Kavvayi Island, a small island, near Payyannur in the Kannur district of Kerala state is connected with Payyannur by a small bridge on the Kavvayi Pozha, which means the river of Kavvayi. Recently there have been a number of researches done by a number of archaeologists in this river.

The Kavvayi Island was named by Sir William Hogan the then district Collector of the area which was originally named as Kavvil Pattanam later it turned to be known as Kavvayi. Kavvayi used to be the headquarters for an area of 125 square miles (320 km2) which housed a large port and the magistrate court. Kavvayi held his honor during the British East India Company rule and slowly slipped out of limelight due to shifting of the headquarters to other parts of Malabar. Kavvayi Island has been mentioned by name , by all leading travelers including Marco Polo 1293AD, Ibn Battuta 1342AD and Abdul Fida 1273AD

Kavvayi Island is one of the most fascinating destinations among the backwaters in Kerala. The backwaters down the south of Kerala; like those in and around Kollam and Alappuzha have their own unique attractions, surroundings and ways of life. Kavvayi Island too has its own unique elements that attract hordes of tourists round the year.Kavvayi is a beautiful village covered with river and most of the people enjoying the resources of river. About village all other people called kavvayi island. Kavvayi is 4 km west from payyanur municipality in kerala, india and close to the arabian sea. This village is one of the most attractive tourist area in kerala by its natural beauty.

This Kavvayi Island is very much famous for having a history of zamindars. Surrounded by small islands called kadappuram, Kavvayi Island has access to these small islands only through small boats or traditional "thonis". These small islands are directly faces the Arabian Sea. The Arabian Sea roars in these areas with great force and hence it is really unbearable and difficult to stay here. Moreover, these islands are going on becoming smaller and smaller and people from these islands have been moving to cities due to urbanization.

The tourists can simply unwind by taking a walk along the land that fringes the Kavvayi Island or else may step into one of the country boats and relax in the cool breeze while enjoying the abundance of surrounding greenery. This backwater stretch of Kavvayi Island is full of interesting sights and experiences that would keep preventing your interest level from hitting a low. Locally called as Kavvayi Kayal or the backwater of Kavvayi, this lesser known backwater of northern Kerala is the result of the five rivers viz. River Kavvayi along with its tributary streams, namely the Kankol, Vannathichal, Kuppithodu, and Kuniyan.

From an ecological point of view the backwater of Kavvayi and its surrounding region is considered to be significant. The backwater and the wetlands of Kavvayi Island are home to a variety of fauna and flora. Another interesting sight that one could encounter while on the backwaters of Kavvayi Island is the nearly half a dozen of small and big islands. The backwater setting at Kavvayi is the biggest wetland in north Kerala with an area of roughly 37 km². A boat ride ideally from Kotti-Kottappuram would enable a visitor to see and enjoy the many stimulating sights of Kavvayi Island.

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Address:Kavvayi Island, a small island, near Payyannur in the Kannur district
District: Kannur district
Nearest City: Payyannur
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Kavvayi has been mentioned by name by significant global travelers, including Marco Polo 1293AD, Ibn Battuta 1342AD and Abdul Fida 1273AD.The island of Kavvayi was origianlly named Kavvil Pattanam, but renamed by Sir William Hogan, the then district collector of the area. Kavvayi was the headquarters for an area of 125 square miles (320 km2) which housed a large port and the magistrate court, inlcding during British East India Company rule. It declined after the headquarters were moved to other parts of malabar.This island is famous for having a history of zamindars.

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Nearest Railway Station: Payyannur, about 4 kms.
Nearest Airport:The nearest airport is at Karipur, Kozhikode, about 93 km south.
Road Transport:One can also reach the town by all season motorable roads. The nearby cities like Bangalore (8 hrs), Calicut (3 hrs) and Mangalore (4 hrs) are well connected by regular bus.

Nearest Visiting places:

Sundareswara Temple
This temple was built in 1908 and is dedicated to the Lord of Destruction- Lord Shiva.Apart from Shiva Lingam; the temple also houses idols of Lord Ganesha (God of Wisdom and Prosperity) and Subramonia. The annual temple fair is held in the month of Meenam(March-April).

Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary
The Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary is situated 45 kilometers east of Kannur. It is the smallest sanctuary in Kerala with an area of 55 square kilometers. A wide variety of flora can be seen in this region and fauna includes deer, boar, Indian bison, jungle cats and leopards can be seen. The sanctuary is well connected with Thalassery and Kannur by road. Thalssery is the nearest railway station here. November to February is the best season to visit this region.

The Kannur Shenoy Centre
Is famous for it hypermarket called " Metro" and its Professional Photo Studio. There is a business centre for business purposes.

The Sea View Park, near the Payyambalam
Beach is overlooked by the Government Guest House. The Park is at an elevation from the sea level and gives a magnificent view of the sunset.

Arakkalkettu lies three kilometers from Kannur city. This was the residence of the Arakkal Ali Rajas, who were the only Muslim Royal family in Kerala and played a prominent role in the history of Malabar. The palace has recently taken by the Archeological and Tourism departments and they converted it in to a museum. The museum displays the personal belongings of this royal family. The government had taken prior interest in preserving the heritage of the Arakkal Family. The Arakkal family trust charges a cheap rate from the visitors to the museum.

Shri Muthappan Temple
This temple is located at Parassinikadavu, on the banks of Valapattanam River and the temple is dedicated to the unusual deity who is the lover of fried fish and toddy.

Thalssery Fort
The fort is located at Thalssery, which is 20 kilometers from Kannur. The fort was constructed in 1708 by the English East India Company to make a place in Malabar region. The fort was a main military center at that time. The fort's massive walls, tunnels opening to the sea, the Anglican Church and the old watchtower here are very attractive. Today it is a historical monument. The fort lies on a small hill namely 'Tiruvellapadkunnu'. There is an Anglican church dedicated to St. John behind the fort. The fort is near to the Thalassery railway station and easily accessible. The Tiruvellapadkunnuuvangadi Sree Rama temple is near to the fort and it is also a major tourist attraction.

Parassinikadavu Temple
This temple is one of the most important temples in the district. The temple lies 18 kilometers north east of Kannur city on the banks of the Valapattanam River. This is an important center for Muthappan cult and Theyyattam (Theyyam performance). The deity here is known as Parassinikadavu Muthappan. The temple permits all without asking their caste and creed. Unlike other temples in the state, the temple allows people to see the inner sanctorum and devotees offer Toddy and dry fish to the deity. The temple is easily accessible by road.

Kottiyoor Siva Temple.
It is one of the important Hindu pilgrimage centers in this region. The temple is known as the Varanasi of the South. The annual festival here falls on May- June and it lasts 28 days. The festival begins with the ritual 'Neyyattam' and ends with 'Thirukulasattam'. The temple is located on the banks of the Bavali River. The river splits the temple in to Akkara temple and Ekkara temple. Non-Hindus are not permitted to enter the inner parts of the temple. The worshiping time here is from 5.00 am to 10.00 am and 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm. The nearest town Kottiyoor is Thalassery and it is easily accessible by road.

Pazhassi Dam
The damsite, famous for its scenic beauty, is an ideal retreat for tourists. The D.T.P.C provides pleasure boating faciliaties at the reservoir.

Fort St Angelo
This laterite fort was built by the Portguese in 1505 and was seized by the British in 1790, who made it their military station after reconstructing it. This fort is situated in the west of Burnassery Cantonment on the Lakshadweep Sea and offers an imposing view of the fascinating alcove of Moplah and the sea. This majestic triangular shaped fort is made of laterite. The fortess is now a property of the Archaeological Department of the Government of India.

The Vismaya amusement park
One of the largest water theme and amusement park in India, located at Parassinikadavu, Kannur.

Payyambalam Beach
The beach is situated just a throw stone distance from St. Angelo fort. The beach is famous its cliffs that jut in to the sea. A park is there adjacent to the beach known as Baby beach. A sculpture Mother and Child by Kanayi Kunhjiraman is an attractive feature of the beach garden. The beach lies 2 kilometers from Kannur city. The famous Meenkunnu beach is located just a few kilometers from here at Azhikode.

Mappila bay
Situated near the St. Angelo's Fort, the Mappila bay has a historical background. The bay was famous during the Kolathiris' regime as a commercial harbour Today, Mappila bay has turned into a modernised fishing harbour. Boating in the sea, if the weather permits, will be an unforgettable experience.

Rajarajeswara Temple
The temple is one of the most important 'Siva' temples in the state. The ‘Sivalinga’ worships here is believed to be thousands of years old. Unlike other Siva temple this temple allows women to enter the temple after 8.00 pm. It is said that at that time Devi Parvathy will be with Siva and auspicious for women. The temple is situated at Taliparambu and lies 25 kilometers from Kannur city.

Urpazhachivaku Temple
This is another nearby temple that exhibits exquisite carvings on wood depicting the Ramayana (an ancient Hindu epic) and Krishnaleela( the playful antics of Lord Krishna). The main deity of this temple is Shankaranarayana, other deities like Bhagavathi and Vettakorumakan are also placed here.

Pythalmala is the highest peak in the district with a height of 4,500 feet. The hilltop is located around 65 kilometers from the city and easily accessible. The hilltop is blessed with rich variety of flora and fauna. Its a very romantic picnic spot.

Mavilakavu Temple
This old Mavilakavu Temple lies at a distance of 5 miles from Kannur. The five day temple festival during the month of Medam, is very appealing because of the exhibition of the pompous rituals and customs. Another interesting aspect is the Ati or Thallu performance wherein there is an exchange of blows between different groups who gather at paddy fields outside the temple.

Snake Park at Parassinikkadavu
The Snake Park at Parassinikkadavu is situated 18 kms. Away from Kannur town. It Is one of the best known snake parks in the country . The park is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of snakes, most of which are becoming extinct gradually.

Ezhimala Beach
The etymological meaning of the name Ezhimala is 'the land with seven hills'. The place is located 25 kilometers south of Nileswaram and 38 kilometers north of the Kannur city and can be easily reached. Its a hill range having seven prominent peaks. The place lies at a height of 286 meters above sea level. Ezhimala also have a beautiful beach namely Ettikulam beach where we can enjoy watching Dolphins. A Hanuman temple is also there. Indian Navy maintains this area because Ezhimala is occupied with a Naval Academy. Permission required for entry here.

Kerala Folklore Academy
The center for folk arts and culture, the Kerala Folklore Academy located at Chirackal, which is 6 kilometers far from Kannur city. The museum is dedicated for the promotion of folklore arts and dance forms like Theyyam, Kalaripayattu, Marathukali, Poorakali, Vadakkenpattu, Vedanpattu, Godaveri etc. The 130-year-old Chirackal kovilakom was converted in to the museum.

Nearest Petrol Pump:


Malabar Residency
26-342, Thavakkara Road, Kannur,Cannanore, Kerala - 670001

Kamala International Tourist Hotel
S.M. Road, Kannur, Cannanore, Kerala - 670001

Royal Omars
Thavakkara,Kannur-670001, Kerala

Yathri Niwas
Near police club,Thavakkara Road, Kannur

Hotel High Palace
Sadhoo Building, Near Municipal Bus Stand,Kannur, Cannanore, Kerala - 670001

Mascot Beach Resort,
Near Baby Beach, burnassery,Kannur-670013, Kerala

Paris Presidency
Logans Road,Tellicherry -670101 Kannur, Kerala, India

Perumal Tourist Home
Near Bus Stand, Payyannur, Kannur

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NH 17, Thalassery, Kannur, Kerala, India

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Edacheri Police Station
SH 54, Kozhikode, Kerala, India

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Virarajendrapet, Kodagu, Karnataka, India

Bekal police station
Bekal, Kerala, India

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