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Watersports mean carried out on water, such as waterskiing and windsurfing. There are a large number of sports that involved water. The following list of watersports categorized by how the sports are played in relation to the location of the water.
Many of us likely had an introduction to the thrills of jet skiing whilst on holiday, but it’s not just the beaches of the Caribbean or some other exotic location that are the places to go. Jet skiing is a high speed water sport that is great for developing your balance and coordination skills as well as your leg muscles. Jet skiing is one of the most popular water sports in Alibaug, however, you can also indulge in other activities such as Parasailing, Kayaking, Speed Boat RIdes, Scuba Diving, etc. The place is paradise for daredevils who love indulging in water sports.
Parasailing is a popular kiting activity among the adventure sports lovers in India. This energetic sport is a fascinating experience for all adventure lovers. Parasailing or parakiting or parascending moulds you into a human kite providing you splendid lofty views of the Indian beaches, rolling hills and primitive towns as the airy cold winds carry you above the blue waters of the ocean. Parasailing isn’t just a water sport. The dictionary defines it as, soaring in the sky and free-floating while being harnessed to a parachute, which is towed by a motorboat, car or other fast-moving vehicles. This sport can be experienced in most seasons, except monsoon.
Scuba Diving .
In Maharashtra, you can scuba dive at picturesque locations that are also adorned with archaic forts, warbling waterfalls, virgin beaches and lush green mountains. Places like Tsunami Island in Malvan, Tarkarli, Vengurla, Konkan coast and Dandeshwar serve ideal destinations in Maharashtra for avid scuba divers, who love to discover the underwater kingdom that comprises of mollusks (marine invertebrates), crustaceans (crabs, lobsters, barnacles and shrimps), annelids (sea worms), coral reefs, rock spaces and various types of fish. The marine life found in the underwater of the state, is absolutely diverse.
Snorkeling is the practice of swimming on or through a body of water while equipped with a diving mask, a shaped breathing tube called a snorkel, and usually swimfins. In cooler waters, a wetsuit may also be worn. Use of this equipment allows the snorkeler to observe underwater attractions for extended periods with relatively little effort and to breathe while face-down at the surface. Snorkeling is a popular recreational activity, particularly at tropical resort locations. It provides the opportunity to observe underwater life in a natural setting without the complicated equipment and training required for scuba diving.
Paddle Boarding .
Paddleboarding participants are propelled by a swimming motion using their arms while lying or kneeling on a paddleboard or surfboard in the ocean. This article refers to traditional prone or kneeling paddleboarding. A derivative of paddleboarding is stand up paddleboarding also called stand up paddle surfing. Paddleboarding is usually performed in the open ocean, with the participant paddling and surfing unbroken swells to cross between islands or journey from one coastal area to another. Champion paddlers can stroke for hours and a 20-mile (32 km) race is only a warm-up for well-trained paddlers.
Banana Boat Rides .
A banana boat (or water sled), is an unpowered, inflatable recreational boat meant to be towed. Different models usually accommodate three to ten riders sitting on a larger, main tube and resting their feet on two laterally flanking tubes which stabilize the boat. The main tube is often yellow and banana-shaped. Some models have two main tubes.
Water Skiing .
Water skiing (also waterskiing or water-skiing) is a surface water sport in which an individual is pulled behind a boat or a cable ski installation over a body of water, skimming the surface on two skis or one ski. The sport requires sufficient area on a smooth stretch of water, one or two skis, a tow boat with tow rope, two or three people (depending on local boating laws), and a personal flotation device. In addition, the skier must have adequate upper and lower body strength, muscular endurance, and good balance.
Wind Sailing .
Sailing into the wind is a sailing expression that refers to a sail boat's ability to move forward even if it is headed into the wind. A sailboat cannot make headway by sailing directly into the wind; the point of sail into the wind is called "close hauled". Sailing into the wind is possible when the sail is angled in a slightly more forward direction than the sail force. In that aspect, the boat moves forward because the keel (centreline) of the boat acts to the water as the sail acts to the wind. The force of the sail is balanced by the force of the keel. That keeps the boat from moving in the direction of the sail force. Although total sail force is to the side when sailing into the wind, a proper angle of attack moves the boat forward.
Surfing is a surface water sport in which an individual, a surfer, uses a board to ride on the forward section, or face, of a moving wave of water, which usually carries the surfer towards the shore. Waves suitable for surfing are primarily found on ocean shores, but can also be found in standing waves in the open ocean, in lakes, in rivers in the form of a tidal bore, or in wave pools.
Water Rafting .
If one wishes to wrestle the rapids, rafting on River Kundalika at Kolad will be an experience in itself. Located away from the hustle and bustle, Kundalika is a haven for river rafting. The river swells, when the water is released from the nearby dam and it serves as a great treat to adventure junkies. Fight the gushing rapids of Kundalika and enjoy rafting with bewitching beauty of nature, in the backdrop. Summer is not the right time for rafting on this river, as the water is scarce. For an enticing river rafting experience, the onset of the south west monsoons is the best time to revel this sport.
A sea animal is any type of animal that lives in a body of saltwater (like a sea or ocean), so starfish and krill are just as much sea animals as a whale is. All sea or ocean-dwelling animals can be further classified based on how they move and where they live.
Water transport is the process of transport a watercraft, such as a barge, boat, ship or sailboat, over a body of water, such as a sea, ocean, lake, canal or river. Ship transport is primarily used for the carriage of people and non-perishable goods, generally referred to as cargo.
|Origin - Destination||Distance in Kilometers||Estimated duration|
|Mumbai - Bangalore||500||5 hour 45 minutes|
|Origin - Destination||Distance in Kilometers||Estimated duration|
|Mumbai - Bangalore||400||8 hour 30 minutes|
|Origin - Destination||Distance in Kilometers||Estimated duration|
|Mumbai - Bangalore||250||2 hours|
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Ganapatipule Beach is a spectacular paradise along the Konkan Coast. It's a perfect gateway that captivates beach lovers, adventure enthusiasts, and pilgrims as well. It simply looks stunning with the Ganapati temple on the shores that offers a soothing atmosphere. There are some beaches in Ganapatipule where you can find complete peace and tranquility. With the breathtaking beauty, serenity of the Ganapatipule village, pleasant weather and Dwardates scriptures, this beach has become one of the famous destinations for travelers. It's an idyllic place to relax and spend a wonderful weekend with your family or loved ones. It has been always tempting a stream of sea lovers over the years with its pristine warm water and isolated stretches of sand.
A remote village called Velas would have remained unknown had it not achieved international attention for the turtles that come here to lay their eggs. The sight of turtle hatchlings just out of their nests and making their laborious way to the Arabian Sea can be an exhilarating sight indeed and rather than watch it in a wildlife film, you can now go to Velas and witness this phenomenon for real.
Famous for its betel nut ‘Shrivardhan Rotha’, the beautiful town of Shrivardhan was once the home town of the Peshwas, the prime ministers of the Maratha Empire. The plantation of betel nut at almost every courtyard called ‘wadi’ gives it a wonderful green canopy that soothes and refreshes. A beautiful curved road shaded by the overarching branches of banyan trees takes us to Shrivardhan, adding to the overall experience.
Situated 6 kms south of Malvan and 546 kms away from Mumbai on the coast of Maharashtra is the pristine Tarkarli Beach that is surrounded by tall Suru trees and Karli River. The water of Tarkarli Beach is very clear and looks even more panoramic with beautiful sailboats in the backdrop. One can do an array of things here like, water sports, scuba diving, snorkelling, beach walking, sun basking, sun bathing, etc. and explore the nearby landmarks and beaches.
For those who cannot resist the intermittent lull and fury of the sea waves while spreading out on fine sand, there can be nothing better than a visit to Diveagar with its silvery sands that stretch for nearly 5 kilometers flanked by orchards. Diveagar is one of Konkan’s finest beaches and also provides a window into Konkani lifestyle and culture.
Almost all the places on the coast line of Maharashtra are indeed very beautiful, calm, and serene in nature. Guhagar, a part of this region, has it all. In fact, it is the gem of Ratnagiri district. Located between the river Vasishthi and the Jaygad creek, Guhagar is a tiny town on the Konkan coast with a beautiful secluded beach, making it a perfect getaway destination.
Just 200 kilometers from Mumbai is one of the most heavenly places you are likely to find. That’s Harihareshwar for you – a coastal region that is home to a great beach, not to forget that it is also known as ‘Kashi of the South’ for the ancient temple of Lord Shiva. Harihareshwar therefore offers a great combination of natural beauty with spiritual enhancement.
A picturesque town in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra just north of Goa, Vengurla defines a typical Konkani ambience and culture with the Arabian Sea located on its west and the land surrounded by a semi-circular range of hills. There is lush green foliage here, mainly of cashew, mango, coconut, and different kinds of berry trees. The hills of Dabholi, Tulas, and Mochemad lie to its north, east, and south, protecting as it were a traditional way of life that has not yet been corrupted by urban pressures.
Kihim beach is a famous tourist destination near Alibaug, and offers a complete break from urban pressures. Spend time at this long and wide beach and let the sight of an ocean and the soft rhythm of the waves lapping at the shore soothe your nerves.
Juhu Beach is the longest beach in Mumbai and the most sought-after among locals and tourists alike. It’s known for an array of lip-smacking street food with a distinctive Mumbai taste, typically sweet and sour. The neighboring area of the beach happens to be one of the plush localities in the city and is home to the big shots of Bollywood and celebs from the television world. Juhu has superstar Amitabh Bachchan’s sprawling bungalow and if you are lucky, you can spot some celebrities jogging in the morning on Juhu Beach.
Aksa is a coastal place located on the western shores of India in the Mumbai suburban region of Maharashtra. It is known for its calm and clean surroundings, a popular weekend getaway for tourists and visitors in and around Mumbai. Districts/ Region : Mumbai suburban district, Maharashtra, India. History : Aksa is known for its unblemished beautiful beach. Locals, as well as, tourists visit this place, being an adored tourist place. The best thing about the beach is that it is untouched by urbanization and has kept its natural charm intact. It is a picturesque place; it also has the base of the Indian Navy - INS Hamla. Geography : It is in the western coastal region of Maharashtra in between Manori creek and Malad creek on the Arabian sea. It is located 28.6 KM to the northwest of Mumbai city. Weather/Climate : The prominent weather in the region is rainfall, the Konkan belt experiences High Rainfall (ranges around 2500 mm to 4500 mm), and the climate remains Humid and warm. The temperature reaches up to 30 degrees Celsius during this season. Summers are hot and humid, and the temperature touches 40 degrees Celsius. Winters in the region are comparatively milder climate (around 28 degrees Celsius), and the weather remains Cool and Dry Things to do : Aksa Beach is a tranquil location away from the buzzing city of Mumbai. The calmness of Aksa Beach makes it a perfect place to spend some time in solitude or with your group. One can walk on the shore, listen to the harmonious waves and sunbathe at Aksa Beach. Due to the uneven depth of the sea, swimming is strictly prohibited here. Nearest tourist place : One can plan to visit the following tourist places along with Aksa. ● Marve Beach: Located in the western region of Malad, Marve beach is one of the scenic places that facilitate ferries to Essel World, Manori, and Uttan. ● Madh Fort: The mighty fort is nestled on the Madh beach and is the prominent spot for video shootings and elite celebrations. ● Mumba Devi temple: Built in the Zaveri Bazar of South Bombay, the Mumba Devi temple is one of the oldest shrines of Mumba Devi. ● Kanheri caves: One of the popular sightseeing places of Mumbai, Kanheri Caves are a collection of 109 Buddhist caves. How to travel to tourist place by Rail, Air, Road (train, flight, bus) with distance and required time : Aksa is accessible by road and rail. BEST buses, as well as taxis, are available for this place. Nearest Airport: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Airport Mumbai 20.5 KM. Nearest Railway Station: Malad 9 KM. Special food speciality and hotel : Not many eateries/restaurants are around Aksa. Various stalls of local snacks such as roasted peanuts, corn, chat, etc. are available. The restaurants near Marve, Madh serve a variety of cuisine. Accommodation facilities nearby & Hotel/ Hospital/Post Office/Police station : Numerous hotels are available around Aksa beach. Municipal hospitals are available at a distance of 6.8 KM away from the beach. The nearest post office is at Malad, a distance of 8.5 KM. The nearest police station is 1.9 KM. MTDC Resort nearby details : No MTDC resort nearby Visiting Rule and Time, Best month to visit : The place is accessible throughout the year but the best time to visit is, from October to March. The sea is very rough during monsoon and gets very risky with its unpredictable behaviour. Tourists are advised to check the timings of high as well as low tides before entering the sea. High tides during the monsoon season could be dangerous hence these occasions shall be avoided. Swimming is prohibited at this place. Language spoken in area : English, Hindi, Marathi
Alibaug is a coastal town also known as ‘Mini Goa’ located on the western coast of India in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. It is the district headquarter of Raigad District and is famous for its clean beaches and gorgeous scenery. A popular weekend getaway for tourists from Mumbai and Pune.
Anjarle is located on the western coast of India in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. It is one of the safest and widest beaches in the Konkan region. The place is famous for ecotourism activities like the turtle festival.
Are-ware is on the western coast of India in the district of Ratnagiri in Maharashtra. It is situated 12 KM away from Ganpatipule. These twin beaches are blessed with awesome views of the Arabian sea on one side and a hill on the other with coconut and suru (casuarina) trees
It is a place of religious importance for the Parsi or Zoroastrians. Hence it is popular amongst the Parsi community. It also has a magnificent fire temple of the Zoroastrians. It is believed that this fire has been kept alive for almost a thousand years. The existence of Iranian and Persian culture further makes this place more exotic.
Since it is not known to most tourists, this place is untouched. Very few tourists visit Dahanu during weekdays. For some peace from the hectic schedule, this is the best place to visit. The best place for relaxation is around Mumbai.
Girgaon Chowpatty also known as Bombay Chowpatty is a beach in the Mumbai city of India. It is in the town side of Mumbai and is decorated with a line of known art deco buildings running parallel to it. The beach is approx 5 KM long and has Marine Drive adjacent to it that allows enjoying the view of the sea while driving. Marine Drive is also known as Queen's Necklace as the street lights resemble a string of pearls in a necklace when viewed at night from an elevated point anywhere along the drive.
Kashid is on the western coast of India in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. It is one of the safest beaches in the Konkan region. It has a beautiful beach with white sand and a Suru plantation that attracts tourists the most.
Kelwe is a coastal town located in Palghar Taluka on the western coast of India in the Palghar district of Maharashtra. The place is known for its long coastline. it's a popular weekend getaway for tourists from Mumbai.
Kunkeshwar is on the western coast of India in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra. The place is also known for its crystal-clear water, white sand and green foliage of coconut trees. The popular pilgrim place Kunkeshwar temple is well known for the Mahashivratri festival and Kunkeshwar yatra (fair).
Mandwa is a small coastal village located on the western coast of India in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. A popular weekend getaway for tourists from Mumbai and Pune. It is the best place for relaxation and to enjoy beach activities.
Murud-Janjira is a coastal town located on the western coast of India in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. This place is famous for its beaches, villas and scenery. It is a popular weekend getaway for tourists from Mumbai and Pune.
Nagaon is a small coastal town located on the western coast of India in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. Serves as a central place for surrounding beaches such as Murud, Alibaug, Kihim, Mandva and Akshi. A popular weekend getaway for tourists from Mumbai and Pune.
Varsoli is a coastal village located on the western coast of India in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. Not known to too many tourists hence it is the best place for relaxation. The place is surrounded by beautiful cottages and resorts.
Nivati is in Malvan taluka of Sindhudurg district in the south Konkan region of Maharashtra. The place has a mixture of white sand as well as rocky beaches. It is endowed with the green covering of coconut trees. Nivati fort was constructed by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj right after the construction of Sindhudurg fort to make Maratha Naval forces stronger.