Rishikesh with Holy River Ganga meandering on its side provides a wider canvas to the adventure-enthusiasts to indulge in many water-sports such as Kayaking. And with the growing time Kayaking in Rishikesh is gaining more and more popularity. This popularity also owes to the fact that whether beginner or expert there are options for all.
Kayaking is a much-loved adventure sport of the world and this is one reason why it also happens to be an Olympic sport. There are various forms of Kayaking, such as Surf Kayaking, White-water Kayaking, Sit-on-top Kayaking and Sea Kayaking etc.
There are basically four points from where Kayaking in Rishikesh is commenced
- Brahmpuri (Grade I)
- Shivpuri (Grade I and II)
- Marine Drive (Grade I,II and III)
- Kaudaliya (Grade I, II, III and IV)
Route and grades
Main Kayaking stretch of Rishikesh is 36 kilometers long, ranging from Rishikesh to Kaudiyala. Throughout the route one comes across more than thirteen important rapids and the whole river has been divided into four classifications of main grades, which helps in choosing the level of difficulty. Most popular rapids are- The Roller Coaster (Grade IV), The Cross Fire (Grade III), The Sweet Sixteen (Grade I), The Golf Course (Grade IV), The Marine Drive (Grade II) and Three Blind Mice (Grade III).
Anyone, regardless of their age, can try their hands on Kayaking. Rishikesh, is among the few places in India where you can rent all the necessary equipments for Kayaking. Before taking the Kayaking tour people are briefed and are even accompanied by guides who further take charge of the journey.