There’s perhaps no greater joy than steering your own boat across waters calm or rough, one paddle at a time. With gorgeous landscapes keeping you company on your endeavours, kayaking is one of the most rewarding water sports out there! What is a kayak, you ask? A kayak is a long slender boat made either for single or double person use, steered either on still waters like lakes, white water rapids like rivers, or in open seas. With each different kind of water, come different kinds of manoeuvring skills. Very similar in its structure to a canoe, kayaking and canoeing are distinguished by their paddles. While a kayak uses a double-bladed paddle, a canoe usually uses a single-bladed one. Although kayaks were traditionally made with closed decks, inflatable and sit-on-top kayaks are slowly gaining popularity as well.
On still waters, kayaking is an extremely easy sport to learn and can be quite meditative as well! Both a recreational and a competitive sport, kayaking is now also being done in combination with other activities like diving, fishing and also being used for eco-tourism activities.
Though a relatively lesser-known watersport, kayaking in India as is fun as any other water sport, perhaps even more fun! Though in other popular boating sports like rafting, the use of teamwork is needed, kayaking a sport that can be done and enjoyed solo. There are a number of places in India where kayaking is done as a tourist activity.