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!

Bonus: A good resource to buy SUP in India

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Goa Will Never Be The Same With ibis Styles Resort – Spice Up Your Travel, With Style!

ibis Hotels has launched their first ibis Styles Resort in Goa, and going by the looks and feel of it, it promises to provide an extravagant yet economical, mesmerizing and grandeur experience for tourists.

Paris based Accor Hotel, which owns ibis Hotel, has a commanding experience of 49 years in providing hospitality across 94 countries via 3700 hotels and promises an unforgettable Goan trip via its flagship ibis Styles resorts.

ibis Styles Resort in Goa - Review
ibis Styles Resort in Goa – Review

What Makes ibis Styles Resort Irresistible?

First of all, it’s the location: When you find a comfortable, economical and truly world class resort near Calangute beach, just 4 minutes away and 9 minutes from Baga beach, then it’s pure bliss.

When Tivai beach is just 750 steps from your Goan address, then it’s the ultimate convenience to have the best of both the worlds.

The actual accommodation for the traveler itself has been planned meticulously: The rooms will provide spacious 23 square meters of your own world, whereas an additional 3 square meters of balcony will assist you to have a magnificent view of the surroundings.

ibis Styles Resort in Goa - Review
View of rooms inside ibis Styles Resort in Goa

One pointer which is irresistible for the net-savvy traveler: whooping 5 Mbps Internet speed in every room, which supports 3 devices. So, you can easily upload your amazing vacation pictures, instantly, and share the joy with your friends and family.

And maybe make them envy as well!

Experience Authentic Goan Cuisines @ Spice It Restaurants

If you wish to taste authentic Goan food and culinary  delights, then you have to be present at Ibis Styles resort. Spice It Restaurant inside the resort will deal with your craving of local cuisine.

At Spice It restaurant, you can find some hard to find local cuisines such as: Caldo Verde, Mushroom Xacuti, Spicy Pork Chourico, Kingfish recheado, Chicken Cafreal, Chicken Xacuti, Prawn Balchao and Fish Ambotik.

Review of ibis Styles Resort in Goa
Spice It Restaurant @ ibis Styles Resort in Goa

If you are too tired to venture out, then you can order the food right inside your room, with special menu for late night food adventures. Then ibis Styles Goa bar will help you unwind and relax, and enjoy a calm evening of high spirits.

Eco-friendly Accommodation: Protect The Environment While You Can

ibis Styles Goa Calangute Resort is probably the first among major resorts to introduce eco-friendly rooms, known as ‘Planet 21’ rooms, which have been exclusively designed to sustain our environment with some smart planning.

By not changing the linens and towels, the laundry saving are used to fund plantation of trees, thereby helping the local Goan ecosystem and supporting the green cause.

So, if you are planning to visit Goa during International Film Festival of India (IFFI) between 20th and 30th November; or St. Francis Xavier’s Feast on December 3rd or Christmas and New Year celebrations, then you know where you need to stay in order to fully maximize your trip.

At ibis Styles Goa Resort, you can have an ultimate Goan experience – spiced up, and enthralling.

Taj Mahal To Get Free WiFi For 30 Minutes Effective June 16, 2015; Rs 30 Per Hour Charge After Free Usage

Archeological Survey of India (ASI) has partnered with BSNL to provide free WiFi service at Taj Mahal. This service will initiate effective June 16th. Once the free usage is over, users would have to shell out Rs 30 per hour to use the service.

As per reports emerging, officials from Delhi are already on their way to Agra to properly implement the project. On asked why the free WiFi service is not being extended for more than 30 minutes, an official from ASI shared that this decision has been taken to avoid ‘prolonged stay’ of tourists inside the monument.

free wifi at taj mahal
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Telecom and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will formally inaugurate the service on June 16th at a special function at Agra.

Quadgen, a Bangalore based technology company, will provide the wireless support and technological infrastructure for the WiFi service.

ASI said that they kept on receiving numerous complaints from tourists regarding the WiFi service at India’s most important tourist destination. After conducting a feasibility study, BSNL suggested 30 minutes package of free WiFi, after which a nominal charge of Rs 30/hour would be deducted.

Inside Agra, cantonment is the only area where free WiFi is currently being provided. I recently shared that besides being India’s most visited tourist place, Taj Mahal is the most popular Google Street View destination as well. 368 year old Taj Mahal attracts 45 lakh tourists or 12,000 visitors per day. It is already an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Depending on the success of this project, ASI may initiate WiFi service at other tourist destinations in and around Agra as well.

ASI has pulled up their socks in the last few months, in order to provide more access and more information about India’s tourist destinations. Last year they partnered with Google to provide a 360 degree tour of the major Indian heritage sites such as Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb , Agra Fort, Ajanta and Ellora caves, the Elephanta Caves and other 30 more sites.

You can visit here to checkout all the heritage sites across the world, where Google Streetview can be used to have a free virtual visit.