Best Places to Enjoy Flying Fox in India
Adventure sports have recently caught on as one of the most popular activities for tourists. These sporting activities are usually not competitive but rather indulged in just for the thrill of it. Some popular adventure sporting activities like flying fox (also known as zipline), bungee jumping, parasailing, base jumping, paragliding, and white water rafting are available at exotic tourist locations in India like Rishikesh, Gangtok, Goa, and Mysore. Among all of the exhilarating adventure activities available throughout India, the zipline is one of the most popular as it is suitable for people of all ages.
As the name suggests, this activity involves flying or gliding across an open space similar to a flying fox (or a bat). In this activity, you will be harnessed to a zip line (which is a sturdy wire rope) and pulled across the length of the wire allowing you to have a bird’s eye view of the scenic beauty below. The contraption has a pulley mechanism at the higher end of the wire which lets you slide throughout the length of the wire. This activity is all the more attractive when the wire rope stretches across either a gushing river, a treacherous gorge, or even a thick rainforest.
So, if you think ziplining across capacious valleys and dense rainforests is the adventure activity of your choice then here are the 10 best places in India where you can enjoy the flying fox.
Popularly known as the “Adventure Sports Capital of India”, Rishikesh is famous for its several zipline tours. The best places to zipline in Rishikesh include Shivpuri, which is just 15 minutes away from the main city. You will easily find buses that operate from Rishikesh to Shivpuri. The hilly terrain and tropical deciduous forests of Rishikesh provide breathtaking panoramas for anyone who indulges in the flying fox there.
Although this ziplining spot is most popular with residents of Mumbai and Pune, it is also visited by adventure-hungry tourists from across the country. While the name of this place is Kolad, the major attraction here is the Kundalika River, across which this zip line stretches. Most zipline activities are closed during the monsoon due to reduced visibility, but sliding across the treacherous Kundalika River from high above is best enjoyed during the dreamy weather of the monsoon months in Kolad.
The majestic Munnar hills of Kerala are famous for their gorgeous green vistas as well as vibrant flora and fauna. Moreover, the hill station of Munnar also overlooks vast expanses of tea gardens, making this a blissful place for zip line enthusiasts. You can easily find flying fox operators in Munnar near Tent Camp, Pothamedu, and New colony and the activity itself costs just about ₹500, making it one of the most affordable places to zipline in India.
The zipline from Chokelao Garden to Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur is one of the most underrated adventure activities in Rajasthan. This zipline experience offers you mesmerising views of the Blue City, along with aerial glimpses of the Rao Jodha Park, Ranisar Lake, Balsamand Lake Palace, the Chokelao garden and palace, as well as the mighty Mehrangarh Fort itself. This zip line tour is available to tourists throughout the year and costs about ₹1,500 per person.
Although Goa is famous for parasailing, bungee jumping, and paragliding, the flying fox is also one of the most popular tourist activities there. One of the most unique features of ziplining in Goa is that these lines run through the forests of the Western Ghats, allowing you to glide through thick rainforests flourishing with exquisite fauna. It is a perfect opportunity to photograph some pristine wildlife and the affordability of this when compared to forest safaris is all the more attractive. In Goa, this activity starts at just ₹300, making it the cheapest place to zipline in India.
The Dawki River in Meghalaya provides another exciting opportunity for zip line enthusiasts. The 1,200 feet high zip line in Meghalaya’s Dawki region extends across the crystal clear yet sometimes frothy waters of the Dawki River. You can easily travel a distance of 170 km from Guwahati Railway station.
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