Beaches of North Kerala: Kavvayi

There are countless number of beautiful unexplored beaches dotting the Kerala coastline.

But hardly a few are popular and visited by tourists, like Kovalam and Varkala beaches.

With 600 km coastline(370 mi), it’s no surprise that you can even find some secluded beaches where, not even a single soul is present.

I was lucky to discover such a place some time back with my friends, and that too, hardly 7-8 km from my home.

The beach is on an island called “Valiyaparamba” which is sandwiched between the Arabian sea and a backwater.

We need to cross the back water in a country boat to reach the island. Image



The island is lush green with coconut trees and sparsely populated, and many a places the width is less than 100 meters.

Once we take a few steps crossing the coconut groves, we are on the beach.

I can assure you that, nine out of ten times you are going to be there alone with at least 2 to 3 kms of virgin beach on your left and right sides.

Some times you will find the local people fishing on the shore with nets and fishing rods.

It’s all for you and enjoy…



One day I was lucky to witness the rain cloud homing on the beach with the sun behind it.



A few things to be taken care of in the island:

1. Local are educated and friendly but, take care not to disturb the calm ambiance.

2. Please confirm the boat person will be there for your trip back, other wise you will be stuck there overnight.

How to reach: Payyanur is the nearest town and the railway station. You can either take a shared cab service or an Auto rickshaw and it’s only 3 km from the main bus stand.

 Kerala Tourism has launched a campaign on “Kerala Great Backwaters” now. Have a look at the incredible images of the waterworld here.

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16 thoughts on “Beaches of North Kerala: Kavvayi”

    1. Hi Paula,

      Thanks a lot for your nice comments, I really mean it 🙂

      Yea, Kerala is really beautiful, but sadly I work in a city called Bangalore, far away from beaches.

      But won’t even miss a chance to visit my native at least once in a month.


    1. Hi Michael,

      That’s the best appreciation I could imagine to get.

      Thanks a lot 🙂

      Your words will surely inspire me to approach photography more seriously and improve myself.

      Have a nice day 🙂


  1. Is there any stay option on the island? I would like to stay close to the beach. I will be traveling with my family.


    1. Stay options in this island are very limited. Tourism has not at all picked up in this side. That’s why I like this place so much 🙂

      If you want to stay close to the beach in North Kerala, best place to me is near Dharmadam-Muzhappilangad.

      One of the best beach in India I had seen.

      There are lots of home stays near these beaches.

      If you are specific on Valiaparamba, I’ll try to get info.

      Have a good day.


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