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Top 5 water-sports destinations in India

Here are the top 5 destinations in India, where a lot more fun can be had for a little bit of money

Surrounded by water on three sides -- Bay of Bengal on the East, Arabian Sea on the West and the vast Indian Ocean down south -- Peninsula India can be a haven for water sports, but is surprisingly now. Though somehow, in the past few years, there has been some spurt on that front. Thanks to urban tourist demanding for more, numerous entrepreneurs are now offering a chance for many a young Indian to have the thrill of water sports. From rafting on treacherous white-waters, to sailing over serene seas, there are now scores of sports that a water-enthusiast can indulge in. Here are the top 5 destinations in India, where a lot more fun can be had for a little bit of money.

Speeding in Goa

Beyond doubt, the coastal paradise renowned for its beaches and party-culture is still the place to be if you wish for some fun on the seas. Starting with para sailing, wherein a 300-feet long rope with a parachute was attached to a speed boat. And the force of the boat sends the person soaring up in the sky. The thrill of flying and moving against the wind is comparable to none and available at most of the popular beaches. Then, of course there are the speedy jet ski or known popularly as water scooter. And in case you are in a group and want to have fun together, there is also the banana boat, wherein 3-4 people can join in to have speed ride on the seas. These rides are available at Colva and Benaulim beach.

Rafting in Uttaranchal

Over the years, the hilly terrain of Uttaranchal has become the hot spot for white water rafting. Given that major rives like Ganga originates and flows through the states, it is one of the most sought-after spot for rafting on a hot air balloon boat made of multi-layered, durable rubber consisting of several independent air chambers and could be 11 to 20 feet long and 6 to 8 feet wide. Devprayag, at the confluence of Alakhnanda and Bhagirathi, renowned for its large rocks and hazards, is a favourite for both the amateurs and the experienced. Places like Rishikesh, which is also a religious centre, is also another famous spot for water sport enthusiasts. 

Canoeing in Kerala

Blessed with immense natural beauty, Kerala or God's own country also possess some of the most charming lagoons and long-winding rivers, known as the backwaters. Canoeing can be a great experience in these serene placid waters. In fact, in most of the places like Alleppey, you can rent canoes at a nominal charge and chart your own course through the backwaters. Besides canoeing, there are also other interesting options like wind-surfing, scuba diving that are available in Kerala. Even, as a spectator, you can enjoy water sports by witnessing the famous Snake Boat Race and Nehru Trophy Boat Race in Kerala in the summer season.

Diving in Andaman

Andaman and Nicobar Islands at the eastern edge of India, right in the Bay of Bengal, offer one of the best scuba diving opportunities that are counted to the some of the best in the world. Visitors from abroad throng to Port Blair, and more so to Havelock Islands to have an experience of a lifetime. The coral reefs, the pristine blue waters and the marine fauna. In fact, at Havelock Island you can swim along with the last ocean swimming elephant in the world, as he takes a dip in the pristine waters every morning.

Snorkelling in Lakshadweep

On the western coast, nestled in the Arabian seas lies the scenic islands collectively called as Laskshadweep. The azure waters provide an amazing opportunity for water sports. The capital of the union territory Kavaratti is a renowned centre for water sports, another island Kadmat is also a good location for diving and snorkelling. In fact, deep-sea diving buffs can enjoy an amazing species, like barracuda, sail fish, triveli and sharks are abundant in the seas around Lakshadweep.

First Published on Nov 18, 2014 08:02 pm
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