Madayi Para

Madayi Para is a small hillock near Pazhayangadi in Kannur district. It is a place of historic importance and is also religiously significant. Here, there is a pond in the shape of a hand held mirror. This pond is supposed to have links with the ancient Jewish settlers.

From Madayi Para, one may have a bird’s eye view of the picturesque surroundings. A fort, believed to have been built by Tipu Sulan is another attraction of the hillock.


The Malik Ibn Dinar mosque, a 12th century centre of worship can be seen here. Made of white marble, this mosque is believed to have been founded by Malik Ibn Dinar, a Muslim preacher who came from Mecca to India to preach Islam. The Vadakunda Shiva temple (Madayi kaavu) is yet another attraction that this small hillock hosts. The Pooram festival here is a prominent local festival.

With regard to the bio-diversity of Madayipara, it has been found that the region contains about 300 flowering plants, about 30 varieties of grass, and several insect-eating plant species. Madayipara is also home to several rare medicinal herbs, which are sought by people from near and far off places. Coming to avian life, Madayipara sustains about 100 species of butterflies and about 150 species of birds. Among the biggest butterflies in the world, the Atlas butterfly is a visitor to Madayipara.

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