ritualized and popular sports are played in Kerala with jest
and exuberance. Some of the popular sports of Kerala are
cricket, badminton, soccer and kabaddi. Cricket and football
are very popular in the state. There are numerous large
stadiums in Kerala such as Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi
and Chandrashekaran Nair Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram.
Strangely, football is the most popular sport of Kerala.
V.P. Sathyan and I.M. Vijayan are regarded among the
remarkable football stars from Kerala. It was highly
unfortunate that in 2006, V.P. Sathyan committed
suicide.Numerous Kerala's athletes have gained world-class
status. Some of the world-famous
from Kerala are Suresh Babu, Shiny Wilson, Anju Bobby
George, K. M. Beenamola and P.T. Usha. Anju George is the
only Indian to win a medal at the World Athletics
Championships. P. T. Usha is one of the greatest athletes
ever produced by India.
Volleyball is another famous sport played on the sandy
beaches along the seashores of Kerala. Jimmy George born at
Peravoor was the most successful volleyball player from
Kerala. He was included in the world's ten best players.
Other best volleyball players from Kerala are Cyril Valloor,
Joby Joseph and Tom Joseph.
the most popular game in India. But, it is less popular in
Kerala, as compared to other parts of India. Yes cricket is
among the popular sports of Kerala, but it has not reduced
itself to a madness, as in other parts of the country.
Shanthakumaran Sreesanth popularly known as 'Sreesanth' was
born in Kothamangalam. He is a right-arm, medium-pace bowler
and a right-handed batsman, though his batting is nothing to
write home about. Tinu Yohannan is another cricket player
from the state, who is included in the Indian Cricket Team.
Kerala is blessed with plenty of rivers, lakes and lagoons.
It is surrounded by
the sea on
its west. These geographical features make the state a
perfect destination for enjoying
various water sports. The water sports in Kerala are enjoyed
by the tourists for thrill and adventure. While in Kerala,
the tourists can enjoy different water sports such as
catamaran sailing, parasailing, canoeing, wind surfing,
kayaking and snorkeling. Various beach resorts and sports
clubs in Kerala offer the opportunities for canoeing,
parasailing and kayaking.
If you are fond of adventure and thrill, Kerala is a perfect
destination for you. Kerala has several mighty mountains and
dense forests. There is an impressive array of choice in
adventure activities in Kerala such as canoeing,
mountaineering, camping, hiking, trekking, mountain biking,
rafting and wildlife safaris.
Kerala is world-famous for the boat races. Kuttanad and
upper Kuttanad areas are popular for the boat races. The
annual boat races are the source of celebration,
entertainment and merry-making for the fishermen and
agriculturists. The boat races are held during the harvest
festivity of Onam, which happens to be the most popular
festival of Kerala. These races are the opportunities for
the people of the Kara locality of Kuttanadu to prove their
physique, muscle power, and of course, team spirit. The
Nehru Trophy Boat Race, Aranmula Boat Race and Champakulam
Moolam Boat Race are the major boat races of Kerala.