Malabar River Festival is back with its 8th edition after two years

Ranked the largest kayaking competition in Asia, the Malabar River Festival will be held in Thusharagiri in Kerala’s Kozhikode district.

A slender coastal strip defined by layered landscape, glorious beaches running along the Arabian Sea, and an unhurried network of glistening backwaters — Kerala is a dream come true for laidback leisure travellers as well as adventurers. If you are the latter, align your Kerala trip with the 8th edition of Malabar River Festival this season!

An international kayaking competition, it is scheduled to be held in Thusharagiri in Kerala’s Kozhikode district from August 12-14. Due to the pandemic, the popular championship is coming back after two years, and is expected to boost adventure tourism in the state.

First held in 2013, Malabar River Festival is organised by Kerala Adventure Tourism Promotion Society in collaboration with District Tourism Promotion Council and Kozhikode District Panchayat. This time, over 100 kayakers from 20 different countries along with 200 participants from different states across India are expected to take part in the event.

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Kayakers competing at the Malabar River Festival. Image: Shutterstock/shamil ashraf.

It will host a number of watersports like the Extreme Race, Boater Cross, and Giant Slalom in the roaring rapids of Iruvazhinji Puzha and Chalipuzha. These rivers are tributaries of the Chaliyar River, and during the wet months every year, the water swells up, makes its way downstream, and turns into a paradise for watersport enthusiasts. Besides kayaking, the festival will also host whitewater rafting and kayak training among many other thrilling events.

In 2013, the sleepy town of Kodenchiri in Kozhikode was turned into an adventure hub by a few kayaking aficionados when the Malabar River Festival was first held. Today, the region is known for organising Asia’s largest kayaking competition. Expect to see the biggest names in the kayaking world showing off their skills, braving the waves, and locals coming together to make the popular event a grand affair.

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