If you consider scuba diving in India, it's almost definitely that you simply solely assume that it’s attainable in a single or two areas within the nation – the Andaman Islands and maybe Goa. Nevertheless, what if I advised you that it’s attainable in lots of extra areas – such because the South East coast?
India’s south east coast is located within the Southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu – famed for its Dravidian-style Hindu temples. It covers an space of 130,058km² and is the eleventh-largest state in India. The south coast is a comparatively new and up-and-coming diving space that gives accessible diving all yr spherical. With diving obtainable via PADI dive centres and resorts near Chennai, Kovalam and in Pondicherry – the primary PADI dive store within the space truly opened again in 2008. Water temperature sits at approx. 28°C (82.four°F) and this a part of the Indian coast was truly related to Sri Lanka by way of land earlier than the final ice age. Traditionally this space was occupied by English, Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese for hundreds of years with forts scattered alongside the shoreline to today.
The South East Coast may be accessed by street or rail from the encompassing states or alternatively, by flying into Chennai or Pondicherry then touring to your chosen vacation spot by street. It takes approx. one hour to succeed in the fishing village of Kovalam from Chennai by street, so it’s the right weekend getaway for these wishing to flee Chennai and go diving. Diving in Kovalam is greatest in January by means of October however diving is accessible all yr, topic to climate circumstances. The ocean in Kovalam is safer than most seashores as a consequence of its coast form line. Browsing can also be out there within the southern seashore areas of Chennai and Kovalam making means for the right alternative to discover the ocean – above and under the floor.
Touring south from Kovalam in the direction of Pondicherry alongside the coast takes you thru Mamallapuram. Mamallapuram is well-known for its 7th and eightth century Hindu Group of Monuments which can also be an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mendacity alongside the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, it's 60km (37.2 miles) south of Chennai and is called a resort and vacationer centre with an in depth beachfront. This space is likely one of the most well-known vacationer websites in India and nicely value a go to en route. Common dive websites in Kovalam embrace ‘Twin Websites’ and ‘Beenu’s Rock’ – you may also dive a aircraft wreck at 12 metres (39 ft) and a ship wreck at 40 metres (131 ft)! Marine life consists of stingrays, bannerfish, moray eels together with gorgonian fan corals.
Subsequent most important diving space alongside the south east coast is Pondicherry. Pondicherry (or Pondi because it will get regionally recognized) incorporates the historic French Quarter and White City, providing scenic walks around the historic buildings and enjoyable strolls alongside the seafront promenade.
Pondicherry presents diving 365 days a yr with an entire vary of dive websites. The dive websites there supply visibility from 5-20 metres (15-70 ft). With as much as 26 dive websites, Pondicherry has each pure and synthetic reefs and with a trawler wreck to dive on. The dive websites are house to hundreds of marine species similar to angelfish, bannerfish, blennies, lionfish, moray eels, stingrays, sea kraits, nudibranchs and gorgonian fan corals. There's additionally a risk to see whale sharks and manta rays right here.
There are nice alternatives for novices wishing to get licensed as a PADI Open Water Diver and you may even begin your course from house with PADI eLearning. It’s additionally good for people who want continue their diving education and full their PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course and/or Specialty Diver Training, together with the PADI Enriched Air Diver (Nitrox) Speciality.
All for Wrecks? Why not full the PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course. There's additionally unbelievable 30 metre (98 ft) dive websites like ‘Aravind’s Wall’, which might tie in properly with the PADI Deep Diver Speciality course. Or are you interested by turning into a PADI Pro and altering your life? The south east coast presents skilled degree coaching for these wishing to pursue a profession in diving and in addition technical diver training for the extra adventurous.
Find a PADI dive shop on India’s East Coast and begin your subsequent underwater journey!
Contributions from PADI Regional Supervisor, Rob Scammell.
All pictures offered by Temple Adventures.