The land of looms and lores, Kannur, known as Cannanore during the rule of the British, is a culturally and historically significant district of Kerala. Located along the Malabar coast, it greets you with inspiring scenes and scents, historic monuments, the lovely breeze from the Arabian Sea, ageless folk arts, handlooms and more. An ancient sea port, Kannur is blessed with lush vegetation courtesy the Western Ghats and a rich culture because of its age-old trade relations with various civilisations with the Greeks, Arabs and Romans. The impressions from its colonial past and even that of neighbouring Mysore are evident throughout Kannur even today.
An idyllic town with beaches, forts, shrines and museums such as Payyambalam beach, Thalassery fort, St. Angelo’s Church, Arakkal Museum, Madai Mosque and many such exemplify the sum and substance of this district. The story of Kannur is incomplete without a mention of its own ritualistic art form Theyyam. Kannur is also a foodie’s paradise with the richness of Moplah cuisine sure to steal hearts. Visit Kannur for remnants of Kerala’s past that make the state so endearing today.