A Guide To Kannur Beach

Kannur Beach

Located on the western side of Kannur city, in the Indian state of Kerala, Kannur Beach is actually a group of five beaches overlooking the Arabian Sea. With its stretches of golden sand, rolling surf, and swaying palm trees, these beautiful beaches are perfect for recreation and relaxation alike. Kannur Beach is comprised of Payyambalam beach, Meenkunnu beach, Adikadalayi beach, Baby beach, and Thayyil beach, and each offers magnificent views and family-friendly activities. Spend the afternoon sunbathing or enjoy a picnic, or try an adrenaline-inducing adventure like parasailing or windsurfing. The crystal-clear waters of the Arabian Sea are also perfect for swimming and scuba diving. Whether you prefer laid-back, long walks on the beach or wild water sports, there is something for everyone to enjoy at beautiful Kannur Beach. Read the guide below for more highlights of things to do, helpful tips, and travel information.

Things to do

Payyambalam Beach Back Water
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Whether you choose to hang out on Payyambalam beach, Meenkunnu beach, Adikadalayi beach, Baby beach, or Thayyil beach, this area is renowned for its scenic views and peaceful atmosphere. From sunbathing to surfing, there is a wide range of activities to enjoy here.

Family-friendly activities

Kannur beach is celebrated among families for its serene surf and tranquil ambiance. One of the most popular activities in the area is to simply enjoy a peaceful stroll along the long stretches of soft sand. As you meander along the coastline, admire the background of swaying coconut palm trees and the sparkle of the azure waves. The scenery also makes Kannur beach a terrific place for a picnic. For a more active afternoon with the family, try a friendly competition of beach volleyball, or ride horses along the golden sands.

Water sports

Kannur beach is becoming a fantastic destination for exciting water sports. For a thrilling adventure, try skimming the frothy waves by surfing, parasailing, or windsurfing. Some local tour companies also offer wave runner rentals or boat ride excursions along the coastline. Beneath the water, discover unique underwater landscapes while scuba diving, or take a dip in a quiet bay for a peaceful swim. Fishing is also available in the area.

Payyambalam beach

Out of the five beaches, Payyambalam beach is one of the most popular in the area. This tranquil beach is secluded, clean, and well-maintained, making it popular with tourists and locals alike. Payyambalam beach boasts enticing bays that are perfect for swimming and surfing, and on land, the pristine sand is fantastic for games such as beach volleyball or football, horseback riding, and picnic. For a peaceful moment, simply sit back on the soft sand, and enjoy the views of flat cliffs and unique rock formations, verdant coconut trees, and quiet waves. The beauty of the area is so breathtaking. Payyambalam beach has even been featured in several South Indian movies and commercials. Another spectacular feature of the beach is the large sculpture of a mother and child called “Amma” by renowned Kerala sculptor, Kanayi Kunhiraman.

What to eat

Kerala (Naadan) Chicken Curry
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There are several small cafes, coastal restaurants, and seaside shacks located on the beach. Many of these eateries serve fresh fish and seafood dishes, as well as traditional South Indian entrees and Kerala specialties, including dishes like Kerala-style spicy crab, vegetarian curries, and meat biriyanis.

There is a large variety of restaurants to choose from in the city of Kannur, with options for fast food, family and casual dining, and vegetarian-friendly establishments.

Traveler's tips

Payyambalam Beach, Kannur, Kerala, India
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What to pack

For a great day at the beach, don’t forget to bring items like beach towels, sunscreen, and sunglasses. You can also bring food and drinks with you, and enjoy a wonderful picnic on the warm shores of Kannur beach. You should also carry some money with you to buy refreshing snacks or beverages from the vendors and shacks on the beach.

When to visit

To avoid monsoons, the best time to visit Kannur beach is from October through March. The beach is fairly quiet throughout the week, but it’s best to avoid visiting on holidays and weekends if you wish to avoid large crowds. Many visitors enjoy a trip to the beach in the evening time to enjoy the beautiful colors of the sunset, but Kannur beach is great to visit at any time of the day.

Swimming advisory

While swimming is a popular activity around Kannur beach, visitors should always look up current swimming conditions and be careful in the water.

Beach facilities

While Kannur beach is well-maintained, it does lack a bounty of beach facilities like public bathrooms according to some visitors.

How to get there

Payyambalam Beach
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By car

There are several parking lots available near Kannur beach, with most being located near Payyambalam beach. The Payyambalam beach car parking lot is free of charge.

By bus

Kannur beach is accessible by public bus. From the Kannur Thavakkara town bus stand, it is a nearly 2 mile (3 km) ride to Payyambalam beach.

Kannur Beach information

A view of Payyambalam beach
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Kannur Beach

Address: Kannur Beach, 670001 Kannur, India

Opening hours: Open 24 hours (daily)

Price: Free

Website: Visit Kerela

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