Kodikkal – the unexplored drive in beach in North Kerala
Not many of us might have heard about Kodikkal beach in North Kerala, though it has all the credentials to be a world class drive in beach. The shallow and safe waters , the sandy coast that is free from the footfalls of mass tourism and the rustic milieu around would make it a choice worth reckoning.
Yet the potential of this beautiful 8km beach , which is situated near Vadakara in Kozhikode is yet to be tapped. The beach is well suited for a range of beach activities like paragliding. Foreign tourists who often come to this beach find it more beautiful than its popular counterparts like Kovalam or Muzhuppilangad beach . The hard black sandy coast of Kodikkal is perfect place for one to drive in without getting stuck in the sand.
There are many other obscure tourism spots in Kerala as well, which are not fully documented and are known only to the local populace.As The Kerala Tourim Development Corporation plans to focus more on new and unexplored destinations apart from promoting the popular attractions of Kerala, this beach, which has remained hidden from the public eye might get featured in the tourism brochures soon. The best thing is that there are many other tourist attractions around, including the Iringal craft village, the house of Kunjali Marakkar and Velliyamkallu which can be combined with Kodikkal beach to form an interesting package as well.
A proper tourism promotion package alone can bring out the beauty of these hidden tourist attractions, which remain unexplored and untamed. To retain its impressive track record in tourism sector, Kerala will have to offer a diverse fare for the curious tourists who always look for something new!