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Madayipara, Kannur

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Madayipara is a significant spot owing to its bio-diversity as well as history. In the past, Madayipara was the administrative center of the Ezhimala kings. In and around Madayipara, one can find remnants from the past. At the southern side of the hill, stand the remains of a fort called Pazhi Kotta (kotta means fort in Malayalam). Here one can also find watchtowers at the four corners of the fort. Between AD 14 and AD 18, Madayipara used to be the site for the coronation ceremony of the rulers of the princely state of the erstwhile Kolathunadu.

The hillock of Madayipara, which carries several signs of historic relevance, is also a place important from a religious point of view. Here, a pond in the shape of a hand held mirror, connected to ancient jewish setllers is another historic attraction. Similarly, a temple at this site, called Vadukunda Siva Temple and the adjoining lake, about an acre in extension form yet another attraction at Madayipara. The lake near the temple will not go dry even in hot summer months and remains a source of nourishment to life forms at Madayipara. The pooram festival of Madayi Kavu (kavu - family temples and those in the midst of thick vegetation) held at Madayipara has been responsible for much of its fame.

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.

Historically and religiously significant Madayi Para, is a small hill located near Pazhayangadi, around 25 km from Kannur. The major attractions here are the Madayi Kavu Temple, the Vadakunnu Shiva Temple and the 12th century mosque (1124 A.D) with white marble imported from Arabia, built by a Muslim preacher, Malik Ibn Dinar, who came from Mecca to India. There is a pond here in the shape of a hand held mirror, which is supposed to have connection with the ancient Jewish settlers. The remains of the dilapidated Pazhi Kotta (fort) supposed to have been built by Tipu Sultan of Mysore, can be seen on the southern side of the hill. The view from the fort is fascinating.

Remnants from the past can be found in and around Madayipara. Madayipara was the administrative center of the Ezhimala kings and was used as the place for the coronation ceremony of the rulers of the princely state of the erstwhile Kolathunadu, between AD14 and AD18
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  • Located at an altitude of about 47m above sea level in Pazhayangadi town of Kannur district, Madayipara offers certain unique attractions to everyone who visits this picturesque 600 acres of laterite ...  more »
  • History: This Temple is believed to have been built by “Kolathiri” Kings during medieval period on a plateau land generally known now as “Madai Para” in Madai Village, Pazhayangadi, Kannur District, K...  more »
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