|Ezhimala (ezhu means seven and mala means mountain), is a seven-peaked mountain, about 55 km away from Kannur. The mountainous region, which has a height of about 286 m above the sea level, is seven kilometres from Payyannur.
Ezhimala has a history that dates back to the Sangha period. It was the headquarters of the Ezhimala kings and later, of the Mooshika kings. It was witness to battles between Chola and Chera dynasties in the 11th century. At the foothills, there are relics such as burial chambers, carved stone pillars, caves and granite platforms.
The area was a centre of trade during ancient times and Arab traders used to come to Ezhimala. It is also believed that Lord Buddha visited the place once.
As you walk up the hill you can see the ruins of a mosque believed to house the remnants of Shaikh Abdul Latheef, a Muslim reformist. The winding road up is not only charming but also rich in herbs. The majestic serenity of the mountain peak and the green valleys that drop into the sea are sure to be etched in a visitor’s mind for a long time.
At Ezhimala, one can see the Mount Dilli light house, ruins of an old fort near it and a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman. An important institution here is the Indian Naval Academy. The Academy, a striking structure, fits into the pristinely beautiful surroundings perfectly. Prior permission is needed to visit the Academy.