What is Canoeing?
A canoe is a narrow and light double pointed boat with an open top. You can have a single paddler canoe or more, with everyone facing the direction of travel. A distinctive feature of canoeing, that is paddling a canoe, is that one uses a single bladed paddle. Canoe camping is a popular outdoor activity where participants find a spot near a water body, set up camp and navigate the waters on a canoe. You can enjoy a canoeing session on lakes, streams, rivers and large ponds. Canoes can be used to negotiate white waters and they are also popular in races and leisure tours.
The origins of the canoe go back millennia when it was basically a dug-out piece of floatable wood. Records of the canoe, or vessels using the same underlying concept, have been found across the world. Indigenous American tribes and Australian aborigines also used canoes to travel their waterways. By the 19th century, more standardised designs started getting adopted and canoeing became a popular recreational activity in the Americas and Britain, slowly spreading across the world in that avatar.
History of Canoeing in India
Traditionally, India is home to many boat disciplines and the long boat races of Kerala are one of the world famous examples of this discipline. River rafting is another popular sport in the country. The Indian Kayaking and Canoeing Association is one of the major bodies of organized canoeing and kayaking in the country and its growth reflects the history of the sport in India. As a sport, modern canoeing has been in India since 1986, when 2 training centres were set up in Alleppey and Port Blair, regions with a history of paddling.
Canoeing as a sport is gaining popularity in India. The rich natural reserves of the country are attracting enthusiasts to all corners. From the popular water landscapes of the Himalayan foothills in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand to newly chartered areas in the Teesta Valley around Darjeeling, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya in the North-East, there are many ideal spots for different levels of canoeing and similar boat sports. Goa, Kerala and Karnataka are also major canoeing hubs in Southern India.
Where can we do Canoeing in Karnataka?
Karnataka boasts some of the best riverine landscapes ideal for boating activities. Kabini forest is set in the pristine wilderness of the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve and the clear waters here are the best place for canoeing enthusiasts and those who want to try it for the first time. Discovery Village is one of the best resorts in Kabini where you can enjoy an authentic canoeing experience.
Canoeing is not the only activity at Discovery Village. Kayaking is something you will enjoy too. In contrast to canoeing, the seating position in a kayak is different and you use a double bladed paddle instead. Make your plans and explore the beauty of the Kabini River while engaging in a healthy and fun sport.
Maybe a long getaway is not in your plans now. Enjoy a one day outing in Bangalore or rejuvenate with a Nandi Hills stay just a few kilometres from the city.