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Kanayi kanam - 5 Things to Know Before Visiting

Kannur, Kerala 670307, India

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About Kanayi kanam

A small stream with several small waterfalls flowing through thick vegetation. The stream has several small pools that are filled with fishes.

Located near Payyanur in Kannur District of Kerala, Kanayi kanam is a small stream with several small waterfalls flowing through a thick forest.

The stream hides a lake under a thick canopy of a climbing plant. A small waterfall (but the largest of the ones here) cascades down into the lake and the overflow from the lake drains towards the river Vannathippuzha and joins it few kilometers downstream. Since the spot is covered on both sides by trees, and a thick canopy on top, the temperature here can be much cooler than that of outside, even during the peak dry season.

While you are here, you can walk through the stream enjoying its cool temperature and the massage-like bitings from the small fishes that live here. If you are a bit adventurous, there is a thick wine in one corner of the lake which you can use to jump on to the lake from its shore.

Kanayi kanam once was a perennial source of water for the paddy fields down the stream, however, it now almost dries up in peak summer. So time your visit accordingly. The water hits its peak volume in the monsoon season and slowly dries up by April/ May.

Attractions Near Kanayi kanam

Haritheerthakkara Water Falls(Ariyil waterfalls)

Haritheerthakara waterfalls is a three tiered waterfall in a beautiful, small stream. It is easily accessible through a small walk, and it is a nice spot small adventures for everyone including small children.

Edayilekkadu11.06km from Kanayi kanam

A marshy island noted for its biodiversity and local conservative efforts. Home to endangered "White-bellied Sea Eagle". The monkey feast here during the Onam festival is extraordinary.

Madayippara 12.61km from Kanayi kanam

Madayippara is a lesser-known hill station near the Pazhayangadi city. It is famous for its rich biodiversity and natural beauty. A nice place to hang out in the evening with family and friends.

Chootad Beach
Chootad Beach14.06km from Kanayi kanam

Lined with casuarina trees proving shades to the walkways underneath, Chootad Beach is an amazing place for children and family. The park at the beach consists of many small restuarants and attractions for children- swings, slingshots, inflated castles to name a few.

Pulimoot Beach Cheravathur
Pulimoot Beach Cheravathur15.95km from Kanayi kanam

Long streches of white sandy beach lined with coconut palms. Popular for sunset, swimming, beach football.

Palayi Kadavu
Palayi Kadavu16.32km from Kanayi kanam

Palayi Kadavu is pretty much hidden from outsiders. A couple of kilometers away from Nileshwar town is Palayi Kadavu with its amazing view of coconut plantations bordering its banks, and the slowly moving picturesque Tejaswini river. The river which is rather small upstream looks mighty here, nearing its completion of journey to the Arabian Sea.

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Forts, temples, beaches and wildlife sanctuaries and a long history of spice trade.

What Visitors Say About Kanayi kanam

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Nithin Mathew
Nithin Mathew
This is a nice little stream with small cascades. You can walk through it, jump to the pools using thick wines and get your feet massaged by the fishes.

I can imagine the place to be much more adventurous during the monsoon season when the water volume is higher. The stream is filled with little fishes, we caught a few.