Kannur district derived its name from the location of its headquarters at Kannur town. The old name 'Cannanore' is the anglicised form of the Malayalam word Kannur. According to one opinion, 'Kannur' is a derivation from Kanathur, an ancient village, the name of which survives even today in one of the wards of Kannur Municipality. Another version is that Kannur might have assumed its name from one of the deities of the Hindu pantheon, a compound of two words, Kannan (Lord Krishna) and Ur (place) making it the place of Lord Krishna. In this context, it is worth mentioning that the deity of the Katalayi Sreekrishna temple was originally installed in a shrine at Katalayi Kotta in the south eastern part of the present Kannur town.
Kannur is one among the northernmost districts of Kerala. With the Western Ghats in the East and Lakshadweep sea in the West, Kannur district is bounded by a wealth of natural beauty. Kannur is blessed with natural beaches, hill stations, rivers, backwaters, historical monuments and religious centres. The town itself which shares much of the natural splendour has been a key contributor to the cultural, religious, political and industrial heritage of the state. In addition, Kannur enjoys the credit of having been the cradle of many a colourful folk art and folk music of Kerala.
Kannur is rightly described as “The land of Looms and Lores”. Kannur is well known for its handlooms. It is one of the major exporter handlooms in India. The handloom clothes of Kannur have won international reputation. The industry was confined to the production of coarse varieties of dhoties and similar items, in the past. Production of quality and exportable varieties of handloom fabric was started when the Basal Evangelical Mission entered the field. The handloom industry, which was once the monopoly of private enterprise, has since been organised on co-operative lines. It provides employment to hundreds of thousands of people, directly and indirectly.
Kannur is rich in traditional art and culture and is the cradle of many a colourful folk art form like Theyyam . Kannur is the home of Kerala folklore academy. The gift of Kannur in the field of art and culture is its folk arts. A large number of folk plays and dances are prevalent among the scheduled castes and tribes. Each tribe has its own glorious collection of folk plays and dances, which are performed during festivals. Theyyam or Theyattam is an ancient and still popular ritual dance. It's a unique combination of dance, music and also reflects the main features of a tribal culture. Theyyam is generally performed in front of the village shrines. There are a large number of temples in Kannur where Theyyam is performed.
Kannur is said to be the ancient port of Naura, from which shores King Solomon’s ships collected timber to build the great temple of Jerusalem. Known even to the Greeks, Romans and the Arabs, Kannur’s trade links go back a long way. Acclaimed by celebrated traveller Marco Polo - as the great emporium of the spice trade, this nature-rich land has been a key contributor to the cultural, religious, political and industrial heritage of the State. Bounded by the Western Ghats in the East and the Lakshadweep sea in the west, Kannur showcases its remarkable history in the ancient forts, old shrines and august cultural and educational institutions that dot its scenic landscape.
Located 3 km. from Kannur, opposite Ayikaara Mappila Bay, Arakkal Kettu was the residence of the former Arakkal Ali Rajas, the only Muslim royal family of Kerala.
Located 3 km. west of Kannur town, St. Angelo Fort has a fascinating view of a natural fishing bay and a sea wall projecting from the fort separating the rough sea and inland water.
Valapattanam is located about 7 km. from Kannur town. The main attractions are the largest wood-based industry in South East Asia, a beautiful fishing harbour etc.
Located 2 km. from Kannur town, quiet, and secluded, this beautiful stretch of sand and surf is the best locale for a relaxed evening
Thodikkulam Siva temple is located about 2 km. from Kannavam near Thalasserry, on the way to Mananthavady, Kannur district. Temples and palaces were the ancient galleries for mural paintings in Kerala
Located 35 km. from Thalasserry and 60 km. from Kannur town, the Aralam sanctuary is spread over 55 sq. km. of undulating forested highlands on the slopes of the Western Ghats. The highest peak here - Katti Betta - rises a majestic 1145 m. above sea level. Covered with tropical… read more
Ezhimala beach is a popular beach near Payyannur in Kannur district. It is close to Ezhimala hill station and the tourists who visit the hill station also visit the beach. At the Ettikulam bay near Ezhimala beach you, if lucky enough, will get a chance to spot dolphins and enjoy… read more
Located 37 km. East of Kannur and an ideal retreat for tourists, the dam site is famous for its scenic beauty. The DTPC provides pleasure boating facilities at the reservoir. Accommodation is available at the Project Inspection Bungalow. This dam is situated around 11 km from the birthplace of Pazhassi… read more
Kerala can rightly be called a land of beaches as there are numbers of beaches in the state. Kerala is blessed with many beaches by the Arabian sea that surrrounds the state . Bekel beach, Kovalam beach, Kozhikode beach, etc. are some of the top beaches in the state. While… read more
Thalasserry has a unique place in the history of Kerala. It has an equally interesting evolution of culture, religion and tradition. Thalasserry, is now part of present day Kannur. Before the country's independence, the region had its social, political and cultural life shaped up by the local rulers, foreign trade… read more
Formerly a part of Kerala, it is today a Union Territory. The picturesque little town with a French flavour, originally called Mayyazhi, was renamed Mahe, after the Frenchman who captured it. The St. Teresa's Church is famed all over Malabar for the efficacy of prayers said here. People of all… read more
Backwater of Kavvayi, natively called and known as Kavvayi Kayal, is one of the must-see backwater destinations in Kannur district. In fact, spreading across to an area of 37 sq km, it is one of the largest wetlands in North Kerala. Like other top backwater destinations in Kerala, Kavvayi too… read more
This pristine hill will soon get more attention as a centre of tourist attraction. Less known to the leisure and travel world, Madayi Para, will, in the near future benefit from a government project that proposes to transform the area into a cultural village. But, Madayi Para, even otherwise, is… read more
The Arakkal Palace which is converted to the current Arakkal Kettu Museum originally belonged to Arakkal Ali Rajas of Arakkal Royal Family, the one and only Muslim royal dynasty in Kerala. The palace and the museum are now under the governance of Kerala’s Archaeological and Tourism Departments. The palace is… read more
Located 3 km. west of Kannur town, St. Angelo Fort has a fascinating view of a natural fishing bay and a sea wall projecting from the fort separating the rough sea and inland water. A massive triangular laterite fort, replete with a moat and flanking bastions, the St. Angelo's Fort, … read more
Thodikkulam Siva temple is located about 2 km. from Kannavam near Thalasserry, on the way to Mananthavady, Kannur district. Temples and palaces were the ancient galleries for mural paintings in Kerala. One such temple in Kannur district, which has been attracting a large number of art lovers from all over… read more
Thrichambaram Sree Krishna Temple, one among the most famous temples of Kerala, is located at Thrichambaram, a village 14 km away from Pappinisserry railway station in Kannur district. Sree Krishna is the major deity in the temple which is one of the top Hindu pilgrim centers in Kerala. The temple… read more
Ezhimala hill station, located just 7 km away from Payyannur and 55 km. away from Kannur, is one of the top hill stations in Kannur district. The term Ezhimala is formed from two Malayalam words 'ezhu' and 'mala' which mean seven and mountains respectively. Thus, the term ezhumala denotes and… read more
Payyambalam beach is one of the top beaches in Kannur District of Kerala state. Unlike other crowded beaches of Kerala, you will enjoy an alluring calmness at Payyambalam beach as it is unexplored and almost secluded in most of the months. Being very quiet and calm, Payyambalam beach is a… read more
Parassinikadavu, a small village lying at a distance of about 18 km. from Kannur town, is a popular tourist destination, known for its Muthappan Temple and the Snake Park. The District Tourism Promotion Council has arranged boating facilities at the river here. Parassinikadavu Sri Muthappan Temple This centre of worship and… read more
Paithal Mala, about 65 km. from Kannur town, stands at an altitude of about 4500 feet above sea level and is the highest peak in the district. It is located at Sreekandapuram, near Kappimala village, on the Kerala-Karnataka border. The hill, which sprawls over an area of about 300 acres,… read more
When you move around 7 km from Kannur on Edapally - Panvel highway, you will reach a beautiful tourist spot called Valapattanam. This spot may not be one among the top tourist destinations in the district but the site has all what is needed for making tourists feel happier and… read more
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