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Kerala Tourist Places - KANNUR

Area 2997 sq. km
Population 2,251,727 (2001 census)
Altitude Sea level

With the Western Ghats in the east (Coorg district of Karnataka State), Kozhikode and Wayanad districts in the south, Lakshadweep Sea in the west and Kasaragod in the north, Kannur district is bounded by a wealth of natural beauty. The district itself which shares much of this natural splendour has been a key contributor to the cultural, religious, political and industrial heritage of the State. In addition, Kannur enjoys the credit of having been the cradle of many of colourful folk art and folk music of Kerala.

Accessing Kannur
Telephone access code : +91-497

Air : Nearest Airport : Kozhikode (93 km)

Rail : Kannur is an important railhead of the Southern Railways. (Enquiry: Kannur Ph: 2705555; Thalasseri Ph: 0490 2344131

Road : An excellent road transport system connects Kannur to all the major towns of South India (KSRTC: Kannur Ph: 2707777)
Places to Visit

PayyambalamBeach

Distance : 2 km from Kannur
This beach is famous for its flat laterite cliffs that jut into the sea. The well-laid gardens and the massive landscaped sculpture of ‘Mother and Child’ make it extremely captivating.

St. Angelo Fort

Distance : 3 km from Kannur
This seafront laterite fort was constructed in 1505 AD by the first Portuguese Viceroy, Don Francisco De Almeda, with the consent of the ruling Kolathiri Raja. After changing hands from the Portuguese to the Dutch and then to the English, the fort became one of the important military centres of the British in Malabar. The fort, which is now under the Archaeological Survey of India, offers fascinating views of the Mappila bay fishing harbour.

Valapattanam

Distance : 7 km from Kannur
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.

Parassinikadavu

Distance : 18 km from Kannur town
Sri Muthappan Temple stands on the banks of the Valapattanam river. The pilgrim centre is famous for the Muthappan Theyyam performed every morning and evening. The DTPC provides pleasure boating on the river near the temple and houseboat cruises at the Parassini river. Accommodation is available nearby. The snake park here is the only one of its kind in this State and perhaps the whole of India. Snake demonstrations conducted every hour draw large crowds of visitors (open 0830-1730 hrs everyday). There are frequent bus services from Kannur to Parassinikadavu.

Thalasseri

Distance : 22 km from Kannur
The fort constructed in 1708 was the military centre of the British. It is now a historical monument. The SAI Gymnastic Centre, an old Muslim mosque, the Jagannatha Temple and Thiruvangad Sree Rama Swami Temple are other attractions nearby.

Sree Ramaswami Temple , Thiruvangad

Distance : 23 km from Kannur
This temple dedicated to Sri Rama is one of the most important temples in Malabar. The exquisite carvings in the temple are said to have been done nearly 400 years ago.

Madayi Para

Distance : 25 km from Kannur
The Madayi Kavu Temple , the Vadukunnu Temple and the 12 th century mosque built by Malik bin Dinar with white marble imported from Arabia , are the major attractions here. There is also a dilapidated fort at Madayi which is supposed to have been built by Tipu Sultan of Mysore. The view from the fort is fascinating.