Palayi Kadavu - 9 Things to Know Before Visiting

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About Palayi Kadavu

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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Things to Do at Palayi Kadavu


Visitors can take a dip, and admire the beauty of the Tejaswini River, the coconut plantations leaning to its sides, and the small island in the middle.

It is alright to swim in the smaller part of the river at Palayi Kadavu, but only locals can swim in the larger river without any problem. The smaller river is swimmable with shallow waters and weak currents. It's pretty nice to take a dip here, especially in the summer months. The water will be salty and will help you float easily. The larger one -although looks quite calm- is deep with strong undercurrents. It is not recommended to venture out there.

Recently a small dam has been constructed to store water for the dry season, and the reservoir of the dam has facilities for kayaking. 

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History of Palayi Kadavu


Palayi Kadavu, meaning 'Palayi ghat' is a small landing spot in the Tejaswini river for small boats as well as a place to bath. What makes the place special is the island which splits the river into two. The only connecting infrastructure between the island and the mainland is a narrow bridge made of Areca palm wood on which only a single person can walk at a time. There are people living on the island and they use small boats called 'Thoni' to transport goods back and forth between the lands when needed.

Best Time to Visit Palayi Kadavu


The best time to visit Palayi Kadavu is during the months of October to March. The currents won't be too strong and visitors can also escape from the summer heat by taking a dip here. It is also recommended to be here at evening to view a nice sunset.

Tips for Visiting Palayi Kadavu

  1. Bring your bathing suits. It is refreshing to take a dip in the shallow water
  2. If you are coming with friends, highly recommend kayaking here. It will be a very fun activity to do.
  3. Visit the dam and the bridge right near Palayi Kadavu. The machinery used to control the water is very fascinating.

How Much Time Did Visitors Spend at Palayi Kadavu

One hour is plenty to visit Palayi Kadavu. However, if you decide to do some Kayaking, 2 to 3 hours can be spent here.

How to Reach Palayi Kadavu

Palayi Kadavu is located in Kasaragod District of Kerala State in Southern India. The nearest town and the railway station is at Nileshwar (6km). Take any of the buses to Chittarikkal or Parappa from Nileshwar and alight in Palayi, its only 10 minutes away. From Palayi you would have to take a rickshaw to reach here as there is no public transportation to this place.

Entrance Fee of Palayi Kadavu

There are no entrance fees for Palayi Kadavu. However, if you decide to do Kayaking, one hour will cost INR 200 per person.

Opening Hours of Palayi Kadavu

Palayi Kadavu has no time restrictions, however, it is not recommended swim here after sunset as it is highly unlikely that visitors will be spotted if they are washed off by the currents.

Attractions Near Palayi Kadavu

Pulimoot Beach Cheravathur

Pulimoot Beach Cheravathur

8.84km from Palayi Kadavu

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

Swami Nithyananda Ashram

Swami Nithyananda Ashram

9.68km from Palayi Kadavu

There are 44 caves here for meditations and a temple on top of these caves.



9.88km from Palayi Kadavu

A beautiful hill giving panoramic views and a colorful sky in the evening. One of the less explored places in the area, best visited in the evening.

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.



14.38km from Palayi Kadavu

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.

Kanayi kanam

Kanayi kanam

16.32km from Palayi Kadavu

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

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What Visitors Say About Palayi Kadavu


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Sreeragh Pushpan

Sreeragh Pushpan


Sweet spot near home. There is a small island created by the Tejaswini river. 

The water is not too deep in most places so you can take a dip if you would like. During the rainy season the water gets too high with strong currents so don't go in the waters then.
Nithin Mathew

Nithin Mathew


This is a small and hidden place but a good spot for hanging out in the evening enjoying the breeze and the scenery. 

Might be a little difficult to reach here, you will have to ask the local for the directions  in the last 3 km or so. The road reaches right to the river side.

Once at the place, you can swim in the small channel of the split river, dont go anywhere near the large one. Recommended to have some locals in the company so that they will know the dangers better.


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