Ponnani is where Kerala's second longest river, the Bharatapuzha, joins the Arabian Sea. For centuries, this coastal town has been renowned for its scenic beauty. Its quiet vibe is exemplified by the fishermen you see jovially going about their trade. Migratory birds make a beeline for this site annually. In olden times, this was an important trade location, loved and frequented especially by Arab traders for over a thousand years. It is said they were even responsible for naming the place as they exchanged gold coins they brought for goods at the port here. (the Malayalam word for gold coins being ponnanayam).

The traders are also credited with the rise of Islam in the area. The ancient mosques that stand to this very day have been traced back to the time period when contact was first made with them. It is believed that Malik Ibn Dinar, the first Islamic missionary to Kerala, came here as well. The Ponnani Juma Masjid was built here in the 15th century by ZainuddinIbn Bin Ahmed, the descendant of an Arab theologian who landed on these shores. The major festival (nercha) of the mosque falls in the month of March/April and lasts four days.

Today, Mounathul Islam Sabha, a registered institution set up in the 1900s acts as the nerve centre of Islamic religion in the area. The influence of Islam and the Arab traders paved the way for a new calligraphic form for Arabic known as the Ponnani script which is still used by certain families in the area.

The Trikkavu Temple here is adjacent to the Juma Masjid. It is said that they were built by a Hindu and a Muslim who were caught in a storm at sea. They prayed that they would build a mosque and a temple side by side if they managed to reach land safely. Biyyan Kayal near Ponnani is a popular lake destination for travellers interested in water sports and is another added attraction in the area.

At the pristine Padinjarekkara Beach, the river Bharatapuzha joins the Arabian Sea. Migratory birds flock to the beach during the months of February/ March. Boating facilities are available for tourists at this tranquil beach in God's Own Country.

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