The impressive line-up of beaches in Kannur can take up a big chunk of your time and are best for those who want to swap crowded mainstream beaches for secluded spots. One among them is the Muzhappilangad beach in Kannur which is the only drive-in beach in Kerala.
A drive through the 4.5-km 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 racing on the beach. However, it is ideal to stick to the shores and not get into further into 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 seawater could corrode the metal parts – don't tell us we did not warn you.
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 vantage point from where you can get that ideal sunset picture that could make you famous on Instagram. The photo-ops are endless on this beach.
How to reach
To go to the Muzhappilangad beach, you have to take a turn from the national highway either at Edakkad bypass, Muzhappilangad Bazaar, or near the Muzhappilangad Madhom. There are three roads leading up to the beach but none of them has a proper signboard to lead tourists.
Those who come from elsewhere in Kerala or outside the state are sure to miss the turns in the absence of any visible directions. It is easier for travellers to drive past Muzhappilangad for a few kilometres until they realize that they have lost their way. Those who travel from the south, drive up to Edakkad or Nadal and take a U-turn to get back on the route.
Nearest railway station: Kannur (Main Station), about 16 km; Thalassery, about 12 km
Nearest airport: Calicut International Airport, about 102 km
Where to stay
Though not close to the beach, there are lots of hotels and homestays within 5kms of the beach. The price depends on the season but most of the stays are reasonable.
The Malabar Beach Resort and Ayurveda Spa
One of the popular one is The Malabar Beach Resort and Ayurveda Spa near Thottada beach and is just a 6-km drive to Muzhappilangad. It is a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. For bookings, you can reach at 999 560 2020 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Samudra Homes is a dream about an abode surrounded by serenity and tranquillity, in the lap of beautiful sea. It is idyllic, unique and incomparable. They also serve good food and use fresh fish, from the beach and some vegetables from the farmers of the village. For reservations, contact 0497 2832340
Chera Rock Beach House
This resort is just 6kms from the Muzhappilangad beach. It is an ideal tourist destination for a relaxed stay and to learn and experience the rich tradition of Kerala in the silent hamlet. They have standard as well as superior rooms.
What to do
Being the only drive-in beach in the country, the place is mostly crowded. If you are here, there is no doubt about what you should be doing. Just drive along the coast! One can take their car for a drive for Rs 40. If it is a bike, the fare is Rs 20 and Rs 80 for bus. The speed limit is 20 km/h.
The beach also offers paragliding, parasailing and microlight flights along with water sports, power boating and catamaran rides.
Where to eat
One gets to munch on delicacies from a number of shacks that offer authentic Malabar cuisine. A small cafe called Kammattipadam, named after the movie, serves hot and cold beverages. The shop is near the beach. Their snack items are also a hit. Other than this, there are some local eateries near the beach that will serve you authentic seafood. Try not to miss their mussels as they are the best in the area.