5 Most Popular Water Sports in India

by On Jan 06, 2014

India drives adventurers crazy. From trekking in the Indian Himalaya to spelunking in Meghalaya and from jungle safaris to paragliding and skiing, India is popular for adventure sports. What gained travellers over the years are the colourful and unique underwater life, the challenges that comes down the course while you think of rafting in India, to be lonely at times with the rippling waters and the life dwelling beneath, buoyant board and skills that fight massive waves and lazy weekends into the silent water. Let’s have a brief on the 5 most popular water sports in India.

Why safaris always into the Jungle? Go for AQUATIC SAFARIS… Scuba diving and snorkeling
A holiday that plunge oneself deep into sparkling memories where you acquaint the bubbling and colourful marine life and dilates the subaqueous fauna, you enter a world beyond cape. Our life seems pledged and arms and legs aimlessly drift along with the calico life. A moment you feel where there is a confluence of human and aquatic breath and a moment you are touched by the velvety corals, a fun when they play hide and seek and a moment of surprise when you encounter a big one. Human life acquaints here with the world beneath where colour changes from turquoise to peacock blue. Scuba Diving is one such water sports in India that dives in thousand adventurers into the FIN n FLOATING WORLD of deep blue sea.

Discover the treasures hidden beneath the human entity at Havelock Island in Andaman. Whether you have done before or novice… scuba diving in Andaman turns out exciting the more you plunge and more deep you go. It allows you to capture some aquatic frame and widens the mysteries of sunken ships. The Andaman Islands bring forth several sites for scuba diving. The South Button allows you to encounter with several species of aquatic lives from Manta Ray and Little Devil Ray to Big Eyed Trevally, Batfish, Crocodile Fish, Moray Eels, turtles, Angelfish, Blue Fin Trevally and Nudibranch. The Wall displays species like Puffer Fish and Lionfish. Further deep into the Dixon’s Pinnacle and Johnny’s Gorge… a cloud of colourful fins and scales peers to you. From pelagics, Barracuda, Giant Trevally, Giant Groupers, Tuna and Mackerel to Grouper, Unicorn Fish, Eagle Rays and Snappers… Deep Blue Aquatic Safari is as colourful as life in a fairy tale. The places for scuba diving in Andaman are Elephant Beach, Lighthouse, Neil’s Cove, 7th Heaven and Pilotree. Scuba diving in India is also possible in Lakshadweep Islands and Goa. Bangaram Island and Agatti Island are the two Islands of Lakshadweep where one can go for scuba diving. Whereas scuba diving sites in Goa are at Suzy’s Wreck, Davy Jones Locker, Sail Rock, Turbo Tunnel, Shelter Cove, Uma Guma Reef, Bounty Ray and Jetty.

Snorkeling is yet another water sports in India that largely pulls in beginners to explore the underwater world. It exhibits the colours from the shallow reefs ranging from sea level to 3-12 feet. One can observe fish and algae and coral reefs especially in water bodies with minimal waves and warm waters. In Andaman, snorkeling is possible at Havelock, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Jolly Buoy, Red Skin Islands, Cinque Island and Port Blair. Whereas in Lakshadweep, snorkeling is possible at Agatti Island and at Grand Island, Bat Island, Amee Shoal and Sunchi Reef in Goa.

Down the untamed river you combat against SWRILS and WAVES… White water Rafting
Over the year white water river rafting has gained its popularity as one of the best water sports in India. From the Himalaya to the Western Ghats… rafting row the mind of thousand adventurers who often escape for a thrilling and frolic holiday. Down they go paddling on a raft combating several rapids that ranges from Grade 1 to 5… swirls that tilt the raft and drops that splatters the course.

In India white water river rafting in Rishikesh is the most popular destination where one can even bustle about to several activities like camping, hiking, bungee jumping, mountain biking and kayaking. River rafting in Rishikesh starts from Kaudiyala to Lakshman Jhula in Rishikesh, which is the advanced level and the stretch is approximately 36 kms covering all the major rapids ranging from Grade 1 to Grade 5. The moderate level is from Marine Drive to Rishikesh, which is approximately 25 kms, where as the stretch from Shivpuri to Rishikesh is the standard level, which is approximately 16 kms. For beginners and family seeking for adventure in Rishikesh, the stretch of 9 kms from Brahmpuri to Rishikesh is wise pick.

River rafting in India is also possible on the River Zanskar, which stretches from Ramela to Nimu in Ladakh Region, passing through dwarfed gorges and having rapids that range from Grade 1 to Grade Rafting on River Brahmaputra from Pango to Pasighat is one of the best rafting destinations in India that often seek thousand rafters from different corner of the world. For novices Teesta River rafting, from Rangpo to 29th Mile in Sikkim, and Kali River Rafting in Kumaon district, Uttarakhand, from Jauljibi to Boom are the ideal ones.

‘Alone I would like to explore the blues and alone I will combat the obstacles…’ Kayaking & canoeing
People often gets confuse between Kayaking and Canoeing. The difference lies in the types, uses, shapes, paddles and sitting postures. It is better if you are experienced to go kayaking or canoeing… so make sure you know what you are doing!

Kayaking and Canoeing are eco friendly water sports that seek adventurers mind. It traverses through untamed rivers flowing down the valley and you can paddle to amazing sea caves and offshore islands. Kayaking and canoeing are also a perfect boat for fishing and exploring the marine stocks. Canoes can accommodate at least two people with their gear and is usually practiced on lakes and rivers, which have flat and still water.

Kayaking and Canoeing in India is possible in Goa, Karnataka and Kerala… whereas in North India, Rishikesh, Dakpathar and the Ramganga in Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand, Lidder, Sindh, Drass, Suru, Indus, Zanskar and Chenab in Jammu and Kashmir and Darjeeling in North Bengal are the major places.

Sailing and Yachting right from East India Company & Surfing that reminds… surfer Bethany Hamilton of 21st century
Earlier it was used for commercialization purpose… as mode of transportation and fishing, but today sailing and yachting in India has thrived several adventure freaks seeking for a change in life… a calm and refreshing break into the silent waters. Sailing and yachting as water sports in India was first traced in the year 1830 in Bombay and over the year there were five active sailing clubs located at Bombay, Madras, Bangalore, Barrackpore and Nainital but today there are clubs at Kerala, Pune, Goa, Hyderabad and Bhopal as well.

Surfing is something that has to be practiced. It’s all about being expert and to beat the massive waves far in the ocean. It reminds… ‘Soul Surfer’ a movie based on a true story that is dedicated to Bethany Hamilton. You need to know the ocean… that becomes friendly when it is vehement. Surfing in India is becoming one of the popular water sports in India though not that like of Hawaii in United States or Jeffrey’s Bay in South Africa. In India Mahabalipuram, Kovalam and Manapad in Tamilnadu, Murdeshwara and Kapu Beach in Karnataka, Kovalam Kovalam and Varkala in Kerala, Little Andamans and Lakshadweep are the best places for surfing. The largest waves are usually seen between May and September, the pre-monsoon and monsoon season.

A lazy getaway… WAIT there it is… Oh no! And you snore to Zzzzzz… that’s angling and fishing reminds Perfect Storm
Travellers like you and me will often seek for angling rather Fishing is ideal for fishermen who goes deep into the sea.

What is angling? Well… it’s a unisex term and that gives both men and women an ideal break to the shore of a lake or river. Angling is specifically fishing with a hook or lure and fishing reel and line. In India the Beas Ghat, Mahakali and Ramganga in Uttarakhand, Ranikor in Meghalaya and Jia Bhoroli in Assam are perfect destinations for angling and fishing for travellers. At the Beas Ghat, the mighty Mahseer is the major attraction, whereas in Ramganga the Golden Mahseer & Gounch are the spotlights.

What’s actual fishing? Deep into the sea you go… days after days you remain and breath in and out the ocean breeze, fight the storm and when time comes, you pull in your trawl net and weigh your counts (number of fishes). You come back to your home and off to the market for trade… Fishing is actually a hard task that reminds of the movie the ‘Perfect Storm’ based on another true story dedicated to six crew who went deep into the Flemish Cap in north Atlantic Ocean and were trapped to death in a hurricane.