Though India has a very huge coastline, its only very recent that Surfing as an adventure sport is taking shape.

There are waves in India all year round averaging 3 to 5 feet but the season for big waves [8feet plus] is May through September. This is the pre-monsoon and monsoon season. At this time the surf will range from 8 to 15 feet and bigger — often blown out and messy but sometimes the conditions are fantastic — super glassy and offshore winds, at which time you can expect some world class waves.



The biggest swells of the year are most always on the west coast from Dwaraka [extreme northwest] to Kanya Kumari [extreme southern tip]. June of 2007 saw outside breaks up to 20 feet at our home break and at the Mungaluru Jetty [breaking one kilometer out to sea]. Yes, India really does get some big waves during the monsoon season. Big waves and lots of rain!

Karnataka is home to a surfing school run by Swamis who .. well.. SURF!
Situated in the coastal village of Mulki, Southern Karnataka [30 kilometers north of Mangalore/Mungaluru] at the mouth of the Shambhavi River and the Arabian Sea, the Ashram Surf Retreat offers you a comfortable stay in one of our non-AC guest rooms with a clean [non-commercial] home-style atmosphere.

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Daily activities at the Ashram Surf Retreat include surfing, kayaking, swimming, volley ball, mantra meditation, yoga-asanas, surf film entertainment and environmental awareness documentary presentations.

Ashram Surf

Ashram Surf

Room Rates for Single Occupancy:
Standard Rm. for Single Occupancy/Ground Floor Rs. 2500/-per day
Deluxe Rm. for Single Occupancy/Veranda/View Rs. 3000/-per day

They have some strict rules though:
All guests of the Ashram Surf Retreat are requested to follow the rules of the Ashram during their visit. No Alcoholic Beverages permitted, No Smoking allowed, No Non-vegetarian food permitted on the premises and couples are requested to follow celibacy during their stay with us. As such single women visitors to the Ashram Surf Retreat without a spouse or male traveling companion is being discouraged.

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Surfboards are available for our guests to rent at Rs. 500/- per day. They have short boards, fish boards, mini-mals and long boards available. Surfboard Rental / Surfboard Hire is available ONLY for paying guests at the Ashram Surf Retreat. Surf Lessons and Water Safety Training
Lessons are available for Rs. 1500/- per person/per day.
Ashram Link :

If you are a surfer who does not wish to abide by “Ashram” rules, pick your own beach.. This site, has a list of all the possible spots to surf in India:    Global Surfers Website

Did you know?
Jack Johnson has a story about surfing in the Andamans!

He also made surf films before he made music. Check out his new video from his 2010 album.