Down the Rapids: Malabar River Pageant and Worldwide Kayaking Championship begins in Kerala


Held on Chali and Iravazhinji rivers in Kozhikode district, South India’s solely white water kayaking occasion is going down after two years of pandemic

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The inaugural canoe slalom occasion of the Worldwide Kayaking Championships started on 12 August at Kodanchery, Kerala. Video Credit: Mithosh Joseph

Held on Chali and Iravazhinji rivers in Kozhikode district, South India’s solely white water kayaking occasion is going down after two years of pandemic

The eighth version of the Malabar River Pageant, collectively organized by the Kerala Journey Tourism Promotion Society, District Tourism Promotion Council, Kozhikode District Panchayat, and the Indian Kayaking and Canoeing Affiliation, started at Kodenchery in Kozhikode district.

Held after a hiatus of two years because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s South India’s solely white water kayaking competitors, and this time round 60 extra kayakers are taking part. “Earlier editions of the competitors have included kayakers from everywhere in the world. Nevertheless, this time, there are solely three members outdoors India because the two-year pandemic broke out,” mentioned occasion coordinator Paulson Arakkal. The ultimate version of the pageant was in 2019.

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Meghalaya's Kharbor Mwanai greets his fans in Chalippuzha for canoe slalom event

Meghalaya’s Kharbor Mawnai greets followers earlier than their splashdown in Chalippuzha for the canoe slalom occasion. picture credit score: mythos joseph

The inaugural canoe slalom occasion at Chalipuzha (Chali River) noticed the participation of famend Indian kayakers like Amit Thappa, Nidhi Bharadwaj, Hitesh Kewat and Kuldeep Singh. Rupesh Shrestha and Keshab Gharti of Nepal additionally examined the rapids of Chalipuzha at present. Fortunate Verma (15) from Indore is the youngest participant this yr. In the meantime, Ian Vincent, 60, an Australian kayaking coach based mostly in Meghalaya, is the oldest participant.

Find out how to attain Kodancherry

Close by airports: Calicut Worldwide Airport (46 km), Kannur Worldwide Airport (109 km)

railway station: Calicut (41 km), Koylandi (42 km)

by highway: Kochi (215 km), Bangalore (by way of Mysore, Wayanad: 313 km)

All occasions are held on Chalippuzha and Iravazhinjippuzha, two tributaries of the Chaliyar River that flows via Kozhikode. The 2 rivers that circulate down the Western Ghats east of Kozhikode district circulate swiftly via the pristine and inexperienced areas of the hill villages of Kodenchery and Thiruvambadi panchayats, making them a perfect vacation spot for white water kayaking occasions. Huh. It was a degree by Bhardwaj, knowledgeable canoe polo athlete, representing India in worldwide competitions. “It is among the greatest rivers right here and I’m having fun with it very a lot”, she mentioned.

Packages and Awards

This yr’s festivities will function occasions such because the Kayak Slalom, Boater Cross and Down River Race and the general champions within the males’s and ladies’s classes will obtain the Speedy King and Speedy Queen titles respectively. The winners of every competitors shall be given a money prize of ₹ 1,00,000. The final seven editions of the pageant have been an enormous success by way of public participation. This yr, the organizers have organized river rafting for the general public as properly, in order that they’ll get a style of the rapids. The pageant will conclude on Sunday 14th August.


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