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Mattool Estuary
Mattool Estuary
Coordinates: 11°57′29″N 75°17′39″E / 11.957955°N 75.294159°E / 11.957955; 75.294159Coordinates: 11°57′29″N 75°17′39″E / 11.957955°N 75.294159°E / 11.957955; 75.294159
Country  India
State Kerala


Hindi: कण्णूर )
Population (2011)
 • Total 26,086
 • Official Malayalam, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Telephone code 0497284****
ISO 3166 code IN-KL
Vehicle registration KL-13
Fishing boats from Azheekkal, Mattool

Matool (also Mattul, Malayalam: മാട്ടൂൽ) is a place near Payangadi, several kilometres north of Kannur, in North Kerala, South India. The Valapattanam River meets the Arabian sea at Matool.

Matool is considered as a boating destination with boat services to almost all coastal areas of Kannur district. Houseboats give tourists a beautiful view of the sunset and the sea.


As of 2011 India census, Mattool had a population of 26,086 with 12,094 males and 13,992 females.[1]


Matool is the Arabic word (مأطول) meaning "how long" and is the name given by Ibn Battuta when he travelled through the area.


Matool is largely populated by members of the Muslim community. Mattool boasts of 98% literacy. A good percent of them are well educated and are well placed in the government and private sector. Mattool has many firsts to its credit including the first Malayalam Qur'an translator. One-third of the population of Matool depends on agriculture and fishing, the major produces being coconut, watermelon, cashew and mango.

Azheekal Estuary[edit]

As ecosystems, this is one of the estuaries that is under threat from human activities such as pollution and overfishing. This is also threatened by sewage, coastal settlement, land clearance and much more. Estuaries are affected by events far upstream, and concentrate materials such as pollutants and sediments. Land run-off and industrial, agricultural, and domestic waste enter rivers and are discharged into estuaries. Contaminants can be introduced which do not disintegrate rapidly in the marine environment, such as plastics, pesticides, furans, dioxins, phenols and heavy metals. Such toxins can accumulate in the tissues of many species of aquatic life. Industrial pollutants, such as phenols and heavy metals, can devastate fish stocks and damage the estuary soil. Estuaries tend to be naturally eutrophic because land run off discharges nutrients into estuaries. With human activities, land run-off also now includes the many chemicals used as fertilizers in agriculture as well as waste from livestock and humans. Excess oxygen depleting chemicals in the water can lead to hypoxia and the creation of dead zones. It can result in reductions in water quality, fish, and other animal populations.

Long Beach[edit]

Mattool beach is west of the hamlet, Mattool . The beach is characterized by its excellent sand, seawall and clear water. There is a good view of Ezhimala Hill from the beach.


  • Safa English Medium School, Mattool north under Manshau Mattool[2]
  • C.H.M.K.S.G.H.S School - Mattool Central
  • Mappila U.P School - Mattool Central
  • Little Flower U.P School - Mattool Central
  • C.M.L.P School - Mattool North
  • N.M.U.P School - Mattool North
  • Najath.G.H School - Mattool North
  • Muneer.L.P School - Mattool North
  • M.R.U.P School - Mattool South
  • G.M.L.P School - Mattool South


The national highway passes through Taliparamba town. Goa and Mumbai can be accessed on the northern side and Cochin and Thiruvananthapuram can be accessed on the southern side. The road to the east of Iritty connects to Mysore and Bangalore. The nearest railway station is Pazhayangadi on Mangalore-Palakkad line. Trains are available to almost all parts of India subject to advance booking over the internet. There are airports at Mangalore and Calicut. Both of them are international airports but direct flights are available only to Middle Eastern countries.


  1. ^ "Census of India : Villages with population 5000 & above". Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 2008-12-10. 
  2. ^ "Manshau Thazkiyathi Sunniyathil Islamiyya – Mattool, Kannur". Retrieved 2016-08-06. 

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