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Kayaking in India

Kayaking in India may not be a mainstream activity just yet, but it is quickly gaining popularity. If you would like to explore kayaking in India, there are some great options for both river and sea kayaking in India. The best locations for kayaking include the Zanskar river, Goa, Maharashtra, and rivers in Uttarakhand.

River kayaking in India: Ladakh

Kayaking on the Zanskar is one of the most exhilarating experiences you’ll ever have. You’ll start in Leh, but will have to allow one day for your body to acclimatize before you start any adventure activity. You’ll drive through Kargil, and into the valley of the Zanskar. Many expeditions for kayaking in India begin here. A Zanskar expedition takes about 10-11 days, and will take you down the spectacular Zanskar gorge.

Sea kayaking in India: Goa

If you want to gain a visual treat, go river kayaking in Goa. Spend some time on the Zuari, Mandovi, Sal backwaters, and the Nerul River. You’ll enjoy the peace and tranquility as you glide through the serene waters, spotting local flora and fauna along the way. You will paddle through the mangroves and local fishing villages, giving you a chance to interact with the locals. Kayaking in Goa gives you a wonderful new perspective on this popular tourist spot.

River kayaking in India: Maharashtra

About a two-hour drive from Mumbai, Kolad is known to be the adventure hub of Maharashtra. Travelers flock here especially to try river rafting on the rapids. In the peaceful stretches, you can try your hand at river kayaking.

River kayaking in India: Rishikesh

While Rishikesh is known largely for its whitewater rafting, there are professional guides available to instruct beginners who want to try a kayaking adventure. You’ll be kayaking in the peaceful stretches of the river, with gorgeous landscapes all around.

Although it is taking some time for kayaking to become a mainstream activity, it is slowly being picked up in India. With kayaking, you will not only gain some great exercise, but also witness some of India’s best scenic sights.

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Day Kayaking in Goa
Baga, Goa
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Sign up for a sea-kayaking adventure in sunny Goa! You'll get a chance to guide your kayak away from the crowds and explore the peace and beauty of the sea and feel the ocean breeze in your hair. It's not all peace and quiet though; the waves can make this into a battle as you learn how to steer your kayak over each crest.

You'll have 30 minutes of fun in the morning, and then can head back to Baga beach to finish your day.

You can choose to rent a single kayak for one person (INR 500), or a two-seater (INR 800).

IMPORTANT: There are no lockers or changing facilities available, so do plan accordingly.
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  • All kayaking equipment on rent
  • Life jackets on rent
  • Instructor
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  • Food and beverages
  • Personal expenses like travel, hotel transfer, etc
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Moonlight Kayaking in Goa
Bambolim, Goa
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Here's a chance to do something truly magical and bohemian in Goa when you're next there. This one is a time-bound activity, because you can only do it when the moon is fullest. You'll meet at Bambolim beach at 20:00 hrs, after the sun has long gone done, and the night life of Goa is in full swing.

As you kayak out into the sea, the moonlight casts a silvery glow over the landscape, turning the beach white and the making the water glow. You'll be spending time on the water, seeing the beach from a new angle, away from the lights and music of the shacks on the shore. It ends with a beer at one of the shacks before you head home for the night. This will be an unforgettable memory.
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  • 1-person kayak with backrest and paddle
  • Visibility light on kayak
  • Life jacket to use in the water
  • Group leader and guide
  • 1 beer/soft drink at the shack
  • Mineral water
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  • Transport to and from the start point
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  • Tips
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Mangrove kayaking on Havelock Island
Havelock, Andaman Nicobar
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This kayaking trip is one of the secrets of Havelock Island. While scuba diving and snorkelling are popular adventures here, you'll find that kayaking through the mangroves gives you a whole different experience.

You'll set out in 1- or 2-person kayaks to explore the extensive mangrove ecosystem of Havelock Island, enjoying the peace and the chirping of birds. The trip takes about 2.5 hours to complete, and you'll be accompanied by an experienced guide who will take you through the maze and tell you all kinds of interesting facts about the mangroves.

IMPORTANT: For this trip, you are not required to know how to swim, and you don't need any prior training.

NOTE: The earliest departure for this trip is at 07:30 hrs in the morning, and the latest is 14:30 hrs. Please confirm the time and availability before booking.
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  • 1 session of kayaking for about 2.5 hrs
  • Certified instructor
  • Life jackets
  • Paddles
  • Use of a 1- or 2- person kayak
  • Light refreshments like juice, biscuits
  • All applicable taxes
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  • Transport to and from the start point
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Bioluminescence night kayaking in Havelock
Havelock, Andaman Nicobar
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This night kayaking adventure is one of the most magical experiences you'll ever have. You'll head out into the sea just after sunset and paddle over an ocean that glows and sparkles with bioluminescence. With every swish of your paddle, the sea is lit up as if the stars themselves have fallen into the water.

All around you, the sea is calm and the lights from the shore are not too far, but you'll feel like you're in a different world. It only lasts for 3 hours, but this adventure is one that you will remember all your life.

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For this kayaking trip in Havelock, but you should not have any fear of the dark or of water.

The departure time for this trip changes based on the tide and the changing time of the sunset. Please call your operator one day before to confirm the start of your kayaking session.

Please note that you finish your kayaking trip by 20:00 hrs, and it will be very difficult to get transport back to your hotel. It is recommended that you rent a Scooty or moped at Havelock.
    Inclusions
  • 1 session of kayaking for about 2.5 hrs
  • Certified instructor
  • Life jackets
  • Paddles
  • Use of a 1- or 2- person kayak
  • All applicable taxes
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  • Transport to and from the start point
  • Any meals
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Beginner's kayaking course in Rishikesh
Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
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In this 3-day kayaking course, you'll learn to manage a kayak, the basic paddling and rescue skills, and get to do a couple of runs on Grade II+ rapids. You'll spend all day out on the river Ganges, learning your techniques on calmer stretches and testing yourself on the gushing rapids. Once you have a basic certification, you'll be able to join some of the more exciting expeditions on the bigger rivers, like the Zanskar or the Brahmaputra.

This will not be a relaxed holiday, so do come prepared. You will be spending all day on the river, navigating the rapids and managing your kayak.

NOTE: This trip does not include accommodation or food, so you'll have to make your own arrangements. Do remember to carry water bottles, some snacks or fruit, and a packed lunch for yourself.

This is a fixed departure trip, but custom courses can be arranged at the same price for groups of 2 or more.
    Inclusions
  • Travel arrangements from kayaking school to rafting start/end points
  • All equipment required for kayaking: Kayak, spray deck, wet suit, neoprene booties, paddle, helmet etc.
  • Services of certified kayaking instructors
  • All required rescue and safety support
  • First aid kit
  • All applicable taxes
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  • Accommodation of any kind
  • Meals or beverages
  • Travel arrangements between base city and kayaking school
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
  • Personal expenses such as tips to staff, additional meals or beverages etc.
  • Adventure travel or medical insurance
  • Any additional costs incurred for illness, injury, medical evacuations, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions