The pristine beaches of India are one of the major tourist attractions and considering the increasing number of adventure junkies coming to India, a new surfing culture has begun to take shape. Riding high on waves, balancing your weight on the surfboard and with wind in your hair is one of the most awesome feelings one can ever experience in life. So if you are wondering where to head to try surfing, well look no further, as I bring to you the list of best places to surf in India.
But before continuing about surfing in India there is one little bit of information that you might find interesting — the word ‘SURF’ came from India.
One word that surfers use the most it is probably ‘SURF’. After all, where would surfing and surfers be without surf? Surf is everything. But did you ever stop to wonder where the word ‘surf’ came from? We did and what we found out that the word ‘surf’ came into use in 1685. The word ‘surf’ was derived from the Indian word ‘suffe’ meaning the coastline. This word was picked up by Portuguese sailer’s in the 1600’s and ‘suffe’ soon became ‘surf’.
Varkala – Kerala
God’s own country, known for its beauty and enchanting backwaters, has some exotic beaches to look up to. Varkala, near Kovalam beach is one the best places for beginners to learn surfing, thanks to its sandy sea bed, which minimises the risk of injuries to great extent. That’s right, surfing is not for everybody and it should be tried with caution.
Manapad point – Tamil Nadu
Manapad has an unique coastline that is formed by multiple layers of lava accumulated over hundreds of years. This gives Manapad the rare distinction of witnessing the best wave formation throughout the year. So, Manapad is one of the best natural surfing sites in India.
Gokarna – Karnataka
Clear skies, mountain backdrop, coconut trees and crystal clear water – Gokarna beach has everything a surf enthusiast could ever want. It is also one of the best places to have your first surfing experience thanks to the waves here, which are less challenging and predictable than other beaches in India.
Little Andaman – Andaman & Nicobar Islands
The Andaman Island Archipelago is engulfed by the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean and although far from the mainland, is governed by India. The outer Islands of the Andaman Archipelago are the real find for true adventures, holding hidden treasures for surfing enthusiasts. These are some of the best waves the planet has to offer and they remain un-ridden except by a few blessed surfers who have had the guts and the bucks to go there. This happens to be about the most remote surfing place in the world.
Surfing in Goa
If you have ever read about surf in India a lot of them will say that ‘There is no surf in India!’ That is because most people who have come to India on vacation and looking for surf at the same time go to Goa during the December, January and February season. Exactly, there is no surf in India at that time, especially in Goa. But go to Goa at the end of May or the beginning of June and its all together a different story. Arambol beach will welcome you with both hands for a great surfing experience.
Package – Goa Arambol Beach surfing
Basic Surf Lesson : Rs.2500 per 90 minute lesson.
That’s 20 minutes of beach instruction and 70 minutes of surfing with the instructor guiding and supervising you in the water (with no more than 4 students per instructor at a time, as per safety regulations)
(Lesson prices include a board, wax and use of a rash guard. You must bring your own swimwear)
3 Day Surfing Course Rs.6500 per person.
That’s 3 hours of lessons and 3 hours of free surfing.
5 Day Surfing Course Rs.11000 per person.
That’s 5 hours of lessons and 5 hours of free surfing.
Surf Boards : Rs 500 per hour/Rs 1500 per day.
(We will provide you with wax and use of a rash guard. You must be a competent surfer, and bring your own swimwear)
Body Boards : Rs 200 per hour/Rs 500 per day.
(We will provide you with the use of a rash guard. You must know how to swim, and bring your own swimwear)