Munakkal Beach is a lesser known beach in Azhikode near Kodungallur in the Thrissur District of Kerala. Situated 7 kilometers away from Kodungallur town Munakkal Beach is the largest beach in Thrissur District and lies on the coast of Arabian Sea.
Munakkal Beach is the first among the coastal tourism development projects proposed and developed under the tsunami rehabilitation programme by Harbour Engineering Department.
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The beach is at the confluence of River Periyar to the Arabian Sea. The word “munakkal” after Azhikode means at the “edge”. There are actually two beaches – Azhikode Munakkal and Munambam Munakkal – on either sides of the river mouth.
Munakkal beach is one of the less crowded beach in Kerala and not too much tourists are spotted here apart from local tourists hence it is a good beach if you want to get away from other crowdie beaches. The Beach is also very near to Mar Thoma Shrine which is a popular religious spot where St Thomas Landed first time in India.
Munakkal beach project was inaugurated by Mr. Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, the then Minister for Tourism. There is a stage near the beach which hosts a lot of cultural events during the annual beach fest held in December each year!
A 400-metre open-air auditorium, 1300 metre walkway, toilets, food courts, skateboarding grip for children, good parking facility and a rain shelter are the major attractions of the beach.
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A casuarina forest set up by the Kerala Forest Department is another added attraction. Chinese Fishing nets are spotted in the lake nearby and you can watch fishermen catch fish and you can also buy freshly caught fish if you wish.
Only drawback is there is no good hotels/resorts nearby to stay.
Photo Credit: Irwin Barneto