An international kite festival, expected to draw nearly 15,000 people from several countries has been proposed to be conducted in September, at the beach here.

The first International Kite Festival to be hosted in Kerala, will be organised by the city-based One India Kite Team.

It will be organised in association with the Kerala Tourism department and Kozhikode Municipal corporation, President of One India Kite Team, Abdulla Maliyekkal said.

School students, general public, resident associations and associations like 'Kudumbasree' will participate in the event, besides kite flyers from USA, UK, Australia, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and others, he said.

However, the event is still at planning stage and the particulars are yet to be known, he added.

Except a few events in Kappad beach near here, in Kochi and Bekel, no major kite festivals were held in the state in the past.

In India, northern states like Gujarat and Rajasthan organise such festivals in January every year, he said.