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Kayak on Shambhavi

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Kayaking on an Indian river is perhaps the most thrilling experience that anyone can ask for! While you must have always thought of it as an exotic water sport – we are here you to take you for a wilderness ride, on a Kayak.

During this trip, you will get to sail and cover a total distance of 10 km on a kayak. From one side of the Palimar Dam where the water of the Arabian Sea gushes into the Shambhavi River in Karnataka, you’ll sail up to the other end of the dam where camps will be set up. Surrounded by the Western Ghats, the camping site is amidst nature, by the banks of the river.

Once the dam gets narrow and you slowly enter the river, you’ll realize that this place is nature’s best kept secret and it’s one of those virgin destinations of South India that aren’t explored by many. The beautiful landscape can only be explored through the waterway and kayaking here would be the most adventurous ride!

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Kayaking Distance

  • Kayak Distance14 Day 1 , 14 Day 2

KAYAKING - A Two Day Overview

Day 0

  • Leave from Bangalore at 9:00 PM

Day 1

  • Freshen up by 8:30 AM
  • Have breakfast
  • Get into the water, start the training (you will learn how to float in the water, how to get back into the kayak in deep water with assistance and without assistance, how to rescue other kayakers. A completion certificate will be provided), kayak into the mangrove route finish by 12 AM
  • Comeback have lunch by 2 pm
  • Prepare/backup for beach camping
  • Leave for the beach by 3 pm
  • Reach beach by 5 pm
  • Set up camp on the beach
  • Have snacks
  • Setup bonfire
  • Veg-barbecue(paneer, capsicum, pineapple) by 9:30 pm
  • Dinner by 10:30 pm

Day 2

  • Pack up the tents
  • Leave beach by 8:00 AM
  • Have fruits/snacks
  • Come back to the starting location. By 11:00 AM
  • Have brunch, finish the trip by 1:00 pm
  • Reach Bangalore by 10:30 pm (appox)

 

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Important Notes

  • Accommodation in Tents on multiple sharing basis ( separate for men & women )
  • 2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner, High Tea and Snacks
  • Kayaking Gear, Life Jackets and Dry Bag
  • To and fro Transport from Bangalore ( Non A/c )
  • Professional Kayaker & Outdoor Leader from Plan The Unplanned
  • Experience that you gain

Price Inclusions

The Kayaking on Shambhavi experience is a rustic, offbeat, and into the wild experience. We would be happy if we have Travellers on board who shall understand and can enjoy the same. There shall be no provisions of any kind of luxury, electricity, or any other comforts which are usually preferred for a 2 day trip. Kindly enroll if you are prepared for an ultimate fun-filled adventure.

Facilities

Bathroom and shower available at the starting point

We are camping at an offbeat beach which is isolated and away from the crowd and there are no luxuries or any basic facilities available.  There shall be no electricity, washrooms facilities, or any kind of comforts. 

The toilet facility will be rustic and mostly in the wild. However, we will be digging a pit and there will be a Privacy tent for the same.

Participants responsibility

  1. Taking care/returning of the 
    1. kayak
    2. life jacket
    3. paddle
    4. dry bag.

 In case there is damage due to abuse to the equipment, damage cost shall be covered by the participants

  • Making and folding their own tents
  • Helping in carrying the common/shared stuff
    • Food
    • Water
    • Wood
    • Barbecue utensils, Etc

Price Exclusions

  • Any meals not included above
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Any kind of insurance (health, medical, life accidental,etc )
  • Anything not included above

Pickup Points

Following are the pick-up points & timings:

  • Please select your preferred pickup point from the drop-down list while booking
  • Any change in Pick up locations/ timings would be updated via mail 24 hours before the start of the trip
  • Drop-off points shall be same as the pick-up points

Group Size

  • Max number of People 20
  • We have an equal male to female ratio for most of our treks
  • We require a minimum of 8 members to confirm the event
  • In case we fail to obtain the required minimum, full refund or the option to transfer to any other event will be provided. (Option of transfer shall be subject to payment/refund of balance amount if any)
  • Mode of Transort depends on Group Size. If Group Size is below 12 then Tempo traveller and if above 12 then it would be a Minibus

Things to Carry

  • Face Masks & Hand Sanitisers
  • Sun caps and Sunscreen
  • Arm Sleeves ( To avoid Tanning )
  • Small backpack to carry your essentials during the trek
  • Power Bank
  • Warm Layer 
  • Water bottles – 2 (1 liter each)
  • Lunch Box & Spoon to carry your packed lunch
  • Raincoat/Bag covers in case of rains
  • Flip-flops for lazing around the campsite
  • Torch/Headlamp to be used at night
  • Portable chargers for your electronics
  • Extra pair of clothes to change into once wet
  • Polybags to pack your wet clothes
  • Extra cash for meals not included in the itinerary

Kayaking - Two Day Itinerary

Day 0Depart form Bangalore

We’ll board the bus from Bangalore and start our journey towards Palimar Dam, covering a distance of nearly 390 km. The overnight journey will be fun-filled as you’ll get to know your new travel mates and share your thoughts about the upcoming kayak ride.

Day 1Wilderness Ride on a Kayak on Shambhavi

We’ll reach and get started with kayaking by 7.30 am. Be prepared – we’ll have to cover a distance of 14 km and kayak for nearly 7 – 9 hours approximately. (Of course, with regular intervals!)

We’ll make a stop at around 10 am for a quick snack before we begin to paddle again. The next stop would be around 1 pm for lunch. You can take some time to relax and explore the banks of the River Shambhavi – one of the many rivers that flow from the Western Ghats into the Arabian Sea. The natural surrounding will absolutely take you to a different world altogether – a world that would appear to be magical!

By 4 pm, we shall reach our camping site, where you can drop your luggage and rush to jump into the beach to soothe your senses. After a long ride, taking a bath in the river would be the perfect experience.

Get back to the campsite by 6 pm, where you’ll have bonfire waiting for you along with some live music – it’s gonna be a fun party night amidst nature! Gaze at the stars, listen to the rumbling of the river and enjoy the delicious barbecued food that’ll be served.

And later, get some good sleep!

Day 2Sunrise Kayak

We’ll start a bit early – around 6’o clock in the morning. You’ll have to keep sailing until we make our first stop at around 8.30 am, for breakfast. We shall aim to reach the town of Mulki by 1 pm, and have lunch there.

Then we’ll all board the bus and start our journey for Bangalore. Of course, you’ll get to relax your muscles and take a quick nap on the bus, if you feel like.

FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, Can I join?

The interesting thing about traveling alone is that you get to meet new people from  diverse backgrounds, and towards the end you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travelers are always welcome to join us on our trips. Read more about solo travelling here and get inspired! https://www.plantheunplanned.com/solo-yet-accompanied/ 

Is it safe for Women/Girls?

Safety and security is our priority at all times. Hence it is absolutely safe for women/girls to join us on our treks and travels. Our trek leaders accompany the team at all times, and our campsites are secured and safe for accomodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany on most of our treks.

 

Do I have any other boarding points apart from the ones mentioned?

Yes, we do have options for picking a traveler on board with a few locations provided they are on the route to our destination. Following are the same:

  • Croma Store, Sony World Signal

  • Trinity Circle Metro Station

  • Yeshwanthpur Metro Station

  • Goraguntepalya Metro Station

  • Nayanadahalli Metro Station

I have booked the trek when will I get further updates regarding the trek?

Well, most of our treks are usually confirmed by Thursday and you would receive a BON VOYAGE mail that would contain details as regards Pickup Points ( Location and Timings ), Outdoor Leader ( Point of Contact ), Do’s and Don’ts. You’ll be added to Whatsapp Group for all the further updates.

How do I avail discounts? 

Details for availing  discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/

What is cancellation policy?

For Departures from Bangalore: In the event that YOU cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow

  • If you cancel before 7 days – 90% of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 3 – 6 days – 50 % of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 0-3 days – No Refund

Note: For All The Above Refund Cases Transaction Fees/Internet Handling Charges will be dedcuted from the overall amount and balance amount shall be refunded. You can transfer your ticket to anyone so that you could save your hard earned money

“Transfer to a future date is only possible only if you cancel between 3-6 days before the trek date and not on the day of departure or a day before”

For other trips and travels with us, and detailed terms and conditions check the      following link : https://www.plantheunplanned.com/refund-cancellation-policy

For more queries please visit our Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQ's).

Note

  • Consumption of alcohol, intoxicants and smoking would not be tolerated during the entire course of the journey and the trek. Kindly co-operate with us to make the experience more fun.
  • Do not expect any luxuries on the trip. The locations that we host are at remote places and we do our best to arrange the basic facilities. The goal is to be outdoors.
  • The Food that shall be provided will be Basic Veg Food. We do not serve Non-Veg Food.
  • Put Litter in its place, do not trash your travel.
  • Plan The Unplanned shall not be responsible for any of your belongings, valuables, jewellery etc.  Kindly do take care.
  • In the case of traffic delays or breakdowns, expect a little delay in reaching the destination.

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rajesh kumar sahu

Solo Traveller

Kayaking at Shambhavi was a totally different experience for me. Everything was nicely arranged by Sushant and PTU, & what can I say about our trek lead Adith, you simply can’t hate him, he is one of the most likeable person I have ever met. Will recommend PTU and take more trips with them.

October 24, 2019