(Last Updated on : 02-04-2013)
Adventure sports in Karnataka
are one of the many attractions that draw tourists from all over the world. The rugged terrain and the wide expanse of the blue waters make it possible for the state to organize several interesting outdoor activities. Professional adventurers also throng Karnataka. It is a paradise for nature enthusiasts. The best part about Karnataka is that most of the sites for adventure sports are steeped in religion and mysticism. Such feature makes Karnataka more interesting. The state combines thrill and mystery. What more can an adventurer ask for! The following are the adventure sports that are widely common in Karnataka: -
Water Rafting in Karnataka
As Karnataka is blessed with several rivers adventure sports such as white water rafting
is popular. Regions like Kemphole, Honnemaradu, Sitanadi, Gokarna, Netravati, Dandeli, Maravanthe Beach
and Devbagh are the jaunts for trying out water rafting. Kaveri River
, Kali River
and backwaters of Shravathi River
provide the opportunity to indulge in water adventure sports such as, Kayaks
, water banana or water sledging, corralling and others.
Rock Climbing in Karnataka
Rock climbing is another popular adventure sports in Karnataka. Places like Tumkur, Kanakpura, Savanadurga
, Turahalli and Kabbaldurg are some of the places where rock climbers may drop in. some of these destinations are suitable for both beginners and professional climbers. Bouldering is also on the cards as an option. The Hampi
ruins and Badami
are the perfect places to try out this activity. Besides these, the haven for rock climbers is Yana. All these places are accessible from Bengaluru
. Several clubs organize rock climbing in Karnataka.
Probably this is the most famous adventure sport in Karnataka. For nature enthusiasts this is the best possible way to discover the natural beauty of Karnataka. The numerous hills and forests enable the adventurers to go for trekking in Karnataka. Travellers will find trekking trails in Coorg
, Chikmagalur District
, Canara, Shimoga
. The mountain peaks of Kudremukh in Karnataka
, Kumara Parvatha, Narasimha Parvatha, Kodachari and others help the trekkers to indulge in their favourite sport. For this adventure sport, too several organizations or clubs can help the interested travellers.
Angling in Karnataka
The presence of the Arabian Sea around Karnataka has blessed the place with several water bodies that are instrumental in promoting an adventure sport like Angling. Dakshin Kannada District
, Shimoga District, Kodagu District
, Uttar Kannada District
, and Chikmagalur District are some of places where the nature enthusiasts can go for fishing or Angling. Several measures have been taken to stop river and sea pollution so that the marine life can thrive.
, micro light flying and Para jumping are the popular aero sports in Karnataka. In places like Bangalore and in the adjacent area of Nandi hills
are well known sites for indulging in such outdoor activities. Aero sports contests are held in Karnataka as well where people from all over the world come to participate.
Yana in Karnataka
Yana is paradise for adventurers. The landscape of this place is perfect for a variety of adventure sports including trekking, rock climbing and water rafting. For nature enthusiasts this places to be. Trekking trails are located around cave temples and other ruins. The presence of the Chandrika River has made water sports possible. Besides being a hotspot for the adventure lovers. Pilgrims also frequent Yana.
Bird Watching in Karnataka
From herons to bulbuls-a wide variety of birds are found in Karnataka. This is the reason why the state has evolved as a favourite haunt for bird watchers. For some it is hobby while the others can try it out for the very first time in Karnataka. The numerous sanctuaries encourage this activity.