Mahe natively known as Mayyazhi, is a small town at the mouth of the Mahe River and is surrounded on all sides by the State of Kerala. The Kannur District encompasses Mahe on three sides and Kozhikode District from one side. Previously part of French India, Mahe presently shapes a region in Mahe region, one of the four regions of the Union Territory of Puducherry. Mahe has one part MLA in the Puducherry Legislative Assembly.
The name Mahe gets from Mayyazhi, the name given to the neighborhood stream and district in the Malayalam dialect. The first spelling found on French records from the mid 1720s is Maye, with Mahe and Mahie likewise found on archives, maps and topographical word references until the mid nineteenth century when the spelling Mahe turned into the standard. Consequently, the conviction that the name of the town was given to pay tribute to Bertrand Francois Mahe de La Bourdonnais 1699– 1753, whose later popularity got in great part from his relationship with India, including his catch of Maye in 1741, is inaccurate.
Mahe's closest air terminal is Calicut International Airport, Karipur, at a separation of 85 km; Kannur Airport under development is nearing finishing at Mattannur at a separation of 40 kilometers 25 miles. The closest Railway Station is Mahe, where a couple of nearby and express prepares stop. The closest real railroad stations, where a few long separation trains stop, are Thalassery, Kannur, Mangalore and Vatakara.