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Monday, 14 January, 2019, 17 : 00 PM [IST]

‘Muziris Paddle’ witnesses participation of 100 paddlers from India and Abroad

Muziris Paddle 2019, the two-day kayaking stand-up paddling (SUP) and sailing expedition organised by Jellyfish Watersports in partnership with Muziris Heritage Project (Kerala Tourism) concluded on January 6, 2019. 

The event witnessed participation from over 100 paddlers from India and abroad, including Shilpika Gautam, world record holder of paddling the entire Ganga River, International paddler Jim Bush from Perth and other prominent people. The entire expedition was managed by Jellyfish Watersports and participants learnt the skills from expert trainers and river guides. 

The event flagged off from the Kotturpuram Jetty in Kodungalloor district and concluded on at Ocean Blue International Marina at Bolgatty Island. Manesh Bhaskar, CEO, Kerala Adventure Tourism Promotion Society (KATPS), inaugurated the closing ceremony. P M Noushad, MD, Muziris Heritage Project; Kaushiq Kodithodi, Founder, Jellyfish Watersports, Rachana Bakshi, Jolly Thomas and Prasad Thumbani graced the occasion.

The organisers had teamed up with Switzerland based stand-up paddling group and Cochin Bikers, a group of bicycle enthusiasts and members of Global Sailing Club. One of Kerala’s most incredible nature experiences the event saw participation from paddling enthusiasts from five year old to sixty five year old.

The key aim of the paddling event was to promote the usage of our rivers for recreational and create a connection to the river with youngsters and tourists.

“Muziris Paddle was a great way to experience Kerala through its water bodies and be part of the growing eco and responsible tourism initiatives. We stopped at various schools, met children and explained them the concept of kayaking and paddling sports. Kayak for a cause is helping in creating more awareness about the conservation of river and to retain its original beauty”, says Kodithodi

 
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