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Tourist Attractions in Kannur

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Tourist Attractions in Kannur
The various tourist attractions in Kannur are the Payyambalam Beach, Valapattanam, Arakkal Kettu, St. Angelo Fort, Meenkunnu beach, Snake Park, Thodeekulam Siva Temple, Muzhapilangad Beach, Gundert bungalow, Trichambaram Temple, Thalasseri fort, Sree Rama Swami Temple, Madayi Para, Pazhassi Dam and Ezhimala.

St. Angelo Fort, Kannur

St. Angelo Fort

St. Angelo Fort
St. Angelo Fort is situated about 3 kms. from Kannur. This sea facing fort was constructed in 1505 AD by the first Portuguese Viceroy, Don Francisco De Almeda, with the consent of the Kolathiri Raja. This fort was later transferred from the Portuguese to the Dutch and then to the English and thus became one of the important military centres of the British in Malabar. Now, this fort is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India and offers fascinating views of the Mappila bay fishing harbour and Dharmadam Island.


The Sri Muthappan Temple is situated on the banks of the Valapattanam River, about 18 kms from Kannur in Parassinikadavu. This temple is one of the important pilgrim sites of Kerala. This temple is famous for the Muthappan Theyyam ceremony which is performed every morning and evening. The Snake Park is the only one of its kind in the state and perhaps in the whole of India. The unique snake farm is amidst scenic settings is dedicated to preservation and conservation of the snakes. The centre has about 150 species of snakes housed in 3 well maintained snake pits and 15 glass cages and 2 large glass houses for King Cobras. The snake demonstrations are conducted every hour and draws large crowds of visitors.

Gundert Bungalow

Dr. Herman Gundert, the revered German missionary, scholar and lexicographer lived in the Gundert Bungalow for 20 years from 1839. This bungalow is located about 20 km from Kannur, near the town of Thalasseri. It was here that one of the first Malayalam dictionaries and the first Malayalam newspaper Paschimodayam took shape.


Trichambaram Temple, Kannur

Trichambaram Temple

Trichambaram Temple
Trichambaram Temple is one of the famous sacred place of the Vaishnavas. This temple is dedicated to the Lord Krishna. The sculptures on the walls of the temple are very unique. The annual temple festival, usually held in March, is a very colourful festival held in this temple.

Muzhapilangad Beach
Muzhapilangad Beach is situated on the Thalassery – Kannur route and is one of the longest and cleanest beaches in the State. The black rocks protect this beach from the currents of the deep, making its shallow waters a swimmer's paradise. This is the Kerala's only drive-in beach where you can drive down the entire length of 4 kms.

Payyambalam Beach

The Payyambalam beach is situated about 2 km from Kannur. This beach is famous for its flats laterite cliffs that jut into the sea. This long, secluded beach is a local picnic spot. The well laid out gardens and the massive landscaped sculpture of Mother and Child make it extremely captivating.


The small town on the Valapattanam river is situated about 7 kms from Kannur. This town is well known for its wood-based industries and timber trade. The port of Azhikkal and Azhikkal beach are located nearby. Western India Plywoods Limited, the largest wood-based industry in India and also one of the largest of its kind in South East Asia, is a major industry here.


Meenkunnu Beach
Meenkunnu beach is very uncrowded, and a tourists’ paradise, with golden sand and surf.

Thalasseri Fort
The Thalasseri fort was constructed in 1708, about 22 km from Kannur. This

Meenkunnu Beach, Kannur

fort was the military centre of the British and is now, a historical monument. The SAI Gymnastic Centre, an old Muslim mosque, the Jagannatha Temple and Thiruvangad Sree Rama Swami Temple are other attractions which are located near this fort.


Arakkal Kettu
Arakkal Kettu, is located about 3 km from Kannur. It was the residence of the former Arakkal Ali Rajas, the only Muslim royal family of Kerala.

Pazhassi Dam

Pazhassi Dam is an ideal retreat for tourists in Kerala. This picturesque dam is famous for its scenic beauty. The boating facilities are also available at the reservoir.

Thodeekulam Siva Temple

Thodeekulam Siva Temple is located about 2 km from Kannavam on the Thalasseri-Mananthavady road in the Kannur district. This temple is famous for its mural paintings. This temple was constructed 2,000 years ago and was closely connected with the Pazhassi Raja family of Kottayam.

Sree Ramaswami Temple, Thiruvangad

Sree Rama Swami Temple is located in Thiruvangad, about 23 kms. from Kannur. This temple is dedicated to Sri Rama and one of the most important temples in Malabar. The exquisite carvings in the temple were done about 400 years ago.

Madayi Para

The Madayi Kavu Temple, the Vadukunnu Temple and the 12th century mosque built by Malik bin Dinar with white marble imported from Arabia, are the major attractions in Madayi Para. There is also a dilapidated fort at Madayi which was believed to be built by Tipu Sultan of Mysore. The view from the fort is fascinating.


The Ezhimala is a small beautiful beach, about 53 kms from Kannur. This beach has a hillock nearby (286 m high). Carved stone pillars and an ancient burial chamber can be seen at the foot of the hills. The hills are mainly known for the rare medicinal herbs. A Naval Academy is also being developed here.

Pythal Mala

Pythal Mala is located about 65 kms. from Kannur. This enchanting hill station is situated about 4500 feet above sea level near Kerala - Karnataka border. This place is rich in flora and fauna. It is a six kilometre trek to the top of the hills.


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