Kannur is one among the northernmost regions in the south western province of Kerala in India. The old name ‘Cannanore’ is the anglicized type of the Malayalam word Kannur. Kannur could have gotten its name from one of the Hindu diety, Kannan (Lord Krishna) and Ur (place) making it the spot of Lord Krishna. The god of the Katalayi Sreekrishna sanctuary was before arranged in a hallowed place at Katalayi Kotta in the south eastern piece of the Kannur town.
With the Western Ghats in the east and lakshadweep ocean in the west, kannur region is limited by an abundance of regular excellence. Kannur is honored with regular sea shores, slope stations, waterways, backwaters, authentic landmarks and strict focuses. The actual area what shares a large part of the regular quality has been a vital supporter of the social, strict, political and modern legacy of the state. What’s more, Kannur partakes in the credit of having been the support of numerous a beautiful people craftsmanship and society music of Kerala.
Kannur is appropriately portrayed as “The place that is known for Looms and Lores”. Kannur is notable for its handlooms. It is one of the significant exporter handlooms in India. The handloom fabrics of Kannur have won worldwide standing. The business was bound to the creation of coarse assortments of dhoties and like, before. Creation of value and exportable assortments of handloom texture was begun when the Basal Evengelical Mission entered the field. The handloom business, which was once the syndication of private endeavor, has since been coordinated on co-usable lines. It gives work to a huge number of individuals straightforwardly and by implication.
Kannur is wealthy in customary workmanship and culture. Kannur is the home of Kerala legends foundation. The endowment of Kannur in the field of craftsmanship and culture is its society expressions. Countless society plays and moves are common among the booked caster and clans. Every clan has its own magnificent assortment of society plays and moves which are performed during celebrations. Theyyam or Theyattam is an old regardless well known custom dance. It’s a one of a kind blend of dance, music and furthermore mirrors the principle highlights of an ancestral culture. Theyyam is for the most part acted before the town sanctuaries. There are countless sanctuaries in Kannur where Theyyam is performed.
Muzhappilangad Beach is famous for being Kerala’s only drive-in beach. At about 7km from Thalassery in Kannur, you have a 4 km stretch of sand that awaits you to simply drive along as you soak in the view of the beautiful Malabar Coast. Along the way, one gets to munch on delicacies from a number of shacks that offer authentic Malabar cuisine. It is often considered a swimmers paradise as the black rocks protect the beach from deep currents. This is a perfect way to relax and soak in this clean and well maintained beach. One can also partake in adventure sports like paragliding, parasailing and micro light flights along with water sports, power boating or a simple catamaran ride.
The Payyambalam Beach is an impeccably maintained destination in Kannur. This secluded location is known for providing one with the opportunity to simply relax or enjoy a family picnic in absolute tranquillity. Surfing and swimming options are also available for those who seek a little adventure. The gentle waters form a picturesque setting that has been featured in many South Indian movies as wel
St Angelo Fort
Built by the first Portuguese Viceroy in India, Don Francesco de Almeida (1505), St. Angelo’s Fort is among the most historic sites in Kannur. This massive triangular laterite structure is flanked by gigantic bastions that make for an imposing sight. It changed hands between the Dutch and eventually the British, who would remodel and reequip it into their primary military stronghold in Malabar.
Mopilla Bay and Dharamadam Island are among the primary attractions here. Mopilla Bay is a natural harbour and the fort offers a wonderful view of it along with a sea wall projecting from the fort separating the rough sea and inland water. Dharamadam Island, barely 5 acres in area, is 100 m from the mainland and a favourite haunt of tourists. People come to the fort for relaxing strolls and just a brilliant view of the Arabian Sea.
At a distance of 2 km from Kannur Railway Station, Kannur Lighthouse is a lighthouse situated near Payyambalam Beach in Kannur town of Kerala. Adjacent to the Sea View Park and the Government Guest House, it is the fourth largest lighthouse in Kerala and one of the popular Kannur Tourist Places.
Also known as Cannanore Lighthouse, the lighthouse is still active and overlooks the Arabian Sea. In 1843, the British introduced a system of hoisting a lantern with an oil wick lamp in order to warn ships. A masonry pedestal was constructed in 1903 on the rampart of Kannur fort and placed a double wick oil lamp inside the 4th order dioptric lens and lantern on this pedestal. The light was made available during fair seasons only, from September to May every year. In 1939, the light was shifted on to a 16-metre steel trestle erected on the northern bastion of the fort. In 1948, the system was replaced by a flashing light which uses Dissolved Acetylene gas as fuel. This light was functional till the present lighthouse was constructed at the present location in 1976.
Kannur’s rich and vibrant landscape is host to the great Arakkal Kettu Museum, former residence of the only Muslim Royal Family in Kerala, the Arakkal Ali Rajas. Step inside this beautiful architectural marvel and be transported to a different era, with heirlooms and artefacts of their rein adorning the entire building.
The museum exhibits artefacts and heirlooms of the royal family which includes the family seal, the pathayam (the wooden box in which grain was stored), document box and so on. The royal copies of the Holy Quran, an old-fashioned telephone, swords and daggers used by the rulers, and a telescope are also on display.
Apart from these, there are exhibits that stand as testimonies to the Arakkal rulers’ relationship with European colonial powers as well as those relating to their maritime activities and monopoly on spice trade.
It is a must visit site in the district, as it helps one gain an understanding of the cultural diversity that helped shape its current form.
The great stories of Kerala are often retold using art forms. It is here that our legends truly come to life. Theyyam is a famous ritual art form that originated in North Kerala which brings to life the great stories of our State. It encompasses dance, mime and music. It exalts the beliefs of the ancient tribals who gave a lot of importance to the worship of heroes and the spirits of their ancestors. The ceremonious dance is accompanied by the chorus of such musical instruments as Chenda, Elathalam, Kurumkuzal and Veekkuchenda. There are over 400 separate Theyyams, each with their own music, style and choreography. The most prominent among these are Raktha Chamundi, Kari Chamundi, Muchilottu Bhagavathi, Wayanadu Kulaven, Gulikan and Pottan.
Each artist represents a hero with great power. Performers wear heavy make-up and adorn flamboyant costumes. The headgear and ornaments are truly majestic and fill one with a sense of awe and wonder. From December to April, there are Theyyam performances in many temples of Kannur and Kasaragod. Karivalloor, Nileswaram, Kurumathoor, Cherukunnu, Ezhom and Kunnathoorpadi in North Malabar are places where Theyyams are performed annually (Kaliyattam) and draw huge crowds.
Parassinikkadavu Snake Park
The Parassinikadavu Snake Park is home to over 150 different species of reptiles like crocodiles, monitor lizards and snakes- both venomous and non-venomous. Not only reptiles and amphibians, but this snake park also goes a long way to preserve and protect many wild mammals, marine creatures as well as rare avifauna- both endemic and migratory.
Pappinisseri Visha Chikitsa Society (Snake Bite Treatment Center) was started in the year 1964 at Pappinisseri, Kannur, Kerala with an intention to treat the ailing especially those suffering from snake envenomation. This institution is commemorated on behalf of the Late Sri. C.P. Kumaran Vaidyar and functions as the center for advanced clinical Research and literary documentation in Agada Tantra. Ever since its inception in 1964 it had the monopoly in treating snake bite cases and more than a million snake bite cases were treated and clinically documented.
Madayipara is an extremely beautiful laterite plateau which narrates unique tales of vibrant hues in each season. This beautiful landscape creates wonders in colors. While the rain cloaks the place in a lush green blanket, the Summer brings with it the shades of the sun and Spring makes it a sea of blue.
Spreading across an area of 700 acres, this hillock in Kannur district is a blend of beauty and history. Along with its picturesque landscapes, it also has an ancient fort called the Madayi Fort built by the Vallabha King of the Kolothu dynasty and a Jew pond, the remains of the ancient Jew settlers.
Madayipara is an ecological paradise rich with wide species of flora and fauna. It has a rare collection of insect- eating plants. It is also home to hundreds of bird and butterfly species and a pond in the shape of a handheld mirror.
The place has religious significance as well. The Madayi Kavu that hosts the Pooram festival and the Vadukunda Shiva Temple makes this place a favourite pilgrim destination.
Located about 100 m away from the pristine shores of Dharmadom Beach, Dharmadom Island has turned into favourite for tourists seeking a secluded and tranquil picnic spot. This uninhabited island is covered with a canopy of coconut palms and dense bushes, surrounded by mainland rivers on three sides and the sea on the other. One can approach it only at low tide, and strolls around the place give one a brilliant view of the confluence of the Anjarakandy and Thalassery Rivers.