Adventure in Munnar - Kerala
For those who think that Kerala's scenic beauty is just
meant for relaxing the tired soul, here is a piece of surprise. Kerala
is a happening destination amongst the lovers of adventure. As an
adventure destination, Kerala, offers its visitors umpteen
opportunities to unleash their enthusiastic self. The high mountains,
gushing river, dense forests and the vast stretches of ocean water
present just the right destination to let go the hesitation and
indulge in some really exciting activities.
Tourists interested in becoming a bit adventurous, therefore, will have plenty to rejoice about when they reach Kerala. From water sports to wildlife tour, choices are plain and abundant.
Kerala is home to some of the most well known wildlife sanctuaries of the country. Animals, birds and reptiles that inhabit these sanctuaries are a varied lot and offer a wildlife aficionado a joy that they cannot forget in their life.
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary - The most prominent wildlife sanctuary in the state of Kerala is the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Here, though, Tigers are fewer in number, yet they attract most of the attention from the visitors. Some of the other animals that can be seen roaming around in the tropical evergreen and semi evergreen forests of the park are Elephants, Otters, Nilgiri Langurs, Common Langurs, Bonnet Macaques, Lion Tailed Macaque, Malabar Squirrel, Wild Boar, Sambar and Barking Deer. Around 200 species of birds can also be seen fluttering their wings in the park.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary - The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is an abode of some of the most beautiful and even rare variety of bird species. On board the houseboats and motorboats, bird lovers can see their favourite birds flying from the branch of one tree to another. During migratory season, birds like Siberian Cranes, Parrots, Teal, Larks, Flycatchers, Wood Beetle, and other birds are seen here
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary - Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is blessed with a soothing greenery that is heartening as visitors go around sighting animals and birds. Some of the most prominent wildlife species that can be seen here include Elephant, Spotted Deer, Bison, Tiger, Cheetah and Wild Bear.
With mountains around, it is quiet obvious that trekking is one of the prime adventure option in Kerala. With loads of beauty around trekking becomes all the more enjoyable in the hilly regions of Kerala.
Agastyarkoodam Peak - Around 61 km from the capital city of Thiruvanantpuram lies this immensely beautiful Agastyarkoodam Peak. Towering to height of 1868 m above the sea level, the peak allows trekkers some really exciting adventure. Views of the spectacular 'Neelakurinji', a flower, is completely enamouring enroute. It is said that the peak was an abode of a bachelor sage, Agastya. Hence women are restricted from climbing the peak so as to respect the the status of the renowned sage. The ideal time to undertake trekking here is between the months of December to April. Passes need to be obtained from the forest department of Thirunvanantpuram for this purpose.
Chembra Peak - Rising 2100 m above sea level, the Chembra peak is accessible from Kalpetta. The views for trekkers include tea plantation areas as well forests. This trek is considered a bit risky, hence only experienced trekkers should make an attempt to climb it. A half a day trek will take tourists to the summit where a beautiful lake will infuse a sense of renewed vigour in the souls of the trekkers.
Pythal Mala - Situated 4500 feet above the sea level, Pythal Mala requires trekkers to undertake a arduous 6 kms trek to reach the zenith of the hill. The spectacular flora and fauna enroute keep the trekkers engaged all the while..
With a large number of lakes, lagoons, canals, estuaries and rivers (forty-four), Kerala is a heaven for backwater cruising. Adventure freaks can board houseboats, also known as Kettuvalam, and sail through the serene waters exploring the far flung regions of Kerala.
Alappuzha Backwaters - Known as the 'Venice of East', Alappuzha is perhaps the best place to embark on a backwater cruising trip. Scenes that are sure to enchant tourists on their cruise include vast expanse of paddy fields, small hamlets, Chinese fishing nets, flocks of ducks swimming around the banks and tiny birds flying in the sky. One unique feature of the Alappuzha backwaters is that the water here is in level with the land which ensures tourists a better look into the surrounding areas. .
Kuttunad -Yet another famous destination for backwater cruising, Kuttunad provides sparkling glimpses of the remote regions of Kerala. The place is quiet often termed as the Holland of India because of its geographical resemblance with the country. Scenes that spring up to surprise the tourists along the 75 km long stretch of backwaters include verdant green patches of paddy field, home, churches, mosque, temples etc.
The rivers, lagoons, lakes, canals and sea water in Kerala also allow for other water sports like Canoeing, Catamaran Sailing, Kayaking, Para Sailing, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling and Wind Surfing.
Water Sports Destinations
Alappuzha Beach - This beach is famous for its idyllic beauty and leisure options. However for those who love to indulge in a bit of fun, there are options of water sports like surfing and parasailing. Quality aqua-sport equipments are also available to make your water sports adventure completely hasselfree.
Kovalam Beach - This beach is just perfect if you wish to indulge in a variety of water sports activities - swimming, kayaking, surfing and skiing. You also have an opportunity to try your luck at angling here. However, there are certain rules to be followed and certain precautions to be taken if your enjoyment is to be complete.
Varkala Beach - Varkala beach is known for its religious significance, nonetheless, opportunities to enjoy water sports here are equally interesting. Most prominent of water sports that you can enjoy here include parasailing, scuba diving and windsurfing and even deep sea fishing.
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