Kannur also referred by its old English name Cannanore is an excellent testimony of early human habitation due to the presence of megalithic burial sites of the Neolithic age and rock-cut caves. It holds a strategic and essential place in the Indian military with Kannur Cantonment among the 62-military cantonment in India, being the headquarters for the Defence Security Corps and Territorial Army’s 122 Infantry Battalion. As you get deeper into the history of Kannur, you will be amazed. This beach town was a part of the Chera kingdom that ruled the major part of Kerala and later becoming the capital of Kolattiri Rajas. Moreover, famous for its natural treasures, loom industries and folk art called Theyyam, the place is a hub for rich traditions and culture that are quite attractive and worth exploring.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: October to February is the ideal time to visit Kannur.
HOW TO REACH
By Air: Kannur International airport, located about 25km east of the city. IndiGo now offers direct connectivity between Kannur and Hyderabad, Chennai, Hubli, Goa, and Bengaluru, along with other key destinations.
By Train: Kannur Railway station is the central station in the city, connecting it to all major cities in the country through regular trains including Nizamuddin Express, Mangalore Express amongst others.
By Bus: Kannur is well-connected to almost all parts of India through regular buses.
This place is usually full during lunchtime. Their specialty includes Malabar cuisine like tasty seafood and banana-leaf thalis.
If you are craving for authentic local Keralan food then head to Wheat House. With the perfect ambience and mouth-watering food, the place is a must visit for food lovers.
An excellent place for seafood lovers with reasonably priced food in great portion. The exciting part is you can select your choice of fish and order to make it as per your preference.
The place is famous for teaming up delicious food with the right ambience. Their open kitchen adds excitement among the visitors and thus attracting lots of them. The restaurant makes sure that you leave with a smile and keep coming back for fresh and delectable dishes.
This restaurant known in Kannur for their Tandoori and Chinese dishes. Price moderately, the quality of food is superb. Their sister concern, Sheen Bakery and Baker Boys are among the favourite eateries in the city.
If you are looking for a place that fills your stomach and heart then this is it. This restaurant is among the oldest and best Chinese eateries in town. Do try their scampi, Kerala chicken dry and chicken fried rice.
If you’re satisfied with all the fish, and south Indian flavours tickling your palate and yearn for familiar north Indian tastes, try their Kati Rolls, stuffed parathas and Mughlai parathas.
Scoring zero on hygiene and ambience, but big on flavours and toddy smells, Kerala’s kallu shaps are dingy holes often given a miss by visitors. Yet, locals vouch for Mullapanthal’s kappa meen (tapioca with fish), prawn fry, rabbit and karimeen polichathu, served on a banana leaf. Toddy shops are not recommended for children, families and the well-heeled, but this one has a family-friendly vibe.
Shopping in Kannur is as enticing as touring this beautiful place. Look for sarees, handloom products, local handicrafts, earthenware products, and local spice. Wooden kathakali face masks are the specialty of this place. Fort road leading to St Angelo fort is the busiest shopping center in the district. Kannur City Centre and Fortlight complex are the other major shopping centers in the town where you can visit. You will also notice gold jewellery shops on the main roads and shopping centres, so do buy some.
Manshore bay Each room boast of sea view and free WiFi along with essential amenities like private bathroom and air-conditioning. Preferred majorly by couples, it is also a value for money stay.
Club 7 Beach Resort Featuring accommodation with a private beach and a garden, Club 7 Beach resort is the other name for a luxurious stay in Kannur. All the rooms have a balcony and considered ideal for couples.
Kannur Beach Nest All units in Kannur Beach Nest, equipped with air-conditioning, TV and also feature a terrace. The hotel also has a fitness room and an outdoor swimming room so that the guest can relax and enjoy within the hotel premises only.
Ocean Green Kerala Located close to the major tourist attraction, this property boasts a private beach area, garden, and a shared kitchen. The place and its surroundings also offer an array of fun-filled activities like cycling.
Theyyam Rituals: Kannur is the best place to see theyyam, a spirit-possession ritual. If you are in Kannur between November and April, you will notice theyyam ritual at village temples on most of the nights. To know where it happens, you can ask at your guesthouse or hotel.
Mangrove Kayaking: Kannur comprises more mangroves as compared to any other district in Kerala. If you want to float through mangroves, rivers, and seas of Kannur, then, do visit a kayaking base and explore Kayaking and do take some awesome pictures.
Mappila Bay: It is a natural harbour at Ayikkara Kannur town with St. Angelo Fort on one side and Arakkal Palace on the other. Also known as Moppila Bay, it was a famous commercial harbour during the Kolathiri's regime.
Peralassery: Located at a 15 km from Kannur is Peralassery, famous for Peralassery Subrahmanya Temple. According to the legends, Lord Rama and Lord Laxman stopped at this temple on their way to Lanka to set Goddess Sita free. If you are in the town of Peralassery, do visit this spiritual site.
Visiting Muzhappilangad Beach is perhaps the cheekiest things to do in Kannur as it is the only drive-in beach in Kerala. Here 4 km stretch of sand eagerly awaits you to dive in and get immersed in the view of stunning Malabar Coast. If you don’t want to drive a car, get on a quad bike and enjoy the beauty of the beach. While driving gets some delicious authentic cuisines to munch on from the number of shacks present along the way. You can also indulge in adventure sports such as parasailing, paragliding, catamaran ride, microlight flights, and several other water sports.
Coorg: Just 3 hours’ drive away from Kannur, Coorg is nestled amidst stunning mountains in Karnataka. The place is famous for an exotic landscape filled with lush green hills and also for its culture and people.