Recreational kayaking does not require any prior experience. If you want to go for whitewater kayaking, you will need formal training at kayaking school. There are several kayaking schools in India. You can train at the Indian Kayaking and Canoeing Association. You can also take a kayaking course at Goodwave Adventures – learn more about the courses offered here.
For recreational kayaking, you will not need any gear, as everything will be provided by the travel company you are going with. The kayaking package includes cost of renting the kayak, paddle, life-jacket, in case of recreational kayaking, and sprayskirts along with helmets for sea or whitewater kayaking.
You can buy your own kayak for ₹25,999 at Decathlon here. But do not go on the open waters without some safety education. Self test if you are ready for recreational kayaking here.
When to do it
The best time to kayak on the backwaters of Kerala is in winter, between November and February, when the weather is mild and pleasant. Though recreational kayaking tours are offered year-round. June to September is ideal for whitewater kayaking on the Chalipuzha River (Class III).
Recreational kayaking day trips cost anywhere between ₹1,500 to ₹4,000 for a duration of two to four hours, depending on the travel company you use. You can find out more about kayaking on the backwaters of Thattekkad with the Hornbill Camp here. You can also find out more about kayaking on the backwaters of Alleppey with Kerala Kayaking here.
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