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wandererlust
Mumbai, India521 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Family
Kavvayi is a group of small islands, near Payyannur in the Kannur district of Kerala state in India. It has been mentioned by name by significant global travelers, including Marco Polo, Ibn Battuta and Abdul Feda. The island was originally named "Kavvill Pattanam" and Chinese ships used to dock here to sell goods and take spices back home.

The Kavvayi Backwater is the third largest backwaters in Kerala and the largest one in north Kerala. The beauty of the place can be best explored on Kayaks and country boat cruises,, preferably in early morning and late evenings.  Kannur district has 80 percent of the mangrove population in Kerala, and Kavvayi has some of the most picturesque ones. 

Kavvayistories organises curated mangrove kayaking and camping trips, and we were lucky to discover them whilst we planned our trip to Kavvayi. Jithin was extremely helpful and put us novices at total ease. Given the limitation with the no of people who could travel on one kayak, he  helped us by taking care of our son. The mangroves are beautiful, and  very photogenic - just perfect for the instagram pics.  We so wish we could have also planned for the night camping that Kavvayistories organises. That's something we will definitely do the next time we are in Kannur. 

Kayaking at Kavvayi is a must visit, and jithin and team are very highly recommended.

Written 6 January 2022
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Meetmentors
Bengaluru, India28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Solo
The Motor Boat / Jetty Services - Run by the Government of Kerala at Payannur, opp to the Payyanur railway station jetty - 6.00 am to 0615 am.
Kavvayi - 6.40
Ayitty - 8.15
Padanna - 9.00 - dep 9.15
Pandayala - 11.15
Ayitty - Arrival 12.15 & Dep 1 pm
Kavvayi - 1.50 pm - and return at 2 pm
after crossing several islands enroute - the boat reaches -

Padanna Arr 3.45 Dep - 4.15 - kavvayi -5.45

Credits to the Boat Master - Mr. Baby - 9400823312
Syrang (navigator); Boat Lescar
Boat number - 9400050393 - This mobile phone number belongs to the BOAT - who ever is the boat master on a given day.

Kerala Water Transport (Payyanur) Office Phone Number - 04672213566

I boarded the 13:50 boat from Kavvayi and spent just Indian Rupees 21/- to travel across the backwaters for 2 hours + 10 minutes. Its great. One must try this in North Kerala. No excuses please...
Written 4 November 2016
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Jim K
Bangalore34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017
If you want to enjoy backwaters in a pocket friendly way, this is the place to be. The boat ride is run by the govt primarily for the villagers living across the island, but randomly used by tourists too. For a 2 hr ride, we would have paid about 40 bucks in all. Only prob is once you are in it, you cant go back, you have to complete the 2 hrs ride...
Written 10 November 2017
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KA461
Mangalore, India181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
We were able to reach the boat jetty close to Payyanur railway station - The 2 pm boat makes a 2 hour run north of the lake , touches Ezhimala waterline and then returns to the same point we started at.(The boat is run by the government's water transport wing.). Rs 16/- per person was the fare charged.( PLEASE Have food at any restaurant in payyanur and then set out for the jetty- NO restaurants near the boat jetty)

The Kavvayi Backwater, located near Payyannur, is the third largest backwaters in Kerala and the largest one in north Kerala. The Kavvayi lake is dotted with several small and big islands, Valiyaparamba island is the biggest among them and it stretches over 16 km2.The northern portion of Kavvayi lake is also known as Valiyaparamba backwaters.

From an ecological point of view the backwater of Kavvayi and its surrounding region is considered to be of significance. The Kavvayi backwater is the biggest wetland ecosystem in north Kerala with an area of 37km2.

Kavvayi is a small island, near Payyannur in the Kannur district of Kerala state in India. The island is connected to Payyannur by a small bridge on the Kavvayi River.
It used to be an inland port and a major administrative center during the past centuries and during British East India Company rule.
Written 27 July 2015
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Ramana Murthy_NV
Chennai (Madras), India2,861 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Family
Kavvayi backwaters and Valiyaparamba backwaters are same..Locals called as Kavvayi Kayal..Most fascinating and serene backwaters...starting from Payyanur(kotti) to Nileswar.(Kottapuram).
Less commercialized and unexplored backwaters...very few houseboats operating from Kottapuram near Nileswar..
The cheapest way to explore ,take the boat run by Kerala SWTD from Payyanur (Kotti jetty) or Ayitti Kadavu...We missed 6 am boat and took auto from Payyanur Railway station to Ayitti Kadavu.It took 25 min to reach there..Bus services available from Payyanur and Cheruvathur via Padne to Ayitti Kadavu..
We already enquired Ayitti Kerala Water Transport Office( Phone Number - 04672213566).They are very helpful..They guided us take Ayitti to Kotti route, which is most scenic..Mr. Baby - 9400823312 took us around Ummi Restaurant and spend some time with us..Thank you Baby sir...Mr.Sunil Kumar -9961502830 also help you..
He knows English and Hindi..
We took 8.15 am boat Ayitti -Kotti and returned in the same at 11.45 am..we spend 3 hours 30 min with just Rs.26 per head..picking passengers enroute while we enjoyed backwaters with swaying coconut trees and islands spread on the way.
Valiyaparmba beach is parallel to backwaters..
Most memorable boat ride through Valiyaparamba backwaters
Written 5 November 2017
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Dream815614
Kannur, India16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Friends
Its an unexplored paradise in kerala. its located near to the payyannur town.govt boat service is available to get in to the islands
Written 17 September 2018
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RAJATH220
Toronto, Canada149 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Friends
Kavvayi Islands is located a few KM from payyanur city.it is a good place for an evening outing with friends and family.
Written 29 December 2017
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K S R PRASAD
Guntur, India30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The Sanctom Sanctorum – Kavvayi Island

If you want to go to HEAVEN, you may please go, I would rather stay here – Mark Twain.

Genesis is a small word but to me it was a big key to open an enlarged , scintillating world. One such is my maiden and evergreen voyage to Kavvayi mangrove at picturesque Payyanur village close to to Kannur city and a district in Kerala., of India. An article about KIAL [ kannur international airport ltd], has triggered a sequence, that I , myself wouldn’t believe that I could end up with an unforgettable experience and explain to you all, the most enthusiastic travellers around the globe. I wouldn’t disappoint you.

The idea of exploring Coorg region of Karnataka has been on cards for some time. The dream has taken a clear shape with the opening of new airport at Kannur. Bingo !!!, Coorg/ Kodagu is suddenly ushered into my neighbourhood, which is just eighty km away from the airport. On my return , from Coorg, my exitpoint being the Kannur airport , I did have a plan for the day time exploration for Kannur. As the saying goes when God blesses, things fall in place., and they have certainly in the name of Mr. Mir Mohammad Ali, the earstwhile district collector of Kannur . I wouldn’t have descended onto this offbeat trip to Kavvayi, but for the small video conceptulised , aesthetically shot and posted in a DTPC website of Kannur., at his behest. Hitherto an unknown and obscure beauty is now on the tourist map of God’s own country.
Kavvayi is a place to the eyes of beholder. Its true that the place some how has stayed out of tourist radar is a tribute to the conservators of ecological balance. Right from the word go from the earliest hours of the morning to noon, the voyage was like full fledged meditation. It has to be experienced but cannot be fully chronicled because the place is an ode to GOD. An idyllic setting with a mangrove and a virgin brown sand beach close by beckons any one every one with an eye for rare trail., and detail. Kayaking for the first time , with limited skills in such a pristine surroundings was god sent offer to me.

Like an average tourist I was just counting on morning a boat ride around the island in a swift move and shove , pay and get lost., or vice versa. But this was a Piligrimage at its best. There were three brief voyages across water with two breaks to relax nerves and muscles., because of the exertion it puts on first timer. Since it was my maiden brush with kayaking., I have welcomed the breaks. A simple , small but enthusiastic walk in the healthy looking mangrove IN ONLY KNEE DEEP water was exhilarating. Then there was another voyage to a small village, close to Ezhimalai beach. I could see a few souls heading for morning chores by only mode of water transport., available there. Another walk and rest for an hour in the brown virgin beach was truly the best culmination point of the trip with sudden weather change resulting a slight drizzle. It was drizzling all through the return lap to the Jetty., giving us a perfect finish.

Initial plan was to take a Govt run boat at some other entry point known as Aitti Kadavu, supposed to be the cheaper option. But good sense prevailed and on the suggestion of one of my friends , the trip to KAVVAYI has assumed a great moment in my touring experiences with KAYAKING . Entire voyage was made only possible by the most affable soul in Mr. Rahul of Kavvayi Kayaking club. It takes hell a lot effort and passion from some one like him to promote the concept of responsible tourism. His commitment to preservation of the place is complete and full. He looked like he had belonged to this place , very humble to the point of collecting little garbage carefully left over by irresponsible entities. It doesn’t surprise me that few places are close to the point destruction because of over and irresponsible travel etiquette.
Though there are ample of choices for day camping , I couldn’t enjoy that part because of a congested schedule. But I recommend everyone to spend a day and leave all other aspects of routine things to the back seat . Please set aside any tendency to be fussy about amenities like missing an odd breakfast or a delayed lunch or fine tunings for the place is simply alluring. It’s a cozy place for a perceptive tourist.

Here in, you are assured to a warm hand shake with nature at its best form. Plan for a day., get plenty of solitude and be a responsible tourist.
Written 21 November 2019
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Vivek V
Navi Mumbai3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Family
If you want to explore backwaters in northern Kerala you should head to Kavvayi. It is the longest backwater of northern kerala. There are regular boat services of Kerala Water ways which is the most cheapest way to explore the different islands in this majestic backwaters. I was luck enough to meet a very friendly boat conductor who readily agreed to share all the contact details. 04672213566 is the office # of Kerala Waterways & 9400823312 is the contact # of Mr. Baby. You can get timing related information from here. It is better to check the timings beforehand as the frequency is not that great. It offers experience to the backwater down south.
Written 25 February 2017
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aparna m
Navi Mumbai, India9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Family
I still cannot believe there is a place like ‘kavvayi beach house’. It is a perfect holiday home for a tired mind and body looking for peace and relaxation. The location is exotic but the price is not. First view of the place is breath taking and as soon as you reach there you know it is going to be a really different experience. The owner Ranjith is a down to earth guy who takes care of every aspect and makes sure your stay is a comfortable and happy one. It’s his passion about Kerala that reflects everywhere; when he is sharing recipes, telling stories about the place, getting groceries for the meals, getting broken wheat for you from the market to make payasam. He loves Kerala and he makes sure you do too when you leave the place. 

People around are as welcoming as Ranjith. My 3.5 year old daughter became friends with Gangadhar (the ferryman, cook, cleaner, guide, actually a multi tasker) and Chandrika (the cook, and a multitasker too). Food is absolutely delightful. It’s a paradise for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. You get a variety of fresh vegetables and fresh fish and prawns straight from the backwaters.

This place is for nature lovers and for those who look for holiday destinations that are non-touristy. The beach is clean and serene. You can spend hours on the beach looking at the sea shells and making sand castles, especially when you have a kid with you. And then there is backwaters too where you can swim and relax.

The rooms are cozy and comfortable. They are no luxury rooms but that was never a negative. They are neat and clean. There is wi-fi for those who want to stay connected with the rest of the world.

This place is a perfect rejuvenating destination. You can go alone, as a couple, with family and you’ll enjoy it in every way. We are definitely going there again.
Written 26 September 2016
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