ponnani karma road

Ponnani Karma Road

Karma road, Ponnani

Karma Road is a beautiful and picturesque tourist destination in Ponnani of Malappuram district, Kerala which offers visitors a rare sight of the confluence of the Nila and Arabian Sea. It is a 6-kilometer-long road parallel along the coast of Bharathappuzha or Nila river. This road is also known as “Nilayorapatha”. Karma Road offers a perfect choice to enjoy the river Nila, the second longest river in Kerala.

A view from Karma road PHOTO:ABITH KRISHNA

Karma Road is well known for its peace and tranquility in the morning and evening and it reminds visitors of the preciousness of life. Karma Road attracts thousands of visitors every day, as people from densely populated neighborhoods seek an escape from the relentless pace of modern life. The proximity of Ponnani Harbour, one of the largest harbors in Kerala, and Chamravattom RCB increase the flow of tourists.

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Boating in Ponnani

Karma Road starts from Chamravattom Kadavu near Nariparambu. After a long journey of 209 kilometers originating from Western Ghat mountain, entering Kerala through Palakkad Gap, wandering through villages of Palakkad and Malappuram districts, and discharges into the Arabian Sea at Ponnani. Spectators are blessed here with a delightful panorama of the unhurried flow of Nila, lush green islands, and scenic Padinjarekkara beach. Big boats and speed boat services are available for tourists. Karma Road which spans 6 kilometres along with river Nila exhibits Chamravattom Bridge and Ponnani Harbour as well as the scenic beauty of Nila.

A trip through Karma road will provide an unforgettable experience for visitors. No other place will deliver such an opportunity to explore the beauty and charm of Nila or Bharathappuzha.

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A view from Karma road

Karma Road and neighboring locations are becoming major photography and film shooting sights. Many wedding shoots take place on Karma Road.

Visitors are bestowed with a stunning view of the Chamravattom Regulator Bridge from the beginning of the road. Chamravattom RCB is the largest RCB (Regulator Cum Bridge) across the Bharathappuzha in Kerala with a length of 978 meters. This bridge was inaugurated on 17 May 2012 by then Chief Minister of Kerala Oommen Chandy. Chamravattom RCB connects both Ponnani and Tirur taluks. This bridge lessens the length of Kozhikode to Kochi by more than half an hour.

How to reach Karma Road

Ponnani is accessible from road network, NH 66 is passing through Ponnani town. Kozhikode International Airport and Kuttippuram Railway station are situated 52 and 15 kilometres away respectively. Tirur is the nearest railway station.

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Safety warning

The safety and security of the tourists and their family members are vital to any tourism activities. All tourists who wish for a boat ride through the waters of Nila Karma Road should keep safety measures in mind. Most of the boats had been functioning without proper fitness certification which is mandatory for tourist boats. Tanur Thoovaltheeram boat tragedy which killed 22 people including 11 from just one family, became an eye opener in the implementation of safety in tourist boats in coastal areas of Malappuram district. Altered fishing vessels turned tourist boats are widely used for carrying tourists. Overcrowding in an illegally modified fishing boat was the reason behind the Tanur tragedy which occurred on 7 May, 2023. All tourists are requested to wear proper life jackets before onboarding to boat.

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