Kayaking is an adventure water sport that takes you off the beaten path and where your adventure is on the water. This sport provides the best opportunity for sports and nature lovers to come up close with nature. Paddling through amazing seaweed, exploring offshore islands, and travelling through canopied waterways makes kayaking truly an exciting adventure sport.
Kayaks look like small fishing boats and are fast picking up as one of the favorite water sports in India. A Kayak can accommodate one or more people. For all of you interested in taking on this water sport, there are many popular adventure destinations in India. Here is a guide to the 5 kayaking destinations in India.
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For those who seek an adventurous high, kayaking on the Brahmaputra River is on the top of the list. The expedition starts at Tuting where the Tsang Po River of Tibet transforms into the Siang River of Arunachal Pradesh. There are several rapids such as the Toothfairy, Pulsating Pulsi and Ninguing that make the kayaking experience much more exciting.
The blue waters of the Brahmaputra.
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The Subansari River is the biggest tributary of the Brahmaputra that runs through Tibet before it enters India in Arunachal Pradesh. The exciting expedition starts from Nacho from where you could go kayaking to Sonala, which doubles up as a camping site. The next halt would be Taliha and then Sippi village. From here, the expedition takes you to Daporji. Upon paddling for a while from here, you reach the confluence of Kamla and Subnasari rivers.
A sense of calmness at the Subansari River.
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The 12 km kayaking expedition in Rishikesh begins at Brahmapuri. Once you enter the Ganges, you are welcome with some heavier rapids that are named as Initiations, Double Trouble, Terminator and Hilton, which are sure to get your adrenaline pumping up. You continue paddling on the Ganga River passing through serene temples, ashrams and scenic ghats. This particular stretch is relatively calmer.
Scenic view of the Ganges
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Kali River in Karnataka is perfect for amateur rafter and kayakers. There are plenty of rapids and plenty of nature to keep everybody hooked. The expedition begins at Devprayag which is quiet a turbulent river. From there you pass through Rajaji National Park and the Vyas ghat, where you can enjoy the beauty of wildlife. Finally you reach Rishikesh where your adventure comes to an halt and you can explore the holy town.
A feeling of serenity at Kali River.
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Zanskar River is a fantastic option for adventure enthusiasts looking for a wonderful experience in kayaking. The trip starts on the Indus River from Spituk, where you will encounter grade three rapids. After a little sightseeing and camping at Tsarap, you reach Sutak. From there you enter a mini canyon before heading to Yarshung. You will pass through a few turbulent rapids on Padum before you reach your final destination at Nimu.
Picturesque view of Zanskar.
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