Captivating Kannur

1st Aug 2014
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Your stay!
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Your everyday view!
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Serine sunset
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Need I say anything?
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Market scene.
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Bekal fort.
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St. Angelo fort
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Romance@keralite way!

Halting at Bangalore or Hyderabad for a spell? After Ooty, south India has another hidden paradise. Glamorous lakes, boathouses, lighthouses and ravishing forts bring out the best of this coastal beauty, Kannur (Cannanore).

This Keralite district has a humid climate with an oppressive hot season from March to the end of May. Although a weekend during July-August monsoon brings out the best in this district. The place offers you a cocktail of a number of tourist locations, hubs for hang outs and plenty of south Indian delicacies.

Constructed in 1505 a symbol of Portuguese architecture, St. Angelos Fort in the Kannur Cantonment marked the dawn of tourism in the early 2000s.Places of historic importance, like the house of Gulldert and the marble mosque at Madayi are a must for tourists.

So figure out a weekend’s pass, grab your friends and rush to Cannanore for a calm and hustle free rejuvenation with a topping of tourism.

Spreading over forty acres, the fort has massive walls about 12 meters in height built of local laterite stones. The headland on which it is situated runs into the sea with fine bay towards the south. The site was so well selected to give a complete view of the area and also the laterite bedrock was very well utilized to strengthen the fort. It is a large fort, the wall and ramparts on the sea side being strong and interspersed by the bastions with opening for guns.The other interesting discovery was the mint house (Huzur) and a palace complex of the medieval period. Remains of Darbar hall and temple complex were also brought to light during the excavation.

Photo of Bekal Fort, Pallikkara, Kerala, India by Sagnik Basu

The place is breathtaking bliss and would recharge your body for the following Monday. Delicacies like Pollichathu (fish cooked in banana leaf) and serine sunsets would definitely challenge your intentions abut going back to your office cubicle.

Photo of Kolathunad Ayurveda Nikunjam, Kanjikode, Kerala, India by Sagnik Basu

The blue-green water rich in marine life and the thick tree cover that stretches parallel to the sandy beach gives the beach a heavenly look. The serene beach stretches for about three km along the coast. The beach is widest at its southern end.The beach has been the preferred location for several Indian movie directors. Scenes from Mani Ratnam’s Alaipayuthe were shot at the beach.The place also lets you fulfill your cravings for para sailing, jet skiing, swimming and snorkelling.

Photo of Payyambalam Beach, Kannur, Kerala, India by Sagnik Basu

A natural fishing harbor.On one side of the bay is Fort St. Angelo, built by the Portuguese in the 15th century and the other side is the Arakkal Palace.The bay was famous during the Kolathiri's regime as a commercial harbour that linked Kolathunadu with Lakshadweep and foreign countries, in imports.

Photo of Mappila Bay Harbour, Kannur, Kerala, India by Sagnik Basu

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