Located in the Kannur district, the Moppila Bay shot into limelight during the reigns of Kolathiri. However, the bay is presently recognized as a fishing harbour. For a bit of sightseeing, there are ruins of an old fort (St Angelo's) and a temple.
The natural harbour of Mappila Bay (also Mapila bay, Mopila bay and Mappila beach) is a water inlet great for boat rides. One of the attractions in Kannur town, it is located in a touristy spot right next to Fort of St. Angelo (Kannur fort) and Arakkal Palace. Proximity to such monuments brings in more visitors. Although Mappila bay is a sightseeing spot in its own right, a lot need to be done to bring it at par with the best of local tourist spots.
Boating within the bay area is pleasant. However, if you are venturing away from the bay to inner sea, make sure the weather conditions will stay favorable. The placid coastal waters of the region can suddenly turn violent if weather conditions deteriorate. In its great past, Mopila bay served as a port. For several centuries it linked Malabar to foreign countries. Today hectic activity of a thriving fishing harbour has taken over the coastal spot. After a period of decline caused by neglect Moppila bay bounced back to brisk activity as a regional fishing hub. A trade Pact signed between India and Norway opened doors to assistance. Much needed makeover thus saved the fishing harbour. No doubt Mappila bay is a scenic area of tourism potential. Unfortunately, nowadays it is more of a fishing harbour than a sightseeing spot.
The bay is located at Ayikkara, 3 kilometres from Kannur town. Reaching here from town is easy. The best option is to hire one of the Auto-Rickshaws whizzing around.
Location : North Kerala
District : Kannur
Nearest towns : Kannur at 3 Kms
Bus Station : Kannur Bus Station at 3 Kms
Taxi / Auto Rickshaw Hire : Kannur Town at 3 Kms
Railway Station : Kannur Railway Station at 3 Kms
Air port : Kozhikode Int’l Airport (CCJ)at 94 kms
Food Options : Several restaurants in Kannur town.
Accommodation Options : Hotels, lodges and homestays at Kannur.
Best time to visit : September to May. For boat rides, the sea may be too rough during the peak of monsoon - Jun-Aug. Check the weather prior to visit.
Nearby Attractions : Dharmadam Island, Andalur Kaavu,Thalasseri fort, Arakkal Museum, Meenkunnu Beach, Azhikkal Ferry, St. Angelo Fort(Kannur Kotta), Payyambalam beach, Kannur town (shpopping & food), Muzhappilangad drive-in-beach, Sea view park, Aralam wildlife sanctuary, Ezhimala beach, Indian Naval Academy, Parassinikadavu and Vismaya Kannur.
More great destinations can be found in the Explore Beaches in India page.