With the Western Ghats in the east and the Lakshadweep Sea in the west, Kannur is an area bounded by a wealth of natural beauty. Known even to the early Romans and Greeks, Kannur was reputed for its exports to the outside world since early centuries. Whilst its reputation as a business district was overshadowed by neighbouring Kozhikode, Kannur was still well-known for its quality timber. Its rich history is reflected in its ancient forts, old shrines and monuments. The district has been a key contributor to the cultural, religious, political and industrial heritage of Kerala

Attractions in Kannur, around and from Kannur

  • Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary Elephants, sloth bears, sambars and deer are among the animals to be found in the 55 sq km sanctuary. Nature trails, trekking, bamboo rafting and boating are possible here

  • Dharmadam Island The small five-acre island covered with coconut palms and dense bushes is a beautiful place from which to watch the sunset

  • Muzhipillangad Beach Perhaps Kerala’s only drive-in beach, this long clean white sand virgin beach is an absolute marvel and you could drive for about four kms on the beach. Black rocks protect this clean beach from the

  • Parassinikkadavu Temple Set by the backwaters, this is a temple where the famous Theyyam can be witnessed even during off-season.

  • Payyambalam Beach This beach is famous for its flat laterite cliffs which jut into the sea. There is a well laid-out garden with a massive captivating sculpture of ‘Mother and Child’

  • Pythal Mala Located 65 kms from Kannur, this enchanting hill station is about 4,500 feet above sea level and offers rich flora and fauna. It’s a six km trek to the top of the hills

  • St. Angelo Fort This seafront laterite fort was constructed in 1505 AD by the first Portuguese Viceroy in India. It later changed hands from the Portuguese to the Dutch and then to the English and became one of the i

  • Thalassery Fort Constructed in 1708, this fort was the military centre of the British and is now a historical monument.