Consider this post to be a local's guide. Did I mention before that I belong to North Kerala? So here's a route that is very close to my heart. All my childhood favorites condensed in this itinerary.
Route & Destinations: Route- Kozhikode to Kannur. Places like Wayanad have more than enough popularity. Hence, let's not follow the usual route. A drive from Kozhikode to Kannur would take less than 3 hours, but it has so many scenic stops on the way, that might extend our itinerary to a full day trip.
Destinations- Kozhikode Beach Kozhikode Beach- No visit to Kozhikode is complete without a stop over at this local's favorite! dont be alarmed by the number of people visiting each day.
Kappad Beach- The place where the famous Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama set his foot in India, and hence followed colonial rule. Vasco da Gama remains as a leading figure in the history of exploration
Parappalli Beach- This one is closest to my heart and home. The name translates to "mosque on a rock'. This mosque is close to 500 years old and adjacent to it is the beach we are talking about. rocky in nature, its one of the beaches that's pretty touristy in a township called Koyilandy.
Kollam Chira- On our onward journey from Koyilandy, towards Kannur, is a 12- acre fresh water body smack on the national highway and is hard to miss. This used to be a lake once upon a time, connected to the Arabian Sea, where traders would anchor their ships. today there are no traces of this being a lake at all. Reduced in size and falling under the premises of a famous temple, this pond stands out as one of the evening spots favored by the locals.
Sand banks- Located close to Vadakara township, by this beach is where Kottakkal river meets Arabian sea. A beautiful place to feel the calm of Malabari coastline.
Tellicherry Fort and Beach- A historical fort constructed by the 'British East India Company' in the 18th century is not to be missed. Murals from its time of construction is still to be seen. The fort is located on a rocky cliff.