Situated close to the Kannur town, the Payyambalam beach is counted amongst the best beaches of Kerala because of its serene beauty. Opportunities to relax and sunbathe is plenty. The beach has also a historical significance attached to it in the form of mortal remains of famous personalities like Swadeshabimani Ramakrishna Pillai, A.K. Gopalan, Pamban Madavan and K.G. Marar are buried here.
Just 2 kilometres away from Kannur town, the conveniently located Payyambalam beach is a large stretch of golden sand frilled by coconut greenery. This favorite hangout for locals is the best known of all Kannur beaches.
Payyambalam beach is long, wide and quite even. Extending about 4 kms, it ticks most of the boxes for a great beach, even though a lot need to be done to translate potential to reality. A cliff forms a natural border on one side.On top of the cliff is the beach garden. The beach garden has a couple of interesting structures such as the statue of Mother and Child. Nevertheless, the garden in general needs a bit of a touch up. Mother and child is done by Kanai Kunhiraman, one of the leading sculptures in Kerala. Not too far away is the beach restaurant Naura Cafeteria. Kannur, in ancient times, was known by the name Naura. Payyambalam beach appeared in several South Indian feature films. The Tamil movie Alai Payude, directed by Mani Ratnam, Worldspace ad by A.R.Rahman, and many more have scenes filmed here. Thanks to the attention of local authorities, the beach is kept clean. The only exception is the entrance where horse riding is done. Waste from horses is often overlooked and creates a bad first impression about the beach. Usually the beach is not so crowded. However, it can get busy during evenings and weekends. The good news is that the fine sandy stretch is quite long that you can always find secluded spots.
The beach is good for swimming and sunbathing. However, it is one of those places that may make you feel to confine to local dressing code.
Water skiing, para sailing and boat rides are conducted by the Tourism Council. The charges are nominal.
Payyambalam beach may take up an hour or two. If you want to spend several days on the beach, try Ezhara beach strip. Meekunnu, kizhunna, Thottada, Muzhappilangad......there is no scarcity of beaches.
Payyambalam is easy to reach. Although distance is walkable ( a long walk though), the best option is to hire an auto-rickshaw from Kannur town.
Location : North Kerala
District : Kannur
Nearest towns : Kannur at 2 Kms
Bus Station : Kannur Bus Station at 2 Kms
Taxi / Auto Rickshaw Hire : Kannur Town at 2 Kms
Railway Station : Kannur Railway Station at 2 Kms
Air port : Kozhikode Int’l Airport (CCJ)at 93 kms
Food Options : Naura Cafeteria is located near the beach. Several restaurants in Kannur town.
Accommodation Options : Hotels, lodges and home stays at Kannur.
Best time to visit : October to May. Can be visited throughout the year although monsoon can spoil some fun during Jun-Aug.
Nearby Attractions : Dharmadam Island, Andalur Kaavu, Thalasseri fort, Beaches of Kizhunna, Ezhara, Kadalai and Thottada, Arakkal Museum, Mappila bay, Meenkunnu Beach, Kannur town( shpopping & food), Parassinikkadavu Muthappan Temple, Snake Park, Vismaya, Muzhappilangad drive-in-beach and Sea View Park.
More great destinations can be found in the Explore Beaches in India page.