Explore the pristine backwaters of Kavvayi
Kavil Pattanam, the harbour about which the legends Ibn Battuta and Marco Polo wrote in their travel writings has now transformed into a beautiful island. Sprawling across the districts of Kannur and Kasaragod, this lesser known pristine land of composed beauty is the largest backwater island group in the northern part of Kerala. Kavil Pattanam used to be the centre for the trade of spices and gems from Malabar and of the wootz steal/Damascus steal before it was banned by the British in the 17th century.
Kavvayi backwaters is a cluster of islands that constitutes the largest backwater island group in Northern Kerala. Fed by Kavvayi, Kankol, Vannathichal, Kuppithondu and Kuniyan rivers, Kavvayi used to be a major port during the British rule. Several small islands are scattered around the Kavvayi Lake, the biggest of them is the Valiyaparamba. One can indulge in water zorbing, boating and village life experiences. The nearby attractions include Vellur, Anandashramam, Kunhimangalam, Cheemeni Vishnumoorthy temple and Neeleswaram.
Kavil Pattanam popularly known as Kavvayi located near Payyanur makes you fall in love with its backwater stretches fed by Kavvayi, Kankol, Vannathichal, Kuppithodu and Kuniyan Rivers. This idyllic destination is famed for the island groups that exist along with the picturesque Kavvayi backwaters. The largest island of Kavvayi is Valiyaparamba and the backwater near it is also known by the same name.
The island is also known for the Zamindar system that was prevalent here. The main income of the villagers of Kavvayi is agriculture and fishing.
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