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Payyoli, Kozhikode Overview

Located only 36 km north of Kozhikode and renowned as the hometown of the famous athlete P. T. Usha is the quaint village of Payyoli. This village was first recognised when Vasco Da Gama, the famous Portuguese traveller, discovered a sea route to India and arrived at Kappad Beach, 21 km from Payyoli. The entire village is cradled in the laps of nature and has been blessed with scenic beauty like nowhere else. The palm-fringed Payyoli Beach is a major attraction here and is the getaway relief for many travellers. During December, thousands of Olive Ridley Turtles crawl onto the beach and lay eggs! Many tourists visit Payyoli especially during the hatching season to witness the incredible phenomenon of birth taking place in the picturesque environs of this serene beach. The beach is also very close to an estuary of the Moorad River which is an absolute haven for bird watchers.

Payyoli is widely known for the mouth-watering delicacies prepared here, especially the Payyoli chicken fry, which is made from locally sourced spices that have extremely strong flavours and a truly exceptional taste. Other crowd pullers at Payyoli are the Kunjali Marrrakar Museum, Velliyamkallu and the Trikkottur Perumalpuram Temple.

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Attractions In Payyoli

Payyoli Beach
The Payyoli Beach is probably the most popular attraction of Payyoli. It runs for about 40 kms like a golden carpet laid next to the sea. The waters of this beach are quite shallow, which make them ideal for swimming and other water activites. The coconut and palm trees sway rhythmically as the gentle wing gushes by. The azure waters crash at the golden shoreline and create soft murmurs of peaceful vibrations. Lounging amidst these peaceful surroundings will fully energise and deeply revitalise your mind and your body from within.

The Payyoli Beach is particularly famous for hosting thousands of the endangered Olive Ridley Turtles in December that comes here to lay eggs. During the hatching season, hundreds of tourists gather around the beach to witness innumerous tiny turtles come out of their shells and crawl towards the sea in perfect harmony! They also visit a nature conservation centre called 'Theeram', which was started by the local fisherman as an initiative to save the Olive Ridley Turtles.

Close to the Payyoli Beach is an estuary of the River Moorad which is better known among the tourists as an ornithologist's paradise. It is home to many local and rare species of birds as well as a host to many migratory birds that fly here from the west to escape the cold.

About an hour-long boat ride from Payyoli, Velliyamkallu is a two-acre rock island that plays a very important role in the history of Kerala. The island is filled with deep caverns and wells, and the rocks are strangely shaped, many gifted with natural engravings. Velliyamkallu has witnessed many battles between the Zamorin’s fleet and the Portuguese. The island’s participation in these battles can be evidenced from the many cannon ball hits that have been imprinted on the rocks.

In 1598, the Marakkars used this island as a vantage point and attacked a Portuguese ship killing every man on the crew. When the Portuguese were finally able to take over the area, they pushed the rebels off the Velliyamkallu rocks, thus popularising this island as Balikkallu or Sacrificial Rock.

Trikkottur Perumalpuram Temple
Resting on the banks of the River Akhalapuzha, the Trikkottur Perumalpuram temple is the most famous temple in Payyoli. Devotees come here to seek blessings of the great Lord Shiva, the temple's presiding deity. Its interiors exhibit conventional Kerala style architecture with a beautifully carved Chuttambalam- an outer periphery built around the sanctum sanctorum of the temple.

The exact date of construction of this temple has not been assertively determined, but archaeologists say that it was built during the reign of the Perumal Kings. Evidence divulge that there were about 24 wells and four tanks around the present temple. The Trikkottur Perumalpuram temple also houses the shrines of Lord Ganesh, Lord Krishna, Lord Dakshinamurthy and Lord Ayyappa.

Best Time To Visit Payyoli

Payyoli experiences very pleasant weather throughout the year. The best time to visit is during winters between December and March when the temperature ranges between a low of 20 degrees Celsius and a high of 27 degrees Celsius and the chances of showers are very low.

The summers here are warm and humid. The temperature ranges between a low of 26 degrees Celsius and a high of 34 degrees Celsius. This time of the year is not very busy for Payyoli, and you can explore attractions crowd-free!

How To Reach Payyoli

Payyoli does not have an airport of its own, and the nearest airport is the Calicut International Airport (CCJ) at a distance of 36 kms. The Payyoli Railway Station (PYOL) is a busy railhead and has many intrastates as well as interstate trains pulling in and out quite frequently.

Vadakara is the nearest bus stand to Payyoli at a mere distance of 10 kms. Many government buses, private buses as well as luxury buses stop here. Another alternative would be the Mahe Bus Stand that lies at a distance of 22 kms from Payyoli.

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