Kannur Sightseeing

Prime Attractions:

Pazhassi Gardens and Dam:
37 km from Kannur, Pazhassi dam and reservoir is one of the most popular picnic spots of the area. Boating facilities are available and one can cruise arounf the small islands that are a perfect way of watching riverine birds. The gardens and amusement park, the Buddha’s mountain and sculpture of Pazhassi King are other highlights of the place.

Dharmadam Island:
100 m offshore, Dharmadam island is surrounded by rivers and sea and looks like a delightful conjunction of beach and island that can be reached by walking during low tide. It was once a Buddhist stronghold.

Arakkal Palace:
2 km from Kannur, this place was once ruled by Beebi (Queen) of Arakkal, Kerala’s only Muslim Royal family that controlled parts of the coast and even Lakshadweep.

Kannur Fort:
Built in 1505 by Don Francisco D. Almeida, the first Portuguese Viceroy of India, the fort has passed through the hands of Dutch, Ali Raja of Arakkal and finally to the British and one can still see the barracks, the magazine, cannons and the ruins of a chapel here. Popularly known as Fort St. Angelo, it is now a protected monument under the archaeological survey of India.

The Ezhimala Mountain and beach at Kannur are known for the home of the rare medical herbs mentioned in Ramayana that grow here on the strange seven-peaked range. The highlight of the place is the restricted area of the ancient tower of Mount Deli lighthouse maintained by the Navy today. Here, the sea is bluer and beach sand also has a different texture than other parts of Kerala. One may also spot dolphins here.

Madayi Mosque:
Malic Iben Dinar, a Muslim preacher, originally built the beautiful ancient 12th century mosque. It is said that a block of white marble enshrined in the mosque is brought here from Mecca. There is a fort in utter ruins nearby believed to have been built by Tipu Sultan of Mysore.

Payyambalam Beach:
The beach of Kannur, it boasts of well-planned gardens and massive landscaped sculpture of mother and child erected by noted sculptor Kanayi Kunhiraman.

Mopila Bay:
Located near St. Angelo’s Fort, this fishing harbor was built with Indo Norwegian project assistance and offers a ride in the sea, The highlights here are the remnants of the temple and fort here.

Parassinikkadavu Temple:
18 km from Kannur, Shri Muthappan Temple at Parassinikkadavu is situated on the banks of the Valapattanam river and one can see the Theyyam performances here all around the year. On the way to the temple is the Snake Park.

Peralassery Sri Subrahmanya Temple:
15 km from Kannur, the presiding deity of the temple is the Serpent God. Sree Sundareshwara Temple at Kannur established by the great saint and social reformer, Sri Narayana Guru is also very famous.