Top ChoiceNature Reserve in Wayanad Region

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Wayanad's ethereal 345-sq-km sanctuary is accessible only by two-hour jeep safari (₹680), on which you might spot langurs, chital deer, sambar, peacocks, wild boar or wild elephants; the odd tiger and leopard...

Top ChoiceIndian in Kozhikode (Calicut)

Paragon Restaurant

Join the inevitably long queue out the door at this always-packed restaurant, founded in 1939. The overwhelming menu is famous for its legendary chicken biryani and fish dishes – such as pollichathu or molee...

Hindu Temple in Wayanad Region

Thirunelly Temple

Thirunelly Temple

Thought to be one of the oldest temples on the subcontinent, Thirunelly Temple huddles beneath the Brahmagiri Hills 15km southwest of Tholpetty. Non-Hindus cannot enter the temple itself, but it’s worth visiting...

Cave in Wayanad Region

Edakkal Caves

Edakkal Caves

These remote hilltop 'caves' – more accurately a small series of caverns – are celebrated for the ancient collection of petroglyphs in their top chamber, thought to date back over 3000 years. From the car park...

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...

Fort in Kannur

Fort St Angelo

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,...

Indian in Kozhikode (Calicut)

Salkaram

Hidden away in the sea-facing Beach Hotel, Salkaram serves excellent fish and chicken dishes, Malabari cuisine (such as fish coconut curry) and Keralan meals (₹170 to ₹190), plus snacks out on the front lawn.

South Indian in Kozhikode (Calicut)

Adam's Teashop

Distressed-wood shutters, vibrant paintwork and old-school radios create a retro-style scene at this wildly popular restaurant near the beach, where classic Malabari dishes are given a creative makeover. Biryanis...

Museum in Wayanad Region

Wayanad Heritage Museum

Wayanad Heritage Museum

In the village of Ambalavayal, 12km southwest from Sultanbatheri near the Edakkal Caves, this small but fascinating museum exhibits tools, weapons, pottery, carvings and other artefacts dating back to the 9th...

Mosque in Kozhikode (Calicut)

Miskhal Masjid

Around 2km southwest of Mananchira Sq, this 650-year-old mosque is an attractive (mostly) wooden four-storey building supported by impressive wooden pillars, topped by traditional sloping-tile roofs and painted...

South Indian in Kozhikode (Calicut)

Zains

A local favourite for its Malabar dishes, biryanis and snacks, with a small terrace out the front, three-decades-old Zains is run by the entrepreneurial Zainabi Noor and is usually busy in the afternoons and...

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,...

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...

Multicuisine in Wayanad Region

Wilton Restaurant

A stand-out roadside restaurant on the western outskirts of Sultanbatheri, where snappy service delivers an eclectic menu of North and South Indian, Arabian, Continental and Chinese specialities in the upstairs...

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....

Fort in Bekal & Around

Bekal Fort

Bekal Fort

The huge laterite-brick Bekal Fort, built between 1645 and 1660, is the largest in Kerala and sits on Bekal’s rocky headland with fine views. It passed into British hands in 1792, having originally been seized...

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,...

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...

Beach in Bekal & Around

Kappil Beach

Isolated Kappil Beach, 6km north of Bekal, is a beautiful, lonely stretch of fine gold-hued sand with calm water, but beware of shifting sandbars. Autorickshaws from Bekal cost around ₹100.

Beach in Bekal & Around

Nileshwar Beach

Around 18km southeast of Bekal, Nileshwar's gorgeous beach is a tranquil, palm-bordered expanse of blonde sand that fades into the hazy distance; there are a couple of lovely resorts here.