15 February 2021 | 4 min read

Best Places For Kayaking In India That’ll Let You Paddle Amidst Nature


India’s diversity is what sets it apart from many a place across the world. And this is what blesses us with a myriad options when it comes to adventure water sports. Whether you are looking for an extreme thrill from cliff jumping, jet skiing, and white-water river rafting, you want to feel the tranquillity of being on waters via guided boat tours or kayaking. The latter can feel extremely therapeutic if you can learn the paddle’s maneuvers and find serene and tranquil lakes or rivers to kayak on.

Moreover, kayaking in India is an unparalleled experience because of the hidden coves, canopies, and alcoves you might encounter when going on an uncharted path in the waters. Think places that no one might have discovered yet, which is exceptionally peaceful sans any crowded tourists. You can take your time to soak in the sheer solitude such places provide. And all of this is possible whether you are kayaking in sea, lake or a river. When it comes to this soothing water sport, you need to pick a place, learn the basics and techniques from a professional, and simply take your kayak out in the water. Sounds simple yet calming? Let’s look at the best places in India for kayaking where you can enjoy the rudimentary pleasures of being a water baby.

Top Places for Kayaking in India

1. Nagin Lake, Srinagar

Nagin Lake – Live More Zone

Whether it is staying in a houseboat, playing in white powdery snow, or merely taking a Dal Lake tour in a shikara, Srinagar has plenty to offer. However, if you want to do something unique on your next or maiden trip to this gem of a place, go kayaking in Nagin Lake. Calm, tranquil water the color of cerulean blue makes it a picturesque delight. Just take out your oar and kayak, head out in the calm waters of the lake and simply circle the lake. Oh, and there is also the tall, green trees surrounding the lake and a treat to behold.

Best Time to Visit – April to October

2. Backwaters of Kerala

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‘God’s Own Country’ is the perfect place for almost everything, be it adventure or a relaxing getaway. And if kayaking in kerala is on your mind, you are in for a treat. As it happens, the best way to explore the pristine and post-card worthy backwaters is via a kayak. The narrow channels canopied under palm trees are perfect for exploration via kayaking. And you can even make a stop here and there, and talk to the locals and learn about their life.

Best Time to Visit – September to March

3. Brahmaputra river, Arunachal Pradesh

Brahmaputra River – Live More Zone

If kayaking is synonymous with high-action and adrenaline-inducing adventure sport, the Brahmaputra in Arunachal Pradesh is the best place for you. Along with stunning views all around, you will be kayaking through different level rapids that you will have to overcome via a kayak. You can make it a trip with hiking and camping if you want to go the extra mile. The kayaking will start from Tuting, and you will be instructed and allowed to set up camps at various safe spots. Explore the lush greenery of North-East India and live that recluse life when you opt for kayaking, camping, and hiking in Arunachal Pradesh.

Best Time to Visit – October to April

4. Havelock Islands, Andaman

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Kayaking in a lake is too mainstream for you? Fret not, because you can kayak to your heart’s desire in the endless ocean when you opt for kayaking in Andaman. Not only the bluest of the sea will accompany you but the marine fishes and other species as well. Moreover, when you go kayaking here, you can make an itinerary of kayaking, island hopping, and village tours. Of course, don’t forget to gorge on the succulent seafood you find in abundance on an island.

Best Time to Visit – December to February

5. Mandovi River, Goa

Mandovi River – Live More Zone

While Goa is synonymous with parties, beaches, and booze, there is a lot more to this sleepy and laid-back city on the Western coast. And one such activity is kayaking in Goa. Taking you through hidden alcoves of nature via narrow channels, kayaking in the Mandovi river is a surreal experience. It rejuvenates you and acquaints you with the sheer beauty that is Goa’s hidden spots. Far from the madding crowd, this is where you can let your hair down, kayak to your heart’s content, and witness the most breathtaking sunsets while you are at it.

Best Time to Visit – November to March

Excited to experience this laid-back and relaxing water sport? Start planning and put up a vacation together. If you get stuck with the researching, planning, and organizing part, we have just the right portal for you – Travel Now by DBS. We understand the hassles of hammering out a stress-free vacation, and this is why we do it all for you. From helping you pick the right airline to hotels and tour agencies; everything is taken care of so you can just sit back and enjoy your vacay.



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