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Water Sports in India in 5 Most Fascinating Destinations

“Don’t wait for your sip to come in- swim out to it”
It is rightly said that if you truly want to go for a self-explorative walk, set out to discover the shades of nature and you will find life in a new form. In this scorching summer season, when the sun god is in full rage, setting out for an adventurous water sports vacation in India could probably be the best idea. With its distinctive topography, India offers a plethora of destinations where some of the spine thrilling water sports can be enjoyed. With its large lakes, gushing white streams and blue ocean waters, India offers the adventure enthusiasts a scope to splash and dive in with captivating beaches and valleys surrounding these.
Uttaranchal, Kerala, Goa, Andaman-Nicobar and Lakshadweep are the top 5 India destinations for water sports like white water rafting, water skiing, canoeing & kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, angling and fishing. The 2,525 stretch of the Ganges rising from the western Himalayas creates great opportunities for diverse water sports.

But every adventure excavation demands strength of the body and the mind. Mother Nature has diverse faces; sometime it is gentle and at other times it is wild. Preparing the self for mental and physical challenges and you will enjoy the best adventure holiday in India. The following are the top 5 best destinations in India for experiencing diverse water sports in an adventurous way-


Kaudiyala white Water Rafting Rishikesh
Kaudiyala White Water Rafting in Rishikesh,Uttaranchal
Cuddled in the Himalayan rages, Uttaranchal is a feast for the senses. Trees, forest lands, flora & fauna, and the untamable white water of the Ganges elevate the charm of this place where it can rightly be compared to the heaven’s garden as described in ancient scriptures. Rishikesh in Uttaranchal is best known for white water rafting. In a holiday vacation to Rishikesh you can enjoy camping, trekking, rock climbing or mountaineering along with taming the white water in a rafting excavation. Those who love to face the challenges of nature, kayaking in Rishikesh is the best bet for them. Whitewater river rafting stretch of the Ganges from Kaudiyala to Rishikesh has 12 major rapids over 36 kilometers.

River rafting

Highly gut wrenching, River rafting is amongst the favorite water adventure sports in India and to witness the best of it, travel to the Ganges river beds in Rishikesh. The mighty river flows through steep curves generating rapids of great instability and adrenalin pumping nature.


Given the status of rapids in the streams of Rishikesh, how can one neglect the adventure of Kayaking. Interesting part is the variance in the levels of rapids erupting in Ganges River, which give Kayakers to select the course as per their endurance and physical stamina.

Cliff Jumping

A free fall jump in the depths of Ganges from a height of 35 ft defines the water sport of Cliff Jumping in Rishikesh. Enthusiasts usually go for it after they are done with river rafting as the site is at the latter’s ending point.  


Kovalam Beach,Kerala
Kovalam Beach in  Kerala
When you are into Kerala, you might not want to miss an adventurous water sports session. Kerala water sports include canoeing, catamaran sailing, Para sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling and wind surfing. With its 44 rivers, numerous lakes and lagoons, Kerala has placed itself among the best holiday destinations in India. Tourists can also enjoy the famous Snake Boat Race and Nehru Trophy Boat Race in Kerala in the summer season. Vacationing in an adventurous way can rightly be enjoyed along with spending some relaxed, leisurely moments in some of the best luxury resorts in Kerala. A perfect summer destination with numerous scopes for relaxation and enjoyment, Kerala is ideal for leisure as well as family vacationing in India.


Home of the enchanting backwaters in Kerala, Alappuzha is also known for its love for kayaking. The palm fringed waterways of this inland channel offers suitable conditions to Kayak. Besides, it is a nice alternative to explore the scenic beauty of Alappuzha.  


Kerala’s best known beach Kovalam is the hub of surfers. The sea front at Kovalam has a behavior that ranges from mild to challenging and sometimes very rough. Thus, there is always a good opportunity for surfers; beginner or advanced to try their moves in the sea.


If river rafting entices you, then head to the region of Ernakulam in Kerala. One of the best white water rafting expeditions are carried out here, which goes through the lakes surrounding Periyar. One can expect rapids ranging from medium to mild during the rafting course.


Arabian Ocean, Goa
Arabian Ocean in Goa
Vastly popular for its sunbathed beaches aside Arabian Ocean and its vibrant lifestyle, Goa is an ideal destination to try some of the best water sports in the country. Attracting as much as 20 million visitors every year, the enchanting scenic beauty of the place makes an adventure vacation in Goa complete with its offering of water sports like fishing, jet skiing, parasailing, scuba diving, water skiing, wind surfing and dinghy sailing. The world under the cerulean water of the Arabian Ocean can be best enjoyed in a scuba diving session in Goa. Along with all these water sports, Goa also serves in its platter lucrative sightseeing destinations and dazzling night life which really mounts to the expectation of every global nomad.

Wind Surfing

Combining the principles of sailing and surfing, wind surfing is a fascinating water sport on the beaches of Goa. Beginners can try their hands in this sport at the Dona Paula bay during the first half of the day, as by afternoon the waves tend to get stronger.

Dinghy Sailing

Also known as ‘beer and sandwich’ sailing; probably because of the easy alternative it offers than wind surfing, Dinghy sailing involves sailing on 15 feet long craft that can easily accommodate three to four people. This water sport is also to be enjoyed the best at the Dona Paula region of Goa.

Scuba Diving

Lovers of marine life can take a deep breather as scuba diving is fast gaining popularity in Goa. Although the beach state is not credited with magnificent coral reefs, one can still fancy a lot of brightly colored fishes, lobsters and coral heads.

Water Skiing

If you seek for speed, then water skiing is surely the best water sport for you in the beach state of Goa. High class speed boats, which are known to touch the high speeds of around 30-40 miles an hour are available at the Taj Hotels, Bogmallo beach resort and Cidade de Goa.


Angling requires tranquil waters and a great amount of patience that must go undisturbed. Fitting such a condition is the serene Agonda beach, where you can catch Salmon, Mullet and Soormai.


Another one for the lovers of speed, parasailing is one of the most popular water sports in Goa. The sport involves harnessing the parasailor with a 300 feet long rope at one end and the other one with a speed boat. Bogmallo beach resort and Taj hotel provides the necessary equipment for this thrilling water sport.

Water Scooter

It’s exactly like riding a speeding motor bike. However, this motor bike runs on splashing waves rather than metaled roads. Water scooter can accommodate two people at a time. Cidade de Goa, Majorda, Dona Paula jetty and Candolim beach are the prime spots for this water sport. 


Enjoyed by people of all ages and breeds of traveling; young, old, affluent and budgetary, swimming is a water sport that can be done at all the beaches of Goa. These beaches also have lifeguards appointed. Thus, you can always check on the status of the sea from them before heading to the waters. 

Andaman & Nicobar

Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Andaman & Nicobar Islands
When you are planning for a holiday trip to India do not miss to visit Andaman & Nicobar Islands which has special surprises of nature, culture and colors for its visitors. Bestowed with some of the most delectable and gorgeous islands on the face of earth, this place holds a promise of enthralling holiday per excellence. A holiday in India gets an adventurous pinch with water sports activities in Andaman & Nicobar that includes snorkeling, scuba diving, glass bottom boating, water skiing and many more. The luxury resorts in Andaman & Nicobar are famous for their rejuvenating therapies and massages. Thus while you are into this emerald place, don’t miss to savor a rejuvenating spa therapy in these luxury resorts.


One of the best snorkeling opportunities in the world is offered at the islands of Andaman and Nicobar. The island group is known for its large population of coral reefs and exotic marine life in its surrounding waters. Your favorite spot for Snorkeling in Andaman must be Havelock islands for they are incredibly dense in terms of marine creatures. 

Scuba diving

Highly adventurous and fun, scuba diving is another major water sport activity that one must not miss at any cost on the tour of the Andamans. Popular diving sites at the island group are Corruption Rock, Bala Reef, Cinque Island, Fish Rock newar Passage Island, Rutland Island, Havelock Island and Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. 


Fun with water scooter in Lakshadweep
Fun with water scooter in Lakshadweep
If you are enthusiastic about the marine world where the fishes and other under water plants create a colorful world, Lakshadweep in India is one of the best options for you. Blessed by the Mother Nature, Lakshadweep is best known for snorkeling. A deep plunge into the blue ocean water and you can become a part of the rainbow colored world beneath. Perfect for honeymoon, adventure and group tours, Lakshadweep is also rich with its historical heritage. After an adventurous day on the blue water of the ocean, you can also experience a dazzling night in this Indian island only.Thus, the major water adventure activities in Lakshadweep go on like this: 


Surfing in Puducherry
Surfing in Puducherry
Commonly known as Pondy, this union territory has its abode on the eastern shore of India. In the colonial times of the country, Pondicherry remained the favorite of the French; traces of them still lingers within its urban lines. Owing to this, the French settlements which actually form the quiet, cobbled part of Pondicherry has become one of its major tourist attractions. Now if you are a beach lover, Pondy has still a lot to offer to you. Within a coast line of around 32 km, the tropical attractions of Pondicherry constitute palm fringed beaches, fishing villages, backwaters and beach resorts. These spots are highly fit for leisure travelers as well as adventure crazies. Thus, the major water adventure activities in Pondicherry go on like this: 

Scuba diving

Unlike the quaint Arabian sea coast on the west of India, the country’s eastern side of Pondicherry is for adventure lovers. Thus, scuba diving is one of the best activities to enjoy the thrill of the thrilling nature of the sea here.


Given the nature of Pondicherry’s sea fronts, one can enjoy some of the best surfing experiences here as well. The village of Tandryankuppam, nearby Auroville is highly suitable for this adventure sport as the location has two long rocky piers built in front of the beach in the name of safety. 

An adventure holiday in India gives you a scope to feel the thrill alongside enriching your casket of memories with beautiful post card perfect moments. This summer explore the adventurous part of your personality in a luxury adventure vacation in India.