Kannur the land of many a colourful folk art form like Theyyam, Kannur is said to be the ancient port of Naura, from whose shores King Solomon’s ships collected timber to build the great temple of Jerusalem. Cannanore or more appropriately Kannur as it is known today is a place with a rich history right from the time of the Aryan migration.
The word Kannur may have evolved from a village named Kannathur around which the modern town of Kannur grew. Or according to some it is a combination of Kannan (Lord Krishna), a deity in the Hindu pantheon and Ur meaning a place or an abode. Kannur showcases its remarkable history in the ancient forts, old shrines and august cultural and educational institutions that dot its scenic landscape.
Kannur sightseeing places
Aaralam Wildlife Sanctuary: This Sanctuary is a serene little sanctuary, located on the slopes of the Western Ghats. The highest peak of Katti Betta, covered with tropical and semi- evergreen forests rises to a majestic height and adds to the landscape of the region.
Dharmadam Island: This Island is a Buddhist dominated region, Dharmadam Island is located beside the Muzhappilangad beach, 100 meters offshore surrounded by rivers and sea. A conjunction of beach and island, Dharmadam Island was earlier known as Dharmapattanam.
Jagannatha Festival: Jagannatha Festival is one of the most important festivals of the region. It is a colorful eight-day festival, which is held in the Malayalam month of Kumbham (February/ March) at the Jagannatha Temple at Madathiparambu, near Thalassery in Kannur.
Madayi Mosque: Originally built in 1124 AD by Malic Iben Dinar, a Muslim preacher, the Madayi is a beautiful ancient mosque. It is said that the mosque's founder, who came to India to spread the word of the prophet, brought a white block of marble from Mecca that has been used in the mosque.
Moppila Bay: The beach here is a natural and now a modernized fishing harbor built with assistance under the Indo Norwegian pact. Moppila bay is the famous fishing harbor is situated near the St.Angelo's Fort.
St. Angelo's Fort: Fort St.Angelo's is a famous attraction in Kannur. It is located in the west of Kannur town. It is one of the oldest edifices in the region. The first Portuguese Viceroy, Don Francisco De Almeida, built it in 1505.
Arakkal Palace: This palace is about 2 km. from Kannur town. Arakkal was the palace of Beebi (Queen) of Arakkal. Having deep historic connotations, it belongs to Kerala's only Muslim Royal family that controlled parts of the coastal areas and even Lakshadweep.
Pythal Mala: Pythal Mala (Mountain) is a captivating hill station and is situated near the Kerala-Karnataka border. Pythal Mala is rich in flora and fauna life. This beautiful, serene and calm hill station is at a distance of 65Km from Kannur.
Payyambalam Beach: This beach is just 2kms from Kannur and it is famous for flat laterite cliffs that jut out into the Sea. This beautiful stretch of sand and surf is the best locale for a relaxed evening. The well laid Gardens & and the massive landscaped sculpture of Mother & Child make it extremely Captivating.
Valapattanam: This place is 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.
Kizhunna Ezhara Beach: This Beach Is 11kms from Kannur. This beautiful stretch of sand is one of the most secluded beaches in Kerala.
MeenKunnu Beach: This beach is 12kms. from Kannur. One of the uncrowded beach with golden Surf & Sand.
Muzhappilangad Beach: This beach is 15kms. from Kannur and 8kms. from Thalassery. This beach is a swimmers Paradise this is Kerala’s only drive in beach. Adventurous sports like Paragliding, Parasailing,, micro- lite Flights and a variety of water sport options are available.
Thalassery Fort: This fort is 22kms from Kannur. The Fort is constructed by the British in 1708 and is now a Historical Monument. The major attractions nearby are SAI Gymnastic Centre, an Old Muslim Mosque,, the Jagannatha Temple and the Thiruvangad Sree Rama Swami Temple.
Pazhassi Dam: This Dam is 37kms. from Kannur. The dam site is famous is famous for its scenic beauty and the place is an ideal retreat for tourist.
Things to Do
Beach Surfing: Top the trip with little adventure; one of the best surf breaks in Kerala, Meenkunnu Beach is hardly a few kilometers from Kannur Town. The golden sand and the surf here are much talked about among tourists!
Drive-in Beach: The place where one can take drive-in beach in India Muzhapilangad beach enjoys solid preference among tourists and hence has activities galore. Take a drive along the tranquil shoreline that stretches for about 4 km, feeling the golden sand and the saline water on you! The beach is with boulders that defend the destructive currents. The water here is shallow and is perfect for swimmers to plunge in. The truth might take you by surprise; the beach is a less explored one that ensures the privacy you demand.
Bird Watching and Trekking at Aralam: The treasure trove of rare species of birds, wildlife and vegetation, Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary expands over 55 sq.km. The park is often flocked by nature lovers and travelers with an urge for adventure; take a slow pan from bird watching to wildlife viewing, while you trek along the ups and downs!
Trekking at Pythal Mala: An emerging hill resort at Kannur, Pythal Mala offers mind-blowing vistas of flora and fauna! Apart from the scenic brilliance, the place is known for its trekking tracks; 6 km trek is what it takes to reach the top of the hill, which in fact worth trying for. The view from atop the hill is rather exhilarating in the company of cold breeze and fogy environment.
Leisure at Pazhassi Gardens & Dam: Team up exotic beauty and a delightful leisure at Pazhashi Gardens & Dam. One can try boating in the huge reservoir and there are facilities for accommodation too.
How to Reach in Kannur?
By Air: The nearest airport from Kannur is at Karipur, Kozhikode, which is about 93kms south.
By Rail: Kannur railway station is an important railhead of the Southern Railway and is well linked to major towns in India as well as Kerala.
By Road: Kannur is accessible by road from different cities and towns of Kerala and other parts of India.