Places to Visit in Kannur
Kannur, a city in Kerala, also known by its English name Cannanore, has a solely municipal corporation and administrative headquarters in its district. Situated 518km north of the state capital Thiruvananthapuram, Kannur is the largest city in North Malabar region. It is one of the million-plus urban agglomerations in India with a population of 1,642,892 in 2011. Kannur is also famous as the Land of Looms and Lores, because of the weaving industry functioning in the district.
Here are some of the places that one can visit and admire in Kannur.
One of the beautiful beaches in the Kannur Town with a coastline of a few kilometers. Irrespective of seasons, it is an ideal place to spend evenings. The well laid out garden and the massive landscaped sculpture of Mother and Child erected by noted sculptor Kanayi Kunhiraman makes it incredibly captivating.
Fort St. Angelos
Fort St. Angelos is in the west of Kannur town. In 1505, the first Portuguese Viceroy, Don Francisco De Almeida, built it with the permission of the Kolathiris. The Dutch captured the castle in 1663 and sold it to the Ali Raja of Kannur in the year 1772.
In 1790, it came into the power of the British. The British rebuilt it and made it their primary station in Malabar. The fort is now protected under the ASI (Archaeological Survey of India).
The British arrived in Thalassery in 1683, and erected goods shed there. They shifted their commercial capital from Kozhikkode to Thalassery, following obstruction from the Dutch. In 1700, the British built the Thalassery Fort on a small hill called Tiruvellapadkunnu. In 1708, it was made better by increasing its height and with bastions. The renowned St. John’s Anglican Church is behind this fort.
The Arakkal dynasty was only Muslim leaders ever to rule this area. Hence, this Museum is dedicated to the Arakkal dynasty and is currently present in Arakkal Palace.
In 2005, The Museum was opened to the public, is housed in the Durbar Hall of the palace.
Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary
Situated on the side of Western Ghats and near the north border of Kerala, the Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary has spread around 55 sq km and consists of dense forests with many evergreen and deciduous trees.
It also has plantations of cashew nut, eucalyptus, and so on. Earlier, the region belonged to many private owners, but in 1984, it was taken over by the state government to set up the Wildlife Sanctuary to protect the exotic flora and fauna of the region.
The Wildlife Sanctuary is home to many wildlife species, including 23 species of mammals, 22 species of reptiles, 188 species of birds and more.
Ezhimala, the capital of the ancient Mooshika kings, is considered to be an ancient historical site. 38 Kms north of Kannur, forming a promontory, it is a conspicuous, isolated cluster of hills.
It is believed that Lord Budha visited these hills. An old mosque, containing the mortal remains of Shaikh Abdul Latif is also located here. Ezhimala is noted for rare medicinal herbs and naval commission present over here.
Snake Park at Parassinikkadavu
The Snake Park at Parassinikkadavu situated 18 Kms away from Kannur town. It is one of the known snake parks in the country. The park is meant for the preservation and conservation of snakes, out of which, most are endangered. There is an extensive collection of poisonous and non-poisonous snakes.