Kuttiyadi River, a west flowing river, is an important water source of Kannur
districts of Kerala
. Around 74 km long, the river originates from Narikotta.
Onipuzha, Thottilapalam and Kannathil are its major tributaries. This river has a catchment area of about 583 sq km.
Vadakara, famous for the martial art of Kalaripayattu, is situated on the banks of Kuttiyadi River.