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Kavvayi Island, which is located close to Payyannur in Kannur district, Kerala, is visited by several travelers and holiday seekers all the year round. A bridge on River Kavvayi actually connects this beautiful island to Payyannur. It must be noted that Kavvayi Island has also been mentioned by famous global travelers such as Marco Polo, Abdul Fida and Ibn Batuta. The island is bordered by a group of small islands known as Kadappuram directly facing the Arabian Sea. Entry to these tiny islands is through traditional thonis or small boats. These islands are actually getting smaller in size and mass and the population has been shifting to cities.
The Kavvayi Backwater, which is situated close to Payyannur, is actually third biggest backwaters in the state of Kerala and biggest in north Kerala. Topically known as Kavvayi Kayal or Kavvayi backwaters, this lesser recognized lake of north Kerala is fed by 5 rivers. Kavvayi River and its tributary flows through Kuniyan, Kuppithodu, Vannathichal and Kankol. Kavvayi actually used to be inland port and main administrative hub during the British rule and past centuries. The Kavvayi Lake comprises numerous big and small islands and Valiyaparamba Island is the largest among them, stretching over 16 km2.
You can get hotels in Payyannur according to your budget and travel requirements.
- Avisa Island House
- Puthumana Residency
- KK Residency
- Vyshak International
- KBC Green Park Hotel
All these hotels offer decent lodging options along with other essential amenities at cost-effective rates.
Places to Visit in Kavvayi Island
Bekal Fort: It is a coastal fortress lying 17 km south east of Kasargod located on the background of Arabian beach of Pallikkara village in district Kasargod. It is considered to be the finest preserved fortress in Kerala.
Thonikadavu: Thonikadavu in Kasargod district is very famous for its mist clad meadows and virgin forest. It is located a few kms away from the ancient Bekal Fort. You can easily engage in trekking, swimming, canoeing and other types of outdoor activities here.
Ananthapura Lake Temple: Ananthapura Lake Temple, which is located in Kasaragod, was constructed in 19th century. The temple is accessible to public by a bridge only. A crocodile in temple’s pond is believed to be 125 years old and it is a tourist attraction.
Climate of Kavvayi Island
Summer season in Kavvayi Island: The summer season tends to be humid and hot in Kavvayi Island and normally lasts between the months of April to July. The temperature ranges between 30°C - 40°C in the summer season.
Monsoon season in Kavvayi Island: June marks the arrival of monsoon season in Kavvayi Island and lasts till the month of August. Rainfalls make the island look lush green and gorgeous during the rainy season.
Winter season in Kavvayi Island: December month marks the onset of winters in Kavvayi Island and it lasts till February. Winters tend to be pleasant with the temperature ranging between 15°C - 20°C. The island looks spectacular in November.
Best Time to Visit Kavvayi Island
The best time to visit and explore Kavvayi Island is winter season and the rainy season as well. The favorable months for the travelers to visit the island are between November and February. The climate remains favorable and pleasant during these months providing tourists and holiday seekers an ideal holiday experience.
How to Reach Kavvayi Island
Kavvayi Island by Air: The nearest international airport from Kavvayi Island is Calicut International Airport and Mangalore International Airport. Both the airports are properly connected to the major cities in India such as Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, etc. The airports are also connected to overseas cities as well.
Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport / Mangalore International Airport.