Top 5 Surfing Destinations in India
Who doesn’t love a holiday at the beach with the waves lapping at your feet? Water that shimmers in the sun, crafty hues that paint the sky during sunset and sunrise and a warm day is just picture perfect for a summer trip. To make it more thrilling, many beaches in India are now becoming great surfing spots, with local hire and instructors more readily available than in the past. So don’t just dive into the nearest beach, but check out the sports below to really make the most of your surf trip to India…
Kovalam is the most popular beach in Kerala and the best place for surfing in India. Every year, tourists arrive in hoards to this place, a big chunk of which consists of foreigners. The tourism and facilities in Kovalam are very much advanced and during the seasonal period you can rent surfing boards or bring one of your own and there are surfing clubs to guide beginners. Care is advised though as it has a rocky seabed making surfing a little risky. The best time to visit is during October to February. Varkala Beach, which is not very far from Kovalam is yet another surfing spot in God’s own country. The non-threatening waves here are ideal for beginners.
Pondicherry is located along the Bay of Bengal. Being a French colony for many years you will find many European surfers native to this place who will point you in the right direction for the waves. You can also get surfing courses if you have a week to spare. The green waters roll in like liquid crystals and it’s not uncommon to find the waves nice and hollow here. With a lot of French influence in the Auroville, you will feel like you are in a different place far away from India.
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The beaches in Goa don’t need much of an introduction. Although Goa has been a tourist destination for foreigners for many years, a trip to Goa is becoming the latest fad among the Indian youth. The sapphire blue beaches here and the climate during May and June are favorable for surfing with the waves seldom passing over 10 feet. With beaches, resorts, parties and water sports, Goa is the best place for a summer trip with friends.
Gokarna Beach, Karnataka
Gokarna is known for its pristine beaches and landscapes. It is perhaps the only place where you can have a water adventure and pilgrimage at the same time. The Mahabaleshwar temple and the cultural festivals will just make your surfing holiday a lot more colorful. October to March is the best time to get your surfboards out and play with the waves. If you are looking for a place far from the rush of tourists, take a break from Goa or Kerala and take a ride to Gokarna. It will not disappoint you.
Situated along the Eastern coasts of India, Paradip is a surfing spot for intermediate surfers who are craving more adventure. It has the longest swell and you can glide along the waves for up to one kilometer if you are an expert surfer. The best time to visit the place is between November and April. For beginners, there is surfing spot at Jagannath Puri where the waves are six to eight feet high.
The notion of a trip is changing these days. It is not just about a romantic holiday or leisure time with family. People are looking for more frills and thrills in their outing which will make their trip worth a lifetime. If you love beaches and the wondrous horizons but need to get your adrenalin fix, then India has it all. If you’re a beginner you should always seek guidance when in new places, so don’t hesitate for help from local clubs and instructors.
A traveler at heart, Rohit has explored many lesser known destinations in India and shares his travel stories in his blog Trans India Travels. He talks about new places and new stories for readers to choose the best destinations.