Last Updated: September 17, 2018 Nidhi Singh
We can’t thank enough the diversity in India, not only it has given the country a unique status in world tourism but it has made it a land where exploration can never end. Indeed, India has some beautiful destinations that are ideal for romantic and family excursions, but along with it, few of these destinations are excellent choices for taking up an adventure activities. Isn’t it a great deal to enjoy the scenic view while indulging into thrilling sports? Well we all got to agree with it!
Here are some of the most scenic adventure getaways in India for you, trust me you’d be surprised by the time you finished reading:
The Land of Dawn-Lit Mountains, Arunachal Pradesh is also the first destination that comes in one’s mind when adventure is discussed. The land of lofty mountains, the roaring rivers, natural suspended bridges and lush greenery, Arunachal is an ideal state for adventurists to get going. It is often due to its scenic landscape and diversity that adventure junkies consider it a place where all their dreams of attaining adrenaline rush materializes. Arunachal is truly one of the best scenic destinations in India offering opportunities to every adventure soul in the world.
Adventure Activities in Arunachal Pradesh:
- Boleng – Dibrugarh,
- Dibrugarh – Roing – Pasighat – Daporijo – Ziro – Itanagar – Nameri – Dirang – Tawang – Bomdila – Tezpur – Guwahati
||Angling and White Water Rafting
Jammu & Kashmir:
Jammu & Kashmir is a land of adventure and adrenaline rush. Every petty mountain, every hair pin band comes with an adventure instinct in this state. Since the landscape plays a major role in estimating the potential of how risky or challenging the place is, Jammu & Kashmir should be divided in to two regions for adventure activities (Jammu and Kashmir region and Ladakh region).
Jammu and Kashmir Region:
With mostly accessible places, Jammu and Kashmir is a region of both lofty snow-clad and snow-capped mountains, the land of panoramic views of Himalayas, sprawling meadows and fruit orchards. In other words this region looks more prosperous and organized than that of Ladakh. So, one can also expect some ordered set of adventure activities here like:
|Sonmarg-Zojila Pass-Lamayuru- Kargil
Undoubtedly the land of ultimate adventure, Ladakh boasts challenging topography, which indeed is unparalleled in India. This region of Jammu & Kashmir also flaunts an unprecedented beauty with its moonscape and colourful mountains that adventurers mostly end up planning a trip or two here. But don’t be fooled, no matter how exciting Ladakh gets you with its landscape and its beauty, it is fatal and needs to travelled by those determined enough to face risk at every turn of the road.
- Jispa-Baralachha Pass-Sarchu-Pang-Tanglang La-Thiksey-Shey-Leh
- Leh-Pangong Lake
- Nubra Valley
- Zanskar Valley
White Water Rafting
- Indus River
- Zanskar River
- Warila-Khardungla-Nubra & Sham Valley
- Leh to Zingchen
- Leh to Alchi
- Leh to Hemis
- Jispa-Gondla route
- Marhi-Manali route
The biggest of North Eastern state, Assam is an ideal destination for adventure buffs. Yes, Assam also has a rich cultural aroma but its adventure options also draw to it several adventurists from all across the globe. The rich landscape fringed with blue mountains of Arunachal and highlands of Meghalaya and Nagaland is a perfect platform to take up a few adventure activities in Assam.
Adventure Activities in Assam
White Water Rafting
Goa no needs to introduction, it is indeed one of the most scenic adventure destinations in India and there is no denying in it. Taking one to all together a different level of water sports, Goa is a favourite place for many who like to tame the rising tide. Balmy shores, sparkling water, lofty escarpment, all offer themselves to be the perfect venue for the adventure activities.
Adventure Activities in Goa
- Davy Jones
- Suzy’s Wreck
- Tunnel Shelter Cove
- Surge City
- Bounty Bay
- Uma Guma Reef
- Devagh Island
- St. George Island
- Pigeon Island
- Locker Sail Rock Turbo
- Bogmalu Beach
- Grand Island
- Bats Island
- Monkey Island
Water Scooter Ride
- Dona Paula jetty
- Cidade de Goa
- Candolim beach
- Colva Beach
- Candolim Beach
- Calangute Beach
- Miramar Beach
- Benaulim Beach
- Candolim Beach
- Majorda Beach
- Anjuna Beach
- Baga Beach
- Tambdi Surla
- Udann Dongor Trek
Himachal Pradesh boasts its scenic landscape and invites adventurists to enjoy some challenging sports. Comprising of both easy accessible and off beat destinations, this state has grown to become one of the most preferred place for adventure junkies. The lofty mountains, deep gorges, meadows, valleys and even national parks make interesting platforms from which many adventure sports take place.
Adventure Activities in Himachal Pradesh:
The beautiful Western Ghats, the meandering Cauvery, the Mutati forests and several other natural wonders fill the south Indian state of Karnataka. There are plenty of adventure activities in Karnataka that can draw a large number of adrenaline junkies from all across the globe. I mean what better way of enjoying a thrilling sport amidst the beauty of nature.
Adventure Activities in Karnataka:
- Kudremukh Trek
- Chikamagalur Trek
- Ombattu Gudda Trek
- Tadiandamol Peak Trek
White Water Rafting
- JakkurAirfield in Bangalore
This Land of Gods is also the home to adventure freaks. Kerala is undoubtedly a beautiful destination with pristine beaches, lovely backwaters, rolling Nilgiris and manicured tea estates. And it is certainly a pleasure to have the opportunity to take up some breathtaking activities in a land surrounded with unprecedented nature’s beauty.
Adventure Activities in Kerala:
||Periyar National Park
||Chembra Peak, Wayanad
This central state is probably one of the best places for wildlife safaris in India. Madhya Pradesh is the home to a large tiger population and this is one factor that grabs the attention of wildlife lovers and adventure aficionado here. Madhya Pradesh has a rich flora, therefore it creates a scenic surrounding for the visitors to enjoy. Thus Madhya Pradesh needs to be in this list of places for scenic adventure destinations in India.
Adventure Activities in Madhya Pradesh:
| Flying Fox
|| River Rafting
|| Rock Climbing
|| Jungle Camp
|| Cruise Ride and Watersports
No, Maharashtra is not all about Mumbai and busy metropolitan or urban areas. This state is dotted with some extremely beautiful places where taking up an adventure is a must. Other than the beaches of Mumbai, Maharashtra has many coastal towns that are perfect for water sports, also aerial activities can be immensely enjoyed over the sky of this state.
Adventure Activities in Maharashtra
||Hot Air Ballooning
This desert land waits on hand and foot for adventure seeking souls. Offering an assortment of adventure activities, Rajasthan is undoubtedly one of the most scenic places in India for adventure. The vast stretches of desert proffers a number of thrilling activities like Dune Bashing, whereas its offbeat tracks are great for cycling tours and the rich forests are ideal for wildlife safaris. The ever so colourful Rajasthan is truly a place to enjoy adventure in style!
Adventure Activities in Rajasthan:
Hot Air Ballooning
With its lofty mountains, off beat places, alpine lakes and surreal locations, Sikkim has always stayed in good books of adventure aficionados. This picturesque land is worth appreciating for its exquisite nature’s beauty and how it has remained maintained all through these years. Many visit Sikkim to enjoy trekking on its rhododendron trails and a few go to explore beyond what is known. But what we all admit is this that Sikkim is land of adventure opportunities and it is indeed one of the most scenic destinations in India to pursue thrill ventures.
Adventure Activities in Sikkim:
- Ravangla to Tashding
- Yuksam to Khechoperi Lake
- Khechoperi to Pemayangtse
- Pemayangtse to Jorethang
Yes, Tamil Nadu has some of the most beautiful places to enjoy adventure activities. Mostly its hill stations like Kodaikanal, offer a few activities that catch the attention of adventure junkies. The scenic topography in Tamil Nadu makes it all worth visiting this vast state and meticulously laying down of a plan to savour the taste of extreme adventure down south. Go trekking, surfing, biking and camping at some of the best places in Tamil Nadu.
Adventure Activities in Tamil Nadu
This North Indian state is a budding adventure destination in India. Now known for it’s extremely gorgeous off beat destinations, this state is becoming a hot favourite amongst trekkers and adventurers around the globe. Uttarakhand offers ample of trekking trails, cycling routes, rafting options and a skiing destination to those seeking some great adventure time.
Adventure Activities in Uttarakhand
This culturally rich destination has a few picturesque destinations that are ideal for adventure activities. The region of Singalila National Park can be a great place to enjoy adventure activities like trekking, whereas, Sunderbans can be an excellent place to enjoy thrilling cruise amidst the mangrove. And yes spotting a tiger in this area is an adventure as well. Also, the meandering river Teesta can be the best choice for rafting in West Bengal
Adventure Activities in West Bengal:
With their eyes closed any adventure lover would say yes to Andaman. Situated off the coast, Andaman Islands are the paradise of both nature and adventure lovers. Blessed with azure water, white sand beaches and swaying coconut and palms, the islands of Andaman are indeed the most scenic adventure destination in India. Apart from watersports trekking is also available at Andaman, but please note that trekking expeditions require special permission from the government to be conducted.
Some of the Major Adventure Activities in Andaman Islands:
- Scuba Diving
An impregnable destination for spelunkers in India, Meghalaya is a land of adventure and fun. The state is just so rich in the number of caves that it has become one of the best places for caving in India. Apart from its enchanting caves, Meghalaya is dotted with rolling hills, high waterfalls and emerald mountains. The Khasi Hills and the Jaintia Hills are two of the popular hills, where one can indulge into caving. Among the caves, Krem Mawkhyrdop, Krem Dam, Krem Lymput and Krem Mawjymbuin are the most popular caves. Other than caving, adventurists can enjoy an exciting jeep safari between Shillong and Cherrapunji.
Offbeat it may seem but Chhattisgarh is a picturesque state with some really nice adventurous places. The state boasts a rich flora and fauna making Chhattisgarh a beautiful destination for India Tourism. Jagdalpur area of Chhattisgarh can be an ideal place to satiate your thirst for some jaw dropping high altitude bungee jumping. Although right now this adventure activity is in its primary stage, we sure hope with the help of tourism and adventure buffs like you, Jagdalpur will become a hotspot for bungee jumping in India soon.
Great Rann of Kutch, Gujarat
Now, this destination can be on the bucketlist of many as it ofcourse deserves to be. Driving up to the Kutch region and marking the journey’s end at the sprawling white salt desert is something that is both fanciful and achievable. Bike ride is the most fantasized type of adventure activity in Great Rann of Kutch, where one needs to cover a distance of about 100kms to finally be amidst the white salt. And of course watching the sunset on the horizon adds further to this exhilarating experience.
Well, that’s the list for you, AND we are sure you are thinking there’s hardly a place that does not have scenic location to enjoy adventure activities in India! Well, that is the fact, the beautiful country India is blessed with nature’s best and there is no place that is not picturesque in its own way. If you still think that we missed out on some scenic destination for adventure, comment with your suggestion in the box below.
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Published: 08 Oct, 2015