Payyannur, IPA: [pɐjːɐn̺ːuːɾ], is a Municipal town and a Taluk in Kannur district of Kerala, India. On 10 March 2018, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated Payyannur as the fifth taluk in the district. Payyanur taluk comprises 22 villages including 16 de-linked from the Taliparamba taluk and six from the Kannur taluk. The town is situated on the banks of the Perumba River.
|• Type||Municipal council|
|• Municipal chairman||Adv. Sasi Vattakovval|
|• MLA||TI. Madhusoodanan|
|• DySP||M. Sunil Kumar|
|• Total||54.63 km2 (21.09 sq mi)|
|Elevation||14 m (46 ft)|
|• Density||1,300/km2 (3,400/sq mi)|
|• Official||Malayalam, English|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|Telephone code||+91 4985|
|ISO 3166 code||IN-KL|
|Nearest cities||Taliparamba, Kannur|
|Sex ratio||1159 ♂/♀|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Kasaragod|
Payyanur is located 36 km North of District HQ Kannur city, 501 km away from State capital Thiruvananthapuram city, 301 km North of Ernakulam city, 126 km North of Kozhikode city, 56 km South of Kasaragod town and 112 km away from Mangalore city. The town lies by the side of three rivers - Perumba River, Punnakka river(Payyanur river) and Kavvayi river(Thattar river).
As of 2011 census, Payyannur had a population of 72,111, with males constituting 46% of the population and females 54%. Payyannur has an average literacy rate of 94.08%. This is higher than the state average of 94.00%. Male literacy is 97.02%, and female literacy is 91.60%. In Payyannur, 10% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Payyannur derives its name from the renowned Sri Subrahmanya Swami Temple located here. Payyan is an appellation of Lord Subrahmanya and ooru means town or place. Thus Payyannur means the land of Lord Subrahmanya.
Payyannur is located at coordinates  It has an average elevation of 16 metres (51 feet)..
Payyannur is one of several extant ancient civilized places in Kerala. The northern town of Kerala claims a rich recorded history. The archaeological remains excavated from Payyannur and nearby places prove the existence of a city in this area centuries ago.
Several notable travelers have described this area in their writings. Ibn Battuta visited Ezhimala in AD 1342 and wrote about the large seaport and the Chinese ships anchored here. Abul Fida in AD 1273, Marco Polo in AD 1293, the Italian explorer Niccolò de' Conti in the 15th century and the Portuguese scholar and traveler Barbosa all visited this place and gave extensive accounts of Ezhimala port, which was then known as "Heli". The scholar and author Hermann Gundert and William Logan, the Malabar District Collector during the British Colonial rule, who wrote Malabar Manual, also visited Payyannur and studied the rich heritage of the area.
Centuries back, Payyannur was a part of the Ezhimala/Mushika/Kolathiri Kingdom. King Nandan was well known as a great warrior and ruler. The books written during the Sangam period describe the area and King. Ezhimala was also under the rule of the Cheras. A famous ruler there was Pazhassi Raja.
Evolution of PayyannurEdit
In the past, the city of Kachil Patanam (presently Kavvayi) was the main town due to the proximity of waterways through Kavvayi River and its large seaport. It was both the administrative and business center during that time. According to historians, the ships from China and other countries used to visit this port and were anchored in the nearby river Changoorichal. Kavvayi retained its position during the rule of British East India Company also. They established the first Magistrate's court and Registrar's Office in Kavvayi.
Later, Kokkanisseri became the city center. The main road, which starts from Perumba in the east, up to old post office in the west and Kunchimangalam Mana in the south to government hospital in the north is called Kokkanisseri. The south of this town was called Payyannur village and the north f Kokkanisseri is called Moorikkovval village. The business center was called Kokkanisseri Bazaar. Later, the name Payyannur became common and thus the developed city of today came into existence.
During the regime of the Kolathiri Dynasty, Payyannur was a part of Kolathu Nadu, ruled by the Kolathiri Rajas based in Chirakkal near Kannur. During British rule, Payyannur was considered as a "farka" which in turn is a part of the Chirakkal Taluk. Until the formation of Kerala State in 1957, Payyannur remained in the Malabar District of the Madras State.
Colleges in Payyannur
- Swami Anandatheertha Campus, Payyannur
- Ampere Institute of Engineering and Private ITI.
- Sree Narayana Guru College of Engineering & Technology.
- Payyannur College, Edat. 
- Gurudev Arts & Science College, Mathil
- College of Engineering and Technology, Payyannur
- Residential women's polytechnic college Payyannur. 
- Government ITI Peringome, Peringome
- Government College, Peringome
- Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit Regional Centre, Payyannur 
- AWH- al-badar special college Payyannur. Department of psychology.
The National Highway 66 passes through Perumba junction. Goa and Mumbai can be accessed on the northern side and Cochin and Thiruvananthapuram can be accessed on the southern side. National Highway 66 is given node for construction of 6 lane road on Payyanur and other stretches of Kerala.
Payyanur has several private and KSRTC buses plying places inside and outside the district. Payyanur is well-connected to its suburbs through several bus services. Payyanur town has three bus terminals — KSRTC Bus terminal, Payyanur on NH-66 road, Old Bus Stand, Payyanur and New Bus Stand, Payyanur at Main road, Payyanur.
Payyanur is one of the major station that lies in the Shoranur-Mangalore Section of Southern Railway and comes under A category stations under Palakkad division. The station has 3 platforms and 4 tracks.
Orator and freedom fighter KP Kunhirama Poduval, who founded Sanjayan Smaraka Grandhalayam at Annur (Sanjayan Memorial Library), is from here. Kelappan Service Center (perhaps the only institution built in memory of Kelappaji, also known as "Kerala Gandhi") and Payyannur Co-operative Stores are among a number of social organizations in the area.
'Theyyam' and religious festivals (Kaliyattam) of various temples attract people to Payyannur. Poorakkali and kolkali are the major traditional dance ritual performances. Architect Kunhimangalam Narayanan, dancer Vannadil Pudiyaveettil Dhananjayan, the Sanskrit scholar E. Sreedharan, are all from the area. The native place of legendary Kathakali master Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair is not far from this town. Kandoth in Payyannur is famous for pottery. The weaver's streets of various villages around Payyannur contribute to the fame of the handlooms of Kannur.
Payyannur Pavithram or Pavithra Mothiram is the particular ring worn during performing Vedic or holy rituals or during the "pithrubali" (ceremony performed for the well-being of the forefathers or departed souls) in the Hindu tradition. The traditional Pavitram is usually made of "dharba" grass. The formation of Payyannur Pavitram is closely related to Payyannur Sree Subrahmanya Swami Temple.
- V. P. Appukutta Poduval, freedom fighter
- Unnikrishnan Namboothiri, film actor
- P. V. Kunhikrishnan, jedge of Kerala High Court
- C. V. Balakrishnan, writer
- Dhananjayans, classical dancers- Padma awardee
- K. U. Mohanan, cinematographer
- Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri, lyricist
- Kaithapram Viswanathan Namboothiri, music director
- Sahal Abdul Samad, professional footballer
- Malavika Mohanan, film actress
- Parvathy Nambiar, film actress
- Ganapathi S Poduval, film actor
- K. C. Venugopal, Indian politician
- P. Kunhikrishnan, space scientist
- Subeesh Sudhi, film actor
- Mohan Kupleri, film director
- Anaswara Rajan, film actress
- Ratheesh Balakrishnan Poduval, film director
- Kavvayi Island, 3 km from Payyannur
- Annur Sree Mahavishnu Temple
- Valiyaparamba Backwaters, 15 km from Payyannur
- Indian Naval Academy, 5 km from Payyannur Railway Station
- Ezhimala, 12 km from Payyannur Town
- Mangalore city, Karnataka.114 km from Payyannur Town
- Kunhimangalam village, 8 km from Payyannur town
- Payyannur railway station
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