Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Kannur Tourism-Tourist places and Beaches in Kannur (Cannanore)

Kannur is a city in northern Kerala.Kannur district derived its name from the location of its headquarters at Kannur town.
Kannur, was for many centuries the capital of the Kolathiri Rajas, the rivals of the Zamorins of Kozhikode.
The old name 'Cannanore' is the anglicized form of the Malayalam word Kannur.Kannur is now a city known for its handloom and beedi industries.

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There is an airport coming up in Kannur.Ezhimala navel academy is in Kannur district.Famous institutes like Brannan college, Thalassery and NTTF (The NETTUR TECHNICAL TRAINING FOUNDATION) visit:
Here is a list of places which has tourism potential or already there in the tourism map.

Tellicherry Fort (Thalassery Fort)
This fort is located around 22 km from Kannur and is perched on a rocky hill on the Thalasseri beach itself. Thalasseri is a major town in Kannur district.The Tellicherry fort was built in the year 1708 by Lord Wellesley and mainly served as military purposes.

Gundert's Bungalow
Situated 20 km from Kannur, near Thalasseri town, on the National Highway at Illikunnu hill is the Gundert Bungalow. This bungalow is the erstwhile residence of the famous German scholar, Dr. Herman Gundert.

Moppila Bay
Moppila Bay is a natural fishing harbour, lying near Fort St. Angelos. A sea wall projecting from the fort separates the rough sea and inland water

Trichambaram Temple
Trichambaram Krishna Temple is a 11th century shrine situated at Trichambaram on the National Highway, around 20 km from Kannur.This is a temple considered holy by the Vaishnava cult. Lord Krishna is the presiding deity of this templ.Famous for 14 day annual festival of Trichambaram utsavam.

Aralam Wild life sanctuary
Aralam Wild life sanctuary is at a distance of 35 km from Thalessery /22 km from Kunnur and is home to tropical and semi evergreen forests.

Pazhazzi Dam
The dam is located at a distance of 37 km from Kunnur and has a garden and an Amusement Park.Also famous for Buddha's mountain at Pazhassi, sculpture of Pazhassi King.

Shiva Temples, Kottiyoor
Two ancient Shiva temples, Akkare Kottiyoor and Ikkare Kottiyoor are located in the dense forests on the opposite shores of River Bavali.These Shiva Temples that attracts a number of devotees from all over. The 27 day annual festival (Kottiyoor Utsavam) sees a lot more people pouring in to offer their prayer to Lord Shiva.

Pythal Mala
Pythal Mala is the scenic cliff at Sreekandapuram, around 65km from Kannur Town.This beautiful hill station is located at a height of 4500 feet above the sea level near the Kerala - Karnataka border. Distance from Kannur town is 65 km.

Ezhimala, believed to have been visited by Lord Buddha, was one of the major battle fields of the Chola-Chera war in the 11th century. There is a Naval Academy here.The Ezhimala hills, renowned for rare medicinal herbs with mythological significance, is around 55 km from Kannur. Bordered by the sea on three sides, it is located at an altitude of 286m above sea level.

Fort St Angelo
This Fort is the prime attraction of the Kannur town and is located around 3 km west of it. It was originally built by Don Francisco De Almeida (a Portuguese Admiral). However, the Dutch took away the fort from the Portuguese in the 17th century and sold it to Ali Raja of Kannur.

Dharmadam Island
Dharmadam Island is a main picnic spot situated 17 kms from Kannur, located in the Arabian sea at a distance of 100 meters from the shore. Sprawling over an area of 5 acres and surrounded by rivers and beaches, this beautiful island is covered with tall coconut palms and dense bushes.

Arakkal Kettu
This was the residence of the only Muslim Royal family of Kerala, the Arakkal. Some recent construction works have been done on this palace. The descendants of the Raja still reside in an area closeby.This 200-year-old palace complex has been renovated and converted into a heritage museum in the year 2005.

Payyambalam Beach

This is one of the beautiful beach in north Kerala.

Sri Muthappan Temple, Parassinikadavu
Parassinikadavu temple or Sri Muthappan temple is situated around 18 km north of Kannur town and is on the banks of Valapattanam river and is dedicated to a hunter form of Lord Vishnu, Shri Muthappan. Women need to dress up in a saree and men in mundu to visit this temple.
Parassinikadavu situated about 16 Kms from Kannur, is famous for the Snake Park and the Sri Muthappan temple, the only place where the ritualistic dance 'Theyyam' is performed all around the year.
The Snake park is open from 8.30 am to 5 pm.

Valapattanam Backwater
The Azhikkal port and Azhikkal Beach are located very near Valapattanam. The small town of Valapattanam, also known as Baliapattom, is located 7 km away from Kannur and is on the banks of Valapattanam river.

Muzhapilangad Beach
This beach lies at a distance of 15 km from Kannur and 8 km from the Thalasseri and boasts of being one of the longest drive-in beaches in Kerala.This beach happens to be the only drive in beach of India

How to Reach Kannur :
By Air
Nearest airport is the Kozhikode Airport (Calicut airport), which is located at a distance of 93 kilometers from Kannur to the south.

By Rail/ Train

Kannur has its own railway station and is an important junction in Kerala. It is well connected by rail to Kerala and other nearby states.

By Road
Kannur is well linked by a wide network of roads including NH 17 ,and can be reached from anywhere in Kerala.

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