MAHARASHTRA FOR ADVENTURE SEEKERS
India’s third largest stare, the name Maharashtra often evokes memories of Mumbai, Maratha forts, the shiv sena and spicy food. But besides these, Maharashtra is home to some of the best adventure sports in the country. From white water rafting, snorkelling, scuba diving, sailing, rappelling and kayaking, mountain cycling and camping, the state offers them all. Here’s a round-up of the best adventure sport options in Maharashtra.
1) Scuba Diving and Snorkelling:
The coast around Sindhudurg has warm clear waters and interesting and varied diving and snorkeling sites, which guarantee some of the best scuba diving and snorkeling holidays anywhere in India. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced diver, Konkan diving dreams promise you give you top quality service at an affordable price. Tarkali in the Sindhudurg district is one of the primary locations for both scuba and Snorkelling. MTDC’s Konkan diving team offers scuba and Snorkeling opportunities at competitive rates.
2) White Water Rafting:
White-water rafting facilities are available on the Kundalika River in Kolad, near Mumbai and Pune. Since it’s fed with excess water due to the hydroelectricity project and dams around Pune. The river is ideal for rafting. It has 10 rapids, ranging from grade 2 to grade 3. Duration is generally between 1.5 to 2 hours.
Rafting facilities are also available at the Ulhas River in Karjat. With a height of 636ft with plenty of cascading waterfalls, the upper portion of the river provides some great rafting in the monsoons.
This is also done on the Kundalika River in Kolad. Panshet dam near Pune has recently developed a water sport complex that offers activities like kayaking and windsurfing. River Bhatsa also offers kayaking facilities. Look at some options at http://www.byebyecity.com
It’s not only water sports that are widely available in Maharashtra. With the Sahyadri range of mountains, there are plenty of Trekking opportunities as well. Trekking in Maharashtra isn’t as difficult or taxing as in the Himalayas, but still an enjoyable experience. On land and ocean, the strength of stone stands mighty over years. The Maratha heartland is fortified forts – the largest number in any state in India. Here, the crimson-edged sword of the Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji gleams with the pride of a victorious warrior. Maharashtra’s forts speak of vision and authority. Whether it’s the mountains that call out to you or the ocean, Maharashtra has a fort for all seasons. From beginner to a professional trekker you can find one for everyone. The 2000-year-old Karla caves, near Kamshet, which is easily accessible from both Lonavala and Pune. One of my favorite is Rajmachi fort near Lonavala.
Looking to book a trek try www.adventuremantras.com
Khopoli, Kolad and Vashind, are all in the vicinity of Mumbai and Pune and offer great camping opportunities for those inclined towards adventure. The best season to go camping is the monsoon and winter, when the weather is pleasant and area is lush and green. Krishna River near Wai also has some locations to set up your tent. Many tour companies now offer options like bubble tents, tree tents, hammock tents and ‘coat’ tents.
Looking to book a camp: Foliage/ Pugmarks have good options.
The quaint hill station of Panchgani has paragliding excursions. This picturesque hill station, along with Mahableswar, Kamshet and Tapola are great destinations for flying enthusiasts.
Looking to book: Try http://www.templepilots.com
Do visit again for more blog updates on fun activities around Maharashtra