Canoeing, Kayaking, Sailing, waterskiing, white water rafting, wind surfing… with 900km backwater stretch, 44 rivers originating from the Sahyadri hills and several beaches, Kerala is a dream come true for water sport enthusiasts. While canoeing and kayaking can be enjoyed along the serene backwaters- which is also the venue for the spectacular snake boat races for the State, catamaran sailing is possible at the beaches of Alappuzha, Varkala and Kovalam. Parasailing is gaining popularity with the Varkala and Alappuzha beaches offering platform, beach and winch boat parasailing. For wind surfing, the beaches of Kovalam and Varkala are the best bet, while the backwaters offer great scope for speed boating and bamboo rafting.
Coral reefs, gigantic waves and strong currents make surfing a delight in Kovalam. The Beach experience fine waves at regular intervals which vary from a height of 0.5 to 2 meters. Surfing in Kovlam is made easy by the availability of surfboard. There are also trainers for beginners who want to try their skill in surfing.
Kayaking is a major sport in the state that has earned laurels both nationally and internationally. The backwaters of Alappuzha is the hub of Kayaking in Kerala and the journey through the palm fringed waterways in a kayak is an excellent opportunity to experience village life at close quarters.
Be swept along a rushing river, tumble over rapids, plunge over waterfalls and feel the icy spray on your face…Boothathankettu, 50km away from Ernakulam is an ideal spot for white water rafting. The journey through the Periyar River takes you down through forests to experience mild to medium rapids on the way. Paneli Poru is the most exciting rapid on the stretch.