Kannur Tour


Situated 518 Km north of Thiruvananthapuram, this ‘Land of Krishna’ is North Malabar’s largest city. In terms of population, the 1.65 million people earn it the title of 27th most populous Indian city. Kannur’s fame is attributed to the flourishing loom industry, mesmerizing folk arts performed in temples, and unsullied beaches. Historically, this city was a stronghold of imperial British army which converted it to a military cantonment. The place serves as the headquarters of Madras Regiment Territorial army’s 122nd Infantry battalion and Defence Security Corps. World’s 3rd largest naval academy Ezhimala Naval Academy is mere 35 Km away from main city.

Kannur had trading relations with Arabia and Persia during the 12th century. Till 1887, it was the most important British cantonment on the western coast and was colonial India’s 3rd largest city. The city finds mention in ancient Greek work of ‘Periplus of the Eritrean Naura’ which is a testimony of the city’s existence eons ago. King Soloman’s ship was anchored here for collection of wood to make Lord’s temple.

Kerala’s sole Muslim regal dynasty ‘Arakkal Sultanate’ ruled over the area and Kannur was its capital. Earlier, Kolathiri kings had ruled over the area. During British rule, Kannur was administered from Madras State’s Chirakkal Taluk. When the Portugese army sailed to conquer India, Kannur was their first target. Incidentally, first Portugese fort in india was built over here and not Goa. Kannur’s cuisine is the gourmet blend of several cultures made rich by the advent of foreigners from time immemorial. Kannur is replete with places of tourist interest. Tourists get to come across a number of fascinating places which would leave them spellbound and awestruck.

Places in Kannur
Fort St. Angelos

Located on a promontory projecting out in the Lakshadweep Sea on the western part of the town, the fort was constructed in 1505 by India’s first Portuguese Viceroy, Don Francisco De Almeida with the approval of Kolathiris Raja. In 1663, the fort was captured by the Dutch who subsequently handed it over to Kannur’s Ali Raja in 1772. The British took control of it in 1790. They got it fortified further and started using it as a strategic vantage point for militarily dominating the Malabar area. The fort has not suffered the same fate of disrepair and dilapidation as other contemporary ones. Guns used by British can also be viewed through the crenulations.

Thalassery Fort

In 1683, British trading company’s members first set their foot in this region and got goods shed constructed over here. As the confrontations with the Dutch army became more hostile, the British migrated from Kozhikode to Thalassery to pursue commercial interests. Tiruvellapadkunnu hill was chosen as the site for Thalassery Fort and the construction was completed by 1700 AD. The reinforcement of the fort with more bastions was done in 1708. The square fort is constructed of red laterite. Distinguishing characteristics are large ventilated walls and strengthened bastions. Beside the fort, you can also visit St. John's Anglican Church which is in the fort’s vicinity.

More Places in Kannur
  • Muzhappilangad Beach

  • Payyambalam Beach Resort

  • Ezhimala

  • Malayalakalagramam

  • Pazhassi Dam

  • Gundert Bungalow

  • Parassinikkadavu Snake Park

  • Moppila Bay

  • Baby Beach

  • Azhikkal Ferry service

  • Temples

  • Dharmadam Island

  • Kottiyoor Utsavam site

  • Parassinikkadavu Temple

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