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Kannur city comes under Kannur District which is 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 flavours 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.  

History of Kannur

Kolathiris Era 

The Kannur is also known as Kolathunadu which was the prominent region during the 12th and 13th centuries. It was ruled by the great Kolathiris Royal Family. The Kolathiris have ruled the city for centuries. They were also the successors of Cheras, Pandyas and Ay. 

The Portuguese Invasion

 While the Portuguese were ruling the southern region, they also got the parts of Kannur. St. Angelo Fort which was built in 1505 has left with us as an evidence of the gone era. The fort was built by Dom Francisco de Almeida who was also the first Portuguese Viceroy of India. 

British Rule

The Kannur city had also been the headquarters for British militaries until 1887 along with Tellicherry. Kannur also faced rigorous revolt during the British Rule. 

Places to Visit in Kannur

Muzhappilangad Beach. A rare, exotic and ideal destination for a long drive! Muzhappilangad 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.  

Ezhimala. It 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 'ezhu’ which means 7 and ‘mala’ which means mountains they together connote a place of 7 mountains.  

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Tellicherry Fort. Explore this architectural specimen built-in 1708 by the British East India company. Thalassery 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. 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.    

Events & Festivals in and Around Kannur   

Peralassery Festival. It is celebrated at The Peralassery Sri Subrahmanya Temple which is situated at the Kannu-Koothuparamba Road. the temple is dedicated to Subrahmanya. It is also believed that it was built by Lord Rama himself. 

Guided Photography Tour-Theyyam. It is a renowned ritual art form which was originally started in North Kerala. The art form interprets popular local stories. The Theyyam ceremony takes place for 3-4 days in the 

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 Air. The nearest airport to reach Kannur is Calicut International Airport. It is just 115.7 kilometres away from Kannur. The airport is well-established and enjoys regular flights with major cities of India as well as overseas. 

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. 

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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