Payyambalam

Payyambalam beach in frames of Kerala on celluloid

Compiled by travel.manoramaonline.com

Kannur keeps her secrets well, but she could not hide it from a person as passionate as Mani Ratnam. He discovered the Western Plywood Guesthouse and the Payyambalam beach and put both of them in a beautiful rain drenched song sequence 'Evano Oruvan' in his hit 'Alaipayuthey'.

As the song begins, rain lashes a coastal village. Madhavan comes searching for Shalini who is seen in a medical camp. The building that doubles up as the medical camp is the Western India Plywoods Guesthouse. Established in 1945, Western India Plywoods Ltd founded by A. K Kaderkutty, to manufacture timber and plywood on a modest scale. And they had started off with a few indigenous and lent-leasted machinery. On the premises they built lovely guest house which was used as a medical camp in the movie.

And then the camera pans out to the ocean which is Payyambalam beach in Kannur. This however is not the only song shot in Kannur and the beaches around it. A lot of Malayalam movies have been shot at the various beaches around Kannur. Payyambalam Beach is about 2km away from Kannur. A sculpture 'Mother and Child' by Kanayi Kunhiraman is an attraction on this beach. A long walk on the beach calms you down and brings you a step closer to nature. It is a safe beach and the best time to visit is between October and April.


Reaching Payyambalam
Kannur, about 2 km, is the nearest railway station. Calicut International Airport, 93 km from Kannur is the nearest airport.

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