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Kannur's days of
glory were under the Kolathiri Rajas, and its importance as a spice trading
port was noted by Marco Polo. From the 15th century various colonial powers,
including the Portuguese, Dutch and British, exerted their influence over
this rich Malabar Coast region. Most of the Kannur's sites are a few kms
out of town.
Places to see at Kannur :
Beach : Payyambalam beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in
Kerala. Here rest the brave nationalist and political leaders like Swadeshabhimani
K. Ramakrishna pilla, A.K.G. and Chadayan Govindan. This is two kms away
from Kannur town and near the St. Angelos Fort. This beach, having laterite
rock jutting out into the sea on one end, is a neat and long one which
is a relief to the tourists who seek rest away from the modern city life.
As part of a targeted
comprehensive tourism development, this natural beauty spot is fast changing
into a tourist center of international standard. It is the famous sculptor
and the State Tourism Advisory Committee member, Shri Kanai KunjiRaman
who is imaginatively beautifying Payyambalam. In the park attached to
the beach, he is preparing a beautiful piece of sculpture, "a mother
with a child lying facing the sea". this structure has a 80 feet
length and 15 feet height. The landscaping of the park is over. The construction
of other pieces of art is also going on. The models of folk arts of Malabar
including Theyyam are being prepared.
A park for the children
also is being arranged here. The aim is to make arrangements to attract
children for amusement and exercise. The Payyambalam canal will be widened
and deepened without delay for the pleasure boating of the children. A
footpath has been brick-laid between the guesthouse and the lighthouse
from where sunset can be enjoyed and the beauty of Dharmadom Island towards
the south and the headquarters of Ezhimala Navel Academy towards the north
can be seen.
Island: This small Island which is situated in the sea like a green
spot just 100 m away from shore, becomes a blissful experience to tourists.
This isle is full of coconut trees. There is only a well here as the symbol
of human presence. One can reach this place by boat from southern part
of Moithu bridge in the national highway. During ebb time one can reach
here by foot. From this isle one can see the rocks around and the beauty
of Muzhuppilangad beach and the distant beauty of Thalassery town. When
Dharmadam isle was an important trading center, this isle was in the possession
of Chirakkal king. Later it passed into the hands of the English and now
it is in the hands of private individuals.
Temple : It is a famous temple in south India. It is situated 20 kms
away from Kannur. It is famous for its natural beauty. Boating facilities
are available for tourists.
Fort: This fort which had witnessed many ebbs and tides of history
is of much importance to tourists who are interested in historical events.
The fort is situated in the
Thiruvallippad hill of Thalassery town, 20 kms away from Kannur in the
south direction. It was constructed by the British East India Company
in the year 1708. this fort has to tell many stories of the victory and
defeat of Kalathiri, Tippu Sultan and Pazhassi Raja.
This fort is built
of red bricks in an area of two acres. The British used this frt as a
jail and Currency manufactory. It was here that the leader of the Hyder
Ali's army was imprisoned and the death bed of Swathi Thirunal's successor
was arranged. Thalassery silver coins were also minted here. St. John's
Church is nearby this fort. Here rests Edward Brennen who contributed
significantly to the cultural and educational fields of Thalassery. As
such this place has assumed the prominence of a pilgrim center.
It is 44 kms away from Thaliparampu and 4500 feet above the sea leve.
These huge mountains lay spread over 500 acres of land. This is a dense
forest area. One can go by bus upto Pottanplavu. From there jeep can be
driven for six kms. After that, 2 km walk by foot. North of Paithalmala
is Kudaku forest. At the base of the mountain, a tourist information center
and dormitory have been constructed.
Beach : It has a length of 4.5 kms. The special feature of this beach
is that the vehicles can be driven without getting stuck into the sea
sand. This is why the beach is considered to be the only drive in beach
in the State. This beach which extends from Muzhuppilangad to Moithu Bridge
is considered as swimmers' paradise since there are no waves in this part
due to the rocks here and there and the sea is not deep. This beach is
15 kms away from Kannur in the south direction and 8 kms away from Thalassery
in the north direction. A tourist can reach this beach through five panchayat
roads starting from the National Highway. The transportation to this beach
will be improved as the coastal road is completed. In order to turn this
beach into a drive in beach and arrange water sport facilities through
exploiting to the maximum the natural specialties there, the District
Tourism Promotion Council has chalked out projects and they are being
implemented. Children's park and huts to enjoy the natural beauty of Dharmadam
Isle have been constructed. Steps have been taken to identify the safe
places for sea bath and illuminations. Facilities like cafeteria and toilet
will be provided.
Fort St. Angelo:
Facing the sea, this is one of the most attractive centers in Kannur district.
It is also known as Kannur Fort. This fort is 3 kms away from Kannur town
in the western direction. The fort stands close by the Arabian Sea. This
fort proclaims the strength and beauty of Portuguese architecture. The
two sides of the fort facing the sea were built in a triangular shape.
It was Don Francisco De Almeida, the first Portuguese Viceroy, who laid
the foundation stone of this fort with the permission of Kolathiris in
23 October 1505.
The Dutch captured
the fort in 1663 and sold it to the Ali Raja of Kannur in 1772 and in
1790-it came into the possession of the British. This fort is now under
the control of Archaeological Survey of India.
The Arabian Sea, the
dense coconut trees, the fishing boats and natural harbor moppila bay
are the unforgettable sights; one can have from this fort. Arakkal kettu
of historical importance can also be seen from this fort. Different projects
are being implemented at the government level to preserve the fort in
a good condition. Projects envisage beautifying the fort retaining its
antiquity and providing parking area.
Kannur is on the main north-south route for trains and buses. You
can go by bus or train from all points on the coast. There is a direct
bus to Mysore.
Kannur is a major
railway station on Shornur-Mangalore line.
By road Kannur is
155 kms. South of Mangalore and 92 kms. north of Kozhikode.
The nearest airport
is at Calicut which is 115 kms. South. The Mangalore airport is 170 kms.
North of Kannur.
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