Kannur is a city in the Indian state of Kerala. Known as Land of Looms and Lores, a land that has a rich past and flourishes in legends and myths. Kannur is the fourth largest urban city in Kerala after Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode. Kannur is famous for its pristine beaches, its native performing art Theyyam, and its handloom industry. According to a recent survey, Kannur has been said to be one of ten best cities to live in India. , Kannur is a small and a beautiful city.
History of Kannur is marked by foreign invasions and the activities of colonial powers. Kannur was for many centuries the capital of the Kolathiri Rajas, the rivals of the Zamorins of Kozhikode. Marco Polo noted its importance as a spice trading port. From the 15th century various colonial powers, including the Portuguese, Dutch and British, exerted their influence over this rich Malabar Coast region. In the 15th century, the Portuguese arrived in Kannur to establish one of their earliest settlements. A reminder of this is the St. Angelos Fort built in 1505 AD by the first Portuguese Viceroy. The Dutch captured the Portuguese factory built by Cabral, in 1633. In 1708, the British built a fort at Thalasseri (Tellicherry), just outside Kannur. The French developed the nearby town of Mahe as a trading centre inthe 18th century. Around 1792, after the Mysore Wars, the British took over Kannur.
Prime Tourist Attractions In and Around Kannur
St. Angelos Fort :
Aaralam Wildlife Sanctuary :
Muzhpilangad Beach (15 km)-
Sree Ramaswami Temple, Thiruvangad (23 km)- The 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 carried out nearly 400 years ago.
Dharmadam Island :
Moppila Bay: is a well-known natural fishing harbor, located close to St. Angelo’s Fort. Today, this bay has been modernized and advanced under the assistance and development of the Indo-Norwegian Pact. Previously, the bay was more popular as a commercial harbor during the reign of Kolathiris. Moppila Bay is a distinct and great fascinating site to explore in Kannur.
The famous Jagannatha Temple of Kannur is situated at Madathiparambu, near Thalassery. The temple captivates you immensely with its astonishing architecture. It celebrates a colorful and enchanting Jagannatha festival every year which continues for up to eight days. It is organized in the Malayalam month of Kumbham (February/March).
Gundert’s Bungalow : Located 20 kms from Kannur, at Nettur, Gundert’s Bungalow is on the out skirts of Thalaserry. It is a historically significant place for all lovers of Malayalam Language.Home of Dr. Hermann Gundert (1814-1893), a scholar of the German Basel Mission, who compiled the first Malayalam English dictionary. The revered German priest and lexicographer lived in the bungalow for 20 years from 1839.
Pazhassi dam and Gardens :
Thodeekulam Shiva Temple : Located 32 km from Kannur on the Thalassery-Mananthavady road, this temple is famous for its mural paintings. It is believed to have been constructed 2,000 years ago and was closely connected with the Pazhassi Raja family of Kottayam
Pythal Mala –
MadayiPara (25 km)- The Madayi Kavu Temple, the Vadukunnu Temple and the 12th 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.
Snake Park at Parassinikadavu:
Thalassery Fort :
Pappinisserry: 16 kms from Kannur town, the snake park here houses about 150 varieties of snakes including the Spectacled Cobra, King Cobra, Russel Viper, Krait and Pit Viper. There is also a large collection of non-poisonous snakes including Pythons. A research laboratory to extract venom from snakes is proposed to be set up here. The park is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of snakes, many species of which are getting extinct gradually..
Madayi Mosque :
Shopping in Kannur
Kannur is renowned for its high quality handloom products like house linen, bedcovers, table linen and fine cotton saris. The prices of these products are within a reasonable limit so you do not really need to bargain hard (as you would in many other parts of country). One of the best place to buy Kannur handloom products is the Handveer, which is operated by the government.
Apart from handloom, other product worth a buy in Kannur include brass and bell metal lamps. These are available in all shapes and sizes. Kannur City Centre Mall is the largest and the busiest shopping place in the city.
From economy class hotels and deluxe hotels to luxury hotels, private beach houses and resorts, Kannur has a wide array of options for a tourist. The budget traveler can opt for places that are priced anywhere from Rs 400 to Rs 600.Deluxe housing and some beach side resorts offer accommodation for anywhere from Rs.1200- Rs.2000.Luxury hotels can cost anywhere starting from Rs4500 and upwards. Kannur like other places in Kerala offers a good number of Ayurveda resorts that provide a comfortable stay with Ayurvedic massages and therapies aimed at recharging your senses.
How To Reach Kannur
By Air : Kannur is easily reachable by air as the nearest airport is the Kozhikode Airport, which is located at a distance of 93 kilometers from Kannur to the south.
By Train : Kannur has its own railway station and is an important junction in Kerala. Trains from many neighboring states also pass through this town to reach other places. Thus, it is well connected by rail to Kerala and other nearby states.
By Road : Kannur is well linked by a wide network of roads and can be reached from anywhere in Kerala.