What Is Kayaking & Where Can You Do Kayaking In India?

If you are an adventure enthusiast, who loves the adrenaline rush and the thrill of action, then kayaking is the sports to choose. And trust me, you won’t ever regret it.

What Is Kayaking?

In layman terms, kayaking means using a kayak to move across water. Super fast.

Just like a canoe type boat, a kayak is the ‘vehicle’ which is rowed by the paddler, and used to move ahead across water. Compared to canie, Kayaks are low to the water, wherein the paddler sits facing forward. Using the double bladed paddle, the paddler pulls front to back and then back to front on the other side. In synchronized rotation, which helps the kayak to move on the water.

Swiftly, gently and injecting adrenaline into your system.

Nowadays, inflatable kayaks have also come into the market, replacing the traditional closed deck, sit on top kayaks.

Earlier, our ancestors used wooden kayaks in rivers and seas to catch fishes. Sometimes, even whale skeletons were used for creating kayaks!

But things are easier now. If you are looking to buy kayaks in India, then there are few very good options present like Madras Fun Tools.

Where Can You Do Kayaking In India?

Kayaking as a adventure sports is now gaining momentum across India.

Some of the top destinations for doing kayaking in India includes:

Brahmaputra River in Assam: The expedition starts from Tuting, where the majestic Tsang Po River of Tibet transforms into the Siang River of Arunachal Pradesh. The hiking starts from Jedu village, and the route which forms is: Palsi village, Pango, Cherring, Geku, Yembung, Rotung Village and finally to Dibrugarh.

Kayaking in India
Kayaking in India

Rishikesh in Uttrakhand: Starting at Brahmapuri, the expedition takes you into the ups and downs of rapids which have been named as Initiations, Double Trouble, Terminator and Hilton. At the end, you reach Rishikesh, after passing via hundreds of ashrams and temples.

Devprayag, Karnataka: This expedition is conducted on the Kali river in Karnataka, which is another popular destination for kayaking fans in India. Starting at Devprayag, which is a turbulent river, you pass through Rajaji National Park and Vyas Ghat.

Kayaking in India
Kayaking in India

Andaman & Nicobar: Kayaking can be a great option in Andaman & Nicobar islands to touch and feel wildlife, natural habitats first hand. You can take help from guides, who can tell you the correct path to navigate forests, virgin islands and marine life along the way. Kayaking is normally calm here, as there are no fierce rivers with rapids. However, during rains, the sea can become a bit rough.

So, gear up with kayaks, and experience the thrill of your life! Do share your experiences of kayaking in India by commenting right here!

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