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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Jan 24-26: Aquasports Camp at Karwar (Non-swimmers can join too) 
Aquasports Camp at Karwar [24-25-26th Jan 2009] (Non-swimmers can join too)
Karwar is the district & the taluka head quarters of Uttara Kannada, (519 km north-west of Bangalore). Karwar, is a good place to enjoy the thrills of sun, sea and sand & thus becomes an ideal place to relax.

Karwar is a small town containing relatively undiscovered beaches and placed snugly on the coast. It's a calming sight anywhere, but in Karwar the sunrise is especially beautiful for the topography it unveils. On one side of the road is the dim outline of the narrow coast hugging the sea, while the dark shapes of the Western Ghats loom across the other. Miraculously straddling both mountain and sea, Karwar is a nondescript little town perched in between, seemingly oblivious to its own overwhelming beauty.
Since it is sandwiched between the sea on one side and Western Ghats on the other, Karwar is rich in flora and fauna. The monsoons last long and it rains heavily, the climate and sea beaches are similar to Goa, but is ignored in terms of tourism.

The most popular attractions of Karwar are its palm-fringed beaches. Koodi Bagh beach at the exact point where the Kali river flows into the sea, and the Kaju Bagh beach, brims with a cardinal atmosphere with the local gentry congregating every evening.
Kayaking: Kayaking is the use of a kayak for moving across water. Kayaking is generally differentiated from canoeing by the sitting position of the paddler and the number of blades on the paddle. Almost all kayaks have closed decks, however, there are many sit-on-top kayaks, and these boats are growing in popularity

Canoeing: Canoeing is the activity of paddling a canoe for the purpose of recreation (also called a float trip), sport, or transportation. It usually refers exclusively to using a paddle to propel a canoe with only human muscle power. A kayak is propelled using a paddle with two blades where the paddler sits with their legs mostly extended in front of them, whereas canoes are propelled using single- or double-bladed paddles where the paddler - a "canoeist" or "canoer"- is kneeling or sitting on seat or thwart, with their knees bent and their legs more or less beneath them.
Windsurfing: Windsurfing, or sailboarding, is a surface water sport using a windsurf board, also commonly called a sailboard, usually two to five meters long and powered by wind pushing a single sail. The rig is connected to the board by a free-rotating flexible joint called the Universal Joint (U-Joint). Unlike a rudder-steered sailboat, a windsurfer is steered by the tilting and rotating of the mast and sail as well as tilting and carving the board.

Coracle: Oval in shape and very similar to half a walnut shell, the structure is made of a framework of split and interwoven willow rods, tied with willow bark. The outer layer was originally an animal skin such as horse or bullock hide (corium), with a thin layer of tar to make it fully water proof - today replaced by tarred calico or canvas, or simply fibreglass. The structure has a keel-less, flat bottom to evenly spread the weight of the boat and its load across the structure and to reduce the required depth of water - often to only a few inches, making it ideal for use on rivers.
Banana Boat: A banana boat, often referred to simply as a banana, is an unpowered recreational boat designed to be pulled by a larger boat. Riders sit astride a large tube which is supported by two smaller tubes which provide balance and footrests, allowing them to experience some of the thrill of moving fast and close to the water much more easily and safely than by water-skiing or surfing and they are therefore a popular ride for children. Many large motor yachts or luxury yachts have a banana as one of their onboard "toys", but any powered boat can pull a banana, and they are sometimes available as a commercial ride at holiday resorts. Most models seat between three and ten people. Double models with two seating tubes side by side are available. Banana boats are often yellow and are sometimes actually moulded into the shape of a banana.
Night Trek on Karwar beach.

Tentative Schedule:
Friday 23rd Jan 2009:
08:00PM    Pickup from Symphony Theater, MG Road, Bangalore
08:30PM    2nd Pickup from Shell Petrol Bunk, Yeshwantpur.
Saturday 24th Jan 2009:
09:00AM    Reach Karwar, Check in Lodge, Freshup, have breakfast.
11:00AM    Start Aqua sport activities listed above. Take lunch break in between and continue activity again.
06:00PM    Come back to room, shower, relax, Dinner.
09:00PM    Go on a short beach trek.
11:00PM    Sleep
Sunday 25th Jan 2009:
07:00AM   Get up, get ready have breakfast.
09:00AM   Trek in the beach side forest.
01:00PM    Have Lunch
03:00PM    Visit Oyster Rock Island
06:00PM    Come back, relax.
Monday 26th Jan 2009:
06:00AM    Packup and start back the return journey via scenic Mangalore.
               Take stops in between on beaches other sceinic spots.
10:00PM    Reach back Bangalore.


Read thru Things to Carry page and make your best judgment on packing your backpack.
Read thru Cancellation Policy page, just in case you have to cancel participation.

Important points to be noted before registering
Cost per person: Rs. 3700.00
Above cost includes: Video/Pushback coach Transport, Lodging on twin sharing basis, basic veg food on AquaSports Campsite (2 break fast, 2 lunch, 2 dinner), Equipments, Activities, Instructors, Trek, Trip to Oyster rock island, boat hire etc.
Above cost does not includes: Food outside Aqua sport camp. Any additional activity.

For any clarification email us at team@bmcindia. org
Bank Name Axis Bank
Account Holder Bangalore Mountaineering Club
Account Type Saving
Bank Account Number 300010100030913
Branch Marathahalli
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BMC Office Address
No, 69, K. R. Garden, 3rd Main,
Bank colony, Murgeshpalya,
Vimanapura Post, Bangalore - 560017

Airport Road -> ISRO office Signal - > Wing Tunnel Road -> Left turn from Airport compound wall -> Left turn to KR Garden 3rd Main -> Left hand side 3rd House.
See MAP for detailed route
- You can visit above address to swipe the card. OR
- To save the hassle of driving all the way for payment, we have enabled facility of accepting payment via phone. Call one of the phone number (9341961262 / 9980761262 / 9902027262), Give your Credit Card details and done. Do not forget to ask for Transaction Ref No.
In order to pay by phone, we need your confirmation email in following format to accounts@bmcindia. org:
I <Name>, authorize Bangalore Mountaineering Club to charge Rs. <Amount> to my Credit card # <Last 4 Digits only> for <Event Name>.

Please transfer the Participation fees before you register.

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