At a distance of 13 km from Payyanur and 25 km from Kannur, Madayi Para or Madayipara is a flat topped hillock located in the Madayi village of Kannur district of Kerala. On the bank of Kuppam River, Madayipara is renowned as one of the most beautiful landscapes in the entire state of Kerala.
Often called as the land of flowers, Madayipara is typical of the laterite foot hills of the Western Ghats. With a luxuriant variety of 300 flowering plants and more than 30 species of thick grass, Madayipara is no less than a heaven for nature lovers. This mystical land is one that changes its appearance with the seasons. The spring decorates the entire hillock in a spectacular carpet of blue, pink, yellow and white flowers throughout the terrain which is a glorious sight to behold. As the summer approaches, the hillock turns into a glamorous golden field filled with knee-high grass. The place is dotted with leaves that paint the field a raging crimson red in autumn while the monsoons decorate the whole land in striking shades of green. These stunning changes adapted by Madayipara have awakened the interest of countless tourists around the world.
This rich ecology of Madayipara draws the attention of 150 different species of stunning butterflies that charm you with their mind-boggling designs and vivid colours, including the Atlas butterfly - the world's biggest butterfly. The place is also home to over 150 species of birds, both endemic and migratory.
Besides, Madayipara is also known for its Madayi Kavu Pooram festival. One can also see the ruins of a fort called Pazhi Kotta from here. This fort is famous for its watch towers at the corners. The Vadukunda Shiva Temple and the adjoining Jewish Pond are some of the other attractions near Madayi Para.
Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM