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Timings : 8:30 AM to 10:00 PM

Time Required : 4-10 hours

Entry Fee : INR 800

Kayaking in Alleppey , Alleppey Overview

Kayaking is quite a famous activity in Kerala, especially Alleppey or Alappuzha which is located on the Laccadive Sea.  Visitors often kayak here in the backwaters of Kerala where one can see Cormorant and Kingfishers. Paddling through tiny canals and sifting through tiny bridges will make you feel very close to everyday life here.

A mechanised Shikara Boat which is a motorboat-like a canoe that is super fast and allows visitors to travel long distances in a short time. As a result, visitors can cover a number of places, giving them enough time for rest. All in all, kayaking here is often referred to kayaking in “God’s own country”. Taking a kayaking tour in Alleppey either alone, with friends or family while having a perfect day on the water is definitely worth the experience.

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How to Rent a Kayak in Alleppey

There are mainly 2 ways to rent kayaks. Visitors can either rent a kayak from a rental store in Alleppey or rent it online. It is often recommended to rent it in rental shops so that visitors can test and see if the kayaks suit them or not. What’s more, renting them in person can also get them good deals in this city. This is highly recommended especially for those who do not have any experience with kayaks. In any case, visitors must make sure that they re-check for scams and frauds before renting any kayaking equipment.

Cost of Kayaking in Alleppey

There are a number of places where visitors can rent kayaks within the price range of INR 1000-1500 per kayak. Alternatively, tours range from INR 800-1500. Group sunrise tours often come for INR 800 while shared group tours often reach INR 900 per person. Sunrise canoeing cruises and sunrise kayaking cruises fall under INR 1000-1200 per person range. It is often recommended to take a tour for those who are beginners because tours already cover quite a few essential costs such as kayaks, gears, tea and breakfast, etc. while those who are more advanced kayakers are recommended to rent their own kayaks and explore the backwaters on their own in order to get a better experience.

Kayaking Tours in Alleppey

Visitors are often recommended to take Kayaking Tours. These usually start in the morning and end in the evening, and often include kayaking essentials such as paddling gloves, shoulder straps, coolers, support and mechanised shikara boat, sit on top Kayak, beginners advanced kayak, breakfast, tea, coconut, mineral water, juice and life jacket.

10-hour day, 7-hour day, as well as multi-village tour trips, are very popular in Alleppey which start at 11:30 AM and end at 6:30 PM or start at 9:00 AM and end at 7:00 PM.

However, shorter tours are also available such as those that start at 6:30 AM and end at 10:30 AM. Evening tours start at 2:00 PM and end at 6:00 PM. There are a few integrated tours that include diners or evening meals from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM, single track backwater village cycling tours and night fishing tours. Some “Couple’s multi-village tours” start at INR 13000 per day.

Best Time for Kayaking in Alleppey

Kerala often sees a lot of rain and humidity. As a result, there may be heavy rains, leading to heavy currents in the water. Visitors must be conscious of the nature of tide when deciding when to go kayaking in Kerala, especially Alleppey. The best time to go kayaking in Kerala is mainly during the summers and winters, mainly from November to May. even during these months, visitors must re-check with the weather in order to see if it is suitable for kayaking. Visitors should avoid going kayaking during the months of June to September when the rains lead to heavy currents.

How To Reach Kayaking in Alleppey

In order to reach the Alleppey, visitors can take a cab, taxi or local bus from Alappuzha Railway Station. The closest airport to Alleppey is Cochin International Airport (COK) which is around 82.8 kilometres away and it would take 1 hour 54 minutes via NH 66. Local transport, as well as cabs, taxis and rickshaws, are available in Alleppey for visitors to reach their kayaking locations.

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