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Top 8 Adventure Sport Festivals in India you should add to your Bucket List!

Whether you're a seasoned adventurer or a curious beginner, adventure sport festivals provide a unique opportunity to challenge your limits, connect with like-minded individuals, and create unforgettable memories in the great outdoors. So gear up, embrace the excitement, and get ready to embark on a thrilling journey like no other!


Here are the top 8 adventure sports festivals in India:

  1. Suru Fest (Climbing), Ladakh

  2. Covelong Surf Fest, Tamil Nadu

  3. Malabar River Festival (Kayaking), Kerala

  4. Tehri Lake Festival (Water Sports), Uttarakhand

  5. Great Indian Highline Gathering, Lonavala

  6. Kukru Adventure Sports Festival (Various), Madhya Pradesh

  7. Bengal Boulder Fest, West Bengal

  8. Sinthan Snow Festival, (Snow Sports), Kashmir


1. Suru Fest

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Where: Ladakh

When: August

What: Boulder & alpine rock climbing, Highlining

Beginner Friendly: Yes! (Lessons for beginners)


Suru Fest, located in Suru Valley nestled amidst towering mountains and pristine landscapes, offers thrilling activities like rock climbing, paragliding, river rafting and mountain biking, with a vibrant atmosphere, cultural performances, and local cuisine. It is a haven for experienced and beginner adventurers seeking an unforgettable experience in the lap of nature.


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2. Covelong Surf Fest

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Where: Tamil Nadu

When: August

What: Surfing

Beginner Friendly: Yes


Covelong Surf Fest is an annual celebration of waves, adventure, and surf culture on Covelong Beach. It offers thrilling water sports, a vibrant atmosphere, and activities like surfing workshops, beach volleyball, yoga, art, music performances, and coastal cuisine. The laid-back atmosphere brings solo travellers and families from across the globe together for a memorable experience.




3. Malabar River Festival

Where: Kerala

When: August

What: White water kayaking


The Malabar River Festival is an adrenaline-fueled event along the stunning rivers of Kerala, involving professional kayakers and adventure enthusiasts to conquer the region's rapids. The festival offers thrilling races, traditional music, dance performances, and local delicacies, making it an unforgettable experience.



Photo credit: instagram@malabarfest

4. Tehri Lake Festival

Where: Uttarakhand

When: February

What: Water Sports

Beginner Friendly: Yes


The Tehri Lake Festival is a water, adventure, and cultural celebration in the Himalayan mountains. It offers activities like boating, river rafting, kayaking, surfing, jet skiing, banana boat rides, paragliding, and paddleboarding. The festival showcases the region's rich cultural heritage through music, dance performances, local cuisine, and traditional arts and crafts. A chance to revel in the thrill of the water, it provides a perfect blend of excitement and serenity.


5. Great Indian Highline Gathering


Where: Lonavala

When: December

What: Highlining

Beginner Friendly: Yes! (Workshops for beginners)


The Duke's Nose festival offers hiking, yoga, and encourages community growth through movie screenings and campfire sessions. Participants stay in tents, connecting with nature and outdoors, showcasing human capacity for pushing limits and finding harmony amidst the heights.



6. Kukru Adventure Sports Festival

Where: Madhya Pradesh

When: December

What: Various

Beginner Friendly: Yes


Kukru Adventure Sports Festival offers diverse adventures for all skill levels, including trekking, rock climbing, zip-lining through lush forests, and river rafting in gushing waters. With expert guidance and camaraderie, participants can test their limits, embrace adventure, and create unforgettable memories in nature's wonders.


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7. Bengal Boulder Fest


Where: West Bengal

When: December

What: Boulder Climbing

Beginner Friendly: Yes


Bengal Boulder Fest is an annual festival celebrating rock climbing enthusiasts from across the country. It showcases their skills, strength, and determination on challenging boulder formations, offering a supportive atmosphere for all levels. The festival includes lining, yoga, workshops, competitions, and cultural events, combining adventure, community, and cultural exchange.



8. Sinthan Snow Festival

Where: Kashmir

When: April

What: Skiing, sledging

Beginner Friendly: Yes



The Sinthan Snow Festival, held in the snow-covered wonderland of Sinthan Top, celebrates snow, adventure, and Himalayan beauty. An unforgettable winter getaway, participants can enjoy thrilling activities like paragliding, sledging, snowboarding, skiing, snowshoeing, and snowball fights. The festival showcases the region's rich cultural heritage, traditional music, dance performances, and local cuisine.



Conclusion


From thrilling adventures to savouring regional cuisine, these adventure sports festivals invite us to embrace the excitement, push our boundaries, and celebrate the spirit of adventure. So, gear up, embark on new experiences, connect with nature and let the adventure begin!


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Did we miss out on any festival? Let us know in the comments!


 

About Author

Aditi Agarwal is an undergraduate student at Ashoka University with a keen interest in outdoor adventure sports.





Adventure Play is a one-stop platform to discover and play outdoor sports in Asia.



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