A bunch of kite enthusiasts will wing their way to the Kuzhupilly beach near Cherai on January 22 and 23, to paint the skyline using different varieties of kites.

Named the Second Kerala Kite Festival, the event would also witness a kite making and flying competition. The focus would be on the creative skill exhibited by the kite makers, the ability to fly high and the eco-friendliness of the kites.

The event has been organised by the Kite Life Foundation (KLF), the District Administration, the District Tourism Promotion Council and Kerala Tourism.

Prizes would be given for the best among large kites and the best innovative kite. “Kites are a good broadcasting medium and a prize would also be given for the kite bearing the best humanitarian message,” said District Collector M. Beena, while addressing mediapersons here on Thursday.

The winners can even participate in national and international events. They would also be given membership in the Kerala Kite Club.

The organisers expect kite fliers from Ahmedabad and abroad too.

“Kites that have glass powder coated on its string to cut other kites during contests would not be allowed, to prevent birds getting caught in the strings and getting injured/killed,” said Rajesh Nair, the president of KLF.

For details, call 98954 55115.