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Kannur, Kerala Travel Guide

It is often known as Cannannore. The Portuguese used to call the place like that. It was a major port town for the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British. The Cannannore city is located in the Kannur district and is the headquarters of the district in the State of Kerala. It is a seaport.

Kannur is located along the Arabian Sea. The city is a commercial town comprising forts, temples and beaches. It is the largest city in the northern part of Kerala. It is also known as the Land of Looms and Lore for the textile industries and the local folk arts. The city has been a centre for local performing arts.

The city is an important base for the Indian Navy and the Indian defence Academies. More than 60 cantonments are based in the Kannur district itself. It was a learning centre even before the Colonial period. The city is associated with the Kalaripayattu art form.

You can reach Kannur by road and railways. Mangalore Airport is the nearest airport. You can also reach through the Kochi International Airport and the Kozhikode Airports.

The Kannur Railway Station is well connected to Kozhikode, Mangalore, Kochi, Trivandrum, Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, and Coimbatore.

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What to See:

Kannur has some historical monuments to display. These were built during the Portuguese time. Prominent among them is the St.Angelo’s Fort. It was built by the first Portuguese Viceroy. The fort is loacetd at about 3 km from the Kannur city.

Visit the Arackal Kottaram, the palace of Arackal Rulers. It is a private property, but the palace is open for visitors. This is built in the Islamic style.

Visit the Moppila Bay, a place for water sports and boating. If you want to have a beautiful sunset view, visit the Azhikkal Ferry point. This point is situated near Azhikode, a place 10 km away from Kannur.

Countless number of temples are there in and around the city. Kottiyoor Vadakkeshwaram Temple, Kalarivathukkal Bhagavathy Temple, Tiruvarkadu Bhagavathy Temple are the some popular temples of the town. The Kottiyoor Utsavam that takes place in the Kottiyoor Vadakkeswaram temple is a popular temple festival of the region.

Visit Thalassery town which is nearby. The town has a fort belonging to the British period. It was a base for the Christian missionaries.

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