Maharashtra is blessed with tapering mountain ranges, raging rivers and deep oceans. What more does an outdoor adventurer need? Though the state is still in the germination phase for adventure sport, the authorities are spin-balling the procedures. For the adrenalin rush junkie, Maharashtra already has a bundle of joy.
Water babies: Tarkarli, the Konkan’s oceanic gem makes the postcard-perfect water sport capital of Maharashtra. Here, the state government is encouraging you to come discover the unique marine life under the pristine waters of the gentle Arabian Sea. Whether you are a first-timer or a professional, the Sindhudurg coast with its warm clear waters, is inviting. Try snorkeling or scuba diving with professional trainers for assistance. You will be mesmerized by corals, the wide Sargassum forest, the rockscape and the sheer colourful diversity of marine life. Apart from Tarkarli, Ganpatipule too offers a range of adventure marine sports from water-scooters to jet-skiing.
If it’s the rush of the rivers that beckon, you don’t need to go the Himalayas to raft. At Kolad, when the Bhira dam opens up each day, the serene Kundalika river transforms itself magically into full-blown river rapids. Apart from the breath-taking river-rafting here, companies also offer waterfall rappelling and trekking.
For the airborne: If you like to spread your wings and fly, Maharashtra’s hills and skies welcome you. The Sahyadri ridges such as Panchgani, Kamshet, Bhandardara and Chikhaldara make for perfect lift and landing sites – with panoramic views. There are trained professional fliers to your free flights to abandon.
If touching the skies seems too much, try parasailing. Here you are airborne with a balloon but leashed to a moving jeep. Parasailing is a common sport across most Konkan beaches.
Come along, spark the adventure bug!