When we think of Kerala, images of tranquil backwaters, picturesque beaches, healing spas and spicy food come to mind. However, God’s Own Country is also gaining immense popularity as an adventure enthusiast’s hot spot. Yes, you heard it right! Kerala offers many exciting adventures that are sure to pump up your adrenaline. If you’re planning to visit the Indian state, here are some of outdoor sports you must try.
Kerala boasts a vast labyrinth of rivers, lakes and waterways, which are perfect for sailing and kayaking. Hire a kayak and take a local guide along to explore various untamed facets of these waters. Enjoy the serene beauty of nature and the melodious chirping of birds. Some of the wonderful places in Kerala for a kayak tour include Alleppey, Kozhikode, and Kochi.
The lush green terrain in the Western Ghats makes Kerala a haven for trekking enthusiasts. Trekking routes in the state range from smooth easy trails to highly challenging ones, alluring trekkers of all fitness levels. Apart from offering you an adrenaline rush, trekking is certainly a great way to explore Kerala’s mountainous beauty at your own pace. Also, you get to discover the enchanting local life. Chembra Peak in Wayanad is one of best places for people visiting Kerala for such excursions.
If you love nature and wildlife, Kerala is definitely the place for you. The Indian state has as many as 14 wildlife sanctuaries and 7 national parks, teeming with a wonderful variety of flora and fauna. Head to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary near Thekkady to see animals such as elephants, sambar, langur and stork in their natural habitat. Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary and Karimpuzha National Park are other renowned places for enjoying wildlife safaris in Kerala.
A number of diving sites in Kerala will amaze you with an exotic variety of marine life and colourful corals. You can snorkel or dive deep into the sea to spot a variety of aqua species including Blacktip sharks, Spadenose sharks, Whitecheek sharks, and Ray fish. Equipment and guide services are available at all popular sites such as Kovalam beach, Alappuzha beach and Varkala beach.