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.

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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.

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.

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With regard to the biodiversity of Madayipara, the region contains about 300 flowering plants, about 30 varieties of grass, and several insect-eating plant species. Madayipara is also home to several rare medicinal herbs. Coming to avian life, Madayipara sustains about 100 species of butterflies and about 150 species of birds. Among the biggest butterflies in the world, the Atlas butterfly is a visitor to
Madayipara.

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4 Comments on “Madayi Para

  1. Hi,
    This looks like a wonderful place. Can you tell me the exact location of this place if I want to come from Bangalore.
    Also what are the nearby places where one can stay for a night?

    Regards,
    Snehansu

    • V.P. Rameshan on said:

      Reach Kannur by train, get an autorickshaw to New Bus stand, get a bus going to “Pazhayangadi” via Madai Kavu, which are frequently available. About half an hour will take. Have a Darshan at Madayi Kavu Temple, and enjoy the above all locations. Small hotels are available at nearby town Pazhayangadi itself, otherwise, get a bus to Payyanur, which is the nearest big town, where good hotels are available.

  2. V.P. Rameshan on said:

    excellent

  3. It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living..

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