Kannur is a
beautiful district of the Indian state of Kerala. This
district is surrounded by various wonderful places and there
are also good place to visit within Kannur. Some of these
are given here:
Sri Sundareswara Swamy Temple
This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The annual festival
of the temple is attended by a number of devotees.
Sri Krishna Temple
This temple is located at Kadalayi about 6 km from Kannur.
It is dedicated to
Krishna. An eight day annual festival is celebrated here.
Traditional art performances like the Kathakali, the
Ottamthullal, etc., are performed during the festival.
Sri Jagannatha Temple
It is situated about 3 km from Thalassery. This temple is
dedicated to Lord Siva. The famous reformer Sri Narayana
Guru deity installed the deity here. An eight day festival
is celebrated every year.
Malliyottu Kurumba Bhagavathy Temple
This temple is located at Kunjimangalam, 4 km from
Payyanur. It is dedicated to Goddess Kurumba. A five day
annual festival is very popular here.
Muchilottu Bhagavathy Temple
It is about 36 km from Kannur and is dedicated to
Goddess Bhagavathy. It is situated at Kadanapally, Payyanur.
The annual festival here lasts for 4 days.
This temple is situated at Mundalur. Lord Muruga is the
presiding deity here. He is the son of divine couple Lord
Siva and Goddess Parvathy. The annual festival of this
temple continues for eight days.
Sri Krishnaswamy Temple
This is an ancient temple, which attracts both the
archaeologists and the layman. It is situated at
Thrichambaram, 2 km from Thaliparamba. It is believed that
Lord Parasurama installed the deity.
Sri Annapoorneswari Temple
It is situated about 14 km from Kannur. It is one of the
temples where the grand Kerala architecture can be seen in
its best form. The idols of Lord Krishna and Goddess
Annapoorneswari are installed here. The annual festival here
lasts for 14 days.
Kalarivathukkal Sri Bhagavathy Temple
It is situated at Chirakkal about 6 km from Kannur. This
temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali, the Goddess of
This is a beautiful beach and is the favourite destination
of a number of visitors. It is situated about 2 km from
St. Angelo Fort
This beautiful fort is situated on the seaside. It is a
16th century monument
Portuguese. This fort was erected in 1505 AD by Francisco De
Almeda, the first Portuguese Viceroy to India. Now, the fort
is under the care of Archaeological Survey of India. Mappila
bay fishing harbour is an entertaining sight from the fort.
It used to be the residence of the Arakkal Ali Rajas, the
only Muslim rulers of Kerala. It is situated about 3 km from
Kizhunna Ezhara and Meenkunnu Beaches
These are situated about 11kms and 12 kms from the town
respectively. These beaches attract huge number of tourists
as well as locals for their beauty and solitude.
It is situated about 16 km from Kannur. The charm of this
place is added by the serene `Valapattanam River`.The famous
Sri Muthappan temple is situated on the beautiful banks,
which makes the place a popular pilgrim centre. Boating
facility and accommodations are available. An entertaining
snake park is situated nearby, with 3 snake pits, 15 glass
cases and 2 glass houses exclusively for King Cobras. A
fascinating variety of the reptile species are available
here. Hourly snake shows are organized here.
This beach is situated about 15 km from Kannur. It has a
stretch of about 4 km along the shallow waters, which is
probably the only drive-in beach in Kerala. The clean waters
here are the characteristic of this beautiful beach, which
is well suited for swimming.
It is located 20 km from Kannur. It plays an important role
in the recent bibliography of Malayalam, the language of the
state. The great German missionary, scholar and
lexicographer Dr. Herman Gundert had lived here for 20 years
This for was constructed around 1708. This grand fort served
as the centre of military proceedings for the British. The
Mosque, Jagannatha Temple; Sri Rama Temple and the Gym are
the other tourist places near this fort.
This temple is dedicated to Lord Rama, the divine Hero of
the great Hindu epic `The Ramayana`. Several magnificent
carvings of centuries back can be seen here. It is situated
23 km from Kannur.
Here, one can see a mosque here built in the 12th century by
Malik Ibn Dinar. Even now, it shines with white marbles
imported from Arabia, the birth place of Islam. The
importance of this place was increased by the Madayi Kavu
Temple and Vadakunnu Temple found here. Tipu Sultan is said
have built this fort.
It is situated at New Mahe, 29 km from Kannur. Painting,
music, dance, sculpture, etc., are taught here.
Thodeekulam Siva Temple
As per the historical evidences, this ancient Shiva temple
is said to have existed over 2000 years ago. The Pazhassi
Raja family is said to have had close associations with this
temple. It is situated about 34 km southeast of Kannur.
This dam is situated about 37 km on the East of Kannur. It
has picturesque region around it with the beautiful `Pazhassi
Dam`, which draws lots of tourists. This calm reservoir has
the facility of boating for the visitors. The tourists can
get accommodation in the project inspection bungalow and its
This wonderful place is situated about 55 km from Kannur.
The magical beauty of the elephant beach and the extravagant
hill of about 286 meter above the sea level make it a
favourite tourist destination. Rare medicinal herbs with
amazing curative property can be found here. The exquisitely
carved stone pillars of ancient times developed here
majestically from the ground at the hill foot. An ancient
burial chamber can also be seen here. This is a restricted
area and can be visited only after taking proper permission.
This is a hill resort, which is situated about 4,500 ft.
above the sea level. It lies near the Kerala-Karnataka
border. Several species of flora and fauna can be seen here.
One needs to trek about 6 km on the challenging landscape to
get to the top of the hills.
Aralam wildlife sanctuary
This is a fascinating sanctuary, which spreads over
beautiful landscape of 55 sq. km. Elephants, bears, sambars,
mouse deer and a number of other animals can be seen here.
The beautiful river Bavali flows here. An ancient famous
temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is also found here. Every
year, during the months of May-June, a long festival of 27
days is celebrated here.Dharmadom
The small island of Dharmadom is situated about 3 km from
Thalassery. It can be reached by bus from Thalassery. The
place was earlier known as Dharmapattanam. It got the name
from the popular belief that it was a Buddhist monastery as
Buddha`s images are said to have been excavated from this