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Need a dose of vitamin sea? This city in the North Malabar region of Kerala can surely take care of that, with its serene beaches, such as Payyambalam Beach, Baby Beach, Muzhappilangad Beach (the only drive-in beach of Kerala) and the comparatively quiet and remote Thottada beach. Another beach-y wonder is Dharmadam, where an island is only a short walk away. The 16th century Fort, St. Angelos and the Tellicherry Fort are also some of the main attractions of this coastal town. Nature lovers will dote over Parassinikkadavu Snake Park, where an array of reptile species can be seen and learnt about, especially through a live show where trained personnel dauntlessly play and interact with a variety of snakes such as cobras and vipers. On the same lines, Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary is another must visit, along with the Munderi Kadavu Bird Sanctuary for a peaceful time amidst 'the wild ones'. Some renowned, archaic but beautiful places of worship are St. John's Angelican Church, Rajarajeshwara Temple and Annapoorneshwari Temple. If your mind still wanders off to the hills, then head off to the picturesque hill station of Paithalmala, a drive to which is just as mesmerizing as the location itself. Some more places to visit are the Alakapuri waterfalls and the Arakkal museum, which gives an interesting insight into Kerala's only muslim royal family and their lifestyle. Kannur is a sight to behold during the month of February when the ritualistic Theyyam is celebrated with vibrant ritualistic song, dance and drama performances. Places such as Randhaal, MVK Restaurant, Sahib's Grill Kitchen and Onakkan Bharathi are popular for mouthwatering local, Indian and international dishes. Kannur is well-connected through various city buses and its railway station is a major stop for most trains.

Thottada Beach - Kannur

This beach is where the river meets the sea and thus is the most beautiful place to visit in Kannur. The clean sands and foamy white waters of the sea are mesmerizing and lovely to relax. You can also enjoy a lazy, romantic walk along the beach or even arrange for a romantic date or a family picnic here. The holiday resorts line up the shores and give very attractive views of the seas and beyond. The swaying casuarinas and palms provide for the perfect green content. This place is the most recommended on your visit to the place.
Nestled amidst the coconut groves of the Thottada beach on the shores of a river bed and a small river is the home of a lovely couple Rosy and Nazir.
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Payyambalam Beach - Kannur

About 2 kilometers from the railway station of Kannur, this is the most popular beach in city. The location is such that you can easily go there and the cheerful atmosphere can bring a smile on your face instantly. The shoreline is long and thus aot for a lazy walk along it. There are a number of holiday resorts here as well so it is even easier to stay close to it. The stalls on the beach sell delicious South Indian snacks, tea and coffee. There are other ferry sellers too who sell straw hats and other stuffs such as beach balls. the restaurants lined along the outer part of the beach serve delicious local cuisine and are a must try.
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.
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Mappila Bay Harbour - Kannur

Comes after the beaches, this is a natural harbour separated from the Kannur or St. Angelo's Fort. The Arakkal Palace is another place to visit. Both of these are the evidences of Portuguese conquests but are now completely deserted. The Arakkal Palace belonged to the Ali Raja Royal family which is till now the only native royal family pf Kerala. The palace is still owned by the royal family and is now turned into a museum which is open to the public for a nominal entry fee. Other than that this place is also good for picnics and as a watch point from where you can enjoy awesome views.
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.
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