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KANNUR--a favorite destination of the intrepid foreign traveler

Kannur(Cannanore) has been since olden days, the cradle of ageless folk art and music. Even today, the myriads of Kavus (small shrines) which dot the district are centers of the Theyyam, a ritual dance in which men impersonate supernatural beings and indeed elevate Kannur to a land of fabulous fantasies.

About Culture in Kannur:

Theyyam:
When the monsoon recedes, when the blue skies are clear and skies are clear of dark clouds, and the days hard work is done, drums resound from the villages, far and near. This is the season of Theyyam.
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Theyyam is the old ritual dance North Kerala and Kannur (Cannanore) can be named as the birth place of Theyyam. It's a religion based ritual dance. Men get into colorful exotic dresses, paint themselves as Gods, Goddesses, devils, evil sprits and even diseases, and dance to drums and music throughout the night. There are about four hundred different kinds of Theyyams. Theyyam offers a fascinating and novel experience for your eyes. The Theyyam performance has an aura of divine splendor as its accompanied by rituals & other devotional hymns.

Kalaripayattu:
Kalaripayattu is the ancient martial art of the State. Thalassery is the threshold of the Kalari Payattu. It is considered as the forerunner of Karate & Kung-fu. The Kalari is treated as the temple of learning.
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Age old traditions and customs are still practiced inside the Kalari religiously till today.The Gurukkal system consists of rigorous physical training besides training in self discipline. The weapons used were the sword, Dagger, Shield, short sticks, spears etc. The co-ordination of the body and mind is given maximum importance in this art.

Places to see:

Thalassery:
The Thalassery is located 20KM from Kannur. It is known as the parent town of Indian Circus as most of the Indian Circus Artist are came from this town. Rev. Herman Gundert, the German Missionary, who implemented the first Malayalam Dictionary, spent his life time in Talassery. The Brennan College here is founded by Edward Brennan. The Talassery Fort was built in the early 18th century by the English East India Company, who established its settlement in 1683.

Mahe:
Mahe is located 5KM from Thalassery a beautiful coastal town, located inside Kerala, but the part of Pondichery State. The Kadathanattu Raja permitted the French navigator to establish a French settlement in Mahe, was an important port at that days. There were many wars between British and French for Mahe. Finally in 1817 Mahe became a part of French settlement. Annual festival at the Mahe Church attracts thousands of devotees every year.

Payyambalam beach:
http://www.beautifulkerala.com/coco/redcarpet/images/kannor11.jpgPayyambalam is one of the major beaches in Kannur(Cannanore) town. It is long and clean. Flat laterite cliffs just into the sea at one end. Picturesque and incredibly beautiful. The well laid out gardens and the massive landscaped sculpture of mother & child greet the visitor to Payyambalam. The beach is only walking distance from Fort St. Angelo.

Muzhappilangad beach:
http://www.beautifulkerala.com/coco/redcarpet/images/kannor12.jpgMuzhappilangad is 15Km South of Kannur(Cannanore) and only 8 Km from Thalassery. A long clean beach, its enchanting ambience invites you to swim, sunbathe, or just lounge around. Black rocks protect Muzhappilangad from the current of the deep, making its shallow water a swimmer's paradise. Muzhappilangad is arguably Kerala's only drive-in beach.

Mappila Bay:
This is situated near the St. Angelo's Fort. A fishing harbour built with Indo Norwegian project assistance. If the weather is favorable a ride in the sea will be a memorable experience. The remnants fort is still seen in Mappila bay.

Meenkunnu Beach:
Situated at Azhikode its hardly few kilometers from the town(Cannanore) . The virgin beach is a tourist's paradise with golden sand & sur


St.Angelo Fort:
http://www.beautifulkerala.com/coco/redcarpet/images/kannor13.jpgEtched against the blue skylines, the imposing walls of the Fort St.Angelo remain as the monument to the Portuguese adventure on the Malabar Coast.

It is a seashore fort of Kannur(Cannanore) Town. Don Francisco D Almedia, the first Portuguese Viceroy of India built the Fort in 1505 A.D. after obtaining the consent of the Kolathiri Raja. The Fort had a chequered history. It changed hands to the Dutch, then to the Ali Raja of Arakkal in 1772, and finally to the British in 1790. One of the important Military center of British in Malabar.

Today Fort St. Angelo is a protected monument under the Archaeologicl Survey of India. The barracks, the magazine, and its cannons are still intact and continue to enthrall visitors from far-flung places. The Fort also offers a vantage view of the picturesque Mappila Bay Harbour, and the Arakkal mosque (Arakkal Kettu).

Thalassery Fort:
http://www.beautifulkerala.com/coco/redcarpet/images/kannor14.jpg Thalassery Fort 20 KM away from Kannur (Cannanore) was built on 20th August 1708. It still remains, the sentinel to three hundred years of turbulent history. Relics of an age, long gone by surround the Fort and continue to fascinate visitors old and young alike.

Parassinikkadavu Temple:
http://www.beautifulkerala.com/coco/redcarpet/images/kannor15.jpg18 KM north of Kannur (Cannanore) on the banks of the Valapattanam River, in a setting of great natural beauty, stands the Shri Muthappan Temple at Parassinikkadavu. Steeped in legend, its all hallowed spot. Open to all, this is the only place where one can see Theyyam performed all around the year.

On the way to Parassinikkadavu temple is the Snake Park. The demonstration of snakes is held every hour at the Snake Park. Visitors can also enjoy a boat ride in the wide river opening up to the blue expanse of the sea ahead

Dharmadam Island:
http://www.beautifulkerala.com/coco/redcarpet/images/kannor17.jpgBeside the Muzhappilangad beach 100 metres offshore lies the Dharmadam island surrounded by rivers and sea. A conjunction of beach & island it is a matter of walk during low tied.

Pazhassi Dam:
37 KMs east of Kannur(Cannanore) near Mattannur, the Pazhassi Dam and reservoir offers scenic vistas. One can cruise down the river in D.T.P.C (District Tourism Promotion Council) The recently built Gardens & Amusement park is an added attraction. Accommodation is available in the Project Inspection Bungalow and Dormitories.

Ezhimala:
http://www.beautifulkerala.com/coco/redcarpet/images/kannor18.jpgThe Ezhimala Mountain and beach lie at the northern boundary of Kannur. Rare medicinal herbs grow on the strange seven-peaked range, that is Ezhimala, around 50 Kms from Kannur(Cannanore) . There is an old tower of great antiquity here: the Mount Deli lighthouse. It is maintained by the Navy and is a restricted area.

Paithal Mala:
Beautiful, serene hill station near the Kerala - Karnataka border, 65 Kms. North of Kannur(Cannanore) . It offers a challenging trekking to those inclined to stretch their legs. It's around 4,500 ft. above sea level. A base reception centre and a watch tower at top of the cliff are functioning for the benefit of tourists.

Aralam wild life sanctuary:
http://www.beautifulkerala.com/coco/redcarpet/images/kannor19.jpgA tranquil mega sanctuary on the slopes of the Western Ghats covered with tropical and semi evergreen forests. Herds of deer, elephants, boar and bisons are quite common. Leopards, jungle cats, various type squirrels and rare species of birds have been found here. Around 160 species of birds have been found here. Certain species of birds, which are considered extinct, have also been found here. It is 35 kms from Thalassery Railway station.

Madayi Mosque:
Malic Iben Dinar, a Muslim preacher, originally built this beautiful ancient mosque in 1124 AD. A block of white marble in the mosque is believed to have been brought from Mecca by its founder, who came to India to spread the word of the prophet. Near by dilapidated fort believed to have been built by Tipu Sultan: the ruler of Mysore.

Other famous spots:
Sri Subrahmanya Temple, Peralassery is situated on the Kuthuparamba route 15kms from Kannur. The main deity is a serpent a God. It is very popular in the entire Malabar.

Sri Sundareshwara Temple, Kannur and Jaganatha Temple, Thalassery are sanctified by the great saint and social reformer Sree Narayana Guru.

Other important temples include Kottiyur Temple, 65 kms. From Thalassery, Subrahmanya Swamy Temple at Payyanur, Kalarivatukal Temple near Valapattanam River and Sri Rama Temple at Thiruvangad, is one of the oldest Temple in Thalassery.

Arakkal Palace, 2 km. from Kannur (Cannanore) Town, steeped in History; it was the Beebi (Queen) of Arakkal, Kerala's only Muslim Royal family that controlled parts of the coast and even Lakshadweep.

The Odathil Palli at Thalassery was built by the Portuguese and it is more than 200 years old.
The Holy Rosary church is the oldest Catholic Church in the district.

Revenue Reference Library:
Nearly 3,500 old books and documents - majority of them dealing with British administration and affairs in Malabar and South India.
Click here also: http://destinationkannur.com/beachesinkannur.htm

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