Trips to the beach always make me happy; and with a coastline of approximately 7,500km and over 200 beaches to choose from, I’m sure that most Indians would also admit to feeling the same, every time a beach trip is planned!
Apart from going for a walk or a jog on the seashore, have you ever considered the possibility of working out by the seaside?
No, we are not joking because Kannur’s Payyambalam beach just became the first beach in the country to introduce an open-air gym, barely 150 metres from the sea!
‘The Amphibian: Where Man Meets Sea’ is a project flagged off by Mir Mohammed Ali, the district collector of Kannur, and a self-professed ‘aquaphile.’
Besides regular workout equipment for adults, this beachside gym also has a special section for children, which includes a mini rock-climbing wall!
The Amphibian was inaugurated yesterday by Ramachandran Kadanapally, the State Minister for Ports, who sportingly tried his hand at one of the exercise machines.
Minister for Ports, the 74 years-young Sh. Ramachandran Kadanapally at the inauguration yesterday pic.twitter.com/bfgotfsWV3
— Mir | മീർ (@mir19in) August 5, 2018
Here are some fantastic pictures of The Amphibian that were shared by the Collector on social media:
#NewPayyambalam #BestHangoutinKannur Inauguration of a very prestigious project of the District Tourism Promotion Council was done today.#TheAmphibian – A unique open beach gym and rock climbing wall. Exciting times ahead for all you visiting the beach. Also, we've installed two high mast lights that will function till 11pm.So if you need a place to enjoy the sea breeze, exercise, play football or simply relax till late in the evening, drop in to Payyambalam Beach 🙂 Thank you to Sh. Ramachandran Kadanapally, Minister for Ports for inaugurating the gym in presence of the Hon'ble Mayor EP Latha and MLA KM Shaji.#wearekannur
Collector Kannur ಅವರಿಂದ ಈ ದಿನದಂದು ಪೋಸ್ಟ್ ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿದೆ ಶನಿವಾರ, ಅಗಸ್ಟ್ 4, 2018
We hope that this will influence other beaches to take up similar initiatives in an attempt to promote a healthy lifestyle across the country.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)