Weekend always comes in a bullock cart and leaves in a Ferrari. If you’ve been finding your Saturdays and Sundays filled with the regular brunches, movies at the multiplex followed by the same old, pub-hopping, here is a quick way to add some real-time excitement with a dash of adventure. Head to the resorts that are barely an hour’s drive from the city to find yourself in the country’s longest All Terrain Vehicle track and first flowrider.
Text: Nishad Neelambaran
Leonia Holistic Destination
Leonia Holistic Destination near Shaameerpet is for those who love racing and driving around and want to experience the longest karting track. Chicane Circuit, as it is named, has grabbed attention of many for its 1.2 km longest track. This track has also had professional racing competition on national and international level held. It costs `600 for seven laps. The resort also has 50 unique outdoor soft adventure experiences, 10 restaurants, bars and night clubs, three international standard theatres for movie experience and hence ideal for corporate get-togethers.
The resort boasts of India’s only surfing ridge – Flowrider. It is supposedly India’s first surfing ridge. The feel of surfing, the ride of snowboarding, the trick of skate boarding and wake boarding all rolled into one is what the experience is about.
With the temperature shooting up consistently, taking a splash in the water is what comes to your mind. All you need to do is slide down a ramp on a wake board into the curl of the wave. It may wipe you out but you’ll get back again. Not just a calorie burner, it’s a great stress buster too.
Rs 3,000 plus taxes per person
Sahas Adventure at Ramoji Film City (RFC)
Prefer adventure over leisure? Then Sahas Adventure at Ramoji Film City (RFC) could be up your alley. An hour’s drive from the city, it is a 2,600 acre (largest integrated one in the world) film city that has recently opened the action arena. From mountain biking to cycling, zorbing to zip-lining and high rope to net courses, Sahas Adventure is a perfect place for bringing out the daredevil in you. What makes Sahas stand out from the other adventure resorts is that it has diversified sports like high rope course, net course, paintball, zorbing, ATV rides, mountain biking, target-shoot range (archery/rifle shooting etc), inflatables (human foos-ball, body zorb fight etc), bungee ejection.
The USP of the resort is the ATV ( All Terrain Vehicle) and zorbing. While ATV is 1.5 km, the longest track in India, zorbing is spread across 225 meters, which also a biggest stretch in India. The engine of ATV roars to life as you turn on the ignition. Underneath your seat, you carry the raw power of a 800cc monster itching to take us over to the wild side. After a few practice runs with the trainer, one can set off on the circuit, zipping past the obstacles smoothly.
Apart from conducting adventure tours, they also arrange for corporate leadership camps and eco-conservation. The energy and thrill is immeasurable for we can sense our heart singing along with the growl of the engine. As one would fearlessly power across all sorts of terrains on the 1.5 km long circuit, they can finally understand what the word “daredevil” truly means. Rs 2,000 per person. Details: 180042509999
If you love sunrise walks, bonfires in the night and do the flyfox in the wilderness, Deccan Trails is the best option. Located about 70 kms from Hyderabad, the resort in the foothills of Anantagiri is adjacent to a reserve forest, providing guests plenty of wildlife spotting opportunities. The
destination has over a dozen of activities that includes rock climbing, flying fox, commando nets, Burma bridge, balancing boards, spider’s web, Tarzan swing and many more. But what makes Deccan Trails different from others
is the trekking facility. The trek goes though the forest over to the Anantagiri Hills. The day at Deccan Trails begins after the breakfast where guests are guided towards the Burma bridge. The adventure then begins and follows to the flying fox where a 30 ft high zipline for about 100 metres awaits the person. Guests can stay in the tent houses situated uphill. From luxurious couple tents to group tents, Deccan Trails has it all. Cost `2,500 per person. Details: 9440612551