Adventure sports in India have been on the rise for some years now. Rising younger population with higher disposable income and global influence has created a huge demand for adventure 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 places to try adventure sports in India ordered alphabetically.
Havelock Island and Neil Island in Andamans are famous for water activities like Scuba diving, snorkelling, sea walking, and Kayaking. The vibrant coral seabed, colourful marine life, and crystal clear turquoise blue water is the reason why no one should miss out on the underwater 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 the Andaman Islands by reading the Travel blog series – The Andaman Odyssey
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, the 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.
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.
Coorg, located in Karnataka, offers various outdoor adventure activities; best of which is the white water rafting on the mighty Barapole River. Grade III and IV rapids in the river provides for an adrenaline rush. Jeep Safari, Trek to Tadiandamol peak, Ziplining, Microlight flight, and Kayaking and Canoeing in Kakkabe River, quad biking are the other experiences in Coorg that one can sign up for.
Dandeli is another adventure sports destination located in Karnataka famous for the Whitewater rafting in Kali River. Kali River is absolutely stunning with a strong flow of water converging into Class III rapids. Water Zorbing, Kayaking, Coracle ride, River crossing, Canyoning, and Ziplining are the other adventurous activities, which certainly can rejuvenate one’s body and soul.
Adventure activities in Goa have no metes and bounds. 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, parasailing can be witnessed on almost all the popular beaches in Goa. Trekking, hiking, cycling and hot air balloon flight make up for the land adventure activities.
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 centers in Kamshet making the experience more safe and indulging. Caving is another adventure activity that can be experienced when in Kamshet.
Kullu is located near to Manali in Himachal Pradesh and is known for White water rafting in Beas River. Angling in Beas River provides for great opportunities for fishing. Kullu has various trekking options to nearby peaks where one can opt for activities like camping and mountaineering.
Lakshadweep 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.
Leh, a town in Jammu Kashmir, 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.
Manali (Solang Valley)
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.
River Rafting on Lidder River in Pahalgam attracts lots of adventure junkies to this picturesque land. One can do skiing in the slopy valleys of Pahalgam in winter. Trekking, hiking, golfing, zorbing, fishing are other activities that are quickly gaining popularity.
Rishikesh, located in Uttarakhand, attracts enormous crowds of adventure seekers who love extreme sports. Being a hub for adventure activities, Rishikesh offers array of adventure 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.
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 underwater sports like scuba diving and snorkelling. Kayaking, ziplining across the 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.
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 famous for adventure sports in India.