Kannur District is one of the 14 districts of Kerala. The town of Kannur is the district headquarters. Cannanore, old name of kannur is the anglicised form of the Malayalam name Kannur. Kannur district shares its boundary with Kasaragod District to the north, Kozhikode district to the south and Wayanad District to the south-east.

Kannur is of great strategic military importance. It houses one of the 62 military cantonments in the country. The Ezhimala Naval Academy which is largest naval academy in Asia and third largest in the World is situated in Kannur. The district is bounded by the Western Ghats to its east, which forms the border with Karnataka State, in its district of Kodagu and the Arabian Sea lies to its west. The district was established in 1957.

The city was an important port on the Arabian Sea as it was a centre for carrying on trade with Persia and Arabia in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. It also served as the British military headquarters on India's west coast until 1887. Kannur was the capital city of the only Muslim Sultanate of Kerala, known as Arakkal. Arakkal kettu or Arakkala Palce is now converted into a museum which has all the artefacts, furnitures and warfare equipments which were used by the Arakkal dynasty.

TOURIST SPOTS IN KANNUR

Fort St. Angelos:- Fort St. Angelos is in the west of Kannur town is a massive triangular laterite fort, replete with a moat and flanking bastions. It was built in 1505 by the first Portuguese Viceroy, Don Francisco De Almeida, with...

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Fort St. Angelos

Fort St. Angelos is in the west of Kannur town is a massive triangular laterite fort, replete with a moat and flanking bastions. It was built in 1505 by the first Portuguese Viceroy, Don Francisco De Almeida, with the permission of the Kolathiris. It was then captured by the Dutch in 1663 before they sold it to Ali Raja of Kannur in 1772 and in 1790 it came into the possession of the British. The British then rebuilt it and it was their most important station in Malabar. This fort is in a fairly good state of preservation, though parts of it have collapsed. The fort is a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India. The fascinating view of a natural fishing bay and a sea wall projecting from the fort separating the rough sea and inland water makes it one of a kind.

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Thalassery Fort:- In 1700, the British built the Thalassery Fort on a small hill called Tiruvellapadkunnu. The fort is a square structure built of laterite and is distinguished by its massive ventilated walls and strong flanking bastions.

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Thalassery Fort

In 1700, the British built the Thalassery Fort on a small hill called Tiruvellapadkunnu. The fort is a square structure built of laterite and is distinguished by its massive ventilated walls and strong flanking bastions. It is said that a mixture of quicklime, white of egg and sugar candy were used in the construction of the fort. It was here that Raider captain was imprisoned. The famous St. John's Anglican Church is behind this fort. Secret tunnels to the sea, beautifully craved doors and a beaming light house are some of the peculiarities of the Fort. There are two underground chambers in the light house that were believed to be used to store goods like pepper and cardamom. It is said that the coins of the East India Company were minted here.

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Ezhimala:- Ezhimala is an ancient historical site which is the capital of ancient Mooshika Kings. It was one of the major battlefields of the Chola-Chera war. Ezhimala was considered a flourishing sea port and a centre of trade in ancient Kerala.

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Ezhimala

Ezhimala is an ancient historical site which is the capital of ancient Mooshika Kings. It was one of the major battlefields of the Chola-Chera war. Ezhimala was considered a flourishing sea port and a centre of trade in ancient Kerala. It is believed that Lord Budha had visited Ezhimala. An old mosque, believed to contain the mortal remains of Shaikh Abdul Latif, a Muslim reformist, is also located here. Bordered by sea on three sides, Ezhimala occupies a prominent place in the naval history of the country, as the Indian Naval Academy was set here in 2009.

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Snake Park at Parassinikkadavu:- The Snake Park at Parassinikkadavu is situated 18 kms from Kannur town. It is one of the well- known snake parks in the country. The park is dedicated to the preservation and conservation...

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Snake Park at Parassinikkadavu

The Snake Park at Parassinikkadavu is situated 18 kms from Kannur town. It is one of the well- known snake parks in the country. The park is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of snakes, most of which are becoming extinct gradually. There is a large collection of poisonous and non-poisonous snakes such as the Spectacled Cobra, King Cobra, Russell's viper, Krait and various pit vipers and Pythons. Live show is conducted here which educates people against the superstitions about snakes and also help to quell the mystical fears. The snake park is under the authority of Visha chikitsa Kendra that offers effective treatment against the snake bite.

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ARTS & ATTRACTIONS

ARTS & ATTRACTIONS :- The numerous art forms of Kerala have always made its impact on the rich culture of Kerala.

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FOOD ITEMS IN KERALA

FOOD ITEMS :- The cuisines of Kerala are inspired by its cultural heritage and the generous availability of seafood, poultry and coconut.

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