The 8th edition of the Malabar River Festival, jointly organised by the Kerala Adventure Tourism Promotion Society, District Tourism Promotion Council, Kozhikode district panchayat, and Indian Kayaking and Canoeing Association, is to be held in Chalippuzha and Iruvazhinji from August 12 to 14. The competitions will be held in Iruvazhinji on the first two days with Pulikkayam as starting point and Elanthakadavu as the finishing point.
Competitions will be held in events such as Kayak Slalom, Boater Cross, and Down River race. Over 300 kayakers from different parts of the world have already camped at Thusharagiri to take part in the competition. The overall champions in male and female categories get the titles of Rapid Raja and Rapid Rani respectively.
The past seven editions of the festival, the only white water kayaking event in South India, have been huge successes in terms of public participation. This year, the organisers have made arrangements for river rafting for the public to get a taste of the rapids.
Apart from the cycling event, a trekking event along the rivers is also being held on Monday under the aegis of World of Women, a women's travel group.