Muzhappilangad Beach

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Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach is a beach in the state of Kerala in southwestern India. It is located parallel to National Highway 17 between Kannur and Thalassery. This beach is also considered the only Drive-in Beaches in Asia and the most popular beach in the Malabar region in Kerala. Even though Goa has many beautiful beaches, it does not have a Drive-in beach.

A news article published by Manorama News on 24th October, 2012, showed the 8km stretch at Thikkodi beach in the neighbouring Kozhikode district is also drive-able.

The beach festival is celebrated in the month of April and it is one of the important tourist attraction in the district of Kannur in Kerala. The youth also try many driving stunts in cars like drifting and wheeling in bikes as this is a paradise for driving along the shore. Just 100m from this beach you would find a private island, which can be reached by walk at times of low tide.

There is an unpaved road winding through coconut groves leading to the beach. To get to this road, if you are driving from Tellicherry towards Kannur, take the left turn just before the first railway crossing you encounter after crossing the Moidu bridge. The beach is about 5 km long and curves in a wide area providing a good view of Kannur on the north. Local laws allow beachgoers to drive for a full 4 km directly on the sands of the beach. The beach is bordered by black rocks, which also protect it from the stronger currents of the ocean.

Approximately 100–200 m south of the beach there is a private island called Dharmadam Island (Pacha Thuruthu in Malayalam, which translates to Green Island in English). It is possible to walk to the island during low tide. One can explore the true and untouched beauty of this island just a meter from the shore. Wonderful picnic spot to enjoy the magical rejoice of water and scenic nature beauty.

The beach is surrounded by black rocks, which also safeguard it from the stronger currents of sea.

The charming feel of this picturesque Muzhappilangad beach invites you to swim, take a sun bathe, or simply be idle around. From Muzhappilangad, you can also observe the Dharmadam Island or the Green Island. An amazing combination of beach and island is just across the Anjarakkandy River.

Since the late 90's, the beach has seen a steady influx of European tourists during winter. Even though the beach has attracted many lucky visitors into her,a major share of foreign and domestic tourists are not aware of the potential of this elusive destination. It is a must see destination for Indians as well as foreign tourists. After the face lift of the beach there has been a huge improvement in the facilities available to the beach visitors including resorts roads etc.

How to reach:

Nearest Bus Station : Kannur and Thalassery Bus Station are the nearest bus stations.

Nearest Railway Station : Kannur is the nearset Railhead to Muzhappilangad beach.

Nearest Airport : Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode; about 100 kms and Mangalore Airport, about 140 km away.


Nearest Destinations
Arakkal Museum
Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary
Kannur Fort
Parassinikkadavu Snake Park
Pythal Mala/Vaithal Mala
Thalassery Fort


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