Kannur district is quintessential northern Kerala, that heady mix traditional culture, passionate and proud people and radical politics. This is the land of stoic freedom fighters, iconoclast writers, mesmerizing rituals and natural beauty.
Various forts near the district like Angelo’s fort and Thalassery fort and the majestic Bakel fort are remnants of Kannur’s Colonial past. Kannur also boasts of some fine beaches. Kannur is also famous for handlooms, Martial arts and Teyyam, the essence of rich tradition and culture of kerala.

Destinations in Kannur

Aaralam wild life santury

The Aralam Sanctuary is spread over 55 sq km of undulating forested highlands on the slopes of the Western Ghats. The highest peak here – Katti Betta – rises to a majestic 1145 m above sea level. Covered with tropical and semi-evergreen forests, the Aralam Sanctuary is home to a vast variety of flora and fauna endemic to the Western Ghats

Muzuppilangad beach

Located in the Kannur district, Muzhapilangad beach is sleeper hit among tourists. This “drive-in” beach is a popular winter destination for foreign tourists. There is also a scenic, private island – Dharmadam – near the beach which is accessible on foot during low-tide.

St.Angelo Fort

An emblem of the northern district of Kannur, St. Angelo Fort is also the inspiration for the Bekal fort. A massive triangular laterite fort, replete with a moat and flanking bastions, the St. Angelo or Kannur Fort was constructed by the first Portuguese Viceroy, Don Francesco de Almeida in 1505. The fort had a tumultuous history and has had many colonial masters.

Thalassery Fort

Thalassery (anglicised as Tellichery) fort in Kannur district was constructed 1708 CE by the British East India Company. The fort was the focal point of many anti-company battles including Tipu Sultan’s campaign for Malabar. This fascinating sea-side fort with its massive facade and secret tunnels is a must-visit for any history buff.

Pazassi Dam

An ideal retreat for tourists, the dam site is famous for its scenic beauty. The provides pleasure boating facilities also available at the reservoir.

Parassinikkadavu Temple

The famous Muthappan (Siva) Temple (Parassinikadavu Madappura) is on the banks of the Valapatanam river.According to tradition, the main abode of Muthappan was Puralimala near Mattannur. The story goes that Muthappan appeared in the form of a child before one Padikutti Amma. The child had an insatiable appetite for liquor, fish and meat and became a nuisance to the family was therefore turned out from the house.