Tamil Nadu is not just about palaces, temples, and beaches. There are a lot more elements that you can add to your Tamil Nadu tour. One such element that is usually overlooked is adventure activities. Youth travelers yearn for some adrenaline rush and you can satisfy your pumping adrenaline need in Tamil Nadu. This article talks about the top five adventure destinations that you should add to your Tamil Nadu tour if you are a thrill seeker.
Annamalai Hill is famous for Indira Gandhi Wildlife sanctuary near Coimbatore. The nearest railway station is located in Pollachi. It is a wonderful trekking spot for all kinds of trekkers. There are numerous trekking trails and the best of all is the 12 km long trail from Topslip to Pandaravari. It is for starters and the path is filled with grasslands and dense forests. 30 km trail through the west temperate forest, rain forest, and the sub-tropical forest are for experienced trekkers. If you are looking for some strolling time, Monkey Falls is the best place to enjoy. Apart from trekking, the wildlife sanctuary is a cliché spot for some natural attractions and adventure activities.
Kovalam or Covelong is located near Chennai. Do not confuse it with the Kovalam beach of Kerala. This place is fairly close to Mahabalipuram, a place for heritage and architecture lovers. Covelong is famous for surfing. Many surfing classes are also open to tourists. Surf and Music Festival of Covelong attracts surfing enthusiasts from all around the world. Many surfing schools provide accommodation for tourists who visit the place mainly for surfing. Other water based activities are also available here.
Yelagiri is a small hill station that finds its place in romantic Tamil Nadu tour packages. Apart from the hill station romantic appeal, the place has many other attractions. Top adventure activities to enjoy in Yelagiri are paragliding and rock climbing. There are many trekking trails too. For beginners, there are trails that can be completed in 2 hours. Jalagambarai waterfalls on the trail is an important resting and picnic spot. For experienced trekkers, there are a lot of rigorous routes available.
Manapad is a small coastal area near Tuticorin. With the beach nearby, the place is famous for all beach based activities. Top adventure activities to enjoy here are sailing, surfing, kiteboarding, stand up paddling and kayaking. You can find a lot of water based activities throughout the year. Manapad Classic Sail and Surf festival is an important tournament that attracts local and international surfers. There are many surf resorts for adventure seekers. It is best to visit the place during winter.
Ooty or Udhagamandalam
Ooty is an important tourist destination, honeymoon spot and summer resort. It is called as the queen of all hill stations. It is a very important tourist destination throughout the year. The place has got all cliché hill station attractions. Apart from those, the top adventure activities include trekking, wildlife spotting, hand gliding, angling, and others. For mild adventure lovers, there are activities like boating, strolling, and others. If you are a starter trekker, you can trek through the Western Ghat hills and reach Mukurthi lake. There are longer and harder trails too. Some trek into Shola forest to spot NilgiriTahr and other animals. It is better to hire a guide for wildlife based adventure activities. Hand gliding is open only between March and May.
Other top adventure spots to add to your Tamil Nadu tour are Kodaikanal, Kodi hills, Kanyakumari and others.