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Odathil Palli, Thalassery

Odathil Palli, Thalassery

The region does not have many lagoons, but it has a lot of rivers flowing. To its west lies is the Arabian Sea, and since it is located on the coastline, it experiences a tropical climate. Thalassery also has many beaches, the most famous of them being the Muzhappilangad Beach.

About Odathil Palli, Thalassery

Odathil Palli is situated in the city of Thalassery in the district of Kannur. The city is known as ‘Paris of Malabar’ since it was the only French base in the western coast. When the British won the Seven Years War, the base fell into the hands of the British. In order to praise Mosakaka’s worthiness they presented him with a sugarcane plantation, where he built a mosque. Since the materials were brought in a boat, which is known as ‘odam’ in Malayalam, the mosque is known as Odathil Palli (mosque is ‘palli’ in Malayalam).

Also known as Garden Mosque, Odathil Palli is nearly two hundred years old, making it one of the oldest mosques in Kerala. Unlike other mosques, the architecture of Odathil Palli is exactly like the structure of the temples of the state during that era. It lacks minarets and domes. The roof of the mosque has copper sheets, with gold plate at its crown. It also has wooden pillars with exemplary artworks, which must be seen at least once in your lifetime.

History or Myth

Odathil Palli was constructed by a Muslim Keralite, Mosakaka, who was a merchant. He was known for his scrupulousness and righteousness, and hence the British East India Company gifted him a sugarcane plantation which was originally owned by the Dutch East India Company. Mosakaka purchased the land at a small fee, because he didn’t want to accept anything for free. This action demonstrates his morality. It is in this land that he built the mosque, which gained international recognition.

Tips or precaution

  • Non-muslims are not allowed
  • Entrance situated very close to the bus stand

How to reach

  • flight
    BY AIR
    Kannur International Airport would be the nearest airport after the completion of construction. As of now, Kozhikode International Airport is the closest.
  • train
    The major nearest Railway Station is the Thalassery Railway Station.
  • bus
    There are various buses plying from various major cities of South India. The city has four bus stands. In addition to this, the city is connected to other parts of the city by the NH-66, which connects Kanyakumari to Mumbai.

Highlights or specialities

  • Intriguing and unconventional architecture
  • Oldest mosque
  • Scenic locality
  • Accessible to other tourist spots


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