Valapattanam is a small town with big reputation, known throughout the Malabar region for its flourishing timber trade, its historical significance and its picturesque locations. Located 7 km from Kannur, the tranquil village is also known as Balyapattanam. Basically a Muslim dominated area, it is a fine example of communal harmony and religious tolerance, apparent most in the Kalarivathukkal temple and Kakkulangara Mosque standing side by side here since ages.
Situated on the banks of Vallapattanam River, the town is famous for housing one of the largest wood and timber trade centers. Legends has it that this is the place where King Solomon’s ship anchored and collected timber to build the ‘Temple of the lord’. The timber demands are met by Kannur districts rich forest resources with some commonly found flora being Iruli, Teak, sandalwood, rubber, cashewnuts, Tea and Coffee.
‘Valya Pattanam’ means Big Town in Malayalam, as the Valapattanam River used to be the main trade route during ancient times. Now famous as a heaven for beach lovers, one of the popular sights here is the traditional mode of timber transportation- when long pieces of timber are allowed to float down the streams which are then collected at the desired shore.
Valapattanam Tourist attractions
• One of the largest wood based industry in Asia.
• A modern, charming fishing harbor and Kannur districts main source of irrigation projects
• The famous Muthappan Temple located on the banks of River Valapattanam
• Another popular beach Azhikkal and Azhikkal port located nearby
• A beach beautified with golden sands and lush green groves
Best time to visit: October to march
Valapattanam(How to reach)
By Rail: The nearest railway station is at Kannur 7 km away.
By Air: Karipur international airport, Kozhikode is located at a distance of 93 km.