Kozhikode: The Beypore International Water Festival, from December 26-29, promises a delightful four-day showcase of water sports, arts, music, and food exhibitions along the banks of the Chaliyar River at Beypore, Marina Beach, and the beaches in Chaliyam, Nalloor, and Kozhikode.
Organised by the tourism department and the district administrative wing, this event invites locals and visitors alike to immerse themselves in the cultural richness and thrilling activities it has to offer. District collector Snehil Kumar Singh expressed his anticipation for the traditional sailing boat (paay vanchi) race at Beypore, setting the tone for an eventful and enjoyable festival.
In addition to heart-pounding water sports like white water kayaking, sit-on-top (SOT) kayaking, and bamboo rafting, attendees can partake in local wooden boat paddling, net casting, and fishing. Beypore, the main venue, will be abuzz with daytime water sports and evening performances of art and music.
At Beypore Parison Ground, a tantalising food fest will showcase the ethnic tastes of Kozhikode, providing a culinary journey for festival-goers. The Kite Festival, featuring collaboration with five foreign countries, adds an international flair to the festivities. Nalloor and Chaliyam beaches will be hubs for arts and music programmes each evening, while Nalloor hosts a five-day responsible tourism fest, International Textile and Art Fest, and a flea market.
Before the water fest kicks off, a mini-marathon was conducted from Kozhikode Beach to Beypore on Sunday. A bicycle rally from Kozhikode Beach to Beypore on the inaugural day (Tuesday) would set the stage for the water sports that begin at 2 pm. Minister PA Mohammed Riyas will inaugurate the program at 6.30 pm, followed by a performance by Haricharan and his band at Beypore Beach, an AR Rahman night at Chaliyam, and Vayali Bamboo music at Nalloor.
Water sports competitions commence on the second day. Other heiglights of the day would be performance by an Indian Navy band at Beypore and a martial arts display by the Indian Army. Popular singers and bands will grace Beypore, Chaliyam, and Nalloor beaches at 7 pm.
The festival's grand finale will feature a colourful boat parade at Beypore Beach. The Indian Coast Guard and Indian Navy will provide a guided tour of their ships, enhancing the festival experience. A textile festival organised by the Responsible Tourism Mission at Farook Nalloor Stadium will add a touch of tradition, with stalls featuring artisans and textile merchants from 20 states.