a major port area, this is now a city known for its handloom and beedi
industries. Some of the finest weavers of Kerala come from this district.
is also the headquarters of the countrys largest and
best-run beedi cooperative which produces the famous brand, Kerala Dinesh
Beedi. Marco Polo is supposed to have referred to Kannur tourism
a great emporium of spices.
In the 15th century, the Portuguese arrived in Kannur to establish one of
their earliest settlements. This is evident in the St. Angelo's Fort built
in 1505 AD by the first Portuguese Viceroy. Kannur's history is marked by
foreign invasions and the activities of colonial powers.
The district is bound in the east by the Western Ghats, in the west by the
Arabian Sea, in the north by the Kasaragode District and in the south by the
Mahe region of the Union Territory of Pondicherry.
Kannur district is endowed with sufficient number of rivers. Valapattanam
river which originates from Western Ghats is the longest river in the
district. Most of the rivers are navigable. Anjarakany, Kuppam, Mahe and
Thalassery are the other rivers. Kannur district has extensive forest areas
which may be classified under two heads namely reserve forests and vested
The nearest airport is at Karipur, Kozhikode, about
93 km south.
Kannur railway station is well linked to major towns
up country as well as within the State.
Kannur is accessible by road.
Places of interest - Kannur
A small hill town surrounded by a spread of
beautiful, wooden valleys and meandering streams. Located 121 km away from
Kottayam, famed for its arched dam built across the Periyar River.
The Payyambalam beach is one of the beautiful beaches in this
State and is an ideal place to visit. Quiet, secluded, this beautiful
stretch of sand and surf is the best locale for a relaxed evening
irrespective of seasons. It is 2 km from Kannur town.
Sree Muthappan Temple :
Sree Muthappan Temple dedicated to
Lord Muthappan, believed to be the incarnation of Lord Shiva. This is the
only temple in Kerala where Theyyam, the ritual dance form of North Kerala
is performed daily. The temple's non-conformist nature is also evident in
the unusual custom of offering dried fish and toddy to the deity. There is
also a Kathakali club in the temple which will arrange shows on request. The
performance begins after 11 pm and lasts 4½ hours. Also near the temple
is the Parassinikadavu Snake Park.
St. Angelo's Fort :
The Fort of St.Angelo's
is now a protected monument under Archaeological Survey of India, the Fort
St.Angelo's is in the west of Kannur town. It was built in 1505 by the first
Portuguese Viceroy, Don Francisco De Almeida, with the permission of the
Kolathiris. It is still a landmark in Kannur. Though parts of the fort have
collapsed, it is still in a fairly good state of preservation. A few ancient
cannons are on display inside the fort.
Madayi Mosque :
The Madiya Mosque was built in 1124 AD by
Malik Ibn Dinar, a Muslim preacher. A block of white marble in the mosque is
believed to have been brought from Mecca by its founder, who came to India
to spread the word of Muhammad, the Prophet.
Dharmadam Island :
Dharmadam Island is a beautiful beach,
located 17 km from Kannur. The small 5-acre island covered with coconut
palms and green bushes is a beautiful sight from the beach. Permission is
required to enter this privately owned island. It is 100 mt away from the
mainland at Dharmadam.
Thalassery Fort :
Constructed in 1708 AD, the Thalaserry
Fort was the military centre of the British, located at a distance of 22 km
from Kannur. In 1708 AD, when the British East India Company established its
settlement on the Malabar Coast, they built the Thalaserry Fort, as a
testimonial to their colonial imperialism. The square fort, with its massive
walls, secret tunnels to the sea and intricately carved huge doors, is an
imposing structure. The fort was once the nucleus of Thalaserry's
Gundert Bungalow :
Dr. Herman Gundert, the revered German
missionary, scholar and lexicographer lived in this bungalow for 20 years
from 1839. It was here that one of the first Malayalam dictionaries and the
first Malayalam Newspaper - Paschimodayam - took shape. It is located at
distance of 20 km from Kannur, near Thalasseri town, on the National Highway
The beautiful beach here has a hillock nearby
(286 mt high). 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.
A Naval Academy is being developed here. Permission is required for entry.
Situated at a distance of 55 km from Kannur.
Trichambaram Temple :
20 km from Kannur, near Taliparamba
town on the National Highway is A sacred place of the Vaishnava cult, the
deity of the temple is Sree Krishna. The sculptures on the walls of the
sanctum sanctorum are in a class by themselves. The annual temple festival,
usually held in March, is a colourful event.
Muzhapilangad Beach :
Located at a distance of 15 km from
Kannur and 8 km from Thalasseri. Black rocks protect this long, clean beach
from the currents of the deep, making its shallow waters a swimmer's
paradise. The palm groves fringing the beach is a cool hideaway from the
tropical sun. Perhaps this is Kerala's only drive-in beach where you can
drive down the entire length of 4 km.
Sri Muthappan Temple stands on the banks of the Valapattanam river.
This pilgrim centre is famous for the Muthappan Theyyam performed every
morning and evening. The DTPC provides pleasure boating on the river near
the temple. The Snake Park is the only one of its kind in the State and
perhaps the whole of India. There are three snake pits, fifteen glass cases
for snakes and two large glass houses for King Cobras in the park. Snake
demonstrations conducted every hour draw large crowds of visitors.
Parassinikadavu is 16 km from Kannur town.
The small town on the Valapattanam river is
well known for its wood-based industries and timber trade. The port of
Azhikkal and Azhikkal Beach are located nearby. Western India Plywoods
Limited, the largest wood-based industry in the country and also one of the
largest of its kind in South East Asia, is a major industrial concern here.
Valapattanam is also a famous fishing harbour as well as the main source of
the irrigation project in the district. It is a fascinating experience to
watch the traditional mode of timber transportation - by tying long pieces
of timber together and allowing them to float down the stream. Situated at a
distance of 7 km from Kannur.