Goa Kayaking's Sal Backwaters

Nuvem, India

Experience hosted by Prakash

  1. 2 hours
  2. Hosted in English
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Up to 10 people
Includes drinks and equipment

What you'll do

The Sal Backwaters - This popular and celebrated excursion on flat dammed up waters, takes you on a winding journey through narrow waterways deep in the mangroves, sighting different birds, fish, otters and exotic local plants like cashew, bamboo and mango, on the waters. Red and white lotus and loads of migratory birds, make this a must do trip for all ages.
Meet up at Kareem’s, Water's Edge, Dongorim, Nuvem in South Goa and after a quick introduction, your tour host will start with a briefing on the river, the flora/ fauna, how to handle the kayak properly and what to see and look out for, during the trip. Slowly and silently weave your way along the narrow waterway, spot hundreds of birds at hand shaking distance! 4 types of kingfisher, 3 different cormorants, lapwings, pin-tailed ducks, pheasants, purple water fowl, white, purple and grey herons, egrets, black headed ibis and many more among more than 70 different types which live here. If lucky, you'll see the shy otters frolicking and feeding in the early morning and late evenings. Silently glide into the lotus ponds of our Gods and ancestors! This is one unforgettable experience and the feeling is hard to describe! For a part of the trip, you will even be kayaking in the tall grasses/scrub. Slowly glide under the overhangs of mango, cashew, bamboo and the overpowering mangroves, teeming with birdlife on all sides.
Other things to note
Your bottoms are bound to get damp/wet. A change of clothes and a towel if required, for the drive/ride back to your resort. In the countryside, there are no washrooms/change rooms. You could request the management of a nearby restaurant to use theirs. Carry drinking water, snacks.
The Sal Backwaters - This popular and celebrated excursion on flat dammed up waters, takes you on a winding journey through narrow waterways deep in the mangroves, sighting different birds, fish, otters and exotic local plants like cashew, bamboo and mango, on the waters. Red and white lotus and loads of migratory birds, make this a must do trip for all ages.
Meet up at Kareem’s, Water's Edge, Dongorim, Nuvem in South Goa and after a quick…

What's included

  • Drinks
    Bottle of drinking water, tetrapack of fruit juice
  • Equipment
    Kayaks each 3.05 m long 110-150 kg buoyancy, Life jackets, paddle leashes,...

Meet your Host, Prakash

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 7 Reviews
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I'm Prakash and I started Goa Kayaking in 2009 to offer visitors a completely different, immersive, hands on eco experience from the waters. I've been kayaking on the myriad waterways of Goa for many years with my children, checking out the birds, catching crabs, angling, exploring the mangroves and generally enjoying the peacefulness and serenity of these quiet places. There weren't any kayak tours on offer and in 2009, ours was the pioneer in the segment. The response was overwhelming as visitors wanted something more than the sun, sand, beach shacks and beer. With more than 14 selected different trips , from river running, mangroves exploration, sea kayaking, moonlight kayaking, multi day kayaking trips and more, I would say the experience of showing guests this other beautiful side of Goa, has been most satisfying.
I'm Prakash and I started Goa Kayaking in 2009 to offer visitors a completely different, immersive, hands on eco experience from the waters. I've been kayaking on the myriad waterways of Goa for many years with my children, checking out the birds, catching crabs, angling, exploring the mangroves and generally enjoying the peacefulness and serenity of these quiet places. There weren't any kayak tours on offer and in 2009, ours was the pioneer in the segment. The response was overwhelming as vis…
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Where you'll be

You'll be kayaking in the narrow waterways of the dammed up river Sal, deep in the mangroves.
Explore the lotus ponds of our Gods and ancestors!
Next paddle through the brush and tall grasses.
See exotic local and migratory birds at hand shaking distance

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 7 reviews.

Abha
March 2021
So we did the much-anticipated kayaking trip with Prakash (our coordinator and instructor) and Satish (our tour guide) today. And it surpassed our already high expectations. We were a motley group of 4 adults, all 40+, and 3 kids, varying in age from 9 to 13. Most had no prior kayaking experience. So, we were initially apprehensive about how things were going to turn out. But it turned out to be an amazingly memorable experience, with first-timers kayaking with elan, and the kids and adults alike loved the whole trip. Everyone in our group gave it 5 stars without reservation. Just a tip, don't skimp on sunscreen, it gets sunny in the river. but there are shady nooks on the way, which are perfect for taking a break.
Abhinav
February 2021
It was a great experience and Prakash's introduction about the location and what to expect, added that touch to make the experience "The Best". The Kayaking was amazing, the location was awesome. The Kayaks and the paddles were as expected. The person (guide) who comes along with you during the kayaking is great and we cracked lot of jokes on the way. He tries every bit to show you different types of birds that are present in the area. I had a great experience and I am definitely coming back here for more. Thanks a lot Prakash for this. :-)
Conred
February 2021
A group of 3 including a lady in her late 50s were thoroughly briefed and then taken down what turned out to be a private trip (another group had cancelled). The lead Satish was great with helping us settle in, any apprehensions on how tiring or complicated this may turn out to be quickly have way to a 2hr leisurely paced trip down the river. The lotus blooms and the the birds are definite highlights. Try going early morning or late afternoons, else the sun may get to you.
Nupur
January 2021
Absolutely lovely experience! We went down a quiet stream, got to see some interesting birds and the lotus pond was wonderful! Prakash and our guide were very well-informed and wonderful. A different experience in Goa to try!
Ramachandran ( Rama)
January 2021
Fantastic experience..Very well briefed at the beginning of the trip and the place was beautiful. Very clean river. Need to encourage more such activities in India.Enjoyed every bit.

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Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 5 and up can attend, up to 10 guests total.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.

What to bring

Cap/hat, sunblock SPF35 and above, sunglasses with a tie, extra drinking water, change of clothes, towel, water/aqua shoes/sandals

Cancellation policy

Cancel within 24 hours of purchasing or at least 7 days before the experience starts for a full refund.