Sports in KulluKullu is one of the most pretty and historically rich hill stations in India. The multifarious activities conducted here ensure that the holiday experience is enjoyable. If you are vesting the beautiful valley of Kullu and have had enough of mountaineering, shopping and sightseeing and really want to indulge in some active physical activity then help is near at hand.
Sports Played in Kullu
Check out the following popular sports options in Kullu and indulge in
your favorite sport even when you are miles away from your home:
Cricket in KulluIndia’s favorite game is practiced with great fervor in Himachal Pradesh Kullu. There are active district cricket associations in Kanga valley, Kullu and Lahaul and Spiti. There are interstate as well as local state tournaments happening in Kullu and the summer months are full of fervor for cricket. If you are in Kullu with a bunch of friends then you can ask your hotel manager whether there is a private cricket playing ground and equipment which you can use.
All famous hotel chains like Club Mahindra, Span Holidays, Country Club Holidays etc offer their own cricket playing facilities. However if you are staying in a lodge/hotel/ guest house which does not offer cricket playing facilities then you can contact the Kullu District Cricket Association. In fact all details of local matches, information about organizing a cricket match and participation can be inquired with the following two people:
Devendra Singh (President)
Mobile: 9418 012 566
Phone no.: 01902 222 566 / 01902 223 446 / 01902 225 756
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Shiv Kapoor (Secretary)
Phone no.: 9816 404 344
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Apart from local cricket stadiums, the nearest international cricket stadium is HPCA Cricket stadium which is 2 hours away from the Kullu valley.
Football in KulluAs the World Cup fever hits the world, Kullu is no exception. While driving or walking past the local houses you can easily see flags of Brazil, Argentina and England decking up windows. Football in Kullu is controlled by the Himachal Pradesh Football Association which organizes many events in and around Kullu. Summer football camps and coaching classes are held in some phases. You can get more details by logging into the Facebook page of Himachal Pradesh football association.
The contact persons for Kullu division are:
- SH Ram Singh (Vice President, HPFA)
- SH Krishna Jamwal (General Secretary, DFA)
- Sr. Vice President-HPFA
All India Football Festival, FIFA Grass Root Leadership day celebrations, Under 17 Girls Football coaching camp are some of the notable activities conducted by HPFA.
As mentioned earlier all established hotel chains provide amenities for football on their premises at a separate ground. If you feel the urge of dribbling a ball then just join your friends in some local playing field for a hearty game of football.
Badminton in KulluIf there is one sport that you could choose to play enjoyably in the cool Kullu summers then it is Badminton. This game can be played anywhere if the ground is even and the weather is pleasant. In the rest of India, Badminton season begins after November while in Kullu, racquets are clasped between May to September. Almost all good hotels in Kullu like the Neeralaya, Morpheus Valley Resort, Walnut cottage and other premiere hotel chains offer a beautifully manicured badminton ground for the entertainment of their guests.
If exclusive badminton camps are more to your taste then you can join the following Badminton camps.
Raison River Camp
Phone no.: 9911 608 539 / 0124 0412 7715
The cost per head is generally 1500/- per person but this may fluctuate
Phone no.: 9999 062 218 / 8285 017 060
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Golf in KulluEverybody knows that all golfers are basically addicts. If they do not get their regular golf fix then they tend to lose focus and concentration even if they are in an extremely beautiful place like Kullu. Fortunately, Kullu is near some of the best golf courses in India and the lush green grass will get you all geared up for the game.
As Kullu is a hilly area, all famous golf courses are some distances away. However Club Mahindra and other good resorts offer their own golfing facility which you can utilize. Make sure that you check the weather forecast before you set off to tee.
The beauty of the Nalhedra Golf Course will simply take your breath away as it is full of springy turf with a fine crown of Deodar at the back. This is a nine hold golf course vastly admired by the famous viceroy Lord Curzon. Curzon later named his daughter Alexandra Nalhedra so besotted he was by this golf ground.
Adventure Sports in Kullu
Fishing in KulluIf you are a fisher who has visited the Kullu valley but not fished then you have just lost a wonderful opportunity. The snow sprinkled icy rivers and spring sourced streams and vastly populated by rainbow and brown trout. The best thing about the fishing locations is that they are exquisite and peaceful so that the entire fishing experience takes on a new meaning. On an average a 1.5 lbs trout is a good catch but if you really get lucky then you might catch 3-5 pounds one. There are multiple hatcheries around so angling is a great delight in the streams of Kullu valley. Most fishermen recommend using dry flies while fishing in Kullu.
Rates for Fishing: Rod and Lines for Trout Water is Rs. 100/day whereas for the general water the rate for the rods and lines is Rs. 40/day.
Closed Seasons: The Trout water closes in November and opens in February whereas the general water closes on 1st June and opens on 31st July. This is same for every year.
Some other very popular adventure sports those can be enjoyed in Kullu valley are trekking, paragliding and river rafting.