Udayagiri, Kannur

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St. Mary's Church, Udayagiri
St. Mary's Church, Udayagiri
Udayagiri is located in Kerala
Location in Kerala, India
Udayagiri is located in India
Udayagiri (India)
Coordinates: 12°14′0″N 75°28′0″E / 12.23333°N 75.46667°E / 12.23333; 75.46667Coordinates: 12°14′0″N 75°28′0″E / 12.23333°N 75.46667°E / 12.23333; 75.46667
Country  India
State Kerala
District Kannur
 • Official Malayalam, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
ISO 3166 code IN-KL
Vehicle registration KL-
Map of Kannur District showing Udayagiri.

Udayagiri is a village in Thaliparamba taluk of Kannur District in Kerala, India.[1] It is about 55 km from Kannur city.


The people of this village mainly depend on agriculture for their income. The villagers of this hamlet migrated from the southern parts of Kerala in the early 1940s, most of them from Kottayam and Ernakulam district. These days the economy is driven by remittances from people employed elsewhere.


An aboriginal population of hunter-gatherers, known locally as "Maayilyans" lived here for generations before the so-called settlers from the southern part of Kerala arrived. They survived on hunting and gathering honey in the vast forests. The Maayilyan community was pushed out of the forests, their way of life, and displaced by the migrants. The "Maayilyans" became either daily wage workers in the area or survived on making and selling artifacts out of bamboo.

During the early days (1950s), the settlers lived in tree houses to escape from the large number of elephants present in the area. The needs of the population were very basic. They cleared forests and planted rice, yucca and bananas. The essential services like local hospitals or schools did not exist. Transportation was very limited. Educational institutions were tens of miles away. The daily staples beyond what they produced, had to come from Thaliparamba, which was about 35 km away by foot. Many early families in the area had to fight years-long, painful legal battles to get their land rights.


Udayagiri is a hilly village on the eastern side of Kannur district. The terrain is undulating in nature and the extreme eastern side has forests bordering Karnataka state.

Major agricultural crops grown are[edit]

Chathamangalam Hill Station[edit]

Chathamangalam (Kannur) is a beautiful hill station in Udayagiri panchayath. Starting in Udayagiri panchayath Chathamangalam hill station extends to neighbouring Cherupuzha and Alakode panchayaths.


Pythalmala is a hill station, situated 4,500 ft. above sea level near the Kerala-Karnataka border, and is rich in flora and fauna. It is a 6 km trek to the top of the hills.


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. Taliparamba has a good bus station and buses are easily available to all parts of Kannur district. The road to the east of Iritty connects to Mysore and Bangalore. But buses to these cities are available only from Kannur, 22 km to the south. The nearest railway stations are Kannapuram and Kannur on the Mangalore-Palakkad line. Trains are available to almost all parts of India subject to advance booking over the internet. There are airports at Kannur, Mangalore and Calicut. All of them are small international airports with direct flights available only to Middle Eastern countries.