Dharmadam Island was a small 2 hectare private island in Thalassery, Kannur District, Kerala. It lies one hundred metres from the mainland at Dharmadam. This island, included with coconut palms and dense bush is a stunning sight from the Muzhappilangad seaside. During low tide, one could stroll out to it from the beach. Permission is needed to land at the island. Dharmadam, known earlier as Dharmapattanam, was a Buddhist stronghold. In 1998, Kerala Government took over this land for tourism improvement.
Dharmadam is positioned four km from the city of Thalasser Thalassery municipality turned into shaped on 1 November 1866 in keeping with the Madras Act 10 of 1865 Amendment of the Improvements in Towns act 1850 of the British Indian Empire, making it the second one oldest municipality inside the country. At that point the municipality became referred to as Thalassery Commission, and Thalassery changed into the capital of North Malabar. G. M. Ballard, the Malabar collector, become the primary President of the municipal commission. Later a European barrister, A. F. Lamaral, have become the first Chairman of Thalassery municipality.