Ezhimala, the imposing mountainous region on the seashore that borders the western part of Payyanur, had played a significant role in the history of the country. This was the head quarters of the Ezhimala Rajya during the Sang period. In Sang literatures, this area is referred to as “ezhil malai” which means high hillock. It is believed that in the later years ezhilmalai reduced to Ezhimala. This region is also known as “Elimala”, “Mooshika Sailam”, “Sapta Sailam”,”Mount Eli” and “Mount the Eli” in the history. It was the seat of the renowned Mooshika dynasty.
Nestled atop a cluster of hills at an altitude of 286 m is situated Ezhimala, 55 km from Kannur. Furthur uphill is an ancient mosque. Fascinating sculptured stone pillars are scattered all over the place. Bordered by the sea on three sides, Ezhimala is poised to occupy a significant niche on the naval history of India when one of the largest naval academies is commissioned here. A Naval academy is being developed here.
The beautiful beach here has a hillock nearby. Carved stone pillars and an ancient burial chamber can be seen at the foot of the hills. The hills are noted for rare medicinal herbs.