Dharmadam Island is a main picnic spot situated 17 kms from Kannur, located
in the Arabian sea at a distance of 100 meters from the shore. Sprawling
over an area of 5 acres and surrounded by rivers and beaches, this beautiful
island is covered with tall coconut palms and dense bushes. The place,
earlier known as Dharmapattanam, is also known by the names 'Dharmadam
thuruth' or 'pacha thuruth' (green island). Dharmadam is believed to have
been a Buddhist stronghold and Buddha images have been excavated from
this place. Permission is required to enter this privately owned island.
It can be seen from the Muzhappilangad beach and during low tide, one
can just walk to the island from the beach. There are frequent boats to
the island from Kannur and Thalassery.