One of the prime weekend getaways in South India is Kannur. The historical heritage based myths and the significance of colonial culture-based spice trade make this coastal city ‘Crown of Kerala’. Among the popular tourist destinations, Kannur has a historical significance, which reflects the glory of the export hub under the British regime. The top attractions, which include Kannur in the must-visit lists of the tourists, are its undying glory of forts and monuments, ancient temples, exotic charms of churches, and above all serene beaches.
Now to plan the itinerary of Kannur, the following points can guide a lot:
Payyambalam Beach has close proximity to the picturesque Kannur town and this reason makes this beach a popular haunting point to the tourists. The secluded location makes this destination beach a place of impeccable serenity. This is the best place for relaxation and family picnic. To pacify the interest in adventure, tourists can opt for swimming and surfing. The absolute tranquility of this beach inspires the South Indian movie makers to choose this place for shooting.
The longest Asian drive-in beach, Muzhappilangad is located at 12 km distance from the South district of Kerala, Thottada. Tourists enjoy the memorable hopping with car and bike on this beautiful beach. It is the only drive-in beach in Kerala. On this beach, the tourists not only enjoy the picturesque Malabar coastal views but also the presence of black rocks also provide protection to the swimmers from the powerful current of the waves. For being a well-maintained beach it is an amazing place for relaxation. Tourists come here to find absolute peace and adventure through enjoying power boating, parasailing, catamaran ride, and more.
Kannur itinerary remains incomplete without St Angelo Fort. This triangular-shaped, gigantic, historical fort was built with Laterite soil, in 1505 under the supervision of the first Portuguese viceroy in India, Dom Francisco De Almeida. Considering the historical significance of this fort Archeological Survey department of India has taken over for its optimum conservation. This fort tells the story of the glorious history of the Portuguese, as well as British rulers.
This museum reflects the glory of the royal Muslim family Arakkal Ali Rajas. The splendor of Muslim architecture bears the impeccable testimony of the glory of that time. This museum was the actual residence of that royal family. The kings and their subordinate lords used the Durbar Hall in this palace as an official venue for gathering. Under the management of Arakkal Family Trust, the majestic palace has been converted into Arakkal Kettu Museum. The royal relics engraved on the heritage items, available in the museum and display of the museum never fails to attract the attention of the tourists with the elegance of a royal extravaganza.
The endless curiosity of the tourists makes this place one of the major attractions in Kannur. Due to a unique set up to preserve the rare species of the reptiles, this place has great popularity as a prominent snake preservation center of the country. Not only snakes but also other reptiles such as Marsh crocodile, Bengal Monitor, Indian Pond Terrapin, Travancore Tortoise are also seen in this park. Besides, mammals like a jungle cat, Asian Palm Civet, Indian Crested Porcupine also entertain the tourists with their presence. Art and sculpture such as ‘Snake and Termite Mounds’, 3D wall art represents the value of the ecosystem to the tourists in an attractive manner.
Kannur always entertains tourists with its undying charms of peace and serenity.