselves of the excessive heat, for tyhe adventurists the winter is the ideal season as quite a few adventure sports are possible only after the first snow-fall of the year.

    Accommodation Options:

    Being a state capital, Shimla has enough hotels and resorts to comfortably accommodate the tourists, even during the peak season. Right from low-budget guest houses, to decent hotels and splurge resorts, you can take your pick and choose a suitable one as per your finances.


    4. Thekkady

    Region: South India
    State: Kerala
    District: Idukki
    Nearest Major Town: Trivandrum - 16 KM

    Thekkady is the recipe of a perfect perfect adventure tourism destination. Situated in the Idukki district of Kerala, Thekkady is a place blessed with the bounties of nature. Surrounded by rolling hills and thick evergreen forests, this awesome getaway offers you a whole bunch of recreational activities to keep your spirits flying high. Exotic wildlife, scenic treks and thrilling water sports make it a must visit place for adventure lovers from all over India.

    The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is at the focul point of adventure activities in Thekkady. The Periyar Tiger Trail, a project implemented by the Kerala Forest Department to promote sustainable eco-tourism, is a fun way to explore the wildlife of Periyar Sanctuary. It is an adventurous trekking and camping programme that takes you deep into the core areas of the forest where you can see a diversified range of wildlife in their natural habitat. Besides the wild animals, the region is known to be a birder's paradise with more than 320 species of migratory and native birds spotted in the reserve forest area. This unique wildlife spotting experience can be clubbed with camping in the forest for 1 or 2 days to make it a truly memorable extravaganza. You can also enjoy safari ride on the back of a trained elephant inside the wildlife sanctuary.

    You can enjoy the unique taste of bamboo rafting on the beautiful Periyar Lake and the backwaters surrounding the wildlife sanctuary. Rowing is also possible, while motorboat ride too has quite a few takers. For trekking enthusiasts, the undulating hills and lush green valleys surrounding Thekkady offer excellent trekking opportunities. The jungle trail through bamboo groves and evergreen rainforests leading to the Calavary Mount viewpoint is a treat to the eyes. You can also trek up to the Idukki Dam and take part in canoe ride on the reservoir.

    Available Adventure Activities:

    1. Wildlife Safari
    2. Bird Watching
    3. Bamboo Rafting
    4. Motor-boat Ride
    5. Elephant safari
    6. Forest Camping
    7. Trekking
    8. Canoeing

    Best Season to Travel:
    Thekkady is a perfect all-weather tourism circuit. Both the summer and the winter season can be good times to visit Thekkady, but the spring season is perhaps the best. October-Novemeber is the best time to catch the lush greenery surrounding the place. Lots of tourists prefer the summer days between April to June, while the winter days from November to February too see quite a lot of travellers.

    Accommodation Options:
    You can get all types of staying options at Thekkady. For the budget travellers and backpackers, the guest houses within the town serve the purpose well, whereas if you are looking for comfort and luxury, then the jungle resorts and cottages are better suited to your requirements.


    3. Coorg

    Region: South India
    State: Karnataka
    District: Kodagu
    Nearest Major Town: Kushalnagar - 30 KM

    Popular by the name of 'Adventure Capital of Karnataka', Coorg is one destination that deserves to be included in any compilation of top adventure sports tourism circuits in India. Nestled between the lush green valleys of Western Ghats mountain ranges, Coorg is decorated with nature's wonderful creations. Being situated at close proximity from Mysore and Bangalore, the place attracts huge number of adventure enthusiasts throughout the year. Adventure seekers can experience a number of thrilling activities at Coorg. The most popular adventure attractions include trekking, mountain biking, white water rafting, canoeing, kayaking, and microlight flying.

    Coorg is sort of a paradise for the trekkers. Tadiandamol and Brahmagiri rank among the most popular trekking trails in this region. You may also club trekking with overnight camping to make it a wholesome experience. If river rafting is on your mind, then the Upper Barapole River provides you the perfect twists and turns. Kayaking and canoeing on the Kakkabe River can be another amazing experience. Quad biking, rock climbing and waterfalls rappelling are also there to satisfy your quest for adventure.

    Last, but not the least, don't miss out on experiencing the thrills of soaring high on a MicroLight flight. Flying over the beautiful landscapes of Coorg on this 2-seater open aircraft can drive you crazy. Not surprisingly though, this unique sky adventure has become a huge hit among the adrenaline junkies visiting Coorg.


    Available Adventure Activities:

    1. White Water Rafting
    2. MicroLight Flying
    3. Kayaking and Canoeing
    4. Quad Biking
    5. Trekking and Hiking
    6. Outdoor Camping

    Best Season to Travel:
    Coorg can be visited throughout the year. Having said that, in order to experience MicroLight Flying, you need to plan your trip between October to March when the sky remains clear.

    Accommodation Options:
    Hundreds of hotels, resorts and homestays are waiting to serve the tourists at Coorg, so finding a suitable stay won't be a problem, even during the peak season.


    2. Baga

    Region: South West India
    State: Goa
    District: North Goa
    Nearest Major Town: Mapusa - 11 KM

    If you are high on adrenaline, then head straight to the famous Baga Beach in North Goa. One of the most happening tourist spots in India, this glistening white sandy beach is known for its hippy culture, beach parties, nightlife, water sports and amazing seafood served at the beach shacks. This lovely beach, sandwiched between the lush green Anjuna Hills and the deep blue Arabian Sea, sports a very scenic, contrasting outlook. The serene atmosphere and isolated location of Baga, apart from its colorful nightlife, has contributed to the beach being a favorite funting ground not only for the adrenaline junkies, but for the nature lovers as well.

    Despite the scenic beauty of its pristine shore-line and the entertaining nightlife, the majority of the tourists visit Baga for satisfying their adrenaline rush. Baga brings you an assorted collection of water sports activities that are sure to pump up your adrenaline level. Snorkelling, kayaking, water-skiing, sailing, parasailing, wake-boarding, knee-boarding, wind-surfing and fishing are some of the activities that can keep you thoroughly engaged. In terms of popularity among the tourists, parasailing occupies the top spot, closely followed by water-skiing and wind-surfing. Interested professional surfers can take part in National Wind Surfing Championship, which is conducted every year in the months of September-October.

    Catamaran sailing is also a favorite activity amoung the Baga travellers, while snorkeling attracts huge interest mainly from the foreign tourists. The place also offers trekking opportunity. Trekkers can set on an expedition from Baga towards Anjuna Hill and explore the riches of scenic beauty. Hard-core adventurists can also experience MicroLight flying from top of the Anjuna Hills. Interested tourists can get themselves hooked to angling and fishing activities. Last but not the least, don't miss the exhilarating dolphin spotting trips to the nearby islands.

    Available Adventure Activities:

    1. Parasailing
    2. Water-Skiing
    3. Wind-Surfing
    4. Snorkeling
    5. Catamaran Sailing
    6. Trekking and Hiking
    7. Dolphin Sighting
    8. Angling & Fishing

    Best Season to Travel:
    Mid-November to Mid-February is the ideal time to visit Baga Beach and get involved in all sorts of adventure activities. Summer can be hot and humid, while monsoon brings in incessant railfall.

    Accommodation Options:
    Accommodation is generally on the expensive side, especially during the peak season time. Budget travellers can look for staying options in and around other not-so-popular beaches or within the Mapusa town to make considerable saving on stay.

    And here's introducing you to the Best Adventure Sports Destination in India. And the award goes to the Gorgeous Gulmarg!

    1. Gulmarg

    Region: North India
    State: Jammu & Kashmir
    District: Baramulla
    Nearest Major Town: Gulmarg - 0 KM

    There are some places the beauty of which can not be expressed in words. Gulmarg is one of those lovely paradises on earth. Nestled in the Himalayan Valley of Pir Panjal, Gulmarg has served as the scenic backdrop of many super-hit bollywood movies. Gulmarg brings you absolutely unforgettable experiences, not only from the scenic angle, but also from the adventure perspective. Skiing, tubing, snowboarding, gondola ride, sledging, pony ride, trekking and camping - there is something for everyone in Gulmarg that would suit your taste buds.


    Blessed with the best of conditions and terrains for skiing, this Himalayan retreat is becoming an increasingly popular skiing destination. The slopes of the Apharwat ranges are considered ideal when it comes to long skiing runs. It is the only natural heli-skiing resort in the entire Asian continent. Snowboarding and ice-skating are the other full-filled exercises you can indulge in. You can also experience Gondola ride (cable car) for a top-of-the-world view. With an elevation of 12,293 feet above the main sea level, the stretch from Gulmarg-Golconda is said to be the tallest cable car network in the world.

    Hikers can trek through the verdant surroundings of Gulmarg to reach Apharwat Peak and Alpathar Lake. You can also explore the pristine, undisturbed natural beauty of Kashmir on a trek from Gulmarg to the stunning alpine meadows of Nagin Valley. Khilanmarg is another spectacular destination situated in close proximity which offers breathtaking views of the colossal Greater Himalayan mountain range. Apart from all these, it is a real treat to explore Gulmarg's riches of natural beauty on the back of ponies in summers and on local made sledges in winters. If you are planning your trip during the summer time, then there is a good prospect for outdoor camping at the shore of some of the most beautiful lakes in the Kashmir Valley.

    Finally, if you are travelling with family, then throw snowballs at each other and help your kids make a snowman. Even that can be a lot of fun!

    Available Adventure Activities:

    1. Skiing
    2. Heli Skiing
    3. Snowboarding & Ice Skating
    4. Gondola Ride
    5. Sledge Ride
    6. Pony Ride
    7. Trekking and Hiking
    8. Outdoor Camping

    Best Season to Travel:
    While Gulmarg is an all-weather resort with refreshing summer meadows, most of the tourists are attracted to it due to the snow. Aventurists are known to throng the place as soon as the first snow-fall descends down. Being the most famous winter sports destinations in India, Gulmarg is best visited during the winter season between November to March.

    Accommodation Options:
    There is no dearth of accommodation options in Gulmarg. There are a host of economic lodges, private guest houses, star hotels and adventure resorts catering to the budgets of all sizes. In-case you are planning your trip in the peak tourist season from mid-December to mid-February, then do ensure that you are booking your stay in advance.

    Thanks and Regards,
    Deb
     
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2016
  11. Andre

    Andre New Member

    Your guide are amazing. I love the photos, the research, and all the information you have supplied. You make it look like such a wonderful place to visit. You have given all of us a lot of fun and interesting adventures to think about. Now after reading this guide you have made it even harder for me to narrow down what I want to do. Each activity bring more fun and adventure. I can't wait to go to India and have some fun. It looks like this is the place to be.
     
  12. Vinaya

    Vinaya Member

    I love water based sports such a boating, rafting, canoeing, kayaking. I have never done sea surfing and sea skiing. I think Kerala will be an ideal destination for adventure tourism.
     
  13. Debapriya Deb

    Debapriya Deb Active Member

    No doubt Kerala is a great choice, but Goa is equally good, if not better.
     
  14. Sharath S

    Sharath S Member

    I think Kerala is a lot better to Goa regarding cleanliness. There is a lot that Goa needs to learn from Kerala under this topic. This is the reason I love visiting Kerala. I like the climate, the cleanliness, the nature and also the spots of interest there. It is hard to return home once my trip in Kerala comes to an end. Wonderful guide by the way. Never thought that there were places this good in India that brings out the inner crazier you.
     

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