Dharmadam Island is a small 2 hectare (5 acre) uninhabited island covered with coconut palms and dense bushes and is situated in Thalassery, Kannur District of Kerala. The locals call the island Pachathuruthu, meaning Green Island.
The island is a beautiful sight from the Muzhappilangad beach. It lies 100 metres from the mainland at Dharmadam. It is surrounded by the Anjarakandy River on three sides and by the Arabian Sea on the fourth side. It is formed as a result of lateritic rock projection between two arms of Anjarakandy River and the sea.
At low tides one can walk to the island. Walking through less than knee deep water and reaching the Island is an exciting experience. If you decide to walk to the island make sure to return before the tides get stronger. Alternatively, you can take a boat from south end of nearby Moidu Bridge located along Kannur – Thalasseri highway and reach Dharmadam Island. The sandy beach of the Dharmadam Island contain lots or reddish drown rocks it looks very beautiful along with the coconut trees on the island.
The island is privately owned and so permission is needed to land on the island. In 1998, realizing its tourism potential, Kerala Government took over this land for tourism development.
The island uninhabited, even though a well and a ruined house is seen, indicating human presence. Surprisingly the water in the well is fresh water even though the well is very close to the sea. There are medicinal herbs and some interesting plants on the Island. There is a tree in the island locally known as pullani tree. We get about one or two glasses of water from a small stem of this tree which we can drink and it tastes like a herbal water. Another tree locally known as nanchu tree whose fruit is used to catch fish by sedating the fishes as it is a poison and it also has medicinal values.
Dharmadam is located 4 km from the town of Thalassery and you can see the Thalassery town from the island. There is a small railway station in Dharmadam where only the local passenger trains stop. The Jews and the Arabs have named this place Dahfattan in their records in the 12th century, the British named it Darmapatam and the Portuguese called it Darmapatao.
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Once an area frequented by Buddhist monks from North India, Dharmadam means the place of ethics. Far from the days of Monks, the fulfilling place is an ideal spot for romance. With its serene unspoiled charm, it is a great locale to include in Kannur honeymoon tours.
The blue sea, the emerald island, the beautiful green villages, the vast stretch of sand, the black rocks peeping up from the sea, a place to relax and unwind. Dharmadam Island in Kerala is a great picnic spot and weekend getaway.