India is fast emerging as an Asian adventure sports destination with immense scope in beach and open sea sports like kayaking, scuba diving and others Thousands of sports lovers have been attracted to this territory to taste the thrills of spear fishing. And the many other thrills that coral islands like Lakshadweep provide. As do all other areas that have large bodies of water.
It's not just the islands and coastal areas that provide such opportunities for water sports; rapids on the slopes of mountains and large lakes provide thrills aplenty too. More and more people on the lookout for adventure and thrill, are being attracted to India most of them to the large 3000 km coastline that India offers.
There is no doubt that part of the attraction of these areas is the salubrious climate and the stunning scenery; but, more than anything else, what attracts adventurous people is the opportunity that these areas provide for exhilarating and thrilling water sports. There is adventure, no doubt, in climbing mountains of skiing down icy mountains or skiing down icy mountain slopes but the fun that is to be had from such sports, be it white water rafting or scuba diving, has no compare. Coastal areas harbor massive bodies of saline water and provide ample opportunities for a host of adventurous and thrilling sports.
In the waters of the sea, windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing, water skiing, yachting, scuba diving and a host of other sports offer excitement that has few parallels.
Remember, none of these thrills are for the faint hearted and the weak: in all of them there is always desire compounded by danger. Because of the dangers and in view of the astonishing scenery around, even a simple activity like a motorboat ride can prove to be thrilling. The thrill can be compounded many times over, if instead of sitting on the boat you could ski behind it.
Water sports there are aplenty but the top ones are Kayaking and scuba diving.
Stretching many thousand kilometers, the India coastline spans the mighty water of the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal. Dotted with the finest beaches, cliff promontories, mangroves, backwater, jewel-like island groups and marine life, there are wide diving possibilities. While there are many popular easily accessible sites, many more can be explored which are not at all known. Amongst these is Lakshadweep.
The first view of Lakshadweep Island is unforgettable. The shimmering emerald water of the lagoon washing the glistering white sands of the long, slender boat-shaped island, tall coconut palms swaying to the tune of the gentle breeze, powerful, swelling breakers foaming into a sparkling diamond-like garland around the coral reef, and big flecks of cloud hanging low on the clear azure sky reflecting the ever changing colors of the waters of the lagoon; that's paradise if there is one.
The sight of the smashing waves creating foaming breakers on the coral reef, which enclose azure lagoons whose crystal clear waters wash the fine grained white sands of the palm dotted low islands, is one of the few marvels of god's creations left untouched by the encroaching hands of industrialization and progress.
Canoeing - Kayaking - Surfing
Wind surfing, kayaking, canoeing, water skiing, yachting, scuba diving and a host of other sports offer excitement that has few parallels. Remember, none of these thrills are for the faint hearted and the weak.
Anybody canoeing, kayaking or surfing in the lagoon must not only be fully aware of the dangers that such protruding coral rocks present but should also be able to avoid them. It should also be able to avoid them. It needs a trained eye to spot out these clusters because often they merely appear as mere dark patches on the emerald water; and such patches are often created by the small flecks of cloud that almost always dot the sky.
Because of the dangers and in view of the astonishing scenery around, even a simple activity like a motorboat you could ski behind it. The diesel fumes from the boat's engine are no doubt a nuisance but with some careful meandering these could be avoided.
All dives in the shallow lagoon is great fun provided you have a glass mask and a snorkel tube. While the latter provides a vent for breathing, the glass case is for enabling you to see clearly through the water, which is crystal clear.
India is fast becoming the adventure tourism destination of the world; time is not far off when it will be the water sports center as well.