One of the most beautiful beaches in India, the white sandy beach is a popular tourist attraction in Kannur region of Kerala. Payyambalam is about 3 km from Kannur and is a good place to spend a peaceful holiday.
It is a very clean and safe beach which makes it ideal for a picnic with family and friends.
The blue-green water rich in marine life and the thick tree cover that stretches parallel to the sandy beach gives the beach a heavenly look. The serene beach stretches for about three km along the coast. The beach is widest at its southern end.
The beach has been the preferred location for several Indian movie directors. Scenes from Mani Ratnam’s Alaipayuthe were shot at the beach.
The most important and popular attraction of the beach is the sculpture of a mother and her child. The sculpture was made by well known sculptor Kanayi Kunhiraman. A garden next to the beach is popular among tourists for watching the sunset.
A landscaped patch near the beach was the site for the cremation of famous personalities of the region including former Kerala chief minister E K Nayanar.
The beach also offers opportunities to enjoy water sports like parasailing, jet skiing, swimming and snorkelling.
You can find guesthouses and budget hotels less than one km away from the beach. Mid-range accommodation options are available within three km from the beach on Gokhale Road and near the Kannur railway station. There are no luxury hotels near the beach.
You can get many good seafood in the shacks lining the beach. Delicacies of shrimp, prawns and lobsters are made well in these shacks. Vegetarian food is also available in a few shacks and restaurants across the road along the beach.
The best time to visit the Payyambalam Beach is between October and April.
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