Wayanad is a charming hill station situated at an altitude of 2100 m in the Western Ghats on the borders of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. It is one of the popular hill stations in Kerala, and among the most-visited hill stations near Bangalore. This pristine hill district is filled with the tantalizing aroma of fresh spices, exotic wildlife, charismatic waterfalls, placid lakes, rich history, amazing trekking spots, captivating caves, sacred temples, a serene environment, and luxurious resorts and homestays. Besides, the district is also blessed with some stunning beaches that one must visit as part of Kerala packages. The picturesque view of turquoise waters lapping over the passive shores and the breathtaking sight of the sun setting below the horizon will take away all the stress and rejuvenate you with beautiful memories.
Here is the list of some tranquil beaches that one should not miss during your Wayanad Trip.
Kappad Beach is one of the striking beaches in Kerala and among the top beaches near Wayanad. The beach is not only famous for its natural beauty but also well-known all around the world as this is the place where Vasco-da-Gama landed on Indian soil on 27th May 1498 along with 170 men. There is a monument on the beach that commemorates the landmark event of Vasco da Gama’s arrival. Also, the beach is ideal for relaxing and playing around with sand. Karappula River at Elathur close to the beach is a good place for boating. Sunset is a great site to watch at Kappad Beach, in the combination of Sea and River.
Kozhikode Beach is another popular beach situated near Wayanad. Known for its natural beauty, it is one of the best Kozhikode tourist places. The beach has two piers with each more than 100 years old. There is a lighthouse that offers stunning views of the seashore and the Arabian Sea. The shore is relatively wide and an ideal place for spending an evening while watching the colourful sunset. The Lions Park and the Marine Aquarium near the beach are also worth visit.
Extending up to 6 km long, the Muzhappilangad Beach is the longest drive-in beach in Asia and the only drive-in beach in the entire Kerala where tourists can drive up to a length of 4 km that offers an open road with no traffic and a stunning view as part of Kannur tour packages. It is also featured among the top 6 best beaches for driving in the world in the BBC article for Autos. Muzhappilangad is the only Asian beach featured in the list. 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. The beach is bordered by black rocks, which protect it from the strong currents of the ocean. With mild waves and shallow pools, the beach is also ideal for swimming. It is also a preferred spot for treating yourself to some amazing views of sunset.
Another popular beach near Wayanad, Beypore Beach is located at the mouth of the Chaliyar River. It is one of the famous beaches near Kozhikode. in Kozhikode. An important port and fishing harbor, this place was also an important trade and maritime center during the days of the early Arab and Chinese travelers and the Europeans. Beypore Beach is a commercial center for shipbuilding and has existed here for more than 1000 years. The major attraction here a magnificent 2 km long stone bridge called Pulimoodu, built entirely of stones, making a pathway into the sea.
Sited on the Arabian Sea Coast in Kannur, Payyambalam Beach is one of the popular beaches in Kerala and among the must visit tourist places in Kannur. With a 3-4 km long stretch, this beach unravels the best opportunity for you to experience gorgeous sands and the surrounding beauty of nature. There is a well-maintained garden adjacent to the beach in which the prime attraction is the sculpture of Mother and Child by the famous sculptor, Kanayi Kunjiraman. Besides, tourists can also indulge in some adventure activities like water skiing, parasailing and speed boating at Payyambalam Beach. One can reach the beach through a small crossover bridge that is built over a narrow canal.
Ezhimala Beach is one of the lovely beaches located amid beautiful mountains in Kerala. It is one of the top places to visit near Kannur, and among the best beaches near Wayanad. Surrounded by beautiful mountains, the scenic beauty here is simply breathtaking and you shouldn’t miss this opportunity to capture the mesmerizing view here. This beach has several trees and plants which are to extract medicinal herbs. Besides, this beach is has historical importance since Lord Buddha visited the beach to preach Buddhism.
Lying at the northern boundary of Kannur, Ettikulam Beach is one of the least visited beaches in Kerala and among the best places to visit near Wayanad, one of the famous hill stations in Kerala. Adorned with breathtaking textures created by the waves hitting the rocks, this beach provides you with the opportunity to experience bluer sea and spot dolphins as well. There is a Mount Deli Lighthouse, an old tower of great antiquity is situated 50 km from here which is maintained by the Navy and is a restricted area.