Kadalundi, located approximately 25 kilometres from Kozhikode, ho lds immense historical significance. One of the jewels of Kadalundi is its bird sanctuary, nestled amidst a cluster of islands where the Kadalundi River flows into the Arabian Sea. Surrounded by picturesque hillocks, this sanctuary is a haven for bird enthusiasts, boasting more than a hundred native bird species and over 60 varieties of migratory birds. The sanctuary’s mangrove forests provide a natural habitat for otters and jackals.
This enchanting place, once known as Thondi during the Sangham era, served as the headquarters of the Chera dynasty. Throughout ancient times, Kadalundi flourished as a bustling port engaged in trade with the Arabs and Romans. By the 12th century, it fell under the rule of the local rulers of Parappanad Kovilakam. Notably, the Dutch were allowed to construct the Chaliyath Fort here, although it was later demolished by the Zamorin. In subsequent years, British rule enveloped the area.
The sanctuary’s surrounding hillocks offer magnificent vistas of the estuary and the sea, making Kadalundi a favoured destination for trekkers, wildlife photographers, and picnickers. The tranquil Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary, located just 19 kilometres from Kozhikode in the Malappuram district, sprawls over an area of 3 square kilometres. It offers a splendid view of the confluence of the Kadalundi River and the Arabian Sea, set against a backdrop of lush hillocks.
For bird enthusiasts, the months between December and April are especially enchanting, as migratory birds like whimbrels, herons, sandpipers, and gulls make their appearance. In addition to the avian delights, the sanctuary also teems with fish, crabs, and mussels. The serene atmosphere of the bird sanctuary and the surrounding mangrove forests is sure to rejuvenate weary travellers.
Kadalundi provides a sense of tranquillity that’s perfect for unwinding. Visitors can engage in various activities, including trekking, photography, and picnicking. Thanks to its coastal location, the climate remains pleasant for most of the year, although it’s wise to avoid the monsoon season from May to July.
Visiting between November and April promises a breathtaking sight as flocks of Terns, Gulls, Herons, Sandpipers, Whimbrels, Brahminy Kites, and Cormorants grace the landscape. Besides the avian wonders, the wetland habitat houses a diverse array of fish, mussels, crabs, and even snakes such as the Cobra, Krait, and Viper.
If you’re eager to explore this historical gem and birdwatcher’s paradise, the Kadalundi-Vallikunnu Community Reserve awaits your visit. You can contact them at:
Kadalundi-Vallikunnu Community Reserve Kadalundi P.O, Kozhikode – 673 302 Phone: +91 495 2471250, +91 85476 02825 Email: email@example.com
Nearest railway station: Kozhikode, approximately 19 km away
Nearest airport: Calicut International Airport, about 23 km | Kannur International Airport, approximately 115 km distant