Located in the western part of the country, the small state of Goa stretches along the sparkling waters of the Arabian Sea. With numerous picturesque beaches, it boasts one of the best coastlines in the world. Be it the district of North Goa or South Goa, you can find awe-inspiring beauty all across its territory. Palolem, Baga, Miramar, Colva and Calangute are some of the most well-known beaches in Goa. Not only to sit and relax on sun-kissed shores, but tourists from all over the world, also throng Goa to explore its quaint churches and other edifices. Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, Fort Aguada, Goa State Museum, and Se Cathedral are a few to name.
The verdant Western Ghats, which cover more than 15 per cent of the state, bestow it with immense natural bounties. The magnificent Dudhsagar Falls, where milky, foamy water plummets from a height of over 1000 feet, is one of the must-visit attractions of Goa. Another place that you should not miss exploring while on a tour here is Carambolim Lake, which is about 2 km southeast of Old Goa. Besides exotic plants, this placid lake is known for around 80 species of birds; thus a favourite among birdwatchers and ornithologists. Furthermore, the landscape of Goa is such that it makes for a perfect adventure destination, be it for terrestrial or water-based sports.
Scuba Diving, Trekking, Hot Air Balloonin, Sailing and Parasailing are some prominent activities that you can try here. Surprisingly, you can also go on a wildlife safari in this splendid state. Goa houses numerous wildlife sanctuaries that are ideal for the activity. Among various such territories, Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, spread across 240 sq km of land, is a great option. It houses Mollem National Park and during a safari here, you can see leopards, deer, jungle cats, cobras and pythons. Another thrilling sport that has been gaining huge popularity in Goa is kayaking.
Kayaking is the sport of moving across a water body, in a small boat, using a double-bladed paddle. The activity originated in Greenland, where Eskimos used it for hunting. Now they use motorboats but the sport has become immensely popular among thrill seekers all across the world. All you need, to try this sport, is a kayak and paddle. For safety purpose, you would also require a life jacket and helmet. A dry suit or a wet suit should also be used as long exposure to water can cause skin problems. Lastly, you need a spray skirt that makes a seal around your waist, stopping water from entering the kayak.
Kayaking is gaining fame in India at a fast pace. Owing to the hundreds of rivers that traverse through the nation, it offers unlimited kayaking opportunities to thrill seekers. No matter where you are in the country, you can find a nearby location to try your hands at kayaking or hone your skills. While in the north, you can go to Rishikesh, in the south, you can explore opportunities in Chikmagalur. If you are in the north-eastern part of the country, you can try kayaking in Sikip, Jorethang, Majitar and Melli. The Brahmaputra, Teesta, Zanskar, Ganga and Tons Rivers are perfect for the activity. From gentle to high, these waterbodies offer a range of rapids that can suit kayakers of all experience levels.
There could hardly be any better chance to go for kayaking than during weekends. While trying it on Bambolim Beach, you capture amazing vistas of Goa’s natural splendour that would etch in your memory for a long time. This 2-day itinerary is perfect not only to learn about the sport, but also try it extensively. An expert trainer/guide will give you the basic training for kayaking. Without wasting much time, pick up your kayak, paddle and backrest, and jump into the water. Your sit-on-top kayaks have a similar shape to that of their tradition counterparts. Here, rather than sitting in the kayak, you sit in a mould, on top of the boat. These are easier to use than the other ones; hence, are ideal for admiring the nature around you.
A life jacket and helmet are a must for the sport. The journey begins at 3:00 PM from the isolated Bombolim Beach and takes you to the mouth of the Siridao River. Marvel at the turquoise water of the Arabian Sea cruising just a few inches above it. With the mild sun shining above your head, admire the serenity of the untouched Goan shores. Relax for some time on a placid secluded beach and forget all your worries and hassles of life. This 3.5-hour kayaking in Goa adventure is organised on almost all weekends, except for off-season. Therefore, even if you miss something on your first excursion, you can capture it on the second one. We take care of you at every point of time, providing you with snacks, soft drinks and bottled water.
Activity Time: Weekends only (October to June) – 3 PM
Duration: 3 Hours 30 Minutes
Starting Point: Bambolim Beach
Goa makes for an ultimate destination to embark on a kayaking excursion. With a number of rivers crossing the state, along with the vast Arabian Sea, there are multiple kayaking opportunities for tourists. Going for weekend kayaking in Goa is a great idea, if you cannot take out more time from your busy life. Though there are many destinations for you to try this sport, Bambolim Beach is an idyllic location. Only 8 km from the centre of Panaji, the state capital, this pristine beach is a bit secluded from the city chaos. The velvety shore, stretching between the turquoise waters and green palm trees is truly a sight to capture in your cameras.