Kannur attractions

Fort in Kannur

Thalasseri Fort

The coastal town of Thalasseri (formerly Tellicherry), 20km southeast of Kannur, was a major cardamom and pepper export hub under the British East India Company. Its British-built fort – now filled with neat gardens…
Fort in Kannur

Fort St Angelo

One of the earliest Portuguese settlements in India (constructed with permission from Kannur's rulers), the 1505 St Angelo Fort looms tall on a promontory 3km south of town, displaying a fusion of Portuguese, Dutch …
Museum in Kannur

Arakkal Museum

Housed in part of the royal palace of the Arakkal family, a powerful Kannur dynasty with its roots dating to the 12th century, this harbourfront museum features antiques, furniture, weapons, silver and portraits, be…
Beach in Kannur

Thottada Beach

Framed by low palm-sprinkled headlands and a shallow lagoon, this beautiful powdery gold-sand expanse, 8km southeast of Kannur centre, is home to the area's most charming homestays. It's wonderfully secluded, though…
Workshop in Kannur

Kerala Dinesh Beedi Co-Operative

The Kannur region is known for the manufacture of beedis, those tiny Indian cigarettes deftly rolled inside green leaves. This is one of the largest and purportedly best manufacturers, with a factory at Thottada, 3k…
Workshop in Kannur

Loknath Weavers’ Co-operative

Established in 1955, this is one of the oldest cooperatives in Kannur and occupies a large building where weavers busily work away to the click of looms. You can stop by for a quick (free) tour and visit the small s…
Beach in Kannur

Payyambalam Beach

Kannur town's main sandy strand is the blonde, 4km-long Payyambalam Beach, 3km west of the train station, just past the military cantonment.
Arts Centre in Kannur

Kerala Folklore Academy

At this traditional-arts training academy overlooking Chirakkal Pond, 6km north of Kannur, you can see vibrantly coloured folklore costumes in the museum and sometimes catch a performance.