#PNL Recommends popular adventure sports in Maharashtra you must look forward to!

If you want a holiday filled with adventure and adrenaline and want to try your hand at everything, then Maharashtra is your answer! Maharashtra is one of the most loved destinations for adventure sports and sightseeing. It has every adventure sport, you can name – from paragliding, trekking, rafting, to scuba diving, rock climbing, kayaking, jet skiing and even sailing. Its unique geographical terrain with the coastline as well as the Western Ghats make it a must on every adventure lover’s bucket list.

  1. Paragliding – Is a sport that gives us immense perspective on things. Being high up in the air while looking down at the world in miniature size is an immensely satisfying experience.

Kamshet is one of the best paragliding destinations in Maharasthra that provides you with this experience. Other places for paragliding in Maharashtra include Pune, Mumbai, Aamby Valley and Lonavala, making this state one of the most popular in the country for this sport.

Best time to visit: throughout the year.

  1. River Rafting – Amidst the lush green hills and strawberry farms, river rafting in Maharashtra should be on everyone’s list during monsoons, when the dam is released and the hard rapids at Kolad in Kundalika river become exciting to wrestle with.

Another rafting destination in Maharashtra is at Karjat which is done at the upper side of Ulhas River which offers an adrenaline-pumping rafting experience.

Amidst hills soaked with overflowing water, pristine surroundings and breathtaking views, monsoon is the ideal time to experience the thrills of river rafting in this state.

Best time to visit: June to October.

  1. Scuba Diving – Although there is a certain lack of prominent places for scuba diving in Maharashtra, one gem of a place called Tarkali is where you can see the Karli River merge with the beautiful waters of Arabian sea. This water is abundant in marine life- corals, reefs, fish, flora and fauna everything, making it the perfect scuba diving destination in Maharashtra.

Best time to visit: October to March.

  1. Kayaking – Kayaking and river rafting are two watersports which can be enjoyed with your peers and don’t need a lot of practice or physical strength. It is a recreational activity for you where you’ll challenge massive rapids and gushing water. The state is blessed with some challenging water bodies making it perfect for kayaking in Maharasthra. Some of the best kayaking destinations in Maharasthra are Kundalika River, Kolad, Barvi Dam, Mahabaleshwar, Shiv Sagar, Malvan (Tsunami Island) and Mandwa Beach.

Best time to visit: throughout the year.

  1. Paramotoring – Paramotoring is an aerial sport much like paragliding- the basic difference being that the wing is not controlled manually, and instead attached to a motor that takes you to great heights. Paramotoring in Maharashtra has certainly found its place!

Best time to visit: October to April

  1. Birdwatching – Winter has arrived in our city and so have the winter birds. Every year between December – February months, Pune becomes a migratory abode to moe than 100 species of birds from the Himalayan region, Russia and Europe.

These winged visitors gather in large flocks to feed and roost, creating a majestic spectacle, which leaves all the bird watchers in awe . Bhigwan Bird Sanctuary, locates on Pune – Solapur Road, has been a winter paradise for bird lovers, nature enthusiasts and avian photographers for many years . The main attractions of Bhigwan are the beautiful pink flamingos and brahmani ducks!

Best time to visit: December to February

  1. Waterfall Rappelling – Waterfall during monsoon is the most beautiful sight. Waterfall rappelling at Madheghat will transport you to a parallel world teeming with unlimited adventures and excitement galore! Imagine scouring down a rapidly streaming waterfall from 120ft with slippery rocks and thick green vegetation all around you!

Madhe Ghat is surrounded by thick forested lcoks of green that showcase a purely delightful picture for the adventurer as well as the nature lover in you!

Best time to visit: June to December

  1. Forest Trail – Imagine yourself in the middle of dark jungles, finding routes, viewing valleys and crossing ghats, sounds adventurous?? Hell yes! One experiences all of this at Andharban – The Dark forest Trek.
    This trek is majorly based on descending from the peak. It is one of the most stunning treks with a lot to explore. Walking on ridge that gives a scintillating view of the Kundalika Valley and the various mountain ranges of Tamhini ghat. The trail runs completely through a dense jungle and is far from any human habitation.

Best time to visit: throughout the year.

Maharashtra may not be a popular tourist destination in India, but it has definitely found a benchmark in adventure tourism. So pack your bags and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime!

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