Panaji, April 12 (IANS) A dark simmering Zuari river, its rippling waves luminescent in the moonlight and a kayak cutting through the current is what Goa has in store for tourists this month.
The Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) has tied up with a private kayaking outfit to come up with a “limited edition” special moonlight kayaking programme in April, an official said Friday. Kayaking is the use of kayak (small paddle boat) for moving across water.
“Moonlight kayaking on the Zuari (one of Goa’s largest rivers) is a very special activity and we encourage everyone to participate in it and experience the joy and the serenity that it offers,” GTDC chairman Nilesh Cabral told reporters.
Kayaking in the moonlight is a unique activity and adds yet another facet to Goa’s tourism bouquet, essentially known for beach tourism.
Moonlight kayaking will be offered only for five days from April 24 to 28. The night expedition will begin from the Cortalim ferry jetty and culminate at the picturesque San Jacinto Island after two hours of paddling in the river.
“We have chosen these days since April 25 will have a full moon and make for a well-lit night, perfect for midnight kayaking,” said Prakash Alfonso, director with Goa Kayaking which has tied up with the GTDC for the event.
“Although we say two hours, kayakers enjoy this so much that it goes on till midnight,” he added.
Participants will also be provided with all the equipments, flotation devices, kayaks, and paddles along with instruction sessions from experts.