Come summertime and you will find many adventure enthusiasts going where the river flows. And, as the mercury makes notches on the temperature scale, so begins the search for the cool seaside towns and hill stations to get away from sweltering heat.
For those who like to live life on the edge, the quest is for places which offer a healthy dose of adrenaline pumping activities. While Hyderabad doesn’t offer much in the way of water sports barring kayaking and the odd sailing, most adventure seekers head outside the city.
Appeal of water bodies
Windsurfing, kitesurfing, waterskiing, surfing, canoeing, scuba diving, jet skiing and bungee jumping are some sports which have lot of appeal at the moment. “In the city, there is only sailing and kayaking which is done in Sanjeevaiah Park, but only during early mornings or evenings. Otherwise, one needs to head out for other sports,” adds Haricharan of Wildwoods Adventure Club.
River rafting and kayaking usually means heading to Dandeli, Maharashtra and Rishikesh, Uttarakhand which promise crystal clear waters and breathtaking scenery.
Call of surfing spots
Among the other locales for rafting are in Barapole river, Coorg and across the Betwa river in Orchha, MP where you get some dazzling views as you tarry against rapids which are rated at Grade 1 and Grade 2, the perfect option for sporting activity.
Kolad, about 120 kms away from Mumbai and Pune, happens to be the only spot which is open for river rafting throughout the year. The dam water from Kundalika offers smooth-flowing water for 10-12 km, ideal for beginners. Those that test your skill in tackling rapids are Subansiri, Dandeli and Barapole, strictly for the experienced people.
Of sleepy hamlets
“Surfing is also turning out to be quite popular with people who are taking baby steps in this sport. A fair bit of training and practice, usually done in places such as Gokarna, Murdeshwara, Vishakapatnam, Varkala, and Kapu, will keep you in good stead. Apart from this, we do get requests for scuba diving trips — usually done in Andaman like Havelock Island, which is home to beautiful corals and marine fauna,” says Chanakya Nani, who helps coordinate adventure outings for Great Hyderabad Adventure Club.
In fact, India is also home to a surfing hotspot nestled in the now hopping village Kovalam in Tamil Nadu. The once sleepy village is now the hotbed of musical and surfing weekends, and fishermen adept at riding those huge waves and breaking them down for novice surfers. So, all you need are some motivation and a wee bit of courage, and you can figure out which activity will get you going wheeee.