Water fest Jalotsav takes off

The two-day Malpe Beach Jalotsav kick-started on a colourful note at the Malpe Beach on Saturday.

The first-of-its-kind event to be held at Malpe beach, the Jalotsav attracted a large number of participants. The sunset, coupled with light music, ensured a wonderful and amazing experiences to the people who played and had fun filled evening in the midst of sand and water.

The ambition of the festival is to popularise both Malpe Beach and St Mary’s Island, located six kilometres off Malpe coast as the major tourist destinations in the district.

Other programmes

The major attraction for two days include stand up paddle, speedboat, banana ride, parasailing, surfing and kayaking. The folklore performances by five groups on the beach made the vent an wonderful evening. the folk dances represented various folk tradition of the soil. A rock-climbing event would be held on the St Mary’s Island, which is an added attraction for the visitors.

A mass yoga programme is being organised on Sunday. There will be competitions for differently abled persons. A throw-ball competition for women, a tug-of-war and sand sculpture competition are also part of the two day Jalotsav. Cultural programmes are held on both the days.

Food courts, with delicacies, have been opened on the beach as part of the fest.Pallavi Shetty, who came to immerse herself in the fun-filled ambiance along with her friends, told Deccan Herald that she would have all the fun with the amusement and water sports. “It is truly an occasion to relax, after the week long work pressure,” she insisted.

‘Just like that’

On the other hand, Aditya Pai said he had just come to have a glance at various water sports as he was unable to resist the temptation although his exams are fast-approaching.

Chirag Shenoy, who was playing all the water games and tasting the food said that he would never have liked to miss this unique opportunity, where fun, adventure and entertainment are offered in a single package.

“The events presented truly deserve the amount spent on it. The weekend would be amazing. We hope these sort of programmes should be conducted frequently,” he said.

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