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Valiyaparamba Backwater

Valiyaparamba backwaters–cum-beach-cum-island is located at a distance of about 30km from Bekal in the Kasaragod district, found towards the northern part of Kerala. The very fact that is situated within a very short distance from the highly reputed Bekal beach makes Valiyaparamba a sought after tourist spot of Kerala. Currently, this island is one of the most crucial fishing centres of the state. It is also climbing up quickly in the radar of backwater tourism industry, by operating various cruises for local and international travellers.

Valiyaparamba backwaters are one of the most scenic places in Kerala as it is adorned by numerous islands, rivulets and canals all along its way. The source of waters for this place comes from four rivers.  This island is located in the route where the National Waterways pass through. All tourists travelling to Bekal fort stop at this particular place to absorb the beauty of Valiyaparamba Island.

How to Reach

By Air

Mangalore international airport at a distance of about 100km and Kozhikode’s Karipur international airport at a distance of 150km from Valiyaparamba Island are the nearest airports.

By Rail

Cheruvathur railway station, at a distance of about 5km, is the nearest to this island.

By Road

Kasaragod is one of the highest tourism revenue-generating areas in the state, therefore, there is no dearth of buses plying to this place from all the main areas of Kerala and neighbouring states.

Climatic Conditions and Best time to Visit

Summers are really hot in the northern part of Kerala. Hence during the months of April and May, temperatures soar up to 35 degrees Celsius too. There is reasonable amount of rainfall at this place during the months of June to September. After the monsoon, the area looks fresh and green with abundance of growth in natural vegetation. This period, which is from September to March, is the best time to visit Kasaragod and its main attraction of Valiyaparamba Island.

Cruises from Valiyaparamba

Bekal Boat Stay operates a lot of houseboats from the backwaters of Valiyaparamba. It is very important to book these houseboats well in advance, because they get booked very quickly. The houseboats are highly luxurious and there are various exciting packages that tourists can choose from. This is the best way to enjoy the unspoilt beauty of the Valiyaparamba backwaters.

Prime Attractions

When you come to Valiyaparamba, you must visit the following tourist attractions too:

Bekal Fort

This scenic fort that makes pretty pictures with the waves of the beach hitting across it quite often, has caught the fancy of many a film maker. This fort is seen in many Indian movies. Built during 1645AD, this is a place that must not be missed.  Some of the structures that should not be missed inside the fort are the Hanuman temple, Mosque, Observation Tower, Underground passages, pathways leading to the seaside and the magazine that was used to store weapons.

Bekal Fort Beach

With the view of the spectacular Bekal Fort at its backdrop, this beach is very beautiful and is a perfect holiday spot. It offers unlimited relaxation for tourists who come here to get away from the maddening pace of their mechanic life routines.

Kappil Beach

This beach is just about 6km away from the Bekal Fort. From the cliff located at this beach, tourists can get a panoramic view of the scenic Arabian Sea.


This part of beach has a big rock rising from the sea. Tourists who have an eye for adventure venture into swimming along the rough waters of the sea.

There are some hill stations here where you can choose to spend your holidays in the most relaxing yet fun- filled way possible. Ranipuram, Kottancherry and Possadigumpe are the famous hill stations in the vicinity of Valiyaparamba Island.  Some of the famous places of worship that are found here are Ananthapuram Lake temple (dedicated to Lord Vishnu), huge pilgrim centre of Manjeshwaram, MadiyankulamDurga temple, Sri Mahalingeshwara Temple (dedicated to Lord Shiva), Madhur temple, Nileshwaram, Tulur Vanam, Malik Deenar Mosque and Edneer Mutt.