Madayi Para

Madayipara is a vast stretch of Rocky terrain spreading near Pazhayangadi Town, in Kannur District of Kerala. It is one of the beautiful landscape existing suppose the last in entire Northern Kerala. The land has immense ecological importance because of its biodiversity of Flora and Fauna.Flora includes rare species of numerous tiny orchids and plants, which takes life in different seasons. So the entire land has different hues in varying season. The land is more beautiful around the month August-September when the monsoon leaves the Northern Kerala because flowers of different colors blooms creating a blue and white carpet all around the landscape.

The Madayi rocks, as the name implies, is a picturesque hillock 25 k.m. north of Kannur, with a large lake on the top. The hillock offers a panoramic view of the rolling country and the sea. There is a dilapidated fort, a sacred grove (the Madayi Kavu temple) and a mosque believed to have been built by Malik bin Deenar in the 7th century and later renovated with marble brought from Mecca in 1124 A.D. The fort itself is believed to have been built by Tippu Sulthan of Mysore during his foray into Malabar. It is 25 km away from Kannur town

This land has a great population of Butterflies nearly 70 species some specialists say may be more species yet to be seen. This is because numerous host plants for the butterflies are spread around the boundaries of this rocky terrain. I have seen Spotless yellow grass, Gaudy baron and all species of flashes, numerous species of blues including Guava blue, Redspot and other swallowtail species.

The other attraction of this land is the variety of bird species depend this land for growing their chicks, laying eggs. There are smaller species as well as larger species of birds; most of them are migratory according to seasons. One can also find different species of Kingfishers on this land if one have such patience.If one treks all around Madayipara and looks closely, one can find tiny tiny frogs and Toads jumping all around in between grasses and rocks. There are many species to be discovered and many rare species of amphibians are found here. Hence there are also healthy snake species.

Getting there

Nearest railway station: Pazhayangadi, about 2 km; Kannur, about 25 km  
Nearest airport: Karipur International Airport, about 140 km

The hillock of Madayipara, which carries several signs of historic relevance, is also a place important from a religious point of view. Here, a pond in the shape of a hand held mirror, connected to ancient Jewish settlers, is another historic attraction. Similarly, a temple at this site, called Vadukunda Siva Temple, and the adjoining lake, about an acre in extent, form another attraction. The lake near the temple will not go dry even in hot summer months and remains a source of nourishment to life forms.

The pooram festival of Madayi Kavu (kavu – family temples and those in the midst of thick vegetation) held at Madayipara has been responsible for much of its fame.

The upcoming cultural village project of the state government is aimed to sustain and keep intact the physical as well as historic importance of Madayipara, and at the same time encourage visitors to savour the unparalleled attractions of this beautiful terrain.

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