valiyaparamba-backwatersKavvayi backwaters or the Valiyaparamba islands are the backwater stretch from Kannur to Kasaragod. This backwater is the third largest backwater in Kerala. It extends from Payyanur in Kannur to Nileshwaram in Kasaragod. It consists of many islands and four rivers are joining here. Valiyaparamba is the largest island among them with an area of about 16 sq km that is separate from the mainland and is an important fishing centre of this district. Kavvayi Island is close to Payyanur. It is the northern portion of the Kavvayi backwaters which is called as the Valiyaparamba backwaters.

The backwater trip from valiyaparamba is breath taking and is a very interesting experience. There are houseboats available to conduct backwater cruises. The sight of the backwater is a delight for nature lovers and photographers. Large number of coconut trees can be seen grown in these areas. Another small island near to Valiyaparamba is the Edayilakadu where you can find a forest dedicated for holy snakes which are worshipped by the local people.

The northern part of Kerala is not explored largely when compared to the south Kerala. This backwater was not considered as a tourist attraction so far but recently it started to gain importance and is soon to become an important tourist destination. If more measures are taken to promote tourism in this area, it can become another kumarakom.

How To Reach

District Kasargod
Near Bus Station Cheruvathur/kanhagadu/payyannur bus stations
Near Railway Station Cheruvathur / Payyanur / Kasaragod railway stations
Near Airport Mangalore International Airport in Karnataka state at a distance of 100 kms