Top destinations in India for cliff divers

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Photo of Top destinations in India for cliff divers by Sonal Agarwal

The varied topography of India provides unlimited choices to people who would give anything to get the adrenaline rush. From trekking in the majestic mountains to deep diving in the endless seas, one can enjoy almost anything here. Lately, cliff jumping has gained popularity as an adventure sport in the country. If you wish to let go of all your fear and anxiety and want to experience the thrill of jumping off a cliff without any strings attached, then here is a list of cliff jumping spots for all the divers out there. There are multiple locations in India that you can try one by one or just take a trip to cover all of them at once.

Famously known as the yoga capital of the world, Rishikesh can also be rightly claimed as the hot spot for all adventure activities. Be it river rafting, bungee jumping, cliff diving or flying fox, this place has something for all kind of adventure enthusiasts. Cliff jumping in Rishikesh is the most fun activity here. Travellers can try dipping in River Ganga when they pause while rafting.

Flight Cost: Round-trip fares start from ₹5300 onwards. Book in advance and fly to Dehradun from New Delhi to get the best price. Rishikesh is further 35km away from Dehradun. 

Daily Budget:

For Budget Travellers: ₹500 to ₹550 a day

For Mid-range Travellers: ₹1150 to ₹1200 a day

For Luxury Travellers: ₹2500 and upwards

Best Time to Visit: Rishikesh has a pleasant weather throughout the year except in May and June. Therefore, the best time to visit Rishikesh is either before summer or after summer. Generally months of September, October and November are considered ideal for adventure sports.

Where to Stay: Zostel Rishikesh (₹990),  The Hosteller Rishikesh(₹1099) and Veda5 Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat(₹8000). For more options, check here.

Hidden in the midst of the Vijayanagar Empire, Hippie Island is considered as another popular place for cliff jumpers. Take a jump into the Tungabhadra River only if you are experienced divers. There are no formal arrangements for cliff jumping here like in Rishikesh, but it is worth a try if you are not a first time diver.

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Photo of Hampi Hippie Island, Sanapur, Karnataka, India by Sonal Agarwal

Flight Cost: Round-trip fares start from ₹16,000 onwards. Book in advance and fly to Belgaum from New Delhi to get the best price. Hampi is further 270km from Belgaum.

Daily Budget:

For Budget Travellers: ₹430 - ₹500 a day

For Mid-range Travellers: ₹950 to ₹1000 a day

For Luxury Travellers: ₹2000 and upwards

Best Time to Visit: Months from October to March are considered to be the best time to visit Hampi for a dive. This period is comparatively cooler when compared to the rest of the year. Avoid monsoons here as trekking can get risky.

Where to Stay: Padma Guesthouse(₹800), Wanderers Luxury(₹1300) and Clarks Inn Hampi(₹3000). For more options, check here. 

Set a little away from the coast of Udupi, St. Mary’s Island is formed of four small islands. The island is a popular cliff jumping spot in Karnataka for its unique geological structures and picturesque landscapes. The geological structures are basically vertical lava which is 30-40ft above the sea level and provides a great spot to dive.

Flight Cost: Round-trip fares start from ₹8755 onwards. Book in advance and fly to Mangalore from New Delhi to get the best price. Udupi is further 50km from Mangalore and in order to reach St. Mary’s Island, one will have to take a ferry ride.

Daily Budget:

For Budget Travellers: ₹430 - ₹500 a day

For Mid-range Travellers: ₹950 to ₹1000 a day

For Luxury Travellers: ₹2000 and upwards

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit St. Mary’s Island is in winters. Months from October to January is considered ideal for anyone who is looking for an island getaway and enjoy some adventure sports.

Where to Stay: Hotel Janardana(₹800), Treebo Vijaya Grand (₹1300) and Samanvay Boutique Hotel(₹2500). For more options, check here.

Goa is not just known for its pristine beaches and pulsating nightlife, it is also widely known for adventure sports. Ever dreamt of diving into a waterfall? Then Goa is the place for you. Several tour operators offer guided jumps along waterfalls in Goa. Enjoy this unusual cliff jump that will help  fulfill your childhood fantasies.

Flight Cost: Round-trip fares start from ₹14,000 onwards. Book in advance and fly to Goa from New Delhi to get the best price. 

Daily Budget:

For Budget Travellers: ₹700 - ₹1000 a day

For Mid-range Travellers: ₹1500 to ₹2000 a day

For Luxury Travellers: ₹3000 and upwards

Best Time to Visit: Winters are the best time to visit coastal areas. It is neither too hot nor too cold. Therefore, months from October to February is considered to be perfect to visit Goa.

Where to Stay: Namyo Hostel(₹500), Woke Hostel – Arpora(₹1500) and The Acacia Hotel & Spa(₹5400). For more options, check here.

A little further from the vibrant town of Puducherry, the divers have discovered a perfect place to cliff jump. A deep clean lake surrounded by quarry stones which vary in their height. Many tourists come here to just take a dip in the warm water or try their hands on cliff jumping.

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Photo of Puducherry, India by Sonal Agarwal

A little further from the vibrant town of Puducherry, the divers have discovered a perfect place to cliff jump. A deep clean lake surrounded by quarry stones which vary in their height. Many tourists come here to just take a dip in the warm water or try their hands on cliff jumping.

Flight Cost: Round-trip fares start from ₹18,000 onwards. Book in advance and fly to Puducherry from New Delhi to get the best price. 

Daily Budget:

For Budget Travellers: ₹550 - ₹ 600 a day

For Mid-range Travellers: ₹ 1250 to ₹ 1500 a day

For Luxury Travellers: ₹ 2500 and upwards

Best Time to Visit: Months from October to March are considered to be the best time to visit this colourful town of Puducherry. The temperatures are mild during this period which makes it easier to enjoy the destination.

Where to Stay: Micasa Hostels(₹500), FabHotel Thaneegai Heritage Town (₹1500) and  Hotel Annamalai International (₹2500). For more options, check here.

Bheda Ghat is another place in India that is not meant for first-time divers. A little away from the Dhuedhar Falls of Jabalpur, lies the cliffs of marble rocks that are as high as 100ft. There are also kids, who charge you money for watching them dive from the height of 50ft straight into River Narmada.

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Photo of Bheda Ghat, Madhya Pradesh, India by Sonal Agarwal

Flight Cost: Round-trip fares start from ₹13400 onwards. Book in advance and fly to Jabalpur from New Delhi to get the best price. 

Daily Budget:

For Budget Travellers: ₹500 - ₹550 a day

For Mid-range Travellers: ₹ 1150 to ₹1200 a day

For Luxury Travellers: ₹2500 and upwards

Best Time to Visit: Bhedaghat can be visited both during summers and winters. Weather is pleasant during this time. However, if cliff jumping is taken into consideration, then months from March to May are the best time to visit this place.

Where to Stay: Annpurna Inn(₹850)  Hotel Polo Max (₹1800) and Grand Heritage Narmada Jacksons (₹5500). For more options, check here.

Apart from its clean beaches, Diu is also popularly know for its water sports. Be it paragliding, water jets or cliff jumping, Diu attracts adventure enthusiasts from all over the world in large numbers. Diu Fort provide as an amazing location to let go of all your fear and jump into the water body. Also shot in some fictional films, this site has gained popularity after its guest appearance in these films.

Flight Cost: Round-trip fares start from ₹19000 onwards. Book in advance and fly to Amman from New Delhi to get the best price. 

Daily Budget:

For Budget Travellers: ₹700 - ₹800 a day

For Mid-range Travellers: ₹1000 to ₹ 1500 a day

For Luxury Travellers: ₹ 3000 and upwards

Best Time to Visit: For adventure sports activities, months from March to June are considered as the best time to visit Diu. The temperature remains high during this season but is ideal for water sports.

Where to Stay: Hotel Royal(₹1500), Hotel Maheshwari(₹2000) and Krishna Beach Resorts(₹4300). For more options, check here.

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