Muzhappilangad Drive in Beach
Muzhappilangad Beach Road, Muzhappilangad, Kerala 670663, India
Longest drive-in beach in India and one among the best in the world.
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Muzhuppilangad Drive-in Beach is a 5.5 km long beach in Kannur district of Kerala State in Southern India. This is the longest drivable beach in India and one among the six best beaches for driving in the world according to BBC autos.
Exploring Muzhuppilangad Drive-in Beach
The adventurous visitors here engage in driving stunts in cars like drifting, or wheeling on bikes. You need to be careful though - if you get too close to the water, it may sink in the sand due to the waves. While driving is allowed in most of the stretches of the beach, swimming is possible only in limited areas, you should check and confirm the swimmable area with the authorities once you are there.
To reach the beach you will have to drive through an unpaved road through coconut groves. Out of the 5.5 km, you can drive the wider and firmer 4 km portion of the beach.
The beach is bordered by black rocks that protect it from strong currents and waves of the Arabian Sea. These rocks are a habitat for the Blue Mussel and hundreds of birds flock here in various seasons.
Apart from the beach driving, the most mesmerising event is witnessing the sunset which turns everything in the area to reddish orange hue. Laying on the beach surrounded by the sounds of rushing water, the slow breezes, and getting caressed by the lightly warm sun rays is an amazing feeling. During the day time, it is usual to see fisherman in action here, together pushing the boats out to the sea for the days catch. There are many small shops in the beach that offers snacks and ice creams.
Walk to Dharmadom Island
Few hundred meters from this beach, there is a small private island called Dharmadom Island which can be reached by walking through the shallow sea at times of low tide. The island is called ‘Pacha Thuruthu’ in Malayalam- meaning Green Island.
Muzhuppilangad Beach Festival
The Beach Festival happens in April every year combining entertainment and informative programs. The programs in the yesteryears includes Helicopter trips, Pavilions of Indian Space Research Organisation, health education by nearby Pariyaram Medical College, Amusement Parks, Auto Expo etc., The fest also promotes adventure sports like Paragliding.
Best time to visit the beach
The beach is open throughout the year however the monsoon season from June to September can be dull due to the strong waves reaching the shores and the grey skies. October to May is the ideal time to visit when the beach is wider and the skies are more sunnier. The popular Muzhuppiland Beach Festival is conducted in April.
Getting to Muzhuppilangad Beach
There are plenty of buses from the nearby Kannur (14 km) and Thalassery (12 km) if you are planning to come by public transportation. These two towns houses the nearby major railway stations as well. It will be very easy to locate the beach as it is one of the most popular and frequented tourist spot in the district.