Kannur lighthouse is painted in red and white colours which look great. It is located right by the sea, about 1400 metres from Sri Narayana Park in Kannur. Adjacent to it are the PWD Rest House and Sea View Park.
There is a nominal entry fee to enter the lighthouse area. It is possible to go up to the top by climbing a spiral staircase. The last few steps are steep. Visitors can enter till 5 pm. On windy days, the lighthouse will close its doors to visitors. The views out to Arabian sea are exhilarating. You can also see other beaches in the area.
The lighthouse lights up the skies every night, and presents a bright beam of light that ships and fishing vessels can see far out into the sea.
The lighthouse is well-maintained. There is a small museum that displays equipments used in lighthouses and also shows a documentary on lighthouses. It is the fourth museum of its kind in the country after Alappuzha, Chennai and Mahabalipuram. Alappuzha lighthouse is the first of its kind in the Arabian sea coast of Kerala.
Sea View Park
The Sea View Park has a cliff walkway that runs by the sea. There are seats to sit and watch the sea and the spectacular sunsets. At one end is a children’s park. There are stalls which sell snacks and ice cream. A small fee is levied for entry to the Sea View Park
The lighthouse is 3.4 km from Kannur Railway station. There is a free parking area near the lighthouse. On the way back, autorickshaws or public transport will not be readily accessible. You may have to go walking for some distance.
History of Kannur Lighthouse
Kannur was an important port in the 15th century under the Samoothiris. Later the area came under the control of the British who built the first lighthouse in Kannur in 1903. The new lighthouse became operational on 25 July 1976. It is useful to the hundreds of fishing boats in the region.
In order to warn ships at sea, the British introduced a system of hoisting a lantern with an oil wick lamp in 1843. They constructed a masonry pedestal in 1903 on the rampart of the fort. A double wick oil lamp inside the 4th order dioptric lens and a lantern with arrangement for occultation were placed on the pedestal. Ships could see the light in fair seasons only, from September to May every year.
In 1924, the authorities added some enhancements. The light was shifted in 1939 on to a 16-metre steel trestle erected on the northern bastion of the Fort. Visitors can still see the steel trestle today at the fort.
The equipment was replaced by a flashing light with 10-second character running on DA gas in 1948. This light remained in operation till the commissioning of a new lighthouse tower at the present location during 1975–76.
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