A double-blade paddle, a kayak and water; that's what kayaking is all about. What does a quiet, charming village called Inchathotty in Ernakulam district have to do with kayaking? There is only one way to know. Drive to Ernakulam in Central Kerala and set your directions to Inchathotty which has emerged as one of the most favourite destinations for kayaking. You cannot skip one of the longest hanging bridges in Kerala which connects two beautiful hamlets, Inchathotty and Charupara.
Pose for some great clicks on the bridge, taking in the breathtaking view of the mountain ranges and the sheer expanse of the Periyar. Now it’s time for kayaking. It doesn’t matter if you have no prior experience. Put on the safety jacket and the ever-helpful trainers are there to motivate you. All you need to do is pay attention to safety tips and kayaking techniques. Conserving energy is key here.
Initially, the kayak takes you gently to the wide expanse of the Periyar. Paddle on and the waterway narrows down to a place hemmed in by forests. Take a halt and keep your eyes and ears wide open. You can spot some rare birds, and hear the sounds of animals. In the meantime, recharge yourself because you might need it soon. Head back to the expanse of the river, and you find yourself paddling against the tide.