Have you already heard about the most recommended activity very close to Varkala and the best way to experience the Backwaters ?
STAND-UP-PADDLING ON THE BACKWATERS is a must-do!
The 4-hour-trip takes you on the backwaters around Ponnumthuruth Island, which means literally Golden Island. This lush island is a perfect getaway for those who seek a break from the hustle and bustle of Varkala. It’s situated just about 10 km south of Varkala and surrounded by the backwaters with ideal conditions for Stand-Up-Paddling.
We are leaving Varkala cliff at 6am with Rickshaws, when it’s still dark and everyone’s still sleeping. 20min later we will reach the backwaters, we get everything prepared and get on our SUP-boards. The first 5-10min standing on the board and trying to move are quite challenging but slowly slowly the board is under control and the fun starts. We are paddling for about 1,5hrs while the sun is rising. We pass the Golden Island and reach a huge lake with clear water where we have a break for 30minutes while we are swimming in the lake or relaxing on the boards, simply floating. On your way back you already feel like being one with the board and the surrounding nature. Depending on the current and our fitness we can have a stopover at the Golden Island to visit the Shiva Parvathi temple, which is also called Thuruthu Kshethram by the natives. At 10am we are driving back to Varkala cliff with a big smile on our faces! You might become addicted! If so, just come and join us for the same amazing trip in the afternoon from 2:30-6:30pm. The sunsets are breathtaking to.😉
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