Located in the western part of India, Goa is the smallest state in India with an area of just around 3700 sq km. With approximately 130 km of coastline against the gleaming waters of the Arabian Sea, it is bestowed with some of the most picturesque beaches on earth. A multitude of people from all parts of the world come to relax and rejuvenate in its tranquil environs. Goa is truly a place of contrast with lively parties at small distances from isolated beaches, and grand colonial monuments. Hordes of people also visit it to enjoy its effervescent nightlife. Read more about the amazing Goan life.
Apart from these, the destination also has a number of points of interest that are worth a visit. The Goa State Museum, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, Fort Aguada and Se Cathedral are few of them. The Western Ghats, which cover a significant chunk of the state, adorn it with lush rolling hills and diverse wildlife. To introduce yourself to this astonishing variety of flora and fauna, you can visit places like Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. Established in 1988 and situated on the western end of Chorao Island, it is the only bird sanctuary here. Varieties of resident and migratory birds can be seen here, including pintails, coots, blue-winged teals and purple herons.
Besides this, you can also explore Mhadei and Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuaries. Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary is another great place, where you can go for a wildlife safari. About 47 KM from Panaji, it is more like a jungle resort with proper accommodation facilities for tourists.
Apart from wildlife spotting, a plethora of adventure sports offered in the state are also a hit among thrill seekers. Other than trekking and common water sports like jet skiing, snorkelling and parasailing, kayaking in Goa is also gaining huge fame among visitors.
Kayaking is similar to canoeing, wherein you sit in a boat and traverse a waterbody using a paddle. The only difference is that canoes are open and have single-bladed paddles, while kayaks are closed and conventionally propelled by double-bladed paddles. It originated in Greenland, where Eskimos used it to hunt fish. Those pioneers have left kayaks for motorboats, but the activity has become a hit among adventure lovers all over the world. In India too, the sport has earned huge popularity, and now it is offered in its various parts. In the northern part of the country, the Himalayan Rivers are perfect for it. If you go to the northeast, you can try it in the state of Sikkim. Places like Majitar, Melli and Sikip are famous as a hub, while Karwar in Karnataka is also apt for it.
There is special equipment needed for the activity, and the foremost requirement is a kayak and a paddle. Kayaks are of different types like sit-on-top, touring, white water and inflatable. Besides the boat, you also need safety gear like a helmet and life jacket. A life jacket is extremely important, and no matter what water sport you are trying, you must use one. A dry suit or wet suit helps you protect your skin from the saline seawater.
Owing to the expansive Arabian Sea, there are infinite kayaking opportunities in Goa. In addition, scenic backwaters and rivers like Chopora, Zuari, Nerul and Mandovi are also perfect for the activity. The best thing is that it can be tried here any time of the year, including the monsoon months. Night Kayaking in Goa is also gaining huge fame among locals as well as tourists. The state is undoubtedly charming, but its beauty grows manifold when it is soaked in dim moonlight.
Moonlight kayaking is organised two days before and two days after every full moon.Everything becomes more charming under the giant bright moon, and you can capture this captivating sight while cruising on the glittering waters of the Arabian Sea. Your guide will tell you everything you need to know about it before this 2.5-hour thrill ride begins. You can ask the instructor any questions you have to clear your doubts and be better prepared. With the basic training, you will be ready to board your kayaks and cruise on the vast ocean.
Take your sit-on-top kayaks and paddles, along with a backrest, which will keep you comfortable throughout the journey. Put on your life jacket and you will be ready to head to the ocean. Snacks, soft drinks and bottled water will be provided to you at the site.
Activity Date: 22nd – 24th April, 2016
Starting Point: Sand n Sea Shack, between Grand Hyatt Goa and bambolim beach Resort.
Duration: 2 Hours 30 Minutes
Night Kayaking adventure takes place on Bambolim Beach, which is one of the most thronged seafronts in the state. Just 7 KM from the centre of Panaji, the state capital, it is an ideal place for the sport. The shore is secluded, adding to the fun of moonlight kayaking. Under the star-lit sky, the beauty of the shores is truly unmatched and it will surely become one of the most cherished memories for you.