Kannur International Airport started commercial flights in December last year. This will make travelling to Malabar faster and easier. Many persons from the region are working in Gulf countries. They earlier had to depend on the airports in Mangalore or Kozhikode. Kannur is also connected by trains. Almost all fast trains stop at Kannur railway station.
Where is Kannur? I get this question sometimes. The town town is between Kasaragod and Kozhikode in Kerala. From both the towns, Kannur by road is about 90 km.
I have many photos that I clicked on my visits to the area. Eleven of them shown here bring out the beauty and character of Kannur. This post is for all my friends, readers and all those who are wish to visit Cannanore.
With a long coastline, Kannur has many beautiful beaches. This is a compelling reason to visit the place. Probably the most popular is Payyambalam Beach which is in the town. It is a long beach with white sands. Swimming is banned as the sea is treacherous. It is crowded on weekends.
Madappura of Sree Muthappan
Sree Muthappan Madappura is located on the bank of Valapatanam River, 18 km from Kannur. The main deity is Sree Muthappan who is a manifestation of Lord Shiva. Non-Brahmins perform the pooja rituals. Dogs have the freedom to enter the temple and roam around freely. They are seen as Muthappan’s companions. Offerings to the deity include toddy and dried fish.
St. Antony’s Shrine is on Onden Road, Kannur. A Hindu gentleman built and dedicated it to St. Antony. Numerous devotees from the locality visit the shrine.
Sree Sundareshwara Temple
The Thiyya community of Kannur built Sree Sundereshwara Temple. Sri Narayana Guru consecrated the temple in 1916. The temple follows the Brahminical way of worship though the poojaris who are Thiyyas.
Sea Vew Park and Lighthouse
Kannur lighthouse is painted in red and white and is located right by the sea. The lighthouse is well-maintained. There is a small museum that displays equipment 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.
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.
Kannur Cantonment has many heritage bungalows. The Cantonment was a military camp for Portuguese, Dutch and English troops. The Kannur Cantonment Board is one of the 62 cantonments in India and the only one in Kerala.
The kingdom of Arakkal was the only Muslim-ruled state in Kerala prior to the British era. They ruled the region (formerly known as Cannanore) and Lakshadweep Islands. The museum is 3.7 km from Kannur Railway Station. It faces the Arabian Sea. St. Angelo’s fort is close by. The museum exhibits a number of heritage objects from the royal family.
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