7 Cliff Dives You Must Take In India

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Cliff Diving or Jumping is as simple as it sounds – Jumping off a cliff! You may have witnessed others try it or seen it in movies like Kai Po Che. Cliff diving is probably the least complicated extreme sport. There's no equipment to buy, no special clothing to wear and no service provider to hire. It's just your body sailing through the air from dizzying heights and plunging into a body of water below. Cliff jumping packs freedom and fearlessness while giving you an adrenaline rush in a fall that lasts for a couple of seconds. And when you hit the water, your velocity drops almost instantaneously. In about a second, you go from your maximum speed to zero! You really have to experience it yourself and once you do, you might want to do it again.

Places In India To Take The Leap Of Faith

Cliff diving in St. Mary’s Island, Karnataka

St. Mary's Islands, also known as Coconut Islands, are a set of four small islands in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Malpe in Udupi, Karnataka. The highest elevation at Coconut Island, which has generated interest among tourists, is about 10 m (32.8 ft) above msl. This is the spot from where cliff jumping can be done.

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Cliff diving in St. Mary's Island

Cliff diving in Hampi, Karnataka

Hampi the little gem, tucked in Karnataka has emerged as the preferred off-beat destination in India. Hampi’s uniqueness is that it’s equally delightful for a pilgrim, a backpacker, a historian, a geologist and a thrill-seeker! If you want to give cliff diving a go, try to reach Sanapur Lake and ask for the Cliff diving spot. You may see some warnings of Crocodiles in the lake too! But after talking to the locals we realized that there are no Crocodiles there.

Cliff diving in Sanapur Lake
Cliff diving in Tungabhadra river

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Cliff diving in Bhedaghat, Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh boasts of many natural wonders. The most popular are the magnificent Dhuadhar waterfall. Not far from that is Bhedaghat, where the Narmada river is flanked by towering cliffs. There are marble rocks rising as high as 100 ft here.

Cliff diving in Bhedaghat

Cliff Diving in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Rishikesh has the most ‘developed’ cliff-diving spots in India. Cliff diving is included as a part of the popular river-rafting expedition people take. During the rafting expedition, the tour guide may give you more than one opportunity to jump off a cliff. Just 2 kms from the iconic Laxman Jhula, while rafting at the Brahmpuri stretch there’s a cliff from where you can take the plunge. Simply park the raft on the shore, get on top of the cliff and boom, jump right into the holy waters of Ganga.

Cliff diving in Rishikesh

Cliff Diving in Pangal Fort, Telangana

Pangal Fort is one of the Famous Hill Forts in Telangana. The specialty of the fort is its terrain. Spread across hundreds of acres of land in rugged hilly terrain with thorny vegetation, the fort area is guarded by seven gateways. There are some small ponds, rock structures and beautiful rock formations. This abandoned fort is now neglected and filled with beautiful green foliage through out.

Cliff Diving in Pangal Fort

Cliff Diving in Goa

This will be a different experience from the other cliff-jumping spots in India. You will be jumping alongside a waterfall surrounded with lush green jungle. This tour is organized by Goa Jungle Adventure.

Cliff diving in Goa

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Cliff Diving in Krang Shuri, Meghalaya

Cliff diving in Meghalaya

Cliff Diving Tips

If you're overcome with the desire to experience the thrill of cliff diving, follow these tips to improve your chances of swimming out unharmed:

1. Start low and slow

Before you head to the cliffs, practice the pencil dive from high-dive platforms at a swimming pool. In a pencil dive, you strive to make your body as slim and straight as a pencil. Jump feet first with your arms held tightly to your sides and your feet pressed together and pointed downward. This minimizes the surface area that strikes the water, reducing the force of impact.

2. Use the buddy system

Don't dive alone.

3. Explore the water

Before diving, swim around your landing area to check the depth of the water and search for any obstacles.

4. Plan your exit

Before you plunge into the water, plan where you'll get out and how you'll get back.

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