Tourists hit Kannur's Kavvayi to wade through shallow waters having mangroves

P Shilpa

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Kannur: The inflow of tourists to Madakkal Thuruthu at Kavvayi in Kannur is high as the picturesque backwaters and spotted lush green mangroves lure people from faraway lands.

Madakkal Thuruthu situated in Valiyaparamba panchayat has been included in the water street project in the state. Mangroves grown between Kurippumadu and Madakkal are a major attraction here.

Many people visit here to catch fish and collect clams and mussels. The mangroves planted with the combined efforts of Valiyaparambu grama panchayat and forest department almost one and a half decades ago are now at least 6-metre high. The water has a depth of only three feet even during high tides, and two feet at the time of low tides.

The authorities have set up kayaking facilities, speed boats, houseboats and pedal boats to explore the vast tourism potential of the region.

The visitors can enjoy kayaking and boating from 6.30 am to 6.30 pm daily, beholding the sights of unique birds and fishermen busy catching fish.

Street projects to boost tourism sector

Kerala State Responsible Tourism Mission has formulated street projects in which the Kavvayi in Valiyaparamba panchayat will also play a major role. The tourism department has launched five street projects such as art street and food street projects to take tourism-related operations in the state to another level.

As many as 10 grama panchayats were enlisted for the street projects in Kerala. Valiyaparamba, gifted with panoramic backwaters, is the only panchayat selected from Kannur. On account of this, the panchayat has decided to establish mangrove parks in Madakkal and Edayilakkad by incorporating the works under the employment guarantee scheme.

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