Karnataka is an adventure hub with breathtaking views of the Western Ghats, the escapade is unmatched. The best thing about it is that water sports in Karnataka are abundant in this major cosmopolitan state. So if you are in Karnataka or anyone living nearby, you are in for a treat. Bust out of the daily chores and the traffic, take a holiday and do something adventurous, something unexpected, something to charge yourself until the next adrenaline craving. Looking for some ways to do that around Karnataka and catch up on work in time? Then there are some things that could be done.
Here is the list of 10 Exciting Places For Water Sports in Karnataka
When in Hampi, you absolutely have to get hold of a coracle and ride in one. It is one of the few places in the country where you can get such an experience and we gurantee that it is going to be a lot of fun. You can rent a coracle at really economic rates and cross the rates in the ferry that looks exactly like the one in olden days. This is one of the most exciting experiences and things to do in Hampi.
Known For : The Honnemardu Reservoir | Dabbe Falls | Rafting in Honnemaradu
Kayaks are not very easy to drive especially for a fresher. It requires concentration, understanding the technique, learning the necessary skill and deploying it successfully. Kayaks are fast and offer a thrilling experience to those who like to indulge in these amazing water sports. The best place to try your hand at kayaking in the backwaters of Honnemaradu, which are known for the same.
Best Time : October to December, March to Apr
Known For : Om Beach | Water Sports in Gokarna | Mahabaleshwara Temple
Gokarna is an ideal destination for adventure seekers as well those want a break from the chaos of everyday life. Travellers have the option of simply strolling down the beautiful serene beaches or participating in the myriad water sports that it has to offer. The popular water sports are parasailing, banana boat ride and jet-skiing.
Best Time : Throughout the year
Known For : Netrani Island | Murudeshwar Temple | Murudeshwar Beach
If you are on an adventurous spree, do not miss out scuba diving and snorkeling at Maravanthe beach.
Best Time : October to May
Known For : River Rafting in Dandeli | Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary | Kavala Caves
Located on the River Kali in the Western Ghats, Dandeli is one of the best places for white water rafting in the South. There are grade 2 and 3 rapids over a 12 kilometer stretch and are ideal for professionals as well as amateurs. The River Kali is quite mercurial in nature and offers a perfect blend of calm waters for novices and stretches of turbulent rapids to cater to professionals.
Best Time : October to May
Known For : Nisargadhama | Dubare Elephant Camp | Activities
A thrilling boat ride of 70-90 minutes will take you to Netrani Island from Murudeshwar. Known for its overwhelming experience of underwater world, you will get a chance to come face to face with diverse variety of fish life common to Arabian Sea as well as other varieties such as Napolean Wrasse, Cobia, Stonefish, Black Tip Sharks, Great Barracuda, Turtles and Stingrays etc. With a soothing effect over your nerves, this expedition under water is perfect for diving suitable for certified divers of all experience levels.
Best Time : September to May
Known For : Tagore Beach | Scuba Diving and Snorkeling | Lighthouse, Devbagh
Located in Karnataka, Chikmaglur is a haven for adventure-seekers. It is situated 45 kms from Bhadra River which is equidistant from well-known hill stations and wildlife regions in the Western Ghats such as Sakleshpur, Kudremukh, Charamadi Ghats.
Best Time : October to Apr
Barapole river is a famous white river rafting destination in Coorg. The white frothy river with speedy waters and rapids, flowing through beautiful landscapes, makes for an ideal river rafting experience. Set against the backdrop of the Western Ghats and bordering the Deccan Plateau, Coorg is a popular destination among travelers. White water rafting is organized in Upper Barapole are called Kithu-Kakkatu River which is a strong catchment area for the monsoons, thus providing a some of the most challenging stretch of rapids.
Less than an hour away from Jog falls is Honnemaradu, a modest settlement on the backwaters of River Sharavathi. Literally translating into the 'golden lake', this one is the place to be if you happen to be at Jog Falls and all the gushing and falling water has left you tempted for some river rafting and kayaking. Kayaking is only allowed with a guide, while one can enjoy boat rides here too.
Known For : Padukone | Kodachadri Hills | Maravanthe Beach
Wonderla is said to be the best amusement park in the city (and also one of the best in the country), and attracts all those looking for a rush of adrenaline. While it is most famous for the high-thrill dry rides, it also features some relaxed, fun rides, hence providing something for every visitor.
Best Time : October to March
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Which of these water sports in Karnataka do you have the courage to try out?