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Kallayi is one of the rivers in Kerala, India. It originates in Cherikkulathur in the Western Ghats at an altitude of 45 m and is 40 km long. It is linked to the Chaliyar River by a man-made canal on the south side of the small timber village of Kallayi lying on its banks. The Kallayi was known for its timber businesses, but now many of these have been closed down.
The village of Kallayi, about six km from Kozhikode city, has an archaic
charm that attracts many. Its location on the banks of River Kallayi
which connects with the Chaliyar river, helped the village to grow as a
bustling timber trade centre during the late 19th and early 20th
During that period, it grew to become the largest
timber trading centre in Asia. Timber was floated down from the forests
of Nilambur to the various mills of Kallayi through the Chaliyar and
Kallayi rivers. Teak and rosewood, known for their strength and
durability, were sawn to size in the timber mills here and then
transported for trade.
During the 20th century, there was a
steep decline in the trading activity. Today, only a few timber mills
exist in the area and one can spot a few logs from these timber yards
floating on the Kallayi River.
Another interesting sight here is
the iron Kallayi Bridge that was built by the British. The view from
the bridge of the surrounding areas is delightful. If you reach the
place sometime in the evening, wait till the sun sets to set out for the
bridge. The sunset, when seen from the bridge, is simply breathtaking.
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