Sal Backwaters Kayaking Trip in Goa

Witness the incredible beauty of rich mangroves along the Sal River on this 2-hr kayaking adventure in Goa. A relaxed and soulful experience from start to end, this kayaking trip takes you through the backwaters of the Sal River, past marshy fields dotted with divine lotuses and thickets of mangroves with exotic birds. Keep your cameras at the ready to snap pictures of colourful birds, from kingfishers and cormorants to pin-tailed ducks and purple water fowls. An experienced tour guide will accompany you, so you'll always know how to paddle, where to go and what to see.

Please note that a minimum of 2 travellers are required to book for this trip to be functional.


Kayaking in the backwaters of the Sal River offers you the chance to experience Goa with an off-beat and enriching perspective. Surrounded by layers and layers of natural delights, the Sal River opens up from Margao and twists across small fishing villages with Portuguese houses before draining into the Arabian Sea. The marshy grasslands, dense jungles of bamboo and thick mangroves make the river a great kayaking attraction. Easy to access and packed with scenic views, kayaking in the Sal River offers an enriching adventure to travellers of all ages and experience.

Destination highlights

Witness the natural delights of the Sal River with a kayaking trip. | Spot a variety of local and exotic species of birds. | Learn to navigate your kayaks and paddle on the Sal River. | Get scenic views of the Sal River and the surrounding mangroves.

River kaya



2-2.5 hrs

5-5.5 kms

90 kgs

Sit on top kayaks


There is no pick-up for the Sal backwaters kayaking trip in Goa.

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There is no drop-off for the Sal backwaters kayaking trip in Goa.


Kareem's, Margao

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Meet your tour guide at a designated location near the Sal River. Here, you'll have a quick briefing on how to use the paddles and navigate the kayaks. Soon, you'll wear a life jacket and start paddling in the Sal River, following the tour guide and making your way through the backwaters. Paddle at a relaxed pace and explore hidden corners, inlets and coves in the dense mangroves. You'll spot a variety of migratory birds and get gorgeous views of the Sal River. After stopping for some snacks, you'll paddle back to the designated location. Your trip ends here.

Your trip ends before nightfall.

You'll be served some snacks and fresh fruits during a rest stop while kayaking. The Sal backwaters kayaking trip in Goa begins and ends at the same designated point: the Kareem's, off NH-66 near the Sal River.




Day 1 Milestone


05:30 AM

Includes / Excludes


  • One kayaking session in the Sal River backwaters
  • All equipment required for kayaking: sit on top kayaks, paddles, life jackets etc.
  • Services of an experienced tour leader and support staff
  • Snacks, fruits and bottled water
  • All applicable taxes


  • Travel arrangements between your home city and start/end point
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, natural calamities etc.
  • Personal expenses such as meals, beverages etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

What to Wear

What to Wear

  • Quick dry t-shirts/shirts and shorts
  • Extra pair of dry clothes
  • Waterproof sandals or slippers
  • Not to wear - Expensive jewellery or gadgets
  • Heavy shoes

What not to Wear

  • Loose clothing that will tangle around you while swimming
  • Restrictive clothing
  • Flip-flops

Equipment / Gear

We Provide

  • All equipment required for kayaking: sit on top kayaks, paddles, life jackets etc.
  • Snacks

You need to get

  • Daypack
  • Towel and napkins
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat/cap
  • Sun-screen lotion
  • Govt-issued ID card
  • Camera

Medical Kit

  • Please carry specific personal or prescribed medication, personal first-aid kit.

Cancellation policy

For cancellations made 30 days or more before the scheduled date of the Sal backwaters kayaking trip in Goa: 50% refund.

For cancellations made less than 30 days before the scheduled date of the Sal backwaters kayaking trip in Goa: no refund.

In case of no show: no refund.

All refunds will be processed after deducting a transaction fee of INR 200 per person. This fee is charged by The Great Next.

Rules on trip

Travellers are required to follow instructions of the tour guide during the Sal backwaters kayaking trip in Goa.

Consumption of alcohol, drugs and tobacco products like cigarettes is strictly prohibited during the trip.

Travellers are requested to treat the local culture with respect and avoid littering, defacing property and monuments and causing general disturbance.

Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

Please note that minimum 2 pax is required to book this trip.

The Sal backwaters kayaking trip in Goa is operational with three time slots during the day: 8:30-11:00 hrs, 11:00-13:30 hrs 15:30-17:00 hrs. These timings may differ according to weather conditions, tide levels and traveller convenience.

Please note that washroom and changing room facilities are not available at the start and end points of the kayaking trip.

The tour operator reserves the right to cancel or alter the itinerary of the trek to ensure maximum safety for travellers as well as staff

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  • Rated : 5

    Last month we completed Kedarkantha Trek through TGN. Was our first trek ever and couldn't have been better. Everything right from the pickup to drop at dehradhun station was totally worthy. On booking the trek we were guided with respect to the gears required and the level of fittness. Emails for bagpacking and all the required checklists were circulated well before time.Dirver contact details and names of other particioants were also notified on watsapp .On the trek experience was out of the world with surprisingly awesome food even at an altitude of 12,500 feet's. Everything in inclusions were provided FOC. Would totally recommend TGN !!! Absolutely value for money !!!

  • Rated : 4

    'I have availed the serices twice. The first was for the Valley of flowers/ Hemkund sahib trek and the next was the Kedarkantha trek. I have had a pleasant experience both times. I have found the package reasonable and the guide and facilities which they provide are top notch. The only concern I had on both the treks was that the itenerary was a bit too stretched and on both occassions we completed the trek in half the time and left early, but that might be because me and my friend have good stamina. So, cant blame TGN for that fully. All in all i would alys recommend TGN to others. Special mention to Venkat, who has been my point of contact at TGN on both occassions and I have been really impressed with him.'