Adventure Sports in LakshadweepA very interesting feature of the sporting activities of the Lakshadweep islands is the Society for Promotion of Nature Tourism, a body that regulates most of the sporting activities. The Administrator of the Lakshadweep islands is the ex-officio chairman of this Society for the sports activities for the recreation of the Lakshadweep islanders as well as promoting and propagating them among the influx of tourists.
Thus, the SPORTS society is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of certain resorts and their facilities in the water sports area. These resorts are namely, on the three islands of Minicoy, Kadmat and also the capital Kavaratti. The water sports activity spread over four islands including the capital Kavaratti and the islands of Kalpeni and Minicoy, the southernmost one. The Society is a Committee for promoting tourism as also the local islanders besides its commitment to provide quality services to the tourists visiting the islands. The larger attraction among tourists has been the water sports which are a unique and indelible part of what the islands have to offer among their various natural and environmental treasures. The inviting blue waters cast a spell on all who look at them and even the novices are willing to experiment with the thrill of various adventure sports like under water diving and others such.
Water Sports in LakshadweepLakshadweep has its large share of lagoons or water inlets of the sea that capture the water in huge pools and have a variety of water forms on display. The lagoons are safe havens as compared to the turbulent and treacherous sea and ocean waters. All forms of sports activities can be conducted on these lagoons. Therefore, canoes, kayaks, sail boats, pedal boats, glass-bottomed boats, wind surfers, snorkelers as also other forms of underwater gear can be easily hired here. This is also among the state provided facilities or may even have a few private ones who have probably been given the facility by the society itself.
Among the sports facilities available, the islands of Bangaram, Kadmat and Kavaratti provide the opportunities of scuba diving and deep sea fishing. The sea fishing enthusiasts can revel in the vast variety of water game and other activities available. These are Fin Tuna, Shark, Sail Fish, Traveli, Baracuda and the Yellow Fin Tuna. As they are present themselves in their large quantities they are a major draw for the tourists who merely want to see then and also enough for those who want to hunt them. One can easily assess the popularity of these from the large influx of tourists especially with regards to those visiting these islands especially for scuba diving and under sea water diving enthusiasts.
The under-water world is a very fascinating experience for anyone diving down to its depths. The colorful corals and twelve atolls are a world famous attraction of these Lakshadweep islands. The main water sports indulged in by the larger proportion of the tourists are snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, speed boating as well as deep sea diving. The islands offer the advantage of duly organized and strictly supervised safe underwater activities that enable even those who have no formal training to participate in the enjoyable activities and avail themselves of the rare adventure pleasures being offered by the islands.
The snorkeling activity is mainly concentrated on the Bangaram and the Kadamat islands as they are the best places in the entire Lakshadweep islands group for this activity. Scuba diving is common off the islands of Kadmat and Kavarathi. In fact it has the unique distinction of having an institute for training experts in under-water activities. Most tour operators and adventure camp organizers prefer holding a number of camps on this particular island.
These training institutes give astute and detailed instructions, especially, hands on safety and environment friendly, based on international standards, state-of-the-art training on world class equipment and gear to train amateurs as well as professionals.
Lagoon Fishing in LakshadweepLagoon fishing is a much preferred leisure activity among many of the tourists. The anglers spend long hours lagoon fishing especially taking advantages of the placid waters and tranquil time of the night.
Yachting in LakshadweepYachting in Lakshadweep Island is an ancient pleasure activity that has had many a sea farer in its exciting grip to the will and power of the natural elements like the wind and the water currents to speed them on their way.
Parasailing in Lakshadweep
Parasailing is also similar in principle to the sailing aspect but parasailing entails more trust on the power of the man-made machines. In this case a few people are supported on a parachute which is tied to a speed boat. As the speedboats guns momentum they are floated up in the air. It is an amazing experience even for those who have never done it ever before.
Boating in LakshadweepBoating is one of the most pleasurable activities on the Lakshadweep islands. It has been diversified into a number of different types of activities ranging from the simple row boats, pedal boats, speed boats and glass bottomed boats to the sail boats, canoes and kayaks.
The natural beauty of the islands can be seen as one goes around in a row boat or a pedal boat but the pleasure is enhanced manifold when one takes a ride in the glass bottomed boats. The heightened beauty of the environment can be seen all around. The azure skies, the verdant islands and the multi- colored underwater life offer a panorama of amazing beauty that is etched forever on the minds of all who experience it. The speed boats are another exhilarating sport for those fond of speed and surf. The thirty six emerald islands afford a great adventure for those seeking a fast paced life of adrenaline shot excitement.
Thus, the Lakshadweep islands have on offer a huge variety of adventure sports that can satisfy the choosiest of holiday makers. From the near somnolent past time of angling to the racy adventure of parasailing and speed boating all are fascinating activities for the tourists.
Adventure Sports for Beginners in LakshadweepThe training institutes and tour operators have several packages suited to the needs of the tourists visiting the Lakshadweep islands. Most people who are beginners can avail themselves of the benefits of the beginners who have attained at least fourteen years of age are eligible for registering for the course. The course fee which is around twenty five thousand rupees per head is all inclusive. It covers the accommodation as well as meals besides taking care of the hire of requisite equipment and time of the experts who are closely monitoring the entire programme at all times. As these are very popular courses it is essential to conduct all bookings well in advance lest there be too much traffic when one actually lands on the islands. The booking can be done well in advance with.
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In case some diving packages are to be arranged for advanced divers and professionals then there is a large variety of custom built courses. These are conducted in groups of minimum five to ten divers at any given time. On the islands itself there are the dive masters who offer a series of expert’s courses for new as also highly-experienced divers. The registration for these courses can be done at the offices of the
Assistant General Manager, SPORTS
Kochi, Kerala 682003
Ph No.:+91 484 668387
+91 484 668647.
Thus, Lakshadweep has a tremendous amount of adventure sports available to satisfy all tourists coming to the islands and to keep them coming forever more.
The dedication and commitment of the Lakshadweep sports society is visible in its future plans where it plans to construct more lagoon villas on the islands of Thimakara, Suheli, Bangaram and Cheriyan to attract a greater influx of international tourists besides acquiring a cruise ship for the pleasure of their guests.