Altitude : 13m above sea level
Tourist Season : October to March
Clothing : Cotton Clothes
Temperature : Min. 20 c - Max. 35 c
Location: Latitude : 10° 00' N Longitude : 76° 25' E
Nearest Airport: Kannur International Airport
Nearest Railway Station: Kannur
Payyanur is situated in the Kannur district of Kerala. Sprawling in the valley of the lofty Ezhimala Hills, Payyannur has a distinguished place in the history and culture of the country. The place derives its name from the Payyannur Temple renowned as Sri Subrahmanya Swami Temple. 'Payyan' is an appellation of Lord Subrahmanya and 'Ooru' means the place.
Payyannur was an ancient civilised place in Kerala. The history of Payyannur is recorded in history. The archeological remains excavated from Payyanur and nearby places prove the existence of an ancient city in this area centuries ago. The books written during the Sangam period describe about this country and this King with much importance. At certain times, Ezhimala was also under the rule of the Cheras.
Thus Payyanur means the land of Lord Subrahmanya. Payyanur Kerala is also well known for Pavithra Mothiram, Astrology, art forms like Theyyam and Poorakkali. In earlier days it was Kachil pattanam. which was the main town; because of the waterways for many historian ships from foreign countries.It was the big business spot at that time.
Later Kokkinaseri became most wanted city.The main road starts from perumba is deviated as two. one is Payyanur village and another one is Kokkinaseri village. Payyanur is the famous place of many social workers,astrologers,freedom fighters, community activists.The famous Kathakali master Kalamandalam Krishna Nair was born n Payyanur.So many historical story is there to tell about Payanur.
Payyannur is associated with several temples which perform the traditional dance form of Theyyam and Thira.