Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
Aren’t the monsoons exactly the way Rabindranath Tagore says? The moment we see the rains pouring down all we want to do is go out and enjoy getting drenched. With rains come the opportunity to venture outdoors and explore the amazing and beautiful nature. From Trekking to Whitewater Rafting, rains are a blessing for the adventure junkie as there are so many interesting adventure activities in monsoons which will make you fall in love with the rains.
Here’s a list of Adventure Sports activities you can do in the Monsoons. So get into your raincoats and chase the waters!
1. White Water Rafting
A super cool sport to experience in rains, White Water Rafting is a recreational activity which uses an inflatable raft to wade through the gushing waves. Ideally done on rough patches of water, this sport is sure to give an adrenaline gush. So this monsoon try something adventurous.
Rafting Destinations In India:
Uttarakhand: River Ganga, Rishikesh
Ladakh:River Indus, Ladakh
West Bengal-Sikkim: Teesta River, Melli
Arunachal Pradesh: Kameng River,Bhalukpong
Karnataka: River Sita, Agumbe
Bhadra river, Kalasa, Chikmagalur
Barapole river, Coorg, Ponnampet
Maharashtra: Kundalika River, Kolad
Kashmir: Lidder River, Pahalgam
Sind River, Sonamarg
Goa: Mhadei River, Valpoi, North Goa
Kerala: Tejaswini River, Cherupuzha
Periyar River, Bhoothathankettu
Madhya Pradesh: River Betwa, Orchha
Himachal Pradesh: Beas River, Raison
Canyoning in India is still an emerging sport. Canyoning is a sport which involves a host of activities you can do. It is the descent of a canyon. It involves waterfall rappelling, climbing, caving, walking, jumping, passing through narrow passages, swimming etc.In simple terms, Canyoning is where you travel outdoors in Canyons and do a host of sports. Still a new activity in the country, there are many destinations where you can do Canyoning in India. While Canyoning you will be amazed to see how water forms its natural paths.This is one fantastic things you will come across.
Canyoning Destinations In India:
Manali- Vashisht, Kroni River
Rishikesh- Gaddu Waterfalls
Maharashtra- Sandan Valley, Bhandardara
Ulhas Valley, Karjat
Goa- Palolem Beach
Karnataka- Dandeli, Sathkonda Canyon
3. Flying Fox/Ziplining
Ziplining, also called as flying Fox is one rip-roaring activity you should have on your list this monsoon. Imagine yourself soaring through the clouds, high above the ground and getting soaked in rains! That is Ziplining for you. It involves you being harnessed and secured to a cable and then you glide with the help of the cable. A Zip Line has a pulley which is connected to a cable and is used to go from a higher point to a lower one. India has many destinations where you can do Ziplining.
Ziplining Destinations In India:
Uttarakhand: MohanChatti, Rishikesh
Clouds End, Mussoorie
Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur
Madhya Pradesh: Kerwa Dam, Bhopal
Punjab: Kikar Lodge, Ropar
Gujarat: Orsang, Vadodra
If you love the thrill of gushing waves and paddling through the water in a boat called a kayak, then you are in for some awesome thrill and excitement. The boat called as a kayak ideally holds a single paddler but there are boats which also have tandem/multiple paddlers. You can either kayak solo or with a group. Rivers, lakes , oceans are all best places to kayak and India is not at all short of such places.
Kayaking Destinations In India:
Jammu & Kashmir- Zanskar River
Arunachal Pradesh- Brahmaputra River
Himachal Pradesh- Beas River
Andhra Pradesh-Gandikota,River Pennar
Telangana- Vikarabad, Nagasamundar Lake
Maharashtra- Kolad, Kundalika River
Sikkim- Teesta River
Uttarakhand- Rishikesh- Ganga River
Garwhal, Tons River
Kerala- Alleppey Backwaters
5. Monsoon Cycling
Monsoons are the best time to take your cycle and enjoy the green cover of nature. Venturing out in the rains on a cycle is an amazing experience. This is one best adventure activity to do in the rains. So get on that pedal and ride your way to something mesmerising.
Monsoon Cycling Destinations In India:
Munnar to Anamalai
Manali to Leh
Gangtok to Darjeeling
Pune to Panshet Dam via Sinhagarh
Mysore to Ooty via Bandipur
Bangalore to Goa
Chennai to Pondicherry
Mangalore to Goa
Kochi to Alleppey
Shillong to Cherrapunji
Old Silk Route to Kalimpong to Zuluk
Leh to Khardung La
Delhi to Agra
Udaipur to Jodhpur
Rishikesh to Mussoorie
Somnath to Diu
6. Trekking in the Monsoons
Tis the season!!!! Yes , when it comes to trekking this is one exciting season for any adventure junkie. May it be one-day treks or two-day ones, just setting out and finding new routes is just like soul searching. Walking on the trails in the midst of nature, enjoying the surroundings, climbing the paths through gushing water, jumping off the rivulets are some of the perks of trekking in Monsoons. Here are some of the popular treks you can do this monsoon.
Trekking Destinations In India:
Uttarakhand- Valley of Flowers, Roopkund
Maharashtra- Kalsubai, Sinhagad, Lohagad, Rajmachi, Ratangad, Peth, Peb etc
Jammu & Kashmir- Tarsar Marsar
Himachal Pradesh- Hampta Pass
Ladakh- Zanskar Valley
To get a much-needed respite from the hustle and bustle , Camping is the best option. Living in the concrete jungle and forgetting how it feels to be in the outdoors, come out from the virtual world and enjoy the monsoons while camping. Living in tents, trying to light a fire (one hell of a challenge in the monsoons), try all these and make your monsoon memorable.
Camping Destinations in India:
Maharashtra- Lonavla, Pavna
8. Motor Biking
Motor biking is another activity which you can enjoy in these monsoons. Driving in the rains is one epic bliss anyone can ask for. So get that motorcycle out and set out on a remarkable road trip you ever imagined. Drive yourself into the lush landscapes and treat yourself with a hot cup of chai on the roads.
Motor Biking Destinations In India:
Set out on an adventure this monsoon when you can do so many amazing activities .
Do you know of any other activities which can be done during monsoons in India, do write to us in the comments section below.