It was the perfect wind on the coast of Rameswaram that first brought Jehan Driver, 34, CEO, Quest Expeditions Private Limited, here on a kite surfing trip. This memory and the love for the sport led him to setup a quaint little resort Kathadi (Tamil for kite) North close to the town, three years ago…
Away from its many temples and the ghost island of Dhanushkodi, this small town is scoring waves in water sports. Apart from kitesurfing, one can indulge in snorkelling, slacklining, stand-up paddling and kayaking at the resort - special arrangement.
Kathadi — North or South — is the kind of destination you would not want to leave. You get loads of Instagram-worthy pictures once you choose to unplug yourself. The surfing boards are rewriting beach history at Kathadi, but it is not a tourist vacation hotspot yet. Go before it gets crowded.
The next morning, I met Jehan Driver, owner, Quest Asia, who gave me my first kitesurfing lesson—wind orientation theory. To successfully kitesurf, one needs to control the kite—akin to a flat parachute in the sky—and harness its wind power to get your board moving in the sea.
Soak up the sun, bond with sea birds or dive into the waters at Kathadi. On one of the parallel roads to Khushi is Kathadi, a gap powered through winds. In Tamil, Kathadi means kite, and I parent out while the sea is your pleasant landmark, any marvel is feasible.
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