Clean Chaliyar River Paddle Now
- The three-day paddling event organized by Jellyfish Watersports in association with Kerala Tourism promotes an eco-friendly water sports experience that connects young people and adults.
- The 68 km paddle will depart from Nilambur, located at the foot of the western ghats in Malappuram.
- It will end at Beypore in Kozhikode district, where the river meets the Arabian Sea.
COVID security protocols will be followed throughout the event and a COVID vaccination certificate is a prerequisite to participate in the event. This year, considering the situation, this event will be promoted as a phoenix event to boost tourism activities in Kerala. The event will offer expedition, camping and a source of sea paddling experience, using kayaks, SUPs, rafts, and this year on day three, organizers are introducing sculling (rowers) and sailboats dinghies, making it a wider range of human-powered non-motorized watercraft in use – something new to look forward to and experience.
The Chaliyar River Paddle offers opportunities at different levels, from beginners to non-swimmers to established water sports enthusiasts, nature lovers, tourists, children and people from all walks of life. The event naturally promotes the rivers of Kerala, their beauty, authentic Malabar cuisine and provides a unique opportunity to meet like-minded people. Local bands will join hands to promote their talent and provide a relaxing evening for paddlers. The food will be served by the best local restaurants such as Calicut Paragon.
“Chaliyar River Paddle focused on saving our rivers from urban pollution and promoting[ing] recreational kayaking for all. This is a negative event for plastic, which is why paddlers will help clean the river by kayak. We have partnered with a local NGO who will provide participants with a collection bag and transport the waste to their recycling and waste management facility. They will also educate participants on proper segregation, responsible consumption and waste management. This is about bouncing Kerala’s tourism sector after the COVID pandemic and raising awareness about the environment and in particular the endemic plastic pollution of the river, ”said Kaushiq Kodithodika, founder of Jellyfish Water Sports.
More information, including event registration information, can be found here.