Water Sports in India

There are many water sports in India due to its vast coastlines and the need to beat the country's summer heat. Head over for river rafting, surfing, kayaking, sailing and more!

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Here is the list of 30 Water Sports in India

1. Water Sports and Fishing, Bilaspur

3.4

The Gobind Sagar lake has facilities for countless water sports from Water Skiing, Sailing, Kayaking, Regattas, Motor Boat Racing and more.

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2. Along, Arunachal Pradesh - Home of the Mechuka Valley

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Known For : Mechuka | Mithun and Jersey Cross Breeding Farm | Hanging Bridge

Covered with many pretty plantations and famous for its Mechuka Valley, Along is a beautiful town that glows with natural beauty.

Best Time : Throughout the year

Read More 7 Along Attractions

3. Manali, Himachal Pradesh - Lover's Paradise - India's Honeymoon capital

4.5

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Known For : Solang Valley | Rohtang Pass | Adventure Activities in Manali

Nestled in between the snow-capped slopes of the Pir Panjal and the Dhauladhar ranges, Manali is one of the most popular hill stations in the country. With jaw-dropping views, lush green forests, sprawling meadows carpeted with flowers, gushing blue streams, a perpetual fairy-tale like mist lingering in the air, and a persistent fragrance of pines and freshness -  Manali has been blessed with extraordinary scenic beauty. From museums to temples, from quaint little hippie villages to bustling upscale streets, river adventures to trekking trails, Manali has ever a reason to be the tourist magnet it is, all year round.

Best Time : October to June

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4. Kolad, Maharashtra - Maharashtra's Home for White Water Rafting

3.4

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Known For : Kolad River Rafting | Tamhini ghat waterfalls | Bhira dam

Known for its cascading waterfalls, green meadows and picturesque backdrop of Sahyadris, Kolad is gaining traction as an adventure sports destination with provisions for rafting, rappelling, kayaking etc.

Best Time : June to March

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5. Kovalam, Kerala - Beaches, Ayurveda and Shopping

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Known For : Water Sports in Kovalam | Lighthouse Beach | Hawah Beach

An idyllic village along the coastlines of the Arabian Sea, Kovalam is most famous for its three pristine beaches with shallow waters and low tidal waves where one can go surfing, wooden and motorboat riding.The beach town of Kovalam has three famous beaches - Lighthouse beach, Samudra beach and Hawah beach, which together form its majestic rocky crescent. Kovalam essentially means a ‘grove of coconut trees’ and the little town is filled with these palms.

Best Time : September to March

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6. Tarkarli, Maharashtra - Gorgeous Beach, Sunshine and the Water Sports

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Known For : Water sports | Tarkarli Beach | Karli backwaters

Tarkarli is famous for its long and narrow stretch of beach, with its pristine water, white sand, and of course Singhudurg, Maharashtra's popular sea fort.

Best Time : October to March

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7. Honnemaradu, Karnataka - The Land of the Golden Sands

3.3

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Known For : The Honnemardu Reservoir | Dabbe Falls | Rafting in Honnemaradu

Honnemaradu is a small cozy village, by the Honnemaradu Reservoir. The deserted village is like a live amusement park, just without any boundaries. The little village has very few people, and the only attraction is the water sports done at the Honnemaradu lake.

Best Time : October to December, March to Apr

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8. Goa - Beaches, Sunsets and Crazy Nights

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Known For : Calangute Beach | Baga Beach | Basilica of Bom Jesus

When you think of Goa, you think of sandy beaches, amazing parties, beautiful little villages, delicious food, and a magical holiday experience. Yes, Goa is rightfully known as the most popular tourist destination on the West Coast of India, and not just because of its scenic beaches, but also because of its tropical climate and its rich Portuguese heritage, which you can still find lingering on in some parts of the town. Nestled in the Konkan Coast Belt, Goa has a coastline stretching for over a 100 kilometres, and attracts millions of visitors both from within and outside the country all year round.

Best Time : October to March

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9. Andaman & Nicobar - Blue seas, virgin islands and colonial past

4.5

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Known For : Scuba Diving In Andaman | Havelock Island | Snorkeling in Andamans

Lagoons of crystal clear water and scenic beaches topped with a little bit of history make Andaman and Nicobar one of the most perfect choices for an enjoyable, laid-back holiday where you can go on long treks, laze around in the backwaters of the island, or if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, even go for a bit of deep sea diving. From the pristine, untouched beaches of Neil and Havelock Islands to the bustling town of Port Blair, the Andamans have something to offer to every tourist.

Best Time : October to Jun

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10. Nameri National Park, Assam - An exciting Himalayan foothill

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Nameri national park is famous for its elephants and other animals including tigers, leopards, gaurs, wild pigs, sambars, etc. and also for being a bird watchers paradise.

Best Time : November to Apr

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11. Manas National Park, Assam - Natural World Heritage Site

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Manas National Park is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site, a Project Tiger Reserve, an Elephant Reserve and a Biosphere Reserve in Assam. The only tiger reserve in Assam and also famous for the rare golden langur and the red panda, Manas is one of the best-kept national parks in India.

Best Time : October to Apr

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12. Alibag, Maharashtra - Coconut groves and Sandy Beaches

3.7

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Known For : Water Sports in Alibaug | Kolaba Fort | Alibaug beach

A little coastal town tucked away in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, Alibaug is a very popular weekend getaway holiday destination and has earned itself the name of 'mini-Goa', owing to the high tourist footfall all year round. Steeped in colonial history, Alibaug is a quaint little town located about 110 kilometres from Mumbai, and is replete with sandy beaches, clean unpolluted air and plenty of forts and temples, ensuring that despite being a small town, you never run out of activities to do.

Best Time : November to March

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13. Malvan, Maharashtra

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Known For : Sindhudurg Fort | Beaches in Malvan | Scuba Diving in Malvan

Malvan is a culturally and historically important town in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra. It is well known historically for the Sindhudurg Fort of Chatrapati Shivajiraje. Culturally, it is famous for it's mouth-watering Malvani sea-food and sweets.

Best Time : November to March

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14. Sonamarg, Jammu & Kashmir

4.1

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Known For : Thajiwas Glacier | Zoji-La Pass | Vishansar Lake

Sonamarg is a town with snow-covered flower-laden fields, surrounded by majestic glaciers and serene lakes which casts subtle spells on the visitors.

Best Time : May to October

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15. Gokarna, Karnataka - Land of palm trees, blue seas and golden sands

4.2

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Known For : Om Beach | Water Sports in Gokarna | Mahabaleshwara Temple

With its pristine beaches and breathtaking landscapes, Gokarna is a Hindu pilgrimage town in Karnataka and a newly found hub for beach lovers and hippies.

Best Time : Throughout the year

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16. Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh - Gateway of Arunachal Pradesh

3.4

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Known For : Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary | Pangin | Kekar Monying

Home to river Brahmaputra which transcends down from Tibet, this place is a photographer's delight for comprising abundant sceneries of nature.

Best Time : October to May

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17. Rishikesh, Uttarakhand - Yoga Capital of the World

4.3

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Known For : Adventure Activities in Rishikesh | Lakshman Jhula | Neelkantha Mahadeva Temple

Situated along the convergence of Ganga and Chandrabhaga, Rishikesh on the foothills of Himalayas is the hub of many ancient temples, popular cafes, yoga ashrams and adventure sports.
Rishikesh is the most beautiful blend of spiritual and adrenaline pumping experiences. With Whitewater Rafting industry growing and a number of camping and cafe spots springing up, Rishikesh has grown immensely as a favourite, catering to people with different needs.

Best Time : Throughout the year

View packages starting from ₹ 7,849

Read More 54 Rishikesh Attractions

18. Varkala, Kerala - The hidden treasure of Kerala

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Known For : Water Sports in Varkala | Varkala Beach | Edava Beach

Popular for its natural fisheries and springs, and the samadhi of Kerala's saint Sree Narayana Guru, Varkala is a coastal town with pristine beaches, hills, lakes, forts and lighthouses - all of this together makes this town a little paradise located on the uniquely formed Cenozoic sedimentary cliffs in Kerala.

Best Time : Throughout the year

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19. Murudeshwar, Karnataka - Seashore, Scuba Diving and the Shiva

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Known For : Netrani Island | Murudeshwar Temple | Murudeshwar Beach

With its major attraction as the huge Shiva temple, Murudeshwar is a religious site which also serves as the connecting point for popular scuba diving destination Netrani.

Best Time : October to May

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20. BR Hills, Karnataka - Of picturesque and exotic flora and fauna

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Known For : BRT Wildlife Sanctuary | Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple | Activities

The Biligiriranga hills, or the BR Hill as they are better known, are a bit of heaven between the Western and the Eastern Ghats, with a wonderful floral diversity and a vast variety of fauna as well.

Best Time : April to October

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21. Dandeli, Karnataka - Goa's adventurous extension

3.7

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Known For : River Rafting in Dandeli | Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary | Kavala Caves

Bestowed with the lush green forests and laying on the banks of the Kali river, Dandeli is truly a fascinating mix of wildlife, scenic beauty and adventure sports.

Best Time : October to May

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22. Lilabari, Assam

2.5

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Known For : Adventure sports | Golf

Lilabari is a small town located in North Lakhimpur in Assam. The town is famous for its waterfront, as it is situated on the left bank of Brahmaputra river and beautified with the breathtaking Dirang valley and Sela pass. Lilabari also has an airport which serves Arunachal Pradesh as well.

Best Time : October to March

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23. Dubare, Karnataka - A land of elephants

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Known For : Nisargadhama | Dubare Elephant Camp | Activities

A sparkling past nestled in its forests and wildlife and an equally vibrant present interacting with the elephants and a number of adventure activities, Dubare is an experience you don't get to witness everyday.

Best Time : September to May

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24. Pahalgam, Jammu & Kashmir

3.1

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Known For : Aru Valley | Betaab Valley | Lidder River

With untouched and gorgeous natural beauty, Pahalgam is a feast to the eyes and senses. Submerged in lush greenery and alluring Himalayan ranges, it calls for some moments of requiescence at nature's own home.

Best Time : Throughout the year

View packages starting from ₹ 11,000

Read More 18 Pahalgam Attractions

25. Maravanthe, Karnataka

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Known For : Padukone | Kodachadri Hills | Maravanthe Beach

Maravanthe is a getaway which can be best described as nature's basket full of mesmerizing picturesque views. A beautiful beach town with white sand spread miles and miles along the coast fetches the beach a nickname of Virgin Beach.

Best Time : October to March

View hotels starting from ₹ 1,500

Read More 11 Maravanthe Attractions

26. Ganapatipule, Maharashtra - A Ganesha Temple amidst White Sandy Beaches

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Known For : Jaigad Fort | Water Sports in Ganapatipule | Swayambhu Ganpati Temple

Beach town on the Konkan coastline, Ganpatipule has temples of Lord Ganesha as major attractions apart from the beautiful virgin beaches.

Best Time : November to February

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27. Tattapani, Himachal Pradesh

3.3

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Known For : Hot Water Spring | River Rafting in Tattapani | Shiva cave

A popular tourist destination in Himachal Pradesh, Tattapani is a quaint area nothing short of a wonderland. Almost 60 kms away from Shimla, it treasures several attractions lying amid nature in its best form. This beautiful place nestled among the mountains is something you don't want to miss.

Best Time : October to June

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28. Sattal, Uttarakhand

3.2

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Known For : Seven Lakes | Bhimtal | Subhash Dhara

A group of seven fresh water lakes, a stash of nature's bounty and loads of migratory birds and panoramic vistas make this wonderful place called Sattal.

Best Time : April to June, September to December

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29. Yingkiong, Arunachal Pradesh

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Known For : Pasighat- Jengging-Yinkiong circuit | Dr. Daying Ering memorial wildlife sanctuary | Mouling National Park

Yinkiong is the headquarter of the Upper Siang district, gets its name from River Siang that flows besides this district. This region is known for its diverse and colourful ethnicity where people live with love and celebrate festivals with zeal.

Best Time : October to February

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30. Champawat, Uttarakhand

2.5

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Known For : Banasur ka Kila | Baleshwar Temple | Lohaghat

A gripping journey of self exploration and challenging terrain, Champawat is not your usual retreat. You'll be pushed to your physical and mental limits, because this place gives you a lot to explore, without having to deal with any over intrusive and money gobbling guides around.

Best Time : October to June

View hotels starting from ₹ 1,200

Read More 8 Champawat Attractions

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