Malabar River Festival 2014 Returns to Kerala!

The second annual Malabar River Festival is being held in Kerala this year, July 25-27.


Adventure sports enthusiasts, community-seekers, and curious travellers: it’s time to mark your calendar. The second annual Malabar River Festival is being held in Kerala this year, July 25-27, and it promises to be even better than last year’s incredible launch.

If you’re new to the whitewater kayaking world, don’t worry. Come as a spectator and join the throngs of people lined up on the river’s edge to cheer on the athletes as they gracefully manoeuvre down Kerela’s swollen monsoon rivers. If you want to get involved more directly, volunteer for one of the several jobs crucial to the success of the fest. Or, if you’re an athlete, register today and compete against an international array of whitewater paddlers, including extreme kayaking world champion, Sam Sutton, who will be making an appearance, as well as competing, in this year’s festival.

This year’s festival also promises whitewater fun for everyone with its new rafting opportunities. Yes, whitewater rafting has come to Northern Kerala and it’s being launched as a part of this year’s Malabar River Festival. Rafting trips will cover an 8-km stretch of the Iruvanjhipuzha River below Arippara Falls, and will be conducted by some of the best river guides in the industry. Be sure to arrange a few extra hours to go on a trip, which will give you first hand experience of the Kerala’s jungle-beauty and little-known water ways.

You can book your tickets in advance at District Tourism Promotion Council office in Kozhikode and Wayanad districts, or by calling Madras Fun Tools, at 9884814610.

Mark your calendar today and be a part of one of the most dynamic weekends in whitewater sports all year!

If you need a little more persuasion, check out this heart-pounding video from last year’s fest. Convinced? Here’s some help with the logistics:

How to get there: Reach Kozhikode, Kerala by bus or by train (Kozhikode Railway Station). From there, it’s only a one-hour drive northeast to the town of Kodanchery.

Where to stay: You have a few options for lodging, but it’s important that you book early – the small town of Kodanchery fills up fast! If you have your own transport and want to stay in the gorgeous surrounding hills, check out Whitewater Woods. If you’d like to include a spa experience in your downtime, you can’t beat Highlife Ayurveda. Or, if you don’t have your own transport, the Thushara International is located directly in town and you’ll be able to catch a ride to the race venue.

For spectators: Tons of enthusiastic onlookers turn out for this event, including lots of supportive locals. Last year crowds swelled to 6000 people – in the rain! Be sure to get to events on time so that you get a good spot for viewing. And don’t forget your umbrella/rain gear, just in case.

For volunteers: Volunteering is perhaps the best way to get to know this incredibly inclusive paddling community, and gives you experience in organizing an international sports competition. You can volunteer during the festival, or beforehand, from July 21-27 in Kodanchery. If you choose to be a week-long volunteer, you are provided with free accommodation for the week plus lunches during the festival. Malayalam skills are a plus! Or, if you’re based in Bangalore, you can start volunteering now and help out with sponsorship, marketing, artwork design, etc. Drop Manik Taneja a line at: manik@goodwave.in

For athletes: Between Pro and Beginner categories, a fun down-river race, and a variety of competitions (including Giant Slalom, Free Style Competition, and Boater Cross), there’s something for every level of athlete. And the prize money doesn’t hurt either, with a total of USD$9000. It’s time to register today.


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An environmental writer and educator, Ing-Marie is deeply inspired toward personal and planetary sustainability, and all of the work she engages in reflects this inspiration. Originally from the USA, she has felt fortunate to call India "home" since 2005, and offers a unique, cross-cultural perspective on all things green. Committed to living the change, you can often catch Ing-Marie riding her cy... more

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An environmental writer and educator, Ing-Marie is deeply inspired toward personal and planetary sustainability, and all of the work she engages in reflects this inspiration. Originally from the USA, she has felt fortunate to call India "home" since 2005, and offers a unique, cross-cultural perspective on all things green. Committed to living the change, you can often catch Ing-Marie riding her cy... more

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