Best Places to Visit in Kannur


Best Places to Visit in Kannur

Best Places to Visit in Kannur 


Sandwiched between the Western Ghats and Arabian Sea, the land of theyyam offers an electric mix of traditions. The ancient commercial and cultural hub of the Malabar region, Kannur has a rich and chequered history. From the Dutch and Portuguese to British and Mysore kings, its many rulers have shaped it into what it is today. 


Start with a heavy breakfast in preparation for a long day with puttu and kadala curry or appam with stew of Onakkan Bharathi. If you are up for it, team these with chicken stew. Catch some religious structures such as the Sree Chovva Maha Shiva Temple as well as the Odathil Mosque. Try to work off some of that breakfast by heading to St. Angelo's Fort, which is located dramatically along the coast. Built in the early 16th century by the Portuguese invaders, it nevertheless incorporates Dutch and British architectural elements. The sea-worn walls, gardens, dungeons and several other elements still standing point to this legacy. Although it changed many hands, the fort has withstood the ravages of time. Also visit the Thalassery Fort, a dramatic fortress built by the British in the early 18th century. Watch out for its towering laterite walls, tunnels and carved doors, which are remarkably well-preserved. The lighthouse beside the fort is worth a visit. 


If all the wandering around forts have kindled the appetite, stop at Paris Restaurant. Although flavoured delicately, the biryani here is quite aromatic, the tastes scrumptious with mutton curry. The Kerala parotta, too, pairs well with either chicken or mutton curry. Other signature dishes of the state are mussels, mutton korma, ney pathiri .
Next, head to Arakkal Museum. It occupies a part of the royal palace of the Arakkal family, the only Muslim royal family in Kerala. Wander amidst antiques, furniture and portraits. Add more culture to your trip at Kerala Folklore Academy, a centre for the traditional arts, that overlooks Chirakkal Pond. 


As the sun begins to dip into the western horizon, walk along the coast to view the sunset. The city is known for its vast stretches of sandy beaches, fringed by palm trees against the backdrop of the Western Ghats. The most renowned beach is Payyambalam Beach, which stretches for two km, and makes for a rather beautiful sight. Since the beach is popular, it could get a bit crowded and noisy. If you are looking for silence, then make your way to Thottada Beach which is framed by low, palm sprinkled headlands and a shallow lagoon. It has powdery gold sands and is relatively secluded, though the sea can get rough.

After Hours

When darkness falls, head back to St. Angelo's Fort. If you are lucky, you will be able to catch the sound and light show which traces the history of the fort. Check with the locals and they will be able to direct you to the nearest theyyam performance depending on the season. A ritual venerating the local deity, it is sometimes performed through the night. It is also a good idea to have a hearty dinner at Raandhai Restaurant, another of Kannur's iconic places to eat. Tuck into its plethora of delicious Kerala dishes such as spicy beef curry and chicken roast whilst marvelling at the astonishing diversity that the city has to offer. 

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