A lot of things come to people's minds whenever they think of India. However, for many, surfing is not one of those.
The sport is getting more popular in the country and a number of surfing spots can be found across the country's coastline. Although not all spots in India boast consistent waves throughout the year, it is still worth visiting. Most months of the year, waves measure from one to one and a half meters. On monsoon season, the waves go up to 2.5 meters.
For those looking forward to riding waves in an exotic destination, get ready to brave the wild waters of India. Here are the best spots to visit for surfing in India.
Considered as the second biggest city in Andhra Pradesh, Vizag is famous for its beautiful beaches and amazing surf spots. The city boasts a staggering number of point breaks which include Ramakrishna Beach and Rushikonda Beach.
The waves in this area are perfect for beginners. Here, people can stand up in their first wave easily. For those who want to get the best out of the sport, it is recommended to join the Lonely Surfers Surf School, which was founded by a local nine years ago.
It is no wonder why surf schools are popping out in the country left and right with its countless spots. People who want to try surfing in Karnataka should check out the Mantra Surf Club, which is said to be the first surf school in India.
Rammohan Paranjape, a surf instructor from the club, said that the place is utterly special. People get to experience amazing surf and its unique culture at once. Because of how remote the spot is, visitors are more likely to share the waters with crabs than other tourists.
Surrounded by picturesque rocky cliffs, the landscape of Varkala is made even more special by its friendly waves. The thriving surfing beginners hub in Thiruvambadi beach will surely leave its visitors in awe as it is considered one of the cleanest beaches in India.
People who want a unique experience can join a yoga retreat in Souls & Surf, which combines the thrill of surfing and the relaxing effect of meditation.
The mysterious appeal of Andaman continues to captivate surfers in the country and all over the world. Its vast breaks will surely leave a smile on every surfer or adrenaline junkie's face. People who want to take a break from surfing can also try a wide array of water activities such as scuba diving, undersea walking, parasailing, and snorkeling in the area.
Situated near Chennai, Mahabalipuram is known as one of the top surfing sites in India. The area has no shortage of great surfing schools that will help surfers, beginner or not, become a pro in no time. Here, people can also unwind in the bustling shoreline of the Arabian Sea after they catch some waves.