Top things to do in Kannur

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…
International in Kannur

Sahib's Grill

Tables dot a wraparound verandah overlooking a shady garden with vibrant hand-painted murals at this warm, sociable and contemporary hang-out, 700m west of Kannur's bazaar. The well-executed menu is bistro-style int…
Indian in Kannur

MRA

Tucked into the entrance to Kannur's train station, MRA does delicious biryanis and tandoori platters as well as dosas and Keralan classics like molee (fish pieces in coconut sauce) or pachakkari veg stew. There's a…
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…
Indian in Kannur

Hotel Odhen's

Kannur's must-try restaurant, in the market area, is usually packed at lunchtime. The speciality is Malabar cuisine, specifically the banana-leaf thalis with a dazzling range of spicy extras including masala-fried f…
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.