These parasailing destinations in India have an aerial adventure in store for you. The best part? You don’t need to be attached to a professional to enjoy this sport. We’re rounding up a list of places you should head to for an exhilarating getaway with stunning views.
A close cousin of paragliding with its own identity, parasailing involves being attached to a parachute which is attached to a specialized speedboat with a winch, car or truck. With speed, the parachute deploys and is propelled into the air. While the most popular modes of this recreational sport take place on lakes and beaches, land-based parasailing requires wide open spaces and can be just as thrilling.
A few operators offer tandem parasailing for those who want to experience the excitement with a friend. That said, most stick to solo getaways. And if you’re up for it, here’s where you should go on your next vacation.
These are the best parasailing destinations in India
Besides being the country’s favorite destination for a laid-back tropical vacation, Goa offers a host of commercial markets and historical monuments to discover. And if there’s a water sport on your bucket list, Goa is the place to make it happen. Scuba diving, kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, this lively place has it all. Naturally, the opportunities for parasailing, especially beach parasailing, are popular with tourists.
The best places to parasail here include Calangute Beach, Anjuna Beach, Baga Beach, Vagator Beach, Candolim Beach, Dona Paula Beach, and Sinquerim Beach. The most affordable place is believed to be Majorda Beach, with prices as low as INR 500 per flight. Don’t forget to look for Fort Aguada if you are flying over Calangute or Candolim Beach.
Best time to visit: November-February
Thrill seekers often enjoy trekking, rock climbing, rafting, abseiling, biking and hot air ballooning in Maharashtra. The state is known for its weekend destinations like Lonavala, Amboli and Mahabaleshwar. It is also located right next to the beautiful Arabian Sea, giving it a long coastline and a multitude of beaches. Lakes like Kyona, Ramkund, Mulshi and Ambazari are also popular.
The abundance of water bodies makes parasailing possible at places like Murud Beach, Tarkarli Beach, Devbagh Beach, Pawna Lake, Khadakwasla Lake and Panshet Lake. Kashid Beach also has several parasailing operators. For breathtaking views, plan your flight for sunset.
Best time to visit: October-March
Like Goa, Kerala has a multitude of beaches offering water sports like snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, water skiing, etc. The backwaters are perfect for canoeing, bamboo rafting and kayaking. A trip to God’s own country is incomplete without trying at least one of these water sports.
Harnessing this immense potential, the state’s Minister of Tourism launched its first official parasailing project early last year at Hawa Beach, Kovalam, offering stunning views of the crashing waves of the Arabian Sea on the coastline. Other places you can go for sports include Ashtamudi Lake, Payyambalam Beach and Alappuzha Beach.
Best time to visit: December-February
The state is an adventure sports hub, with rock climbing opportunities in Hampi, angling spots in Coorg and trekking in Chikmagalur. Water sports in the area include coracle rides, kayaking, scuba diving, surfing, banana rides, flyboarding and snorkeling. Parasailing is also very popular here.
Malpe Beach in Udupi offers plenty of parasailing opportunities, offering panoramic views of the coastline and lush topography of the area. Murudeshwara Beach in Murudeshwar and Tannirbhavi Beach in Mangalore are also popular options. Those who live in Bengaluru can go tandem and solo parasailing at Jakkur Airfield, which promises beautiful views of Lake Jakkur.
Best time to visit: October-April
The land of kings attracts tourists every year with its ancient palaces and historical forts. There are a ton of adventure sports to enjoy – camping in Ranthambore, hot air balloon rides in Pushkar, paragliding in Jaipur and ziplining in Jodhpur. Water sports might not be the first thing to appear in association with Rajasthan and might be limited to boating.
Parasailing activities here are land-based, with one being popular in the hilly dunes of Jaisalmer. The stunning bird’s eye view of the Thar is unrivaled and the parachute is attached to a car or jeep for the activity. Other spots in the region for this aerial activity include Udaipur, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Bikaner.
Best time to visit: September-February
Known for its colonial-era landmarks, delicious local cuisines, diverse wildlife, and vibrant arts and crafts culture, West Bengal is a must-see place in India. It offers trekking spots in Darjeeling, snorkeling in Tajpur beach, yachting in Haldia. And when it comes to parasailing, there are serene beaches in the area with potential.
Most popular on the list for this sport is Digha Beach, a popular seven-kilometre-long spot that families often visit on weekends. Mandarmani Sea Beach also offers some parasailing opportunities.
Best time to visit: October-February
Heritage sites and stunning scenic temples attract tourists to Tamil Nadu every year. Trekking, sports racing, mountaineering, karting and off-roading are the recommended activities for thrill seekers. Water sports on some of its calm and serene beaches include surfing and boating.
More recently, parasailing has joined this range, particularly Marina Beach in Chennai. Other popular destinations include Port Beach and Manapad Beach.
Best time to visit: November-March