Karnataka is a great destination for the adventure seekers with its deep blue sea, verdant forests and picturesque hill ranges offering a golden opportunity for water sports, trekking, rock climbing, river rafting, angling and parasailing. One can enjoy these activities if one goes for adventure tourism in Karnataka. There are several destinations in Karnataka where one can experience the thrill of aero sports, water sports and trekking.
Hoskote, located at the distance of about 22 km from Bangalore, is a perfect destination for parasailing. It is truly an amazing experience. To experience the thrill of para jumping, go to Nandi Hills, which is a famous hill station in Karnataka. The beautiful airstrip near the Hebbal Lake in Bangalore is well-known for parasailing and microlight flying.
While indulging in adventure tourism in Karnataka, you will come across many wonderful trekking trails in the state. Karnataka can be called as the trekker's delight. Most of the trails are found in the Western Ghats- Shimoga, Hassan, North and South Canara, Coorg and Chikmaglur. Kudremukh is the second highest peak in the Western Ghats. It lies in the middle of dense evergreen forests. It will take about 8-10 hours of trekking to reach this peak. Tadiyendamol, the tallest peak in Kodagu, is another interesting trekking trail in Karnataka. You can have a panoramic view of beautiful surroundings and the Arabian Sea from this peak.
Located in Shimoga district, Kodachari peak offers a five hours thrilling trek. On the way to the peak, you will come across a beautiful waterfall known as 'Agastya Teertha'. Other popular trekking trails in Karnataka are Kumaraparvath in Dakshina Kannada, Jenukallubetta, Brahmagiri near Sakleshpur, Mullayangiri of the Baba Budan Range, Nandi Hills, B. R. Hills and Male Mahabaleshwar Hills. Karnataka has some excellent spots for rock climbing too. Ramnagaram, located at a distance of about 50 km from Bangalore, is referred to as the Mecca of rock climbing. It has numerous rock formations, which offer great opportunities for rock climbing. Yana, 60 km away from Karwar, is another popular spot for rock climbing.
Water sports should be an essential part of the adventure tourism in Karnataka. The beaches of Karnataka are ideal for scuba diving, canoeing, coracle riding, surfing, kayaking and windsurfing. The main water sport sites in the state are equipped with kayaks, surf boards and canoes. Honnemaradu, located in the backwaters of Sharavathy river, is a perfect destination to enjoy windsurfing, rafting, canoeing and some other water sports. Other popular sites for enjoying the water sports like scuba diving, canoeing and surfing are Devbagh near Karwar Beach, Marawanthe beach in the Udupi district, Karwar beach and Gokarna beaches. The Mahseer is one of the best spots for fishing at the Cauvery. Along with angling, here one can enjoy other activities like river rafting, amateur fishing, trekking and coracle riding.
Succinctly, adventure tourism in Karnataka is a memorable experience for the tourists and they should not miss an opportunity to experience some of it.
Last Updated On: 2011/07/11