Muziris Paddle 2021 concluded the fourth edition of its two-day kayaking expedition themed on ‘Paddle to Preserve’. The event saw the participation from 100+ Kayakers, stand-up paddlers, Inflatable rafts and sailors from India and abroad, including 20 women kayakers on February 12th and 13th.
The event was organised by Jellyfish Watersports, in association with the Muziris Heritage Project of Kerala Tourism. The event flagged off from the Kottappuram Corniche Kodungalloor and ended at the KTDC Marina, Bolgatty Palace Island Resort, Cochin. The closing ceremony held at KTDC Marina of Bolgatty was attended by stalwarts like M AnilKumar, Kochi Mayor, T.J Vinod,Ernakulam MLA, IRS Officer T P SalimKumar, CEO of Kerala maritime board, P M Naushad, Managing Director, Muziris projects, Sreejith A K, General Manager Jellyfish Watersports, Ibrahim Zabin, Marketing Manager Muziris Project.
This year the participants followed the paddling route from Muziris to Kochi while covering the overall distance of 40 km. Each day they covered an easy distance of 20 km traversing through rivers, backwaters and important Muziris destinations en route. On the first day, the participants travelled through the Periyar and entered the National Waterway 3 near Munambam. The second day, the tour resumed from Sravanam Greens and subsequently entered the Vembanadu Lake, covering Nedungadu Veeranpuzha and Vypin Manjanakkadu.
“The event aimed to revive the legacy of the ancient Muziris and to promote the usage of our waterways for eco-tourism and increase awareness on the adverse effects of urban pollution in water bodies,” said Sreejith AK, General Manager, Jellyfish Watersports. The event strictly followed the COVID protocol.