Friday, 5 October 2012

Dash To Madayipara

Madayi Vadukunnu Siva temple

It was a lazy Thursday morning. For a jobless B-Tech graduate, every day is a lazy day, never mind. It was about 9.45AM, I was still on my bed waiting for the morning session of my sleeping to start. Then my friend Nakul called me, he said,”Get ready,we have to go to Madayipara”. I said, “What? Without any preparation?”. Then Nakul said, “ What? Do you need to consult an astrologer to set the time for a casual road trip? Take the camera and meet me at Kannur in an hour”. 

Our Ride

I said okay, because he had the car and I don’t have to pay for petrol. The only thing I need to spend is time and I had plenty of it. Jumped out of my bed (Don’t remember I brushed that day) went to bathroom and was ready in 15 minutes. Grabbed my camera, got to Kannur, jumbed into the car and we set off.

Madayipara Temple Lake

It took about an hour for us to reach Madayipara. It is about 30 Km from Kannur City. Madayipara is nothing but a flat hill-top with a blanket of green grass (During the rainy season) or golden dry grass (During summer). We went there in September which is in the rainy season, so we got to see the greenery of Madayipara. The place is about 6Km from Pazhayangadi, the nearest town.


We got down near the famous Madayi Vadukunnu Siva Temple. The temple is set on top of the hillock with surrounding grasslands and temple lake. Madayipara is world famous for its blue little flower locally known as ‘Kakka Poo’ (Botanical Name: Utricularia reticulata). During the rainy season, these flowers will bloom all around the grasslands giving a violet tint to the whole hillock. The view is spectacular, it is as if the whole hill top is covered with a blue blanket. To see the Kakka Poo of Madayipara, you will have to visit the place between June and September. By mid September, the flowers will start fading away.

Kakka Poo of Madayipara

Madayipara is beautiful even during the summer, with its golden coloured grasslands. This makes Madayipara a year round tourist destination. It is one of the most visited tourist spots in Kannur district. Unlike other tourist places in Kannur, Madayipara is more or less like Ooty or Wagamon, the only thing missing is the cold weather.

A Typical Sight At Madayipara

Lot of temples are around the area. Madayi Bhagavathi temple is the most important of all. If you want to witness the temple festivals, you need to come here during Janurary-February. I can’t give the exact dates, because it change every year. There is a view point in Madayipara which opens the door to the real beauty of Kuppam river and the distant Pazhayangadi Town. The view point is close to Madayi Kotta. Madayi Kotta is nothing but the remains of an ancient building. An ancient temple pond called Bhoothakulam will take you back to hundreds of years. Bhoothakulam is still untouched and is said to have mystical powers.

Madayipara Grasslands

The beauty of Madayi grasslands is undescribable. Madayipara is truly the best tourist spot in Kannur. We returned from madayipara by 6PM and reached Kannur by 7.30pm. On my way back to home, I thought I should have gone there before. Madayipara has already taken a special place in my heart.


Madayipara Travel Info


Location: Madayi,Kannur,Kerala,India
Nearest Town/City: Kannur
Distance From Nearest City: 30 Km
Attractions: Hillock, Grasslands, Temples
Road Condition: Good
Safety Issues: None
Emergency: Dial 100 from your mobile
Morld Travel Ratings: 8/10
Locate Madayipara on Google Map

Down here are some of the photos I clicked at Madayipara

Madayi Siva Temple
Madayi Grasslands
Distant View of Kuppam River And Pazhayangadi Town
Electricity Sub Station At Madayipara