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Padanna Backwaters


The long shores and starry skies of Padanna Backwaters have attracted odes from awestruck visitors who stumble across this secluded hamlet. Padanna is among Northern Kerala's finest backwater locations. This tranquil destination is renowned because Padanna works hardest to give you time away from urban life. Tourists here are guided to the famous Oyster Opera, run by the visionary Gul Mohammad. This establishment works on the principle of self-help and people of the area are the most involved in its functioning.

Tourists can avail a delightful cruise on a houseboat or country boat, based on their preference. Crisscrossing canals and rows of coconut trees surround you as a lazy breeze accompanies you the entire time. The facilities here are taken care of completely by local producers and hence, you get a distinct Northern Kerala flavour in everything you indulge in. Five rivers feed these backwaters along with tiny islands that dot its brackish waters. You can even ask locals for tips on how to go about fishing as a leisure pursuit. The constant relaxed state that everyone around you is in is contagious. The nearby Bekal Fort is always a good place to stop by along with a famous manmade forest, Kareem Forest. One can also view the famous Theyyam performances, a staple of Northern Kerala, in the area.

More details can be had from www.oysteropera.in or via email: oystergul@rediffmail.com or call + 91 467 2278101.

Getting there

Nearest railway station: Kanhangad, about 22 km

Nearest airport: Calicut International Airport, about 167 km

Location

Latitude: 12.183845, Longitude: 75.146374

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