Madayipara or Madayi rock, the unique and picturesque landscape of Kerala, is a beautiful flat hillock filled with rocks and grasslands spread over an area of 365 ha is an ideal place to spend an evening. Madayipara is the rarest gifts of nature always enthralls and mesmerizes everyone by its beauty. This unique geographical formation is a biodiversity hotspot and is significant owing to its bio-diversity as well as history.

Madayipara is a laterate mount or hillock on the Northern banks of the Kuppam (Pazhyangadi) River, located in the Madayi village near Pazhyangadi of Kannur District in Kerala. Madayipara is popular because of the Madayi Kavu Temple, The Vadakunnu Siva Temple, a sacred grove- The Madayi Kavu. The Joothakulam, Pooram festival etc.

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The Monsoon shower brings up a green carpet of grass with lots of blue, pink, white and yellow flowers welcoming tourists from all around the globe. During the month of August-September People from faraway places visit Madayipara during these times. The area is famous for the presence of kakapoovu, and Thumbapoovu.

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  • The Vadakunnu Siva Temple
  • Madayi Kavu Temple
  • The Madayi Kavu- a sacred grove
  • Pooram festival
  • The Joothakulam

The Vadakunnu Siva Temple

The Vadakunnu Siva Temple dedicated to Lord Siva stretching over an acre in extension is on the western side of the Madayipara.

There is a large lake on top of the Madayipara near the Vadakunnu Siva Temple which will not go dry even in the hot summer months. The Temple Lake remains a source of nourishment to all life forms at Madayi. The lake is situated about 110 feet above sea level. Even though the lake is attached the temple people from all community use the lake.

The Madayikavu Temple

The Madayikavu Temple (Thiruvar Kadu Bhagavathi Temple) where the main deity is Goddess Kali and the temple belongs to the royal family of Chirakkal. The temple is situated in the eastern side of Madayipara and attracts thousands of devotees every year.

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The Madayikavu a sacred groove which covers all the three sides of the temple is another attraction here.

Madayikavu Pooram

The Pooram Festival of Madayikavu held at Madayipara during the month of March-April is a visual treat and attract thousands of people every year. Pooram is the most important festival in MadayiKavu starts on ‘Karthika’ in ‘Meenam’ upto ‘Pooram’ (According to Malayalam Calender).

Madayi is believed to be one of the oldest Jewish settlements in Kerala. The Jewish pond, in the shape of a hand held mirror, known as the Joothakulam is a standing symbol of this tradition here.

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The area is also known for the Malik Ibn Dinar mosque, which is believed to have been originally built by Malik Ibn Dinar, a Muslim preacher.

In the past, Madayipara was the administrative center of the Ezhimala kings

There is a remnants of a fort present here called Pazhi Kotta, and the part is known as Kottakunnu. The fort was believed to have been occupied by the dynasty of Kolathiris and later by Tippu Sultan. Here one can also find watchtowers at the four corners of the fort.

This part is also a view point. We can see the Pazhyangadi town, Kuppam River, Ezhimala light house and sunset from this part of Madayipara.

The beauty of Madayipara was pictured in several films.


With regard to the bio-diversity of Madayipara, more than 500 species of plants species have been recorded from Madayipara. It has been found that 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, which are sought by people from near and far off places. 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.

The area is notable for the presence of some of the rarest plants of the world such as Nymphoides krishankesara, Rotala malabarica, etc.

The Structural safety and natural beauty of Madayipara is under serious threat due to the ongoing China Clay mining in the vicinity of the Temple and the pond. The place being a life line of several hundred species, flora and fauna it is to be preserved to maintain the ecological balance.

Fact File

365 ha
35 C
20 C
3438 mm
Best Time to Visit
Any Time, July-Oct
STD Code
Lattitude:12.050065, Longitude: 75.25589
Entry Fee/Head

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