Mortals Remains of Great Men from Kerala Laid To Rest Here
: Picnic Spot
2kms from Kannur, Payyambalam, the long, lovely beach is a local picnic spot. Flat laterite cliffs jut into the sea at one end. Picturesque and incredibly beautiful, the beach is only walking distance from Fort St. Angelo. It is an ideal place to spend evenings, irrespective of seasons, because of its quiet and calm environment.
The Payyambalam beach is a popular picnic spot of the local people and holds much potential for development into a tourist resort.
Nearby is Ezhimala, the capital of the ancient Mooshika kings, considered to be an ancient historical site. It is a conspicuous, isolated cluster of hills, forming a promontory.
A flourishing seaport and centre of trade in ancient Kerala, it was one of the major battle fields of the Chola-Chera war of the 11th century.
There is a local belief that Lord Buddha had visited Ezhimala. An old mosque believed to contain the mortal remains of Shaikh Abdul Latif, a Muslim reformist is also located here.
The hill is noted for rare medicinal herbs. Bordered by sea on three sides, Ezhimala is set to occupy a prominent place in the Naval history of the country, consequent to the proposal for commissioning the Naval Academy here.