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Padinjarekkara Beach

Padinjarekkara beach is the largest beach in Malappuram district and one of the highly developed and finest beaches which showcase trailblazing infrastructure in Kerala. It is gorgeous and most exquisite hideout for those who yearn to escape from crowded urban areas. If you want to get away from your work, or regular routine, Padinjarekkara beach is highly recommended. Padinjarekkara is the place where all roads end and all three sides are surrounded by water bodies. Both Bharatapuzha and Tirur river converge in the south east side of Padinjarekkara before emptying into the Arabian Sea through south, making both Ponnani and Padinjarekkara apart.

Padinjarekkara beach

Padinjarekkara is a small peninsula which illustrates both fishing harbour and beach on its coast. Eastern part of the coast is a busy fishing harbour overlooking to Ponnani harbour on opposite side, while west coast where shore embraces the Arabian Sea making a picturesque and scenic beach of fine sands. Padinjarekkara beach which stretches more than a kilometre in length, ornamented with tall pine trees on the shore which might feel like you are somewhere in northern hemisphere. Beach creepers add the place more charm and elegance.

Padinjarekkara estuary

Padinjarekkara is an estuary, or Azhimukham in Malayalam language, also known as Koottayi Azhimukham due to its proximity to Koottayi. Padinjarekkara beach is completely different from Koottayi Beach. Koottayi is situated in Mangalam panchayath while Padinjarekkara is part of Purathur grama panchayath.

Padinjarekkara beach

How to reach Padinjarekkara

Canopy of pine trees

Padinjarekkara is well connected by road and railway networks. Padinjarekkara is the southern end of Tipu Sultan road which is passing through coastal Malappuram. There are regular bus services between Tirur bus stand and Padinjarekkara. Tirur is the nearest railway station. If the tourists are traveling through Ponnani, there are jankar services between Ponnani and Padinjarekkara which ferry both passengers and vehicles. Kozhikode International Airport is the nearest airport.

Boats leaving harbour

Proposal of new bridge

There has been a long pending demand for a bridge to connect both shores of Ponnani and Padinjarekkara. Government of Kerala has approved and allocated funds under its KIIFB (Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board) as part of its Thiruvananthapuram – Kasaragode coastal highway. The new hanging bridge is modeled after Howra Bridge in Kolkata. Once the bridge is completed, it is expected to boost tourism in this area. Western coastal areas of Malappuram district have very high potential to become a major international destination of beach tourism rather than remain a local tourism hotspot.


Padinjarekkara beach is clean and safe for families and children. Beach is well maintained by local governments and features kids play area including swings and slides, walking pathway and an open amphitheater. There is a sunset cape to watch stunning view of sunset and horizon.

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