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Kannur, one of Kerala’s 14 districts and a popular tourist destination, is known for scintillating beaches, magnificent temples, colonial architecture, and picturesque hills. So, fasten your seatbelt and drive towards the seashores of Kannur!  

An ancient port town in Kerala, Kannur has many tales of rulers, invaders, and traders to tell. Its rich heritage is the reason why it’s also known as the crown of Kerala and an interesting fact about Kannur is that it's named after Lord Krishna who, in the local language, is referred to as Lord Kannan. Kannur holds a significant position in the history of Kerala as in the late 12th century until the time Britishers ruled in India, was a popular business destination. Dutch, Portuguese, and French traders would land here through the sea route to access the Indian market. 

After independence, Kannur caught the attention of tourists and today it’s a hotshot tourist destination in south India. The flavors of Kannur don’t just have the taste of western culture but also have the fragrances of Mughalian and the Hindu culture in the form of magnificent monuments and temples. Apart from elaborately carved structures, one can also relish the natural beauty of the places that lie in its lush green forests, amazing beaches, and hill stations.  

Places to visit in Kannur

Muzappilangad Beach

A rare, exotic and ideal destination for a long drive! Muzappilangad beach is Asia’s only beach where one can drive along the beach shore in a stretch of about 4km. Apart from a long drive tourists can enjoy paragliding, parasailing, swimming, and those beautiful sunsets as well as sunrises by the beach.  

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Ezhimala is a beautiful hill station situated at a height of 286 meters above the sea level is a top tourist attraction in Kannur. The name itself is a good reason to visit the place if you are a mountain person! The name ‘ezhimala’ is an amalgamation of two words ‘ehzu’ which means 7 and ‘mala’ which means mountains they together connote a place of 7 mountains.  

Tellicherry Fort

Explore this architectural specimen built-in 1708 by the British East India company. Thalaserry Fort or Tellicherry Fort featuring huge stone walls around and intricately carved doors still guard the tales of the bygone era and is a delight to watch.   


Paithalmala is another must-visit hill station to explore in Kannur. The place is adorned with waterfalls, lush green forests, and breathtaking scenery. 

Sundareswara Temple

Dedicated to the destroyer and the first yogi Lord Shiva, the Sundareswara temple is a spiritual spot where tourists come to experience his divine presence. Locals believe that Lord Shiva resides in the temple in the form of Sundareswara, who is the god of beauty.   

Kannur Beach

Set amidst cashew trees, golden sand, eternal sky, scenic beauty, and an infinite sea, this is Kannur beach. This beach has everything to mesmerize you.       

Best time to visit Kannur 

Being a coastal settlement Kannur observes monsoons from June to September, when the weather can get too humid and hot, hence one can avoid these months. Barring those months one may visit Kannur any time of the year.  

How to reach Kannur 

By Rail. Kannur (CAN) railway station is the nearest railway station for you if you have planned a trip by rail. After deboarding, one can take the local taxi or bus to reach the hotels or the nearby beaches. 

By Road. Kannur is well connected through roads hence one can reserve a seat on a local bus to Kannur. There are regular buses to Kannur district, so one can conveniently book the bus tickets on the spot. 

By Air. The nearest airport to reach Kannur is Calicut International Airport. After getting down, one has to travel a distance of 87km to reach Kannur for which one can book any local transport. 

You can plan your trip and create your own route to the city with Adotrip’s technically driven circuit planner. Click here.

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