A rush of adrenaline, a heart that pounds and a thrill that can never be defined - all of these emotions aptly define the excitement that an adventure sport activity can create and it is only natural to want to experience all this at least once in a lifetime. Thankfully, adventure sport activities like bungee jumping, rafting and sailing are now happening in our very own Mysore thanks to the many adventure clubs and associations that have sprung up to cater to the spiraling demand. MetroMela catches up with a few of these…
Private adventure activity clubs/associations
If you are a hardcore adventure activity enthusiast, the best place to drop in is at Outback Adventures
in Vani Villasa Mohalla. This club conducts an array
of adventure activities (for young and old), which includes kayaking, rafting, wall climbing, trekking, nature camps, rappelling, zorbing (a recreational game of rolling downhill in a sphere which is generally made of transparent plastic) and some special activities like desert trekking and mountain biking. Outback Adventures also offers adventure activity gear and accessories like tents, gloves, backpacks, jackets and sleeping bags from leading brands. International Academy of Mountaineering and Allied Sports
is next on the list here. This academy primarily promotes adventure activities among the youth. It conducts regular adventure sport activities like kayaking, rafting, wall climbing, trekking and rappelling. It also organizes seminars, talk shows and other activities (like workshops, screening adventure films, etc.) to promote and spread awareness about adventure sports.
You can also drop in at Society for Promotion of Adventure and Nature Awareness (SPAN)
, which is a leading adventure activity club in Mysore. It conducts and organizes interesting adventure sports activities like trekking, rock climbing, mountaineering, forest expeditions, aero sports and aqua sports. In fact, members can look forward to the society’s Himalayan trekking summer camp held every year during the months of April and May and also to the trekking camps to the Western Ghats (and other hill regions) held during October, December and April, every year. We also have Almanac International Voluntary Adventure Club
, which conducts training courses in rock climbing, rafting, river crossing, mountaineering and trekking. The club also organizes adventure activities in the
state of Karnataka.
Government-run adventure activity clubs/association
There also are a few noteworthy Government-run clubs/associations that promote adventure activities in Mysore. Amongst these, the Youth Hostel
is the most popular. It conducts regular adventure activities and training for adventure activity enthusiasts. It organizes trekking, mountaineering, kayaking, rafting and many other adventure sport activities once in a week (prior registration is a must). Adventure activity buffs can visit the Department of Youth Services & Sports and Gen. Thimmiah Academy of Adventure Sports
, which conducts training courses in artificial wall climbing, rock climbing, trekking, rafting, etc. The center has an experienced set of instructors and good infrastructure in place. It also organizes regular outdoor adventure activities. Our last adventure stop would be the Nehru Yuvaka Kendra
in Mysore. This functions under the supervision of the Ministry of Human Resources and Development (Government of India). It conducts specialized training programs and adventure sport activities (trekking, camping, rock climbing and mountaineering) for the youth. The center also promotes sports (throw-ball, volleyball, ball badminton and shuttle badminton) and provides vocational training (tailoring, plumbing, carpentry, etc.) to rural youth.
We hope our list of adventure activity clubs/associations in Mysore is useful, and encourages you to explore these and pursue at least one adventure sport activity as soon as you can.
By Sachin Somanna