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.
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2. Kavvayi, KeralaKavvayi is a small island in the largest backwaters of North Kerala, Kavvayi Kayal. The island holds vast history in its small area. Several global travellers such as Marco Polo, Ibn Battuta and even Adbul Fida have written about Kavvayi in their travels. This hidden place was also of great relevance to the British East India Company, as this land of zamindars hosted a large port and was home to the magistrate court.The wetland of 37 square kilometre makes Kavvayi the largest ecosystem of North Kerala. Valiyaparamba Island is also on the same backwaters and is only 5 km from the Kavvayi island.How to reach: Either use ferry from the mainland or cross through the Mavila Kadappuram Bridge. Nearest railway station is Cheruvathur, on the Kozhikode-Mangalore route.