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Last Updated Saturday November 18 2017 12:04 PM IST

Muzhappilangad: Exploring Kerala's only drive-in beach

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Muzhappilangad: Exploring Kerala's only drive-in beach Muzhappilangad beach is the only drive-in beach in Kerala. Photo: Onmanorama

With more than 550 kms of coastline, beaches are so much a part of our everyday lives. And ideally, when we think beaches, we think of sunsets, the waves lapping gently against our feet, fisher-folk drying their nets and their boats on the shores. But, Muzhappilangad beach in Kannur, is all this and much more. It is the only drive in beach in the state and there is just one word to sum up the experience – amazing.

Adrenalin rush 

Muzhappilangad: Exploring Kerala's only drive-in beach People driving on the beach. Photo: Onmanorama

A drive through the 4.5kms stretch of beach at Muzhappilangad will change your impression of a traditional beach. For one, it is a very peaceful beach, but it is for those who love adventure. For those people who love to drive and do not mind getting their vehicles wet. And once you experience it, you will love to race on the beach. However, it is ideal to stick to the shores and not get into further in the water if you are using your own vehicle. There are many who come here – from across the world to just do stunts on the beach. But they are professionals. You could harm yourself or your vehicle if you try to ape them. The sea water could corrode the metal parts – don't tell us we did not warn you.

For the family

Muzhappilangad: Exploring Kerala's only drive-in beach A family on the beach. Photo: Onmanorama

At times, we get a feeling that there are more cars than people on Muzhappilangad beach. But that isn’t so all the time. There are places where you can just sit down and enjoy a quiet evening with your family. The sea is normally so peaceful here that you can just can walk into the ocean for a distance or play with your kids safely on the shores.

Beach tales

Muzhappilangad: Exploring Kerala's only drive-in beach The migratory birds. Photo: Onmanorama

And there are birds – that come in droves during certain seasons. From far and wide. During this time, the beach wakes up to the song of the birds. If you love photography, ensure that you identify a place from where you can get that ideal sunset picture that could make you famous on instagram. The photo-ops are endless on this beach.

Nearby travel

  • Aralam
  • Kannur
  • Paithal Mala

Major Attractions

  • The beautiful sunset
  • Swimming in the sea

How to get there

Airport : Karipur airport is about 95kms away and is the nearest airport 

Railway: Kannur railway station is at a distance of 15kms and Thalassery is about 8kms away 

Bus : There are plenty of buses from Kannur and Thalassery to the beach 

When to go

April is the best time to visit the beach as one can be part of the famed Beach Festival at Muzhapilangad.

On weekends and holidays, the beach tends to get crowded. 

Travel tips

Local laws make it possible for visitors to drive for a full 4 km directly on the sands of the beach

Where to stay

There are a couple of hotels near the beach.
You can also find good accommodations at Kannur and Thalassery.

Must try

While in Kannur, check out the famous 'malabar special dishes' 

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