Kayyoor Rd, Kayyoor, Kerala 671313, India
About Palayi Kadavu
Take a dip, admire the beauty of the Tejaswini River, the coconut plantations leaning to it's sides and the small island in the middle.
This spot is pretty much hidden to outsiders. A couple of kilometers away from Nileshwar town is Palayi Kadavu with its amazing view of coconut plantations bordering its banks, and slowly moving picturesque Tejaswini river. The river which is rather small upstream looks mighty here, nearing its completion of journey to the Arabian Sea.
The meaning behind the name Palayi Kadavu
Palayi Kadavu, meaning 'Palayi ghat' is a small landing spot in 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.
Swimming in the salty waters
It is alright to swim in the smaller river at Palayi Kadavu, but only locals, like the one in the photo can swim in the larger river without any problem
The smaller river is swimmable with shallow waters and weak currents. Its 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.
Getting to 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.
Attractions near Palayi Kadavu
Long streches of white sandy beach lined with coconut palms. Popular for sunset, swimming, beach football.
There are 44 caves here for meditations and a temple on top of these caves.
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.
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.
A small stream with several small waterfalls flowing through thick vegetation. The stream has several small pools that are filled with fishes.
The largest fort in Kerala built only for defence purposes.
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