Taming the White Waters
Tags: Adventure River Sports, Adventure River Sports in India, Adventure Water Activity, Canoeing, Coracling, Himalayan Forests, Kayaking, River Sports Activities, Rowing, Water activity, White Water, White Water River Rafting
As diverse and widespread that our motherland may be, so is it complete in its own way. Quenching the thirst of almost 3.3 million sq. km. of land, India has an abundant network of rivers bejewelling its expanse. History is told, most of the ancient Indian civilizations started and flourished on such river banks.Evidently, a land this vast has an equal diversity in the ways its water flows. From the wild water rapids gushing through the Himalayan forests, to the holy serene waters of the Ganges, to the lazy rivers of the Indian plateau, we Indians are blessed with a wide variety of activity for all water-revelers out there. And it is only wise that we enjoy this live resource for some real adventure. Look out for the top 5 river sports we think you can enjoy in India.
1.White Water River Rafting
One of the most popular adventure river sports in India, this is a favorite with many. With about 6 to 8 people in an inflated raft in the middle of the white foamy chilled waters of the Himalayan Mountains, the rapids, which are caused due to sudden drops in the river beds, are the most exciting part of this river sport. The rapids are categorized from easy to advanced and have certified courses as well. However, any novice person would still have as much fun riding those rapids white trying to keep the raft afloat the water. And in the parts where the river is a little calmer, jump in and enjoy a nice swim.
Kayak is a tiny single-person closed vessel with a double paddle for maneuvering. The shallow body keeping you close to the water surface, kayaking is popular amongst a wider generation for a range of water activities like diving and fishing. From riding the white water rapids to exploring the calmer waters at your own pace, you can enjoy kayaking just the way you like. Want even better? Kayaking is also picking up fast as a commercial activity abroad to explore the open waters for spotting dolphins and whales. Kayak away!
Travel south and make sure you miss no chance to enjoy a lovely coracle ride in Karnataka. A traditional round vessel made up of reeds and plastic in their crudest form, it is one of the most ethnic travel mediums in the country. Now gaining popularity as a tourist must-do, it is experienced which will time-travel you to a world of your own while drifting away to the slow currents of the river.
Rowing is a popular adventure sports activity which is now even translated to competitive rowing with rowing-clubs putting their best feet (or oars) forward to emerge winners showcasing their refined skills and teamwork. A rowboat has an intricate technical design detail for that perfect propel with oars connected mechanically to the vessel. Otherwise needing some skill and experience, a recreational rowing experience can be quite exciting and enthralling. We can assert that you had a fantastic time if you walk back to the shore drenched!
A canoe is similar to the kayak, although the canoe is an absolute top open vessel with a single-blade paddle. Similar to rowing, canoeing can be a single person or a team activity. Although canoeing can be done in the rapid white waters, a more pleasant version can be paddling away leisurely to a calm river enjoying the picturesque panoramas around on a sunny weekend afternoon. Perfect for an outing with family, canoeing can be a wonderful experience with some snacks to share on the shores later.
These are only some of the many river sports activities to try out and experience. So go ahead and book up your weekends to soak in each one and explore many more. Tame the waters your way, enjoy!
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