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Kavvayi has been mentioned by name by
significant global travelers, including
Marco Polo 1293AD, Ibn Battuta 1342AD
and Abdul Fida 1273AD.
The island of Kavvayi was originally
named Kavvil Pattanam, but renamed by
Sir William Hogan, the then district
collector of the area. Kavvayi was the
headquarters for an area of 125 square
miles (320 km2) which housed a large port
and the magistrate court, including during
British East India Company rule. It declined
after the headquarters were moved to
other parts of Malabar.

This island is famous for having a history

of zamindars.

The people of Kavvayi are mostly
conservative Muslims. Men work in the
Arab states of the Persian Gulf. The island
also has a small fishermen community
belonging to Hindu religion.

There is bus and jeep service to Payyanur
town. The financial affluence has ruled out
the viability of public transportation. The
national highway passes through Perumba
junction. Goa and Mumbai can be
accessed on the northern side and Cochin
and Thiruvananthapuram can be accessed
on the southern side. The road to the east
of Iritty connects to Mysore and
Bangalore. The nearest railway station is
Payyanur on Mangalore-Palakkad line.
Trains are available to almost all parts of
India subject to advance booking over the
internet. There are airports at Kannur,
Mangalore and Calicut. All of them are
international airports but direct flights are
available only to Middle Eastern count

Kavvayi is surrounded by small islands
called Kadappuram, which directly face the
Arabian sea. Access to these small islands
is only by small boats or traditional thonis.
These islands are becoming smaller in
size, and inhabitants have been moving to

Kavvayi backwaters

The Kavvayi Backwater, located near

Payyannur, is the third largest backwaters
in Kerala and the largest one in north
Kerala. Locally called as Kavvayi Kayal or