After Muzhappilangad, another drive-in beach coming up in Kerala
If plans come to fruition, Thikkodi beach near Kozhikode will soon join Muzhappilangad as a drive-in beach attracting plenty of motorists and tourists to its beautiful shores. Awaiting Kerala tourism department nod, preparatory works for the project have already started at the beach and a detailed project report is expected in a month or so.
The plan is to introduce all facilities required for a drive-in beach at Thikkodi using government land. Encroachment of government land in the area is expected to be evicted upon realizing the project, media reports say.
One of the many unexplored beaches along Kerala’s rich seashore, Thikkodi beach meets all the requirements for the drive-in beach project. If developed it would be a much sought after tourism destination, according to P G Rajeev, secretary of Kozhikode District Tourism Promotion Council. The beach is very close to Velliyamkallu, another tourist destination where the main attraction is the natural engravings on the rocks.
Muzhappilangad: The Front Runner
As of now, the Muzhappilangad beach near Thalassery is the only drive-in beach in Kerala. Claimed to be longest drive-in beach in India, it stretches across over four kilometres of sand with a width of about 100 metres where one can drive down the entire length. During low tide when the sea recedes, the width of the beach increases dramatically to more than 200 metres. Since the shore is curved like a semicircle, one can see from one end of the beach to the other, and its a fine spectacle of golden sands and gentle lapping waves. A stone’s throw away from the beach is the charming and secluded Dharmadam islet with its palm trees and greenery.
Black rocks protect this long, clean beach from the currents of the deep, making its shallow waters a swimmer’s paradise. The drive is ideal for sampling the famed Malabar cuisine from the many eateries in the immediate hinterland.
Adventure sports like paragliding, parasailing and microlite flights are possible at the Muzhappilangad Beach. Other attractions include water sports, power boating and catamaran rides.
Boat trips, a great way to take in the pristine coastline, are easy to arrange here. Just approach Beach Pavilion, the guest house, where one can take short rests and arrange for boatmen approved by the tourism promotion council for exciting rides into the sea.
Getting to Muzhappilangad:
Nearest railway station is Kannur, 16 km away. Calicut International Airport (102 km) is the nearest airport.