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Adventure Tourism And Adventure Activities In Kerala


India's hot nature destination, Kerala remains less explored for adventure tourism opportunities. To unleash adventure spirit, God's Own Country is also ideal destination for adventure sports.

Kerala Adventure Tourism Promotion Society (www.adventurekeralatourism.com), Thiruvananthapuram promotes and supports adventure tourism in the state. It also arrange adventure tours and sponsor adventure festivals/competitions.

Kayaking

Kayaking is major sport in the Kerala at the backwaters of Alappuzha, Kumarakom and Kannur. There are many private organisations which offer kayaking tours in Kerala.

Malabar River festival is organised by Madras Fun Tools and the District Promotion Tourism Council in the month of August on the Chalipuza and Iruvanjipuza rivers (35 km from Calicut). For more information about the festival, visit www.malabarfestival.in.

White River Rafting

The state has many popular places for river rafting like Boothathankettu (50 km from Ernakulam).

Some of the private operators which arrange kayaking and river rafting are

White Water Woods Resort, Calicut (www.whitewaterwoods.in)

Jelly Fish Water Sports (www.jellyfishwatersports.com/ Contact- 090- 20520222)

Good Wave (http://goodwave.in)

Paragliding in Kerala

Paragliding courses in the state are held at Kolahalamedu hill, Vagamon (Kottayam) and Varkala beach (Thiruvananthapuram) from October to January.

International Paragliding Festival is jointly organized by Adventure Sports and Sustainable Tourism Academy (AASTA) and Kerala Tourism Department in the first week of April for four days.

Trekking and Mountain Climbing

The green mountains and thick forest of Wayanad, Munnar, Thenmala and Thekkady attract many trekkers.

For details of trekking places in Kerala,check here. Tik Holidays, Kerala chapter of YHAI and Hornbill Nature Club conduct treks and nature trails.

Surfing

Kerala Beaches at Kannur, Kovalam and Varkala are popular for wind surfing in India. The ideal period for surfing is December to February.

Kovalam Surf Club (www.kovalamsurfclub.com) is operational at Kovalam since 2005.

Tree House Stay

Tree house stay is innovative and new concept of Kerala tourism and offers unique experience amid the nature. Kerala Tree Houses are available at Munnar, Wayanad and Thekkady.

For more information, visit www.keralatreehouses.in.

Beach Sports

Kerala has more than 500 km coastline featuring many beautiful beaches. These beaches offer many fantastic and thrilling water sports.

For more information about Kerala beaches, click here.

Scuba Diving

Scuba diving is one of the popular sport in Kerala and its beaches like Varkala beach, Kovalam.

Scuba Cochin (www.scubacochin.com) offer PADI certification courses from open water Diver to Instructor and daily dive trips in this region.

Other Adventure Sports

Para Motoring, Bamboo rafting, Angling, Hiking, Cycling are arranged by many private operators like Muddy Boots, (http://muddyboots.in), Wayanad.

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