Voted among the top 10 best places for enjoying a honeymoon in the country, the city of Kannur has always satisfied its tourists with abundance of natural landscapes and lustrous beauty. Beaches are the main attraction of this place as their beauty is unparalleled and the clear waters soothes the senses of the spectators. The city organizes many festivals in the temples that are located here. The St. Angelo's Fort built by the Portuguese in the 16th century is a must visit for the history enthusiasts. The Parassinikkadavu Snake Park is another place that is sure to lure the tourists. Nature lovers will love this place as they can explore places like the Moppila Bay, Muzhappilangad Beach, Payyambalam Beach and Pazhassi Dam.
Places To SeeDharmadam Island
Also known as Green Island, Dharmadam Island features coconut trees and emerald bushes. The island can also be viewed from Muzhuppilangad Beach. In fact, visitors can actually walk down to the beach when the tide is low. The island is privately owned and you need to take prior permission before visiting. Tip
: Be warned that the sea level rises unexpectedly and in case you wish to walk down to the beach, seek expert guidance. Fort St. Angelo
Also known as Kannur Kotta, the fort offers 360 degrees views of the surroundings and the Arabian Sea. The imposing structure consists of massive walls, strong bastions, vast courtyards and residential quarters. Tellicherry Fort
Also known as Thalassery Fort, Tellicherry Fort was built in 1708 by the East India Company to gain a foothold on Malabar Coast. The fort is an imposing structure with strong bastions, massive walls and secret tunnels. Arakkal Kettu
Initially a palace, Arakkal Kettu has now been converted into a museum. On display are various items and artefacts related to the royals. The building itself showcases intrinsic carvings in wood and laterite stones. The architecture is a magnificent blend of traditional Kerala and classic English styles. Holy Trinity Cathedral
One of the oldest churches in Kerala, Holy Trinity Cathedral dates back to the 16th century. It was set up to promote missionary activities in the Malabar region. The church flaunts Roman-Gothic style of architecture. Apart from the Holy Trinity Cathedral, you can also visit the St. Thomas Orthodox Church and Fort St. Angelo Church.
Things To DoEzhimala
Ezhimala refers to a group of hills in the Kannur region. From the hills, you can enjoy sweeping views of the stunning surroundings. Legend has it that Ezhimala was once visited by Lord Buddha. Some also believe that Ezhimala was the venue for various events that are depicted in Ramayana. There is also a beach here that is popular with the tourists. You can also visit Ettikulam bay, a famed spot for dolphin watching. Tip
: Ezhimala is now a restricted area since the Indian Naval Academy began functioning here. However, you can visit the place with prior permission from authorities. Muzhuppilangad Beach
This is the only drive-in beach in India and Asia. It attracts a host of visitors who come here to enjoy the sun and sand, and spend a fun day with the family. Payyambalam Beach
The serene white shores of the beach invite you to enjoy a day in the sun and sea. Located at about 2 kms from Kannur, the beach is an ideal location to view the sun set. The beach also houses a gigantic sculpture of a mother and a child. Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary
Established in 1984, the sanctuary is the natural habitat of a variety of animals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. The flora and fauna will delight a nature enthusiast. Some of the animals that can be found in the sanctuary include boar, deer, elephant and bison. About 215 bird species and 172 species have been identified in the sanctuary. Tip
: The best time to visit the sanctuary is from November to June. It is best to avoid during the monsoon season.