Adventure Activities At Amaravati – Hot Air Ballooning & Paragliding

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Banks of Krishna river, Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh
Banks of Krishna river, Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh

I was in Amaravati. It is the new upcoming capital of the state of Andhra Pradesh. Incidentally, it was also the ancient capital city that shares its name with the capital of Lord Indra in the heaven. If you ever wonder how Amaravati would have looked from the skies – to Indra or to the birds flying over it. I have few glimpses captured during my aerial adventure activities at Amaravati to share with you.

Global Music & Dance Festival at Pavitra Sangamam, Amaravati

I was in Amaravati to attend the global music and dance festival. On the banks of Krishna River, where a canal from the Godavari merges with Krishna River. The place is called Pavitra Sangamam. You can witness the lovely Krishna Arti in the evening here.

Aerial view of Amaravati campsite
Aerial view of Amaravati campsite

I stayed at the Bhawani Island No 7 – an island on the Krishna River, located just across the Pavitra Sangamam. A boat ferried us to and fro from our campsite on the island. The forests on the other end of the island were visible but we had no time to go and explore them. But as they say, if you really wish something you get it eventually.

Wave trails of boat ride over Krishna river, Amaravati
Wave trails of boat ride over Krishna river, Amaravati

Adventure Activities to explore at Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh

Powered Paragliding over Krishna River

Powered Paraglider or Paramotor
Powered Paraglider or Paramotor

My first morning at Bhawani Island, I set out to explore Powered Paragliding also called Paramotoring while the air around was still misty. Now Paramotoring is a powered paragliding using a motor. Since it is mechanized, you really do not depend on the wind for launch or taking off. Strong winds, of course, can impact the flight.

We drove to the other side of the island. In the open fields, the gliders were set up. The umbrellas covered the ground with strings neatly placed to avoid any entanglement. A small tricycle like a vehicle with a small motor and two fragile seats stood like a star in the middle. I walked to it to have a closer look at it. It would be a lie, if I said, I was not scared. We were told you cannot take anything with you on this flight. Of course, you cannot. The seat can hardly hold you – where would you keep any stuff. Having said that, I did hang my camera around my neck and assumed it is a part of my body. How else, would I get these videos and images for you!

Paragliding Take-off
Landscape view during Paragliding
Landscape view during Paragliding

I sat in the front seat with pilot behind me. I was told take-off can be a bit scary. Being prepared helps to an extent but when you have to face the fear, you have to deal with it. As soon as the glider took off, we were flying above the river. I was scared for like 30 seconds and then the views took over. Rest of the flight was all about soaking in the unique views that only low flying can give you. The islands on Krishna River looked like green jewels in the river. The thick forests looked lovely. The interplay of water and greenery was lovely and the rising sun participated with its first rays.

Paramotoring adventure activities at Amaravati
Paramotoring adventure activities at Amaravati

We went up and down, coming very close to our campsite, that looked picture perfect with its white tents erected in a neat square. We flew for almost an hour and I could have stayed up there forever.

Powered Paraglider hovering over Krishna river
Powered Paraglider hovering over Krishna river

Video of my Adventure activities – Powered Paragliding

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The landing was again a bit scary but all is well that ends well. As we drove back, I was already counting places where I would like to do low flying. Majuli island in Assam is definitely something to explore with paramotoring.

Hot Air Balloon Ride over Krishna River

Hot Air Balloon getting ready at Amaravati
Hot Air Balloon getting ready at Amaravati

Next day early morning we were out at 5 AM to take a ride in the Hot Air Balloon. Till then, I had always seen Hot Air Balloons in pictures. I had no idea that balloons are so huge. They measure few hundred kgs when rolled up.

At an open ground, where our balloons – one blue and one red were being prepared, I was all curiosity. It was magical to see the fabric spread on the ground slowly swell up as the hot air was pumped into them. The basket that would carry us looked tiny with respect to the balloon.

Hot Air Balloon ready for take-off
Hot Air Balloon ready for take-off

After paramotoring, standing in the basket seemed like an easy task. Once the balloon is full of air and stands erect, you jump into the basket. The pilot pushes some more hot air and the balloon starts flying in the air. In a few minutes, we were back on top of the Krishna River.

Adventure activities of Hot Air Balloon ride & Paragliding at Amaravati
Adventure activities of Hot Air Balloon ride & Paragliding at Amaravati

Stunning Aerial views of Sunrise and Landscape

The presence of other Hot Air Balloon’s and later Paramotors added to the scenery before us. The surprise was when our pilot decided to add a dash of adventure to our otherwise comfortable ride. He took a sudden dip in the river. Our feet were in the water – thankfully the balloon was ready to pull us back.

Sunrise scene with a Hot Air Balloon over Krishna river at Amaravati
Sunrise scene with a Hot Air Balloon over Krishna river at Amaravati

It was again Sunrise time – Sun reflecting its amber color in the waters of Krishna felt like it wanted to soak Krishna in its color.

Top view of adventure activities captured during my Hot Air Balloon ride
Top view of adventure activities captured during my Hot Air Balloon ride

After an hour of flying, we started our descent. For the villagers, we created quite a spectacle as everyone watching us had their mobile camera pointed towards the balloon.

Hot Air Balloon ride at Amaravati
Hot Air Balloon ride at Amaravati

Video of my Adventure activities – Hot Air Balloon Ride

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Landing from a Hot Air Balloon ride was easy. The basket goes and sits on the ground and all you have to do is jump or step out of it. However, what was intriguing in landing was for the pilots to ensure that the balloon does not land on the basket – it must deflate on the ground and the ground should be clear enough not to damage the balloon.

Hot Air Balloon rides and Paragliders over scenic Krishna river, Amaravati
Hot Air Balloon rides and Paragliders over scenic Krishna river, Amaravati

Adventure Activities Paramotoring and Hot Air Balloon ride at Amaravati were conducted by E-Factor Entertainment. They are also the people behind Taj Balloon Festival – that I hope to attend this year.

Recommend you read following travel blog on places to visit in Andhra Pradesh.

  1. Borra caves at Araku Valley.
  2. The train ride to Araku Valley – Tourist attractions of Visakhapatnam.
  3. INS Kursura Submarine Museum on RK Beach, Visakhapatnam.
  4. Kuchipudi village – Dance village of Andhra Pradesh.
  5. Visakhapatnam’s popular RK Beach or Ramakrishna beach.

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  1. Hi Anu,

    Paramotering and Hot Balloon Ride seem a great source of entertainment especially for people like us – mountain people. Reading your post how I wished I were you. But you didn’t mention anything about fees they charge for the ride. Or is it some sort of festivals where people can come together and try for free? Anyway, you seems to have fun there. Keep sharing your experiences.

    Regards

    • Sherab, this ride was a part of Global Music and Dance Festival. I was invited by the company operating the rides, so I did not pay. However, they have different rates for joy rides & I assume they vary from location to location.

      I had total fun, especially because I could be in the air for almost an hour on both the rides. Paramotoring was a bit scary but ballooning was cool.

  2. This looks like a lovely place for a hot air balloon, too! And I also want to try paragliding someday! It’s fun to see the world from a bird’s eye view. 🙂

    • Absolutely – it is fun to fly little over the cities and landscapes and look at their top view. I missed doing this at Taj Mahal twice in a row – that would also be some sight to cherish.

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