There are myriads of activities one can engage along the backwaters. What I find most interesting is the kayaking through backwaters with Kalypso Adventures. Our group is divided into three groups; I am part of Group 1, which would experience the kayaking first. Then, cooking demonstration and temple festival.
Gearing up for kayaking through backwaters with Kalypso Adventures…
I pair up with Sarah of Fit Travels for the tandem kayaking because I doubt I’d be able to paddle on my own given my weak arms.
I let Sarah maneuvers the kayak as I take up the front seat. We start our adventure by passing a small passage that connects to the large canal where we gather together before trying to compete against one another. Once in a while, we have to give way to the large Kettuvalam boat. Within minutes, one kayak after another swerves past our kayak, it is a clear signal that kayaking is not our strength.
We follow the lead into a narrower canal, the length of which is only 50 meters from one end to another. The canal is full with water hyacinths. There is only one clear route to pass the water hyacinths easily. Given our lack of kayaking skills, we end up in the middle of water hyacinths. The off beaten path of the narrow canal, much to the worry of the observing locals. I paddle quite a few of plucked water hyacinths up to Sarah’s face on top of swallowing the canal water myself.
To be honest, I am very jealous of the group ahead of us posing for group pictures. After getting stuck in the middle of hyacinths, the marshal rescues us. Sarah explains to the marshal that the control pedal is not working the way we think it should work. Then, we start paddling manually; left-right-back-front.
It takes us sheer determination to finally keep up with the group.
Andreija is such a natural kayaker. This is the most beautiful part of the backwaters. The sky is blue and the setting is just lovely.
As we paddle along the backwaters, the village comes to life as kids play by the river, mothers wash clothes and teenagers walk back from school. It is such a lovely adventure to embark on while you are exploring the backwaters.
About Kalypso Adventures
A nature and adventure tour company based in Kerala, which offers exclusive tailor made adventures across the country such as cycling holidays, trekking holidays, kayaking holidays, charity challenges, nature tours, birding holidays, wildlife and nature photography tours, wildlife safaris and eco and culture tours.