Located only 36 km north of Kozhikode and renowned as the hometown of the famous athlete P. T. Usha is the quaint village of Payyoli. This village was first recognised when Vasco Da Gama, the famous Portuguese traveller, discovered a sea route to India and arrived at Kappad Beach, 21 km from Payyoli. The entire village is cradled in the laps of nature and has been blessed with scenic beauty like nowhere else. The palm-fringed Payyoli Beach is a major attraction here and is the getaway relief for many travellers. During December, thousands of Olive Ridley Turtles crawl onto the beach and lay eggs! Many tourists visit Payyoli especially during the hatching season to witness the incredible phenomenon of birth taking place in the picturesque environs of this serene beach. The beach is also very close to an estuary of the Moorad River which is an absolute haven for bird watchers.
Payyoli is widely known for the mouth-watering delicacies prepared here, especially the Payyoli chicken fry, which is made from locally sourced spices that have extremely strong flavours and a truly exceptional taste. Other crowd pullers at Payyoli are the Kunjali Marrrakar Museum, Velliyamkallu and the Trikkottur Perumalpuram Temple.