Canoeing is an art of propelling yourself in the boat with a single-bladed paddle, under your own power. You would be kneeling or sit facing forward in the open or closed-decked canoe. Canoeing began to meet the simple needs of transportation across and along waterways in most parts of Kerala in the early ages. Canoeing was the primary mode of long-distance transportation at one time.
During earlier times, canoeing was used to as a popular mode of transportation transferring goods and people from one part of the backwater to the other. Today, it has found an immense popularity in tourism and adventure sports. A canoe can accommodate 2 people and is built in a way that it tapers at both ends. This ensures smoother sailing on rough waters and makes sure the canoe cuts through water without much difficulty. The canoes can be used in any kind of water, whether placid or rough.
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During the trip you will experience a particular thrill when the cool water splashes on your face which is still unmatched. Canoeing in this part of Kerala is an absolute pleasure if you have plenty of time at your disposal.
Tourists arriving at Alleppey for canoeing ride through the villages of the backwaters in Kuttanad area. One can explore the entire scenic beauty of the Alleppey Backwaters in Kerala when you take a small village walk, across Temples, Churches and the open fields beside backwaters.
The Kerala Backwaters are a network of interconnected canals, rivers, lakes and inlets, and a labyrinthine system formed by more than 900 km of waterways, and sometimes compared to the American Bayou. In the midst of this landscape there are a number of towns and cities, which serve as the starting and end points of backwater cruises.
A common sight that many a tourist can observe during canoe rides in Alleppey backwaters are a unique species of aquatic life including crabs, frogs and mudskippers; water birds such as terns, kingfishers, darters and cormorants and animals such as otters and turtles which live in and alongside the backwaters. Palm trees, pandanus shrubs, various leafy plants and bushes grow alongside the backwaters, providing a green hue to the surrounding landscape.
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Today, with the introduction of motorboats these canoes are almost dwindling and skilled people are very hard to find. As such tourists are requested to book canoes much in advance (02 months weeks prior to their journey).
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