MUZIRIS PADDLE 2020: Kayaking through the historic and oldest spice route of Kerala in India

Muziris Backwater Paddle, the two-day kayaking expedition organised by Jellyfish Watersports in partnership with Muziris Heritage Project (Kerala Tourism) was held on January 4 and 5, 2020. Over 100 paddlers participated in the event in Kochi. Paddlers covered an overall distance of 40 km traversing through backwaters and important Muziris Heritage destinations en route. Each day they covered an easy distance of 20 km with several fun breaks for sightseeing and to meet the locals.

The starting point – Muziris, once a bustling seaport and the heart of the historic spice route, used to be the key trade point between southern India and the rest of the world. The region is dotted with numerous monuments of a bygone era that is more than 3,000 years old. Participants had an opportunity to visit the legendary Muziris heritage sites on the way. The paddling event promotes the usage of our rivers for recreational usage and creates a connection to the river with youngsters and tourists.

“We think it’s a great idea to combine water sports with conservation. Muziris backwater paddle has been promoting water sports activities like kayaking, SUPing, sailing, and canoeing, by bringing together people from all walks of life and ages. The event targets domestic and international tourists, paddling enthusiasts, people from all walks of life, senior citizens, children, and even non-swimmers. You preserve what you love, and paddling lets people build a strong bond with water bodies, with nature,” said Kaushiq Kodithodi, Founder, Jellyfish Watersports.

The entire expedition was managed by Jellyfish Watersports and participants will learn skills from expert trainers and river guides.

Muziris Paddle is touted as Kerala’s most incredible nature experiences, for it lets people immerse in pure, raw nature. Not just that it’s making people bond with water bodies and develop a sense of belonging.

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