Since Abhijit had not witnessed the backwaters, we headed to Payyanur in the north. I had read about the Valiyaparamba beach and decided that along with a ride through the backwaters, we would spend some time at the beach. The northern backwaters of Kerala is completely tourist-free. There wasn't a single houseboat in the backwaters of Payyanur. These are huge channels of backwaters and one can see the sea through the thin stretch of land that divided the two water bodies.