Muzhappilangad is the only drive in beach in Kerala, South India. As I have already mentioned in one of my previous posts; India, as you all know; is surrounded by 3 major water bodies at the bottom. This provides a vast area of land as beaches around the country!
Yet Muzhappilangad beach is the only known drive-in beach to exist in India. Therefore, it grabbed a lot of attention from the domestic as well as foreign travelers visiting India.
Recently, the fame of Muzhappilangad beach shoots up to the international levels with the BBC survey, ranking Muzhappilangad beach one among the top six drive-in beaches in the world.
The striking significance of this splendid drive-in beach lies with the fact that it is the only beach from Asia to get qualified for the survey, Besides Corolla, (North Carolina, USA), Padre Island (Texas, USA), Fraser Coast beach (Australia), Natal to Fortaleza stretch (Brazil) and Sólheimasandur beach (Iceland).
Muzhappilangad is a crescent-shaped beach; protected by giant black rocks, which helps in keeping the surf gentle. This makes it an ideal place for swimming. However, you could hardly find anyone swimming in this magnificent beach as the primary priority is given for driving.
“This is good, because all manner of motor vehicles will be sharing your watery lane, from local families in SUVs, to hotshots practising Tokyo drifts in their Subarus, to local youth riding motorcycles where the waves lap the sand,”
-says David K. Gibso, a noted automobile writer.
Muzhappilangad beach spreads in an area of about 7 kilometers which makes it the longest drive-in beach in Asia. In fact it is one among the longest drive-in beaches around the world too. Now, with the latest BBC surveys, it became one among the 6 most beautiful drive-in beaches in the world. However out of this 7 kilometer stretch of white sandy beach, only 4 kilometers is available for driving. Don’t be upset, it just means that the remaining 3 kilometers is available for other recreational purposes. This includes adventure sports activities like paragliding, parasailing and microlite flights. It also includes water sports activities like power boating or a simple catamaran ride.
Muzhappilangad beach is located 12 kilometers from Thalassery town in North Kerala, which adds to its accessibility. Since Thalassery is a mobility hub, connecting rail routes, highways and to Calicut and Mangalore international airports, travelers from around the world can visit magnificent drive-in beach with ease. The upcoming Kannur international airport adds to the accessibility too.