Come November, the beaches of Odisha’s temple-bound coastline will once again play host to the India Surf Festival. In its sixth edition, the ISF promises a lot more than just a high dreadlocks per-square-foot ratio. This is where surfing enthusiasts discover everything from the right technique to ride the roughest waves to the best equipment.
And once you have, you can choose from a range of other (less hectic) activities: smoking a doob and watching the sea, trying a Yoga On Water class (exactly what it sounds like – doing yoga atop a paddleboard) and skateboarding. Also on offer are live music, painting, poetry and stand-up comedy sessions. Pack light, but don’t forget the sunscreen.