Top Surfing Destinations in India – Join the Ride
Do you know the word surf originated from India? The country has about 7,000 kilometres of coastline spread mostly across its southern tip. However, despite having so much surfing treasure, India is not exactly a country which is known for its surfing habits. But, once you test the water in surfing, it’s practically a love at first ‘dive’.
Most of the prime surfing areas are pretty much undiscovered, so, you’ll have plenty of time and space to walk around freely and alone. So, if there exists a surfer inside you (and we believe it does) who is dying to ‘wave out’, here’s your walk through the top surfing destinations in India.
1. Kovalam Beach, Kerala
Starting with the rich and famous, Kovalam beach is the most popular surfing destination in India. However, it’s noted not only because it has the best surf, but also due to its comfy hotels and a legion of places where you can hang out with your friends. So, it’s a package deal of both a vacation and adrenaline-pumping, resulting from surfing. There’s a beach break and when the wave starts to get 7 feet high they move out towards the nearby lighthouse. Otherwise, near the beach, there would be lots of inside waves and hollow & short rights and lefts. If you’re a novice and not looking forward to big kind of waves, this is your surfing station.
2. Alwars (Also Known as Manapad Point), Tamil Nadu
Today whatever it is, it is due to the result of millions of years of the lava flow that extended into the water. The waves here can rise as high as 400 metres! The tides are at their full glory in the period of autumn and winter. And, on the top of that, this place is relatively unknown, so lots of exploring and discovering are on the cards. Plus, no matter at what stage of surfing you are, this place is right for anyone. Lots of south winds flow here, which are a clear-cut recipe for some howl-worthy waves. There is a reason it is considered the best surfing spot in India. Off the beaten track, check. Full of waves, check. Uncrowded, check. On your surfing destination list? Well, you tell us.
3. Kanyakumari, Kerala
It is said that this is one of the windiest places on the planet. So, you know what that means. A perfect date with the cool waters is guaranteed. The waves are great here and you’ll come back with an ocean full of memories. It is better to take your own board as the rented ones can quickly run out. There is also a big statue of Tiruvallur, a Tamil saint and poet on a nearby island.
A little architecture and history too, how amazing!
Map of the Surfing Destinations in India
4. Ten Thousand Peaks, Karnataka
With a reputation of being one of Karnataka’s most beautiful beaches, this beach promises to have your surfing sessions set against a beautiful backdrop. The beach’s coastline is about 6 km, that permits all sorts of surfing waves – big, small, huge, almost everything you’d want. However, don’t expect surfing clubs and contests here since the ‘wave of surfing craze’ is yet to hit this zone. However, the true-blue surfers can’t be deterred from trying splashing waters, can they?
5. Mahe, Kerala
From north to south, there are a number of hot surfing spots in the region. Months from May to September are counted as the best months to run into the waters with boards. However, it’s a little difficult to get there, but it’s worth the effort once you see the boisterous waves there. A little ask-around with locals is sure to help. In the end, you won’t regret the hustle-bustle.
We have saved the foregone surfing destination for the last. Definitely the most popular one, the beach town Goa can generously offer you waves as high as 5-10 feet. The best time, however, is to catch them towards the end of May and beginning of June. The surfing enthusiasts sure get the kick, but in addition, Goa also provides opportunities for rafting, kayaking, and parasailing, that too in the right middle of the sea! Are we already hearing the noise of backpacks?
So, this was it. Which location made to your favourite list? Do tell us.
Beach Break: This is a wave which breaks onto the beach.
Inside Waves: Inside waves are those which form swirling patterns on the surface of a water body.
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