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60 kms north of Calicut is a beautiful slice of history called Mahe. This warm, calm, sunny spot was named after a French naval Captain, Francois Mahe de Labourdonnais. Located on the exact opposite coast of Pondicherry, Mahe shares many similarities with it. Mahe lies on the western side of the Western Ghats amidst lush green groves and a beautiful shoreline, crisscrossed by the river Mahe. In addition to its virgin splendor, Mahe also has a wonderful French heritage that dates back to 1721. But ask visitor’s what’s really alluring about Mahe and there’s an often-repeated reply you here - it’s a place where you can do so much without really having to do anything. Ready to experience Mahe?

Mahe, a small town surrounded on all sides by Kerala and is officially a part of the Union Territory of Pondicherry. The official name of Mahe is Mayyazhiin the local Malayalam language. The original name of Mahe, Mayyazhi, means "eyebrow of the sea". The Kannur District surrounds Mahe on three sides and Calicut District from one side.

The nearest airport is Calicut International Airport, Karipur at a distance of 85 km. Nearest Railway Station is Mahé where a few local and express trains stop. The nearest major Railway Stations where several long distance trains stop are Thalassery, Kannur and Badagara.


By Air

  • Karipur / Kozhikode Airport.

By Rail

  • There are direct trains from Mahe and Thalassery to all the main towns in Kerala and the major cities in India.

By Road

  • NH-17- connects Mahe to all the cities and tourist centres by excellent road networks.


  • Government House

  • Water Sports Complex

  • Puthalam Temple

  • St. Theresa Church

  • Juma Masjid

  • The Beaches

  • Tagore Park

  • Facilities


Places to visit:

  • Payyambalam Beach
  • St. Angelo Fort
  • Parassinikadavu Sri. Muthappan Temple
  • Snake Park
  • Dharmadam Island
  • Muzhapilangad Drive – in Beach
  • Gundert Bungalow
  • Thalassery Fort
  • Malayala Kalagramarn
  • Sri Raja Rajeswara Temple , Taliparamba


Places to visit:

  • Bakel Fort
  • Anandashram


Places to visit:

  • Kappad Beach
  • Kadalundi Birds Sanctuary
  • Lokanarkavu, Temple
  • Peruvannamuzhi Dam
  • Pazhassiraja Museum
  • Thusharagiri
  • Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala
  • Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple


Places to visit:

  • Chembra Peak- Highest Peak in Wayanad, Ideal for trekking. Banasura Project - Mini hydel project with the largest earth dam in India.
  • Edakkal Caves – New Stone Age pictorial writings on the walls.
  • Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary – Contiguous to the protected area network of Nagarhole and Bandipur of Karnataka.
  • Vythiri – Lofty peaks, gurgling streams and luxuriant forests add magic to this hill station.

Government House

This is a heritage building of gothic architecture built during the French regime facing the Arabian Sea. From the adjoining hill we get an impressive sight of the beaches, the green island, the sea and Mahe river.

Water Sports Complex

The Water sports Complex is located on the bank of the Mahe river encircling a rocky area at the eastern border of Mahe. From here, you can catch a wonderful panoramic view of the high rising mountains of Wayanad, the Kanakamala hill, the railway bridge, the wide river marshlands and mangroves. Water sports facilities include motorised boats and pedal boats.

Puthalam Temple

Puthalam Bhagavathy Temple, situated in Mahe town, is an ancient temple where the ritual dance/Thirayattam is conducted every year from 7th to 9th March. Thirayattam is the most famous ritual art of North Kerala that is a combination of art, craft, choreography, painting, dancing and singing.

St. Theresa Church

The famous Christian Church was built by the French Government in 1737 and reconstructed later. The miraculous statue of St.Theresa of Avila is exposed for public veneration at this shrine during the period of festival between the 5th & 22nd of October every year. It is a festival of Mahe irrespective of religion or caste.

Juma Masjid

Juma Masjid Manjakal is the oldest mosque in Mahe. The ancient mosque has since been reconstructed to revive its excellent architectural beauty.

The Beaches

The broad Valavi and Parakal beaches extend for 2 kms. and continue indefinitely towards the south of Kerala. On the opposite side of the Mahe river is the new Mahe beach stretching all the way up to the Kodothy rock and the Punnol beach. The Mankallu Rock at Valavil beach projects from the shore to the waves and is continued by the rock-line skirting the hill up to the Tagore Park.

Tagore Park

The beautiful park is located near Government House, Mahe and houses the Freedom Fighters memorial and the statue of “MARIANNE” having historical importance of French revolution.


Eating : All standard restaurants in Mahe and adjacent cites of Thalassery and Vadakara offer a variety of dishes comprising prawns, mussels, oyster, crabs, bananas, coconuts, fish and spices.

Shopping : Mahe is mainly the business centre for imported liquors, jewellery, tiles, electrical items and other types of hardware. Business booms in Mahe thanks to tax reductions.

Banking : State Bank of India, Canara Bank and South Indian Bank come with ATM facilities. Other banks in the region are Syndicate Bank and Indian Bank.

Payyambalam Beach

St. Angelo Fort

Parassinikadavu Sri. Muthappan Temple

Snake Park

Dharmadam Island

Muzhapilangad Drive – in Beach

Gundert Bungalow

Thalassery Fort

Malayala Kalagramarn

Sri Raja Rajeswara Temple , Taliparamba