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Known for the export of coir, spices, sandalwood and wood to places as far as Sumatra and Arabia, from very early times, Kannur is home to a number of forts, shrines and esteemed institutions. The Venetian traveller Marco Polo has referred to Kannur as ‘a great emporium of spice trade’.

The old name 'Cannanore' is the anglicised form of the Malayalam name Kannur. 'Kannur' is also said to be a derivation from Kanathur, an ancient village, the name of which survives even today in one of the wards of Kannur Municipality.

This stretch of land, has been a melting pot of races, religions and cultures in every inch of its history. Relics, right from the Neolothic age through the Aryan invasion, Cheran Conquests, Arab and European inroads, stand testimony to this.

Fact File
Area 2997 sq kms
Population 24,12,365
Best time to visit May to February
Temperature 20–35 Degree Celsius
STD Code 0497



St Angelo's Fort

The St Angelo’s fort on the cliff, overlooking the beach was built in 1505 by the first Portuguese Viceroy of India, Dom Francesco de Almeida. The triangular fort is surrounded by the sea on all three sides and has a moat bordering its landward side. Rows of canons, ammunition dumps, stables, secret...

Payyambalam Beach

Adjacent to the St Angelo’s Fort is the Payyambalam beach, which is turning into a major tourist attraction. The famous Sculptor and State Tourism Advisory Committee member Shri Kanai KunjiRaman has made several sculptures and statues on the beach as well as the park adjacent to the beach, which...

Parassini Kadavu Temple

Located 18 km northeast of Kannur, the Parssini Kadavu temple is one of the most important shrines of the region. Also known as the Parassini Madapura, this temple is open to people of all religions. It is a three tiered temple and is painted in white. Devotees follow the unusual custom of offering dried...

Rajarajeshwara Temple

The Shivalingam in this temple is believed to be thousands of years old. The temple has a very usual custom of allowing women into the temple only after 8 p.m. It is believed that Lord Shiva is with Goddess Parvathi at that time and he would grant all the wishes of the women devotees at that time. The...

Muzhuppilangad Beach

What makes this 4.5 km long beach stand out from other beaches is that vehicles can be driven through this beach without getting stuck in the sand. The beach is also known as the Muzhuppilangad drive-in Beach for this reason. The beach is great for swimming as it is shallow and does not have violent

Kottiyoor Shiva Temple

Also known as the Varanasi of the South, the Kottiyoor Shiva Temple is located in a forested area on the banks of the River Bavali. There are actually two temples here- Akkara and Ikkara, that draw pilgrims from far and wide. A 28 day festival in the months of May-June, involves a lot of rituals such...

Thalassery Fort

Situated 20 km South of Kannur Town, the fort is built atop the Thiruvallippad hill of Thalassery town. It was constructed by the British East India Company in the year 1708. Built in an area of two acres, the fort built with red bricks, was used as a jail and currency manufactory by the British. The...

Thottada Beach

Thottada Beach is situated at Thottada, just 2 kms from the National Highway (NH 17) connecting Kannur town and Thalassery, and is hardly 7 kms from Kannur town. The virgin beach is ideal for sun bathing. Tourists can choose to stay at the beach house or guest house near the beach.

Mopilla Bay

Mopilla Bay is situated near the St. Angelo’s Fort. It is a fishing harbour built with Indo Norwegian project assistance. If the weather is favourable, a ride in the sea will be a memorable experience. The remnants of the temple and fort are still seen in Mopila bay.

Snake Park

On the way to the Parassinikkadavu Temple, 16 Kms from Kannur, is the Snake Park, the only one of its kind in the state. The snake Park set up by the Visha Chikista Kendra at Pappinisseri, has been a centre of attraction to both foreign and domestic tourists. This Kendra offers effective treatment for...
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