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Kannur : The Marvellous City of Kerala

Apart from the backwaters, there are monuments, historic temples, a 63-year-old weaving centre, and a women's beedi-making unit to visit in the city

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Suman Bajpai
Suman Bajpai
Freelance writer, journalist, editor, translator and travel writer, Worked with different magazines as an editor. Writing for past 33 years

INDIA. Kerala: The northern part of Kerala, known as the Malabar region, is known for its beautiful backwaters and tourist attractions. Visiting any section of this region is always awe-inspiring. Kannur is one of these places, albeit a small and peaceful one. Kannur is a tourist attraction with its own beauty and significance.

Kannur has been a famous tourist destination due to its tranquil atmosphere, yet lovely chirping of birds during the day and sound of insects at night due to the forest region, pollution-free air, and take-it-easy attitude toward life, especially since the Kannur airport was built. The scenery is beautiful no matter where one goes.

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The influence of different cultures

The Lakshadweep Sea laps the sands of gushy beaches, loving its own beauty as it passes by rows of green coconut palms. 

Long rivers are cut short by gleaming spray and blend beautifully into the sea’s blue-green waves. 

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Gold-streaked beaches, crystal-clear backwaters, lofty mountain ranges, and ancient art forms are just a few of the delights and options available in Kannur.

Kannur was once known as Cannanore. Glimpses of several civilizations can be seen here, making this site even more unusual and unique. 

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The Dutch, Portuguese, English, and Mysore Sultanate all had an influence here.

Apart from the backwaters, there are monuments, historic temples, a 63-year-old weaving centre, and a women’s beedi-making unit to visit.

Weavers Co-op Society Ltd, a handloom weaving firm that produces curtains, cushion covers, table coverings, runners, saris, and other items, provides views of a six-decade-old operation that is still going strong. Seeing women weave is a delightful experience.

Enjoy boating and kayaking

Kawaii Beach is regarded as the most beautiful backwater getaway in the world. The backwaters of Kerala are the largest wetland in the state. 

There are boating and kayaking facilities available. While passing across the smooth sand, cool water sprays ease the mind and body. The tiredness of everyday life fades away when you’re out on the ocean in a pure, calm atmosphere with an endless expanse of water.

The banks of the river are lined with mangrove trees, which provide a magnificent sight. These trees grow along the beach and have roots in salty sediments beneath the water’s surface.

The beach of Payyambalam is known for its flat laterite cliffs that protrude out into the sea. It is incredibly captivating because of the magnificent, well-maintained, and massively constructed ‘Mother and Child sculpture’. 

It is also a unique experience to cross a small bridge to reach here. It’s built on top of a canal.

On the right side of the bridge, there were several significant monuments to political figures. On the beach, there are rows of palm trees. However, it is preferable to take a walk along the beach’s one-kilometer-long path to enjoy the cool wind and the soothing sound of the waves.

The joy of sitting in a houseboat on the Tejaswini River, in Neeleshwar’s backwaters, also known as “Kariyankode Puzha” in Malayalam, from sunrise to sunset is hard to describe. Banana trees are planted around it. The water was crystal clear and there was an uncanny silence in the atmosphere. 

Then it was time for the evening aarti, and the lamps in the small temple on the riverside began to burn. People can remain on the houseboat for two days or pay 300 rupees for a houseboat trip.

Photo Credit: Kerala Tourism

Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, Kerala’s only drive-in beach, is a perfect location for adventure activities. The beach, which stretches for about 5 kilometres, is bordered on one side by coconut and palm trees, as well as resorts and other vacationing facilities.

Fort opens the layers of history

Not only are the backwaters pleasant for visitors, but St. Angelo’s Fort is a must-see in Kannur. It, in a sense, peels back the layers of history. 

This fort is only 3 kilometres from Kannur and is placed directly in front of the Arabian Sea.

The Kannur Fort, also known as St. Angelo Fort, was built in 1505 AD by Don Francisco de Almeida, the first Portuguese Viceroy, with the permission of the Kolathiri Dynasty’s ruler. The primary goal of constructing this fort was to secure it from outside attacks.

St Angelo Fort Photo Credit: Kerala Tourism

When the Dutch arrived, they built a few more bastions inside the fort in the 1660s. Then they sold it to the royal family of Arakkal. Then the British took over it. This was the main military base of the British in Malabar.

It has a distinct personality and enthralls onlookers due to the mark of so many cultures. This fort is now a protected monument, and the Archaeological Survey of India Administration looks after it.

Despite being covered in moss in some parts, it pulls its power despite its little size. At the entryway, cannons used by the British can be seen.

Thalassery Fort, built by the British in 1708, was originally their military headquarters. From here, you can see the Holy Rosary Church, which is where Edward Brunnen is buried. Other adjacent sights include the SAI Gymnastic Center, a historic Muslim Mosque, the Jagannatha Temple, and the Thiruvangad Sree Rama Swamy Temple.

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  • Suman Bajpai

    Freelance writer, journalist, editor, translator and travel writer, Worked with different magazines as an editor. Writing for past 33 years

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