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The land of Ageless charm

Kannur, The crown of Kerala, where Nature's bounteous beauty becons youA number of legends are associated with the name of Kannur or Cannanore the previous anglicized name of Kannur. According to one of the opinions, the word Kannur is believed to be derived from its ancient village Kanathur which survives even today as one of the wards of the Kannur Municipality. Another mythology assumed its name from the two words “Kannan” which means Lord Krishna and “Ur” which means place, so the combined meaning of the word is the place of Lord Krishna. At present the district of Kannur is making distinctions in many respects like fourth largest urban agglomeration in Kerala, one of the best ten cities of India to reside, popularly known as the city of looms, the city of performing art and beautiful virgin beaches.

 
FACTS AND FIGURES
Date of formation
01.01.1957
Area
2,996 sq. km
Latitude
11° 40' to 12° 48' North
Longitude
74° 52' to 76° 07' East
Population (2001)
2251727
No. of Villages
129
Average rainfall
3438 mm
Temperature
Max.: 35 °C; Min.: 20 °C
Language
Malayalam, English
Best time to Visit
August to March
Postal Code
670001/2
STD Code
0497
 

History:

The history of Kannur can be traced back to the Paleolithic Era where man used to live in the rock-cut caves; where Megalithic burial sites of the Neolithic age have been found; where the Aryan immigrants were supposed to enter through the Tuluva region. During the early part of the 9th century AD, the Chera Dynasty reestablished their political supremacy in the region of Kannur. During the end of 15th century, the arrival of Vasco De Gama was welcomed with protection; where several Arab scholars visited during the medieval age. Not only this, the history of Kannur is full of important events like the Portuguese ascendancy, arrival of the English East India Company, Mysorean conquest, Pazhassi Revolt, and many events of the freedom movement of India which are directly and indirectly related to this place of Kerala district of Kannur.

 

Physiography:

The whole district of Kannur is divided into three parts - highlands, midlands and lowlands with their specialization of production like coffee, rubber, tea, cardamom in the highland regions, intense agricultural activity in the midland region and coconut and paddy cultivation in the regions of lowlands. The district of Kannur is surrounded by Kasaragod to its North, Kozhikkode and Wayanad districts to its South, Lakshdaweep Sea to its West and Western Ghats to its East that make the whole regions a perfect place for south India holidays.The whole district of Kannur is divided into three parts - highlands, midlands and lowlands with their specialization of production like coffee, rubber, tea, cardamom in the highland regions, intense agricultural activity in the midland region and coconut and paddy cultivation in the regions of lowlands. The district of Kannur is surrounded by Kasaragod to its North, Kozhikkode and Wayanad districts to its South, Lakshdaweep Sea to its West and Western Ghats to its East that make the whole regions a perfect place for south India holidays.

 

Climate:

The district of Kannur lies between latitudes 11° 40' to 12° 48' North and longitudes 74° 52' to 76° 07' East. So, the climate of Kannur is humid and hot during the summer season from March to the end of May with average temperature of 35° Celsius and temperate during monsoon and post-monsoon with an average temperature of 20° Celsius. The average annual rainfall is 3438 mm.

 
 

Wildlife Sancturies :

Aralam: A tranquil mega sanctuary on the slopes of the Western Ghats covered with tropical and semi evergreen forests. Herds of deer, elephants, boar and bisons are quite common. Leopards, jungle cats, various type squirrels and rare species of birds have been found here. Around 160 species of birds have been found here. Certain species of birds, which are considered extinct, have also been found here. It is 35 kms from Thalassery Railway station.

 

Pilgrimage Centres :

Ancient mosque, a muslim preacher, the famous pilgrimage centreThe district of Kannur is full of pilgrimage centres that attract the tourists from all parts of the world to make a holy Yatra to this region of Kannur. Some of the famous pilgrimage centres of Kannur are Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple situated on the banks of the Valapatanam River; Thiruvangad Temple; Trichambaram temple; Mosque at Thalassery, Mosque at Madayi; Kottiyur is regarded as ‘Varanasi of the South’; Jagannatha Temple; St. John's Church, Annapurneswari Temple; Sri Muthappan Temple; Yoga, Ayurveda and Naturopathy are also the major source of tourist attractions of this region of Kannur.

 
Kalari and Circus :
Around 40 kalaries-arenas of martial art-are spread around the district. Majority of Circus artists and Circus companies hail from this district.
 
Fairs and Festivals of Kannur:

Jagannatha Festival This colorful festival is held in the months of February/March which continues for eight days. The Jagannatha festival is held at the Jagannatha Temple at Madathiparambu, near Thalassery in Kannur.

Palotukavu Festival This festival is held at Palotukavu temple during the months of April/May for eight days.

Parassinikkadavu Festival Parassini Madappura is perhaps the only shrine in Kerala to celebrate a festival round the year. The ‘Utsavam’, the festival begins in December. ‘Theyyam’, the ritual offering here is performed every morning and evening by the priest who is called ‘Madayan’.

 
Tourist Attractions of Kannur:

The district of Kannur attracted the tourists for various places to explore that include Fort St. Angelos which was built by the first Portuguese Viceroy in 1505, Thalassery Fort was built by the British in 1700 at a Tiruvellapadkunnu hill, Snake Park at Parassinikkadavu, Payyambalam Beach, Ezhimala an ancient historical site, Moppila Bay is famous for a modernized fishing harbor, Muzhappilangad the only drive-in beach of Kerala that covers an entire length of 4 Kms, Gundert Bungalow, Pazhassi Dam, Pythal Mala, Arakkal Palace, Pazhassi Dam, Paithalmala etc.
Excursions of Kannur

Besides its own attractions of beaches, hill stations, Ayurveda, Kannur holidays increases the enthusiasm of the tourists by offering some of its excursions like hill stations of Pythal Mala which is 65 Kms north of Kannur, Aaralam Wildlife Sanctuary situated on the slopes of the Western Ghats, Muzhappilangad Beach located 15 Kms south of Kannur, Forts & Palaces located at a distance of 22 Kms from Kannur, Thalassery Fort located at a distance of 22 Kms from Kannur.

 

Distance Chart :

Experience the cool waterways and relax your mindBangalore 324 Kms.
Ernakulam 310 Kms.
Kozhikode 92 Kms.
Mumbai 1215 Kms.
Mysore 185 Kms.
Thiruvananthapuram 505 Kms.k

Beaches :
The district of Kannur mesmerized the tourists for its virgin beach attractions. The famous beaches of Kannur are Ezhimala Beach which is also famous for rare medical herbs; Payyambalam Beach is a picturesque long and lovely beach famous for picnic spot.


Ernakulam || Kollam || Palakkad || Idukki || Kottayam || Pathanamthitta || Kannur || Kozhikode
Thiruvananthapuram || Kasaragod || Malappuram || || Wayanad ||
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