Gorgeous beaches of Kannur your must check out on your Kerala trip

Kannur, formerly known as Cannanore, is a beautiful urban town situated in the north of Kerala. It lies in the mid- way of the Mangalore – Calicut highway and hence it has a lot of travelers who pit stop at Kannur. Kannur has a couple of interesting things to keep a traveler hooked and one among them is the beaches.

In this article let’s take a look at the gorgeous beaches of Kannur which you must check out on your Kerala trip.

Payyambalam Beach

Payyambalam is Kannur’s most popular beach and is located just 2kms away from the main town. In comparison to most Kerala beaches, the waves here are milder.

The entrance to this beach is through a bridge constructed over a canal. Immediately after the bridge, on the right side are graves of some prominent social leaders of Kerala. This beach extends up to 4kms and a cliff forms a natural border on one side of the beach. On top of this cliff is the beach garden. The most prominent feature of this beach garden is a sculpture of a Mother and Child.

This beach is usually kept clean and is crowded on evenings and weekends. But since this beach has a long stretch, one can easily find secluded spots if one doesn’t want to be in the midst of crowds. On this beach one can do a couple of activities like swimming, horse riding, water skiing and parasailing.

Payyambalam

Meenkunnu Beach

Meenkunnu Beach

12kms away from main Kannur town is the Meenkunnu Beach. It is a stark contrast to the Payyambalam beach, as this beach is calm and peaceful and not flocked by commercial activity. The word Meenkunnu means hills of fish; and this beach has derived its name due to the fishing activity in villages by the beach side. This beach is calm, quiet and secluded, and ideal for those who like to enjoy away from the crowds. This beach has a cliff which provides a stunning view of the sea.

Muzhappilangad Drive in Beach

Muzhappilangad beach happens to be the only drive in beach in Kerala and the largest drive in beach in the whole of Asia. The sand of the beach is hard enough which allows vehicles to be driven on it. The beach is about 7kms long and the locals rules permit driving in a stretch of 4kms. Driving a car or a bike has to be the highlight of this beach and it is a must-try for any tourist with a vehicle of their own. This beach is also ideal for swimming.

Muzhappilangad beach is almost empty during the weekends, and even on crowded days it is easy to find secluded areas as the beach is really long.

Muzhuppilangad Beach

Kizhunna Ezhara beach

Kizhunna Beach

The twin beaches of Kizhunna and Ezhara, which lie side by side, are often collectively known as the Kizhunna Ezhara beach. This beach is about 12kms from Kannur town. It’s a picturesque beach indeed, lined by strong rocks and swaying coconut palms. This beach too is untouched by the crowds and if one is looking for peace and tranquility, this is the ideal beach to be at. If one wishes to stay overnight, then there are a couple of home stays along the beach strip. This is definitely one of the most idyllic beaches of Kannur.