The exotic backwaters, lush green flora, peaceful lakes and coconut palm-fringed beaches; Kerala has aptly derived its name as 'God's own country'. It is one of the most popular holiday spots in the world. Lured by its richness, tourists flock every year to Kerala and immerse themselves in its splendour. Apart from the backwater tours in the traditional houseboats, Kerala has a lot to offer. Endowed with an enviable coastline, it is one of the best places in India to experience a plethora of water sports activities. While the term 'watersports', surely ring a bell and lure you towards places like Goa and Rishikesh; Kerala is a hidden gem in the crown. It is home to one of the best beaches and hence offers water sports like- Kayaking, Parasailing, Canoeing, Snorkeling, Scuba diving, Catamaran sailing and Windsurfing. Overlooking most of the other destinations, Kerala is one of the most enthralling watersports destinations in India.
Here is a list of all the thrilling and adventurous water sports activities that make this place a heaven for adrenaline junkies-
Kayaking can be enjoyed on the serene backwaters of Kerala. Kayak is a small boat that serves for one or two persons, actuated by paddled oars. It is a significant water sport of Kerala and has earned laurels both nationally and internationally. The exotic backwaters never fail to cast a spell on the visitors, making Kerala among the most stunning kayaking destination in India. Alappuzha (earlier known as Alleppey), is an ideal kayaking destination. It serves as the hub of kayaking in Kerala and here kayaking through the palm-fringed waterways is an excellent opportunity to experience village life at close quarters.
Best time- September to March Approximate cost- A basic 4-hr kayak tour costs around INR 1,500 per person
Kerala offers an exciting option of Parasailing. This water sport has its own charm and allurement. It is perfect for the ones who want to experience the bliss of flying in the open skies with nothing but water all around. This exciting sport consists of an attached parachute with a motor boat or any such vehicle. The Parasailor is tied with a harness, so he/she can glide securely in the air. This sport can be relished at various beaches in Kerala, namely Kovalam, Varkala, Payyambalam and Alappuzha. This kind of a sport is a perfect way to let your mind and body indulge in some adrenaline pumping.
Best time- October to March
Approximate cost- Approximately INR 1,000 per person for a 10-minute ride
Catamaran is a traditional fishing boat that is usually used by the fishing community in Kerala. It is a small wooden boat and resembles a yacht, except a hull on each side. This sport is endowed with agility, balancing on the waves and docility. It plays a significant role in boosting Kerala tourism. The two joining hulls help the vessel to cruise across the pristine backwaters. To make sailing easier, Catamarans are fitted with modern propellers these days. Alappuzha, Kovalam and Varkala are some of the awe-inspiring destinations in Kerala where this adventure sport is enjoyed.
Best time- September to March
Approximate cost- Prices start from INR 1,600
If you are one of the curious soul and want to witness the untouched and exotic marine life of Kerala, then this sport is the perfect choice for you. The calm and azure waters can lure anyone to embrace it, scuba diving does the same. It entices scuba divers from all over the globe to dive deep into the tranquil waters and behold its mesmerising charm and appeal. You will be perplexed by the plethora of aquatic flora and fauna underwater. Scuba Diving is an adventure sport that calls for some basic training and physical fitness. You can go for scuba diving in the Varkala Beach and Cochin in Kerala. However, there are certain precautions and strict guidelines that you must follow to be safe and enjoy your dive to the fullest.
Best time- September to February
Approximate cost- Price ranges from INR 5,000 TO INR 8,000
Often referred to as a paradise for snorkelling, Kerala offers enthralling snorkelling at the beaches of Kovalam, Varkala and Alappuzha. It provides an in-depth view of the kaleidoscopic range of marine life. Interconnected by a channel of turquoise lagoons and calm backwaters, Kerala offers some promising snorkelling destinations for those who look forward to discovering the mysterious beauty of underwater life. Rich and exotic marine life, gentle and friendly waves and clear water make Kerala a befitting snorkelling destination.
Best time- December to March
Approximate cost- Approximately INR 500 per hour
A perfect choice of water sport for an adrenaline junkie; Windsurfing is one of the most popular sports here. Surfers can enjoy the cool sea breezes while surfing through the mighty and whimsical waves of the Arabian Sea. This exciting recreational activity is done by riding a surfboard on the water surface. It is a combination of sailing and surfing and serves as an ideal sport for Kerala due to its breezy climate and serene backwaters.
Best time- December to March
Approximate cost- Approximately INR 4,000 (including rentals)
A hit among the natives of Kerala, this water sport is liked by many. Travelling the backwaters of Kerala is a fantastic way to explore the beauty of this place. You can witness the village coastlines and wildlife nearby. A canoe trip through the backwaters is recommended as an affordable and fascinating way to explore this beautiful part of Kerala.
Best time- September to March
Approximate cost- A basic 4-hr canoe tour costs around INR 1,500 per person.
The water sports in Kerala are not just limited to these few. Some other thrilling and fun-filled water sports include- rafting, bamboo rafting, etc. Indulge in these sports and make your Kerala trip as memorable as you can!