Famous Beaches in Malappuram

The Malappuram district in Kerala presents a unique combination of great cultural heritage in the form of ancient temples and other significant monuments and natural beauty in the form of lagoons, beaches, and the like.

The coastal line of Malappuram is quite stretched and is significant for the number of beautiful beaches, which are thronged by both tourists and locales alike.

Beach resort in Malappuram

Padinjarekara Beach Malappuram

The best beach among all the beaches in Malappuram, the northern shore of the Padinjarekara beach will take you to other small beaches along the coast which are popular among the locales.

The Padinjarekara beach is located at the vicinity of the Tipu Sultan Road at Chamaravattom, about 5 km from Ponnani from Malappuram.

The Padinjarekara beach stands witness to the convergence of two rivers, River Bharathapuzha and river Tirur puzha, with the Arabian Sea.

With its clear white sands encircled by the palm trees, the Padinjarekara beach is ornamented by lagoons, rocks, natural harbors, and other gifts from the nature. Appropriately named as the “virgin territory”, the Padinjarekara beach is sheathed by the natural beauty, without any interference from the outside world.

The Padinjarekara beach is notable for the bird watching as it is regularly visited by the migratory birds. You can also enjoy riding the water scooters or speed boats while munching on the delicacies served at the beach, having a conventional Kerala taste.

Also known as Padinjarekara beach, tourists can freshen up and revitalize themselves through ayurvedic massages and spa baths, facilities for which are available on the beach side.

Other attractions include an amenity center, an amphitheatre, along with other eco-shops.

Vallikunnu Beach

Vallikkunnu is a small village situated in the northern part of Malappuram. The Vallikunnu Beach sits in the lap of the thick coconut grooves.

The serenity in the atmosphere makes Vallikunnu Beach a perfect spot for everyone to relax and unwind themselves, away from the hustles of daily life.

The major attraction of the Vallikunnu Beach is the beach resort which makes a perfect stay for the tourists and enabling them to enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of the place.

You can also indulge in activities like volleyball and swimming, apart from enjoying the waves, building sand castles, or simply playing with the sand by your toes.

You can also interact with the fishermen who are busy carrying out their daily activities here.

Tourists can also visit the Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary which is at a walking distance from the Vallikunnu Beach.

Vakkad Beach

Vakkad beach is situated besides Ponnani in the Malappuram district. The Tirur River which converges into the Arabian Sea at the Padinjarekara beach, finds its way to the sea through the Vakkad beach.

Tirur Puzha in Malappuram

The boat cruise down the Tirur River which begins at the Ettrikadavu through the backwaters will take you through the Vakkad beach and gives you an amazing experience.

This cruise given you once-in-a-lifetime experience of the breathtaking natural beauty – enjoy the sight of migratory birds and have a closer look at the simple life of the fishermen and others, who live by the banks of the river.

Apart from the cruise, Vakkad beach is an ideal place to get engaged in the water sports.

Tanur beach


View at Famous Beach in Malappuram at dawn

One of the Portuguese settlements in its initial days, Tanur’s historical significance stands as an evidence of the glory of Kerala during the medieval period.

The coastline of Tanur beach, mainly used for fishing nowadays, is surrounded by palm trees which provide an ideal shelter for tourism to rest.

Tanur beach, like other beaches, attract people a significant crowd owing to its beauty gifted by nature. Tanur beach is an example of eco-tourism put into practice.

Ottumal Beach in Malappuram

Ottumal or Ottumpuram beach is a splendid beach in Malappuram. The main attraction is the river thootha which meets the Arabian Sea.

Paravanna Beach in Malappuram

Secluded and serene is what best describes the Paravanna beach.

Paravanna beach is a flat beach where country boats are the only sign of human presence on the beach.

How to Reach

All the major beaches in Malappuram are situated near Ponnani. Once you reach Ponnani, the local transport can easily take you to the nearest beach – Padinjarekara beach, at affordable rent.

Nearest Railway Station: Tirur Railway Station

From Tirur Railway Station, head in the south-east direction towards the Tirur-Thrikandiyoor road. At the AR Bakery, continue onto the Tirur-Malapurram-Manjeri Road/ State Highway 71. As you pass by the MANNIL building on the left, turn left at the Thazhe Palam onto the Tirur-Chamravattam Road/ Tirur-Ponani Road. When you cross the Bharat Petroleum on the left, take a left at Chamravattam onto Chamravattam Regulator cum Bridge/ Tirur-Ponani Road. When you pass by the Chamravattam Masjid on the right, take the first right onto the Ponnani-Kuttipuram Road. At the Chamravattam junction, continue onto the Edapally-Panvel highway. Take a right at Ajmal Textiles, and you find Ponnani on the right.

Nearest Airport: Karipur International Airport
From the Airport, head in the west towards the International Terminal Road, and turn right onto the Calicut Airport Road. When you pass by the Indian Coffee House on the left, take the first left, and turn in the left direction. Take the first left towards the Parappanagadi-Areekode Road/ State Highway 65. Turn right at the Tharayittal onto the Parappanagadi-Areekode Road/ State Highway 65. When you pass by the aided Muslim LP School on the left, continue onto the Edapally-Panvel highway/ Malappuram-Parappanagadi road/ State Highway 72. Keep moving in the direction of Edapally-Panvel highway, and go through the first roundabout. When you pass by the Koolath Petrol Pump on the left; turn right onto the Karingapara road. When you pass by the Salafi Masjid on the left, at Tirur Calicut short (Karingapara road), continue onto the Kozhichena Kuttipala road. As you pass the Perumanna Juma Masjid on the left, turn right onto the Tirur-Malappuram-Manjeri road/ State Highway 71, go through two roundabouts. As you cross the petrol pump Talakadatur on the right, turn left at the Thazhe Palam onto the Tirur-Chamravattam road/ Tirur-Ponnani road. When you pass by the Bharat Petroleum on the left, take a left at Chamravattam onto Chamravattam Regulator cum Bridge/ Tirur-Ponani Road. When you pass by the Chamravattam Masjid on the right, take the first right onto the Ponnani-Kuttipuram Road. At the Chamravattam junction, continue onto the Edapally-Panvel highway. Take a right at Ajmal Textiles, and you find Ponnani on the right.

From Ponnani, you can take ferries or jhankars, the local transport, to reach the Padinjarekara beach. All the other beaches are situated nearby the Padinjarekara beach.

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