Move over, houseboats and canoes, it’s time to kayak through the backwaters of Kerala. Start your New Year on a new note;  by paddling your way through the beautiful backwaters with the Muziris Paddle Expedition.

This expedition will see 200 paddler participating on January 5 – 6, 2019, where for two days they’re going to explore Kerala’s oldest spice route and the splendid backwaters of the whole state. Organised by the Jellyfish Water Sports in partnership with Muziris Heritage Project the kayaking event will start at Kotturpuram Jetty in Kodungalloor and end at Bolgatty Island in Kochi covering a distance of about 40km.

This is where everybody from non-swimmers to children, is welcome to participate. You don’t necessarily need to have prior experience; trained experts and river guides will be around to teach you the basics of kayaking on spot. The idea behind the initiative is to promote the use of rivers for recreation and conserving them to maintain their natural beauty. The event also aims to create a connection between the participants and the water bodies.

It is a great opportunity to explore the old seaport of Muziris – that once connected southern India with the rest of the world for the trade of spices. You will get to visit the legendary Muziris heritage sites on the way along with numerous monuments of a bygone era that are more than 3,000 years old.

The kayakers will cover a distance of 20km on the first day with essential breaks for sightseeing, experiencing the local culture, food and refreshments along with night camping. Several river expeditions that were conducted in the past have been immensely popular amongst nature enthusiasts locally and internationally. Muziris Paddle is a great way to have fun along with being instrumental in generating and growing eco-tourism.