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Kayaking is Simply Fun at Inchathotty in Ernakulam

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. 

Bring on all the energy you have. It may be a bit hard on your arms and shoulders but the sights and experience are truly worth every ounce of strain you feel. There is another spot of absolute wilderness on the way back. Spend some time here in perfect silence and the experience is ethereal. It is always advisable to go early in the morning. 

The mist hanging over the waterbody, the creepers, the tree branches playing over the water and the silence broken by the cawing and chirping of birds; it is an unmatched feeling. They offer kayaking for 45 minutes at a very affordable price. There are eateries nearby where you can relax and enjoy some snacks. If you visit here during summer or any season other than the monsoon, you can also see a beautiful patch of the grasslands.

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Getting there
The nearest railway station to Inchathotty is Angamaly Railway Station, which is 57 kilometres away. If coming by flight, tourists can alight at the Cochin International Airport, which is 56 kilometres away from the kayaking destination. Kothamangalam Bus Stand, which is about 23.7 kilometres away is the nearest bus stand to Inchathotty. You can either hire a private taxi or auto from here. 

  Topics: Ernakulam   Water Sports  

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