‘Row Row Row your boat, gently down the stream, merrily merrily merrily life is but a dream”. This rhyme ran on loop in my head, as I oared the kayak on the back-waters overlooking the road on one side and the blue waters of the Bay of Bengal on the other.
A kayak is a small, narrow boat which can either be a single or double seater and is propelled by hand oaring. It does not have a motor and is helped along with oars and the wind. This was the first time I was rowing one and it took me a few minutes to get the hang of it. The instructions were clear and the boat was light and easy to manoeuvre.
Lucky for us, there was a break in the hot weather and though the sun was shining brightly, there was a gentle cool breeze. We paddled towards the beach and stopped our kayaks admiring the mighty ocean with its big waves crashing on the beach as fishermen scurried about tending to their fishing nets and sorting their catch for the day.
The plan is to introduce water scooters and banana boat rides on these back waters as well. The thrill of riding these in the ocean where they go up and come crashing down over the crests and troughs of the waves is amazing. On my trip to Langkawi in Malasyia they let us ride the scooters on our own into the open sea and to explore the islands in the vicinity. Hopefully, they will introduce these rides in the open sea here as well.
We enjoyed going up-stream and down-stream on this placid river, but to sail the kayaks in the open seas would be a new thrill altogether. Next stop would be to experience them in the ocean.
Not having had enough of the water, we went to the beach for a dip in the cool inviting waters of the Bay. The water was so clean we could see the sea-bed clearly. The beach was secluded and felt private. The sea wasn’t very choppy and splashing about in the water with the tethered fishing boats bobbing in the back-ground was a perfect end to our very enjoyable Sunday.
What started as a lazy Sunday ended up being anything but. There is nothing really like basking in the great outdoors!
The Ocean Wave firm which manages these water sports is run by brothers Shoaib and Sadiq in collaboration with AP Tourism. They have 4 recreational kayaks. They have life-guards and safety jackets on site.
· Tanned skin
· Amazing time
· Big smiles
Kayaks on rent for 30 minutes- Rs. 200/-
Water sports by Ocean Wave at Mangarimpeta village on the Vizag-Bheemli scenic sea route. Take the right at the go-kart rink and follow the road down to the old bridge.
Swimming at Mangarimpeta beach. The road leading to the beach beside a temple.
There are no life-guards at the beach. And the sea here is prone to sudden and strong currents. Be mindful while venturing into the ocean.
-Tamanna S. Mehdi