Welcome to Kannur


Under the Kolathiri rajas, Kannur (formerly Cannanore) was a major port bristling with international trade – explorer Marco Polo christened it a ‘great emporium of spice trade’. Since then, the usual colonial suspects, including the Portuguese, Dutch and British, have had a go at exerting their influence on the region, leaving behind the odd fort. Today it is an unexciting, though agreeable, town known mostly for its weaving industry and cashew trade.

This is a predominantly Muslim area, so local sensibilities should be kept in mind: wear a sarong over your bikini on the beach.


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$1800 Cultural & Theme Tours

MALABAR TRIANGLE

ITINERARYDAY 01: CALICUT - WAYANAD Arrive Calicut Airport, you will be received with a placard by our representative and proceed to Wayanad Hill station (Around 100 kms, 03-hour drive).Overnight stay in WayanadMeals: N/ADAY 02: WAYANADMorning breakfast at hotel and proceed to visit Pookode Lake and Banasura Sagar Dam. Later transfer back to hotel and overnight stayMeals: BreakfastDAY 3: WAYANADMorning breakfast at hotel and proceed to visit Muthanga wildlife sanctuary and Edakkal Caves.Later transfer back to hotel and overnight stay.Meals: BreakfastDAY 4: WAYANAD – COORGMorning after breakfast check out from the hotel and transfer to Coorg (Around 120 kms, 03-hour drive).On arrival check in to the hotel and relax.Afternoon visit the Abbey falls and Tibetan monastery.Evening transfer back to hotel and overnight stay.Meals: BreakfastDAY 5: COORG – BAKELMorning after breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Bekal (Around 130 kms, 03-hour drive).On arrival check into your resort in Bekal and relax.  Rest of the day free for independent activities at the resort.Overnight stay at ResortMeals: BreakfastDAY 6: BAKELMorning after brekfast, proceed to visit Bekal Fort and Beach.Rest of the day at leisure.Overnight in Bekal.Meals: BreakfastDAY 7: BAKEL – THALASSERYMorning after breakfast, check out and drive to Thalaserry (Around 125 kms, 02 ½ hour drive).On arrival check into a very special home stay in Thalaserry called “Ayisha Manzil “.Overnight stay at Ayisha ManzilMeals: BreakfastDAY 8: THALASSERYMorning you can go for a walk with Mr. Moosa to the local market to buy some fresh seafood and groceries. This is an interesting experience as you walk along the crowded market with lot activities going on. You can also visit the Thalassery Fort, Muzhipilangad drive in Beach etc.Overnight stay at Ayisha ManzilMeals: BreakfastDAY 9: DEPARTURE FROM THALASSERY - CALICUTMorning after breakfast check out from the hotel and you will be transferred to Calicut airport to take your onward destination flight.Meals: Breakfast      

$24 Private & Custom Tours

Kannur City Half Day Private Sightseeing Tour with Guide

Departure time: 08.30 hrs / 14.00 hrs Tour will start from your hotel / accommodation within Kannur city limits. Start your half-day tour with a visit to Fort St. Angelo. Built in 1505 by Portuguese, the Fort witnessed several historical battles and is considered an important historical site in South India.From here, head towards the Kannur Lighthouse, from top of which you get a bird’s eye view of the splendid coastline of Kannur. Also visit the small, but well maintained museum within the complex. It is only the fourth such museum in the country after Alappuzha, Chennai and Mahabalipuram. A gigantic optic, used in Lakshadweep Lighthouse during the 1885-1962 period, a 19th century double-wick lamp of Kannur Lighthouse, a huge fog-bell used to alert shipmen and a deep-sea buoy are some of the exhibits.You will be then transferred to Chirakkal to visit Kerala Folklore Academy (Sun holiday). Set up by the Government of Kerala, the academy, while ensuring the welfare of folk artistes also strives for reviving, preserving and promoting the rich folk art traditions of Kerala. The museum exhibits over 300 precious objects of folk art, including life-size replicas of various theyyams and patayani, folk and tribal musical and percussion instruments, farm implements and weapons.After the visit to the museum, stop at a handloom weaving center, to learn about the handloom industry of Kannur. Kannur produces arguably the best handloom products in the world with USA, UK, Australia and other European countries being the major importers. History of the handloom industry in Kannur dates back to mid 1800s.You will be then transferred back to your hotel.

$26 Private & Custom Tours

Kannur City Full Day Private Sightseeing Tour with Guide

Start your day with a visit Fort St. Angelo. Built in 1505 by Portuguese, the Fort witnessed several historical battles and is considered an important historical site in South India.Next, stop at Arakkal Museum, dedicated to Arakkal family - the only Muslim royal family in Kerala.From here, head towards the Kannur Lighthouse, from top of which you get a bird’s eye view of the splendid coastline of Kannur. Also visit the small, but well maintained museum within the complex. It is only the fourth such museum in the country after Alappuzha, Chennai and Mahabalipuram. A gigantic optic, used in Lakshadweep Lighthouse during the 1885-1962 period, a 19th century double-wick lamp of Kannur Lighthouse, a huge fog-bell used to alert shipmen and a deep-sea buoy are some of the exhibits.Then, drive around Mappila Bay - where you will have opportunities to click some good pictures.Have lunch at a local restaurant. (Direct payment)You will be then transferred to Chirakkal to visit Kerala Folklore Academy. Set up by the Government of Kerala, the academy, while ensuring the welfare of folk artistes also strives for reviving, preserving and promoting the rich folk art traditions of Kerala. The museum exhibits over 300 precious objects of folk art, including life-size replicas of various theyyams and patayani, folk and tribal musical and percussion instruments, farm implements and weapons.After the visit to the museum, stop at a handloom weaving center, to learn about the handloom industry of Kannur. Kannur produces arguably the best handloom products in the world with USA, UK, Australia and other European countries being the major importers. History of the handloom industry in Kannur dates back to mid 1800s.From here, head to Meenkunnu Beach or Payyambalam Beach for some beach time.Return to your hotel late in the evening.

$34 Cultural & Theme Tours

Overnight Private Guided Tour of Theyyam from Kannur

Pick up from your hotel, bus or railway station in Kannur and transfer to the accommodation for check-in. Depending on your schedule and preference, you will be taken to the recommended Theyyam festival location. Different types of Theyyams are performed in one temple at different intervals on the same day. Usually night Theyyams takes place between 6pm-12pm and 3am-6am and the best time for day Theyyams is in the morning between 6am-5pm. There will one guide/driver accompanying you through the tour. Discuss with your guide to make the best out of this unique Theyyam experience! Theyyam – the form of worshiping gods, goddesses and legendary heroes is based on a rather simple concept; after suitable propitiatory rituals, the god or goddess belonging to a temple becomes temporally manifest in the body of an empowered man (the performer), thereby elevating him to a divine status. Theyyam ceremonies usually take place either within the precincts of a small shrine, usually called Kavu, Kazhakam, Muchilottu, Mundiya, Sthanam, or in the yard of an ancestral house. At times it could be performed in an open space with a temporary shrine called pathi.When the tour ends, you will be dropped off at your hotel, bus or railway station for your onward journey.

$125 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Tour: Experience Theyyam Ritual from Kannur

Your tour starts with pickup in Kannur for the journey to village temples (kavu) or ancestral HIndu homes where Theyyam is performed. Theyyam takes place as a part of annual temple festivals, and you can expect three to five different types of Theyyam at one temple. Witness the preparation of Theyyam costumes (photos are allowed), and then see the performances themselves, the important ritual part of event. You'll be able to rest at the temple or house before continuing to experience the other Theyyams performed in the same place and interacting with performers and villagers. If you select the afternoon departure time when booking, you might have an opportunity to see a fire Theyyam, only performed at night (depending on availability).Then return to Kannur to end your tour.

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Private Full Day Tour of Kannur

At 8am, you will be picked from the Kannur bus or railway station or your hotel to start your village tour, which ends at Madayipara, a flat hillock, known for its beauty and biodiversity. After, proceed to visit Ezhimala hills where you will see the highest statue of Lord Hanuman (Monkey God). Then, you will be transported to Kavvayi Island, a beach on one side and backwater river on the other. You will have the opportunity to stop for lunch (at you own expense) and then experience village sightseeing through paddy fields and greenery. After, head to Parassinikadavu to visit a famous pilgrim centre in Kannur or the Parassinikadavu Snake Park. Return to your hotel or the Kannur bus station in the evening. If your visit is during the November to May time frame, this tour may also include viewing of a Theyyam performance.