Which are the best water sports destinations in India?

Water sports and Goa are pretty much synonymous! This includes jet skiing, windsurfing, parasailing, water skiing, wake boarding, kite surfing, catamaran sailing, and all the fun kids' activities such as banana boat rides too. The majority of the action happens on and around the most developed beaches of Calangute and Baga in north Goa. However, water sports take place on beaches all over the state. It is also possible to go white water rafting in Goa during the monsoon season.

Parasailing, jet skiing, boating and surfing are all available in the pristine Andaman Islands, a union territory of India in the Bay of Bengal. However, it's the scuba diving, snorkeling and undersea walking that really stand out.

High-altitude river rafting in Ladakh is quite unlike anywhere else in the world. It takes place on the Indus River and its tributary, the Zanskar River, which flows across the region. However, the Zanskar River is reserved for the really adventurous, with Grade III and IV rapids. You can expect five days of intense rafting on some trips. Easier rafting trips, lasting for one to three hours and with Grade I and II rapids, happen around Leh. A popular route for beginners is Hemis-Stakna-Shey-Thiksey-Choglamsar.

Rishikesh is also a top destination for river rafting and kayaking along the Ganges.

You might have heard about zorbing on land, but how about on water? Water zorbing has been introduced on Bhimtal Lake, about 45 minutes southeast of Nainital in Uttarakhand. It's a big hit with tourists! Other water sports such as kayaking and boating also take place in the area, which is renowned for its lakes. Being in the mountains, it's ideal for escaping the searing summer heat in India.

The most reliable waves on the Indian mainland can be found at the fishing-turned-surfing village of Covelong, south of Chennai in Tamil Nadu. It has a remarkable social surfing movement, and a newly constructed surfing facility with guest rooms and cafe right on the beach. A little further down the coast in Mahabalipuram, there's a thriving surf and backpacker scene. Mumu Surf School gives lessons and professional coaching.