Kerala Adventure Tours

Kerala adventure toursAdventure sports and activities have become an important ingredient of modern tourism. Throughout history, humans had a spirit of adventure and face more and more challenges. The early adventurers explored most of the new world. As time went by people pursued adventure sports as a means of recreation, physical fitness and an element of daring and risk. They wanted to experience nature and sports developed for sky, water and land. Generally all adventure sports are classified into three broad groups:
 
Aerial
Like aviation, parachuting, sky diving, hang gliding, paragliding, parasailing, bungee jumping, abseiling, ballooning, sky surfing etc.
 
Aquatic
white water sports like rafting, canoeing and kayaking and flat-water sports like water polo, water skiing, surfing, wind surfing, boating, scuba diving, snorkeling etc.
 
Terrestrial
like trekking, mountaineering, rock climbing, ice climbing, skiing, mountain biking, motor biking, safari, caving, camping, angling, cycling and so on.
 
Adventure Tourism in Kerala
Kerala blessed with a varied terrain and lush nature has immense potential for adventure-based tourism. But it is a sad fact that much potential for this remains untapped. Aerial based sports are only symbolic in existence in Kerala. Facilities for water sports like wind surfing are available in many leading beach destinations like Kovalam. Scuba diving and snorkeling facilities are available in Lakshadweep islands. There is a water sports training center at Aalapuzha. The backwaters of Kerala, notably in Aalapuzha and Kumarakom have good facilities for sports like canoeing, kayaking etc. Boating facilities are available at almost every major reservoir in the state. Land based or terrestrial sports have great potential in Kerala, from north to south as the state has a stretch of mountain ranges, which form part of the Western Ghats. All the inland districts of Kerala have virgin and unspoilt land suitable for trekking and rock climbing. Thekkadi, Munnar and Waynad are good bases for trekking activities. Neyyar, Peppara, Agastya koodam biological park (Trivandrum), Thenmala (Kollam), Ayyampara, Wagamon, Elaveezhapoonchira, Panchalimedu, Kuttikanam (Kottayam), Thekkadi, Lock Heart Gap Munnar, Meenuli, Kudayathurmala (Iddukki), Bhootathankettu, Thattekkadu (Ernakulam), Atirappalli, Vazhachal (Trissur), Nelliampathy, Parambikulam, Silent valley (Palakkad), Addyanpara (Malappuram), Vellarimala, Tusharagiri, Kakkayam (Kozhikode), Kuruvai island, Chembra peak, Brahmagiri (Waynad), Aralam (Kannur), Ranipuram, Kottancheri (Kasargod) etc. are good places for trekking. The more adventurous can trek to risky spots like waterfalls located deep inside forests such as Aruvi falls (Trivandrum), Maramala (Kottayam), Atirappalli and Vazhachal (Trissur), Dhoni and Meenvallam (Palakkad). There is a mountain sports training center near Munnar.
 
Adventure Tourism in the neighbouring region
The three hill stations of the Nilgiris Doty, Coonoor and Kotagiri as well as Kodaikanal are excellent base points. The Blue Mountains is quite rich in terms of having natural landscapes suitable for all the three types of adventure activities. Hang gliding is possible at Kalahatty Ghats with an exhilarating 25km cross-country rally being held annually. The relatively new paragliding has been introduced in the region recently. White water coracle rafting is a most exciting water sport and is being organized by many package tour firms. River rafting in the Nilgiris is mainly in the river Moyar. Both day and night ride on elephants or bullock cart safari in the wildlife reserves. Mudumalai, Mukuruthi, Segur etc. are the chief wildlife reserves in the region. Adventurous and risky jeep and bike rides in the rugged mountain terrain of the Western Ghats are becoming quite popular among the youth today. Rock climbing is another exciting and popular sport and there are many fantastic rock formations at Parson’s valley, Kodanad near Kotagiri as well as near Coimbatore. Indoor climbing walls are also available. Cave exploration has emerged as a fascinating sport and there are a number of caves noted for their ancient paintings and architecture and many remain to be explored.
 

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