Payyoli Beach Kozhikode, Kerala

Payyoli Beach

The beautiful stretch of golden sands and swinging palm trees at Payyoli Beach, in Kozhikode can definitely take your breath away with its astounding surroundings and pleasant atmosphere. Located on the North Malabar Coast of Kozhikode district in the South Indian state of Kerala, this exquisite beach spot has shallow waters, that border Velliyamkallu. The sea here is extremely beautiful and offers a calm surrounding to swimmers and to people, who are interested in other water activities.

This beach is significant in many ways and it attracts a large number of tourists every year. During November and December, hordes of the endangered Olive Ridley turtles come at this place to lay eggs. A lot of tourists visit this place to catch a glimpse of these beautiful turtles and to check a nature conservation centre, 'Theeram', started by the fishermen to save these turtles.

The Payyoli Beach looks extremely beautiful with its groves of swaying coconut palms and long strectches of silver sands, bordered by beach shacks that offer decious snacks and sea food to the tourists. Thikkodi light house is a prime attraction here, built following a shipwreck and if you go about a kilometer and a half north of Payyoli, you will find a beautiful sand bank at the estuary of River Mpprad. The place is worth visiting for bird watcher's.

Payyoli Beach is around 40 km from Kozhikode and is well-known as the place where India's former sprint queen, P.T. Usha resides. Usha, who is one of the greatest athletes of the country is nicknamed as the 'Payyoli Express'.

Activities to Do in Payyoli Beach

  • Indulge in relaxing activities such as swimming, beach walking, sun bathing, fishing, and yoga on the dazzling white sand of the beach
  • Try water adventure activities such as speed boating, paragliding, rafting, parasailing wind surfing, etc. to feel the adrenaline
  • Visit ‘Velliyamkallu’ a massive rock that narrates the heroic story of Kunjali Maraykar and Trikkottur Perumalpuram Temple
  • Walk to the Thikkodi Light House, built for the shipwreck and witness the calming beauty surrounded the place
  • The Nature Conservation Centre, ‘Theeram’, which protect the endangered species of the Olive Ridley turtles, is a place worth visiting. Visit this centre to grab a sight of numerous turtles approaching the seashore to lay their eggs
  • Visit River Moorad, just a kilometer away from the beach to catch a sight of exotic birds as the place is meant for bird watcher’s
  • Indulge in light-hearted activities such as tennis, cycling, football on the golden sands of the beach

Tourist Attractions Nearby Payyoli Beach

  • Nadappuram
  • Thikkoti Light House
  • Lokanarkavu Temple
  • Murad River
  • Kolavipalam Beach
  • Vadakara
  • Kunhali Marakkar Museum
  • Kizhur Shiva Temple
  • Craft Village Iringal
  • Kottakkal Juma Masjid
  • Thuraserikkadavu (Island)

Where To Stay? Payyoli is only a few kilometers away from Kozhikode and so it has some very nice and comfortable hotels that offer luxurious and relaxing stay to the guests, who visit Kerala from different parts of the country and world. Here is a list of hotels in Payooli and its nearby area that offer tourists a comfortable stay in ecstatic settings.

  • Kappad Beach Resort
  • Westway Hotel
  • Vythiri Village
  • The Gateway Hotel Beach Road
  • Wayanad Silver Woods
  • Kadavu Resorts &Ayurveda Centre
  • Liberty House
  • Eagle Crest Holiday Home
  • Remanika Homestay
  • Aaria Tourist Home
  • Hotel Marina Residency
  • Hyson Heritage
  • Beach Heritage Hotel

Where to Eat? Several food joints and restaurants have been started lately in Payyoli that serve delicous food prepared with best ingredients blended with culinary art. Here are some of the best places that serve the most luscious food in comforting atmosphere to the tourists.

  • Gracy Green Restaurant
  • Chicken Hut Bakery
  • Sagar Restaurant
  • Puthiyangadi Fast Food
  • Shine Hotel

How To Reach?

By Rail: The nearest railway station is Kozhikode Railway Station, which is about 39 km from the Payyoli Beach. One can take a direct taxi or cab to reach their desired apot directly from the station.

By Air: Calicut International Airport is about 64 km from Kozhikode and can be reached through a bus or taxi. Calicut Airport is well connected with other parts of the country and abroad.

By Road: There are several bus services from major cities like Kochi, Mangalore, Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai, Bangalore, and Coimbatore to reach Kozhikode.

By Water: Regular boats from Kozhikode, Cochin, Mangalore, and Changanacherry are available

Best Time to Visit Kozhikode: The district usually has a humid climate with monsoon season stricking twice in a year, first during June to September and second during October to November. Therefore, the best time to reach this place is during winter, i.e. in the month of December and January.