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Relish the azure waters and splendid Indian beaches with Catamaran sailing

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Relish the azure waters and splendid Indian beaches with Catamaran sailing

Popularly referred to as Hobie cats sailing, Catamaran Sailing is an extremely amusing and exhilarating water sport. The word catamaran is derived from a Tamil word “Kattu Maram” meaning to tie up two wooden logs. Though difficult to maneuver, the sheer thrill and excitement of capsizing over mighty waters in the catamaran is alluring enough to capture and enthrall any adventure enthusiast.

A catamaran boat is made by joining two different boat hulls. After the hulls are tied together, a trampoline and a mast are attached to it for sailing. With the capacity to seat four occupants, catamaran is a great way to enjoy the exquisiteness of nature and relish breathtaking adventure at the same time.

Catamarans are a comparatively recent introduction to the design of boats for leisure and sport sailing, although they have been used since time immemorial among paravas, a fishing community in the southern coast of Tamil Nadu.

Popular destinations for catamaran sailing in India include of Kerala, Goa and Lakshadweep islands. The azure waters of the Arabian Sea fanned by the winds as the catamaran cuts through the waves and the scenic beauty make Kerala a perfect spot for catamaran sailing. Enthusiasts can also go on a sailing expedition starting from Alappuzha towards Kochi in this region.

Goa, the heart of water sport lovers is also a great spot for Catamaran Sailing. Sites like Candolim, Calangute, Dona Paula, Benaulim, Arossim, Utorda, Colva and Mobor here are amazing for this activity. Tamil Nadu is again a popular destination. The Mammallapuram beach here is known for this adventure sailing.

Bangaram, a sparsely populated island in Lakshadweep is also a good choice for some catamaran adventure. The sparkling coral reefs here unwind around turquoise blue lagoons satiated with tropical life. The waters are calm, warm and perfect for catamaran sailing. Apart from Bangaram, Lakshadweep consists of some 36 main islands, all of which serve exquisite locations for sailing and other water sports.

The sport of catamaran sailing does not require any special skills. However, some basic training is required regarding the emergency signaling procedures.

Catramaran sailing is a group activity and is a great way to enjoy with friends and family. So, go Catamaran Sailing have a whale of a time…!!

Eco tourism, the need of the hour

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Labels : Adventure, Wildcraft

There is a whole new buzz in the travel arena about the concept of Eco Tourism. Travel enthusiasts all across the globe are showing great interest in this concept which is gradually gaining popularity. It is being called as the future of travel industry and has shown a significant growth in recent years.

So what is this Eco Tourism?

The International Eco-tourism Society defines eco-tourism as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.” This means that those who implement and participate in Eco-tourism activities should follow the following principles:

  • Minimize impact
  • Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect
  • Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts
  • Provide direct financial benefits for conservation
  • Provide financial benefits and empowerment for local people
  • Raise sensitivity to host countries’ political, environmental, and social climate
  • Support international human rights and labor agreements

It is a new catch phrase for nature loving and recreation. Eco tourism pertains to conscious and responsible effort to preserve the diversity of a naturally endowed region and sustaining its beauty and local culture. It is a type of tourism that seeks to minimize the environmental footprint of visitors and widen awareness for the preservation and appreciation of unique flora, fauna and local cultures.

Eco tourism has grown considerably in India since it is blessed with is geographical and topographical diversity and is a major tourist attraction. Indian topography offers a delightful experience amongst rich flora and fauna. All these features make India a wonderful location for some invigorating eco tourism.

An eco tourist can enjoy to the fullest when in India. There is a plethora of options to choose from. Places such as Lakshadweep islands, the Himalayan region, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Kerala and the mesmerizing north east India is a treat for any nature lover.

Also India houses several wildlife reserves and national parks which add to the list eco tourist spots. Currently there are around 80 national parks and 441 sanctuaries in India. Major national parks like the Corbett, Bandhyagarh, Kanha national park, Gir and Ranthambore are superb locations for some exciting eco tourism.

If we wish to enjoy the beauty of nature then it’s very important that we preserve it in every sense. Eco tourism helps develop a manner of an eco friendly tourism thereby promoting the cause.

When there is so much that the nature offers us, it becomes our duty to preserve and replenish it. Be a responsible natural and adventure enthusiasts and adopt means of eco tourism.

Bird watching- mesmerizing adventure for passionate nature lovers

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Labels : Adventure, adventure sports, Wildcraft

Wildlife is not just about animals it’s about birds too and when taking a wildlife tour in India you just cannot miss viewing the astounding variety of birds. Indian subcontinent houses more than 1250 species of birds and is undoubtedly a paradise for bird watching.

Bird watching is a sport of spotting birds. It’s an extremely amusing activity and a thorough pleasure for every nature lover. It’s inexpensive, easy, healthy and above all exceptionally satisfying and soothing. All it requires is a passion for nature and patience.

It’s an adventure sport that can be enjoyed with the entire family and is tremendously gripping. This leisure activity is passed on from our ancestors and provides a lifetime ticket to the fascinating amphitheatre of nature.

Bird watching is a great option in India as there is an enormous range of birds here. From singing cuckoos to dancing peacocks, birds are enchanting and they can mesmerize any nature enthusiast. Birds are interesting and so is bird watching, you can get to see fish eagles plucking writhing cat fish out of a river right in front of you or you can catch the sight of rollers doing loops and aerobics or vultures carcass a few feet from you. This is the most subtle and absorbing form of adventure which brings you up close with nature.

Some famous bird watching destinations in India are Thattekad Bird Sanctuary on the banks of river Periyar which is a host to nearly 350 species of birds like the Malabar Grey-Horn Bill, Wood Pecker, blue winged and rose winged Parakeer, then there is Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary where the migration of Siberian birds is a major attraction, Keoladeo bird sanctuary or the Bharatpur Bird sanctuary is one of the most popular bird sanctuaries in India or one can choose to visit Kadalundi sanctuary where you get to see over a hundred variety of native and more than 60 varieties of migratory birds.

Some other sites for bird watching include Nandakanan in Orissa, Rajaji National Park in Uttaranchal and Gir National park in Gujarat.

When planning a bird watching activity always carry fine quality binoculars, spotting scope with tripod and field guides. Make sure that you do not disturb the environment or frighten the birds.

So get set and plan a soulful bird watching trip and experience a different yet spellbinding adventure this vacation.