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.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Kannur is from November to February
How To Reach
Book a Package Tour
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.
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.