Kannur Circuit

The Emerald Green Backwaters

Heritage Culture Beach Streets Explore Experience Walks Kannur, also known as Canannore, is the 13th district of the State of Kerala. The headquarters of the district is situated in Kannur city. The city of Kannur holds the memoirs of culture, heritage, struggles and nationalist movements to this date! Kannur is the land of Theyyam and Handlooms. The coastal city of Kannur is situated in the heartland of Malabar Coast next to Thalassery. It was once an ancient trading port. The old name ‘Canannore’ is the anglicised form of the Malayalam word Kannur. The name Kannur is considered to have been derived from the name of the Hindu deity, Kannan (Lord Krishna) and Ur (meaning land or place in Malayalam) making it the place of Lord Krishna. The deity of the Kadalayi Sreekrishna temple is said to have situated in a shrine at the Kadalayi Kotta in the South Eastern part of the present Kannur town.

  • Tourists must abide to the rules and regulations of the administration of the town.
  • Public places must not the littered.
  • It is suggested not to travel in the night due to limited transportation.

  • Kannur Town can be accessed from anywhere in Kerala or India.
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kannur
  • Nearest Bus Station: Kannur
  • Nearest Airport: Kozhikode (120 k.m)

  • Visit to the Palace Museum of the Only Muslim Royal Family of Kerala.
  • Visit to the 1500 A.D St. Angelo Fort
  • Sightseeing and Boat Cruise at Mappila Bay
  • Payyambalam Beach visit
  • Visit to the Azhikkal Ferry
  • Chirakkal Folklore Museum
  • Walks and Sightseeing along the streets of Kannur
  • Experience activities like Theyyam, Handloom and Beedi Making.

  • Language Spoken: Malayalam, English.
  • Local Guides and Story Tellers available on request.

Is the Kannur town suitable for sightseeing on foot?

Yes, the Kannur town circuit has lots of things to see. These places happen to be situated close to each other in a few kilometre distances.

How can tourists arrange for cab drivers and local story tellers or guides?

Tourists can visit the DTPC Tourist Information Centre in the Caltex Junction in Kannur.

Are the Taxis and Auto Rickshaws in Kannur reliable?

Yes, the rickshaws and taxis are reliable. But it is cheaper to travel in public transport.

How many days are ideal for a complete sightseeing in Kannur circuit?

It will take a minimum of 2 days to cover the experiences in Kannur town and nearby.

Detail Description

The vibrant town of Kannur is situated around 100 k.m from Calicut. Kannur is the administrative headquarters of the district of Kannur. The place is popularly known as Land of Looms and Lores. In the time of British rule in India, Kannur was known by its Portuguese name of Canannore, which is still in fairly common usage. Kannur is the largest city of North Malabar.

The city still bears the icons of the British rule. The enduring monuments such as 16th century St. Angelo Fort, once occupied by European colonial forces still speak to the visitors about the European Colonialisation in this part of Malabar. There are various signs of the city’s significant role in the spice trade with the European and West Asian countries. Housed in the former palace of the Arakkal Royal Family, the Arakkal Museum highlights Kerala's one and only Muslim Royal family. The palm-fringed beach of Payyambalam run along Kannur’s Western shore. Theyyam performances, Handloom, Beedi Making are some of the major activities that the land of Kannur offers exclusively to the visitors. Mappila Bay and Azhikkal Ferry are also major attractions of the Town Tourist Circuit in Kannur.


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The enchanting city of Kannur is never a city like the Cochin or the Trivandrum. Bearing the cap of being a city, Kannur still embraces its heritage and local stories of the bygone era along the streets and markets. The Urbanity haven’t engulfed the soul of the place as it had in many other places.

The coastal belt near the Kannur city has had great significance in the Spice Route in Malabar. Kannur is mentioned as a great emporia of spice trade by the world renowned explorer Marco Polo.

A town caressed in the lap of nature, in the North tip of the Gods Own Country, Kannur is a place sprinkled with immense beauty. The place is a casket for sightseeing options like beaches, monuments, ancient temples and amazing picnic spots.


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