Sunday, 19 January 2014

Surfing, Snorkeling & Scuba diving in India

The season of Surf, Sand and Sun continue on this blog. 

We wrote on the Five Lovely Beaches you should visit before summer (http://journeys2remember.blogspot.in/2014/01/five-lovely-beaches-in-india-to-visit.html) in our previous posts. Now it is the time to explore where we can go and explore the life under the sea or ride the waves.

Yes, we are talking about snorkeling and surfing. Now is the time to go.

We know that the best places to go to explore life under the sea are outside the mainland India. In Andamans and Lakshadweep. Are there any places closer home where we can go for a day of surfing or snorkeling or scuba diving?

We were looking for some and fortunately found them closer home and thought of sharing it with you. These guys are good, experienced and have earned their spurs over the years. Here we go with our list.

Surfing

Surfing is a nascent sport in India. There are few places where you can ride the waves. Not only these places are good for surfing, they have some gorgeous beaches as well.





1. Ashram Surf Resort, Mulki, Karnataka

Surfing Swamis as they were called have a full fledged surfing resort in Mulki. Here is their website


2. Shaka Surf Club, Kodibengere, Udupi, Karnataka

With India's only female instructor, the club has wide range of courses. The beach at Kodibengere is gorgeous as well. Here is their facebook page.


3. Cocopelli Surf School, Gokarna, Karnataka

The only surf school in Gokarna, it has different courses to choose from. Here is their website.


4. Surfing Yogis, Puri, Orissa

The guys behind India Surf Festival also run many courses in temple town of Puri.

http://surfingyogis.org/


5. Kallialay Surf School, Pondicherry

Juan and Samai run this school in Pondy. Try them out when you are there next time. Here are their details


6. Kovalam Surf Club, Kovalam, Kerala

Involving the local fishermen community, this NGO led club is operational since 2005. Here are the details.


Snorkeling & Scuba 

There are few sites for snorkeling & scuba diving on the mainland and Netrani island off the coat of Murudeshwar is one such place. Then are are some diving spots off Goa coast as well on the east coast in Pondicherry and Kochi. Here are the details if you are looking at exploring undersea world!






1 Dreamz Diving, Murudeshwar, Karnataka

The guys who popularised diving on the west coast. Led by Master diver Dhirendra and his experienced instructors, you will have a lifetime experience with them. They also have a diving centre in Palolem, Goa. Take a look at their website here.


2. Goa Aquatics, Candolim, Goa

Led by master diver Anindya, here is a chance to get out of the lazy shacks and get into the water with them. Here is their website.


3. Temple Adventures, Pondicherry

One of the few diving centers operating on the east coast. Try them out when you are in Pondy, next time. Here are the details


http://templeadventures.com/index.htm


4. Dive Goa, Dona Paula, Panjim, Goa


Well established diving school which run courses and diving tours both in Goa as well as Netrani. Check out details here.


http://www.divegoa.com/index.html


5. Scuba Cochin, Kochi, Kerala


The diving school in Kochi run courses leading to certifications. Check out details here.


http://www.scubacochin.com/


Another lovely place for Scuba and Snorkeling is in Mannar Marine National park near Rameshwaram which has fabulous reefs. But, as of now it is out of bound for tourists and open only for researchers. Hope they will open it everyone in future.

We have plans go for snorkeling in Netrani in Feb. What about you? 

Time to say "hi" to our friends under the sea!

If you want explore the west coast of Karnataka, you may look at these posts in this blog

Exploring West Coast - Karavali Vistas

Driving Holidays from Bangalore - Karavali and Koffee combo!

If you are a beach lover like us, you will should read the following posts in this blog

12 things to do in Goa you haven't done before!

Four beach treks in Karnataka you must do!

Five lovely beaches in India to visit before summer!

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