Hey you water babies! We bring the best kayaking destinations in India for you.
1) Brahmaputra River, Arunachal Pradesh: The Brahmaputra river boasts of India’s most challenging rapids. Kayaking here is not for the faint hearted. This is the real deal.
This is a 15 day kayaking trip which starts at Turing and ends at Pasighat. Covering 180 km on a kayak is not an easy task. You pass through different villages taking breaks and camp along the route. On the way you will hike to several places too.
The rapids here are some of the toughest in the country, going upto grade 6. Toothfairy, Pulsating Pulsi and Ninguing are few of them.
November to March is the best time to go on this expedition.
2) Rishikesh, Uttarakhand: Rishikesh is the best place for white river rafting in India and you can also take out the kayak and paddle your way on the mighty Ganges.
You can choose to start the trip from Bhrahmapuri(12 km) or go for a more adventurous and longer route starting from Shivpuri(16 km).
Heavier rapids with interesting names such as Double Trouble, Hilton, Terminator and Return to Sender will get your adrenaline pumping up. After crossing the rapids, you will be welcomed by the calm stretch near Ram Jhula which is surrounded by beautiful temples, ashrams and scenic ghats.
Best time to visit is September to November.
3) Zanskar River, Ladakh: A 12 day kayaking trip in one of the most beautiful places on Earth definitely piques our interest.
Ladakh in itself is such a beautiful place with landscapes that feel unreal . We can’t even think of how beautiful this expedition would be.
This is a 12 day kayaking trip starting from Spituk and ending at the confluence of Zanskar and Indus in the village of Nimo.
Best time to visit is from July to September.
4) Kundalika River, Maharashtra: A weekend getaway from Mumbai and Pune, Kolad is the perfect place for kayaking in Maharashtra.
The rapids are not very tough but still provides you enough adventure to keep you on your toes. Kayaking here is ideal for first timers who can paddle for a stretch of 12 km and have a fun day in water.
Best time to visit is June to October.
5) Backwaters, Kerala: Kayaking is the best way to explore the backwaters of Kerala as you can explore the places where the houseboats can’t go. You can paddle through the narrow channels with palm trees on the sides.
You won’t find intense rapids here but you can definitely visit different villages and see the community and their culture up close.
The best time to experience kayaking is from September to March.