Kavvayi Beach

Kavvayi Beach is a cluster of small islands situated near Payyannur in the Kannur district of Kerala, India. These islands are linked to Payyanur by a small bridge over the Kavvayi River. The population of Kavvayi mainly consists of Muslims.

Kavvayi has been mentioned by notable global travelers like Marco Polo (1293AD), Ibn Battuta (1342AD), and Abdul Fida (1273AD).

Originally known as Kavvil Pattanam, the island was renamed by Sir William Hogan, the district collector at the time. Kavvayi used to serve as the headquarters for an area of 125 square miles (320 km2), hosting a significant port and the magistrate court during the British East India Company rule. However, it saw a decline after the headquarters were shifted to other parts of Malabar. The residents of Kavvayi are mainly conservative Muslims, with many men working in the Arab states of the Persian Gulf. Additionally, there is a small fishing community belonging to the Hindu religion on the island.

There are bus and jeep services available to Payyanur town. However, due to financial prosperity, public transportation is not as viable. The national highway passes through Perumba junction, providing access to Goa and Mumbai in the north and Cochin and Thiruvananthapuram in the south. The road east of Iritty connects Mysore and Bangalore. The nearest railway station is Payyanur, on the Mangalore-Palakkad line, offering train services to various parts of India. Flights are accessible through airports at Kannur, Mangalore, and Calicut, with direct flights mainly to Middle Eastern countries.

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