Kannur district derived its name from the location of its headquarters at Kannur town. Kannur was formerly known as Cannanore. Kannur is popularly known as the city of Looms and Lores. Kannur is the land of the famous performing art Theyyam.



Head Quarters
2996 sq km
Major Religions
Hindu, Muslim, Christian
Population Density
812 persons/sq km
Came into existence
January 1, 1957
13m above sea level


Accessing Kannur

Air : Kozhikode, about 93 km, is the nearest airport
Rail : Kannur has its own railway station.
Road : Well connected through roads with all major cities.

Telephone Code: +91-497
Tourist Information Office: Phone: 2706336

Tourist Destinations

St. Angelo's Fort : built in 1505 the first Portuguese Viceroy of India, is situated near the sea coast and is about 2 km away from Kannur town. Even now, it is in a fairly good state of preservation, though parts of it have collapsed. A few obsolete guns can be seen at the place.

Muzhappilangad Beach: The only drive-in-beach in Kerala, where you can drive an entire length of 4 K.m. Protected by the black rocks from the currents of the deep, the shallow waters of this long, clean beach is a swimmer's paradise.

Meenkunnu Beach: Situated at Azhikode, it is hardly a few kilometres from the town. The virgin beach is a tourist’s paradise with golden sand and surf.
Payyambalam beach: The Payyambalam beach is one of the beautiful beaches in the State and is an ideal place to spend evenings, irrespepctive of seasons. It has an unbroken coastline of a few kilometres.

Snake Park at Parassinikkadavu: The Snake Park at Parassinikkadavu is situated 18 kms. Away from Kannur town. It Is one of the best known snake parks in the country . The park is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of snakes, most of which are becoming extinct gradually. There is a large collection of poisonous and non-poisonous snakes.

Mappila bay: Situated near the St. Angelo’s Fort, the Mappila bay has a historical background. The bay was famous during the Kolathiris' regime as a commercial harbour Today, Mappila bay has turned into a modernised fishing harbour. Boating in the sea, if the weather permits, will be an unforgettable experience.
Pazhassi Dam: The damsite, famous for its scenic beauty, is an ideal retreat for tourists. The D.T.P.C provides pleasure boating faciliaties at the reservoir.

Other places of Tourist interest in Kannur are Thalassery Fort, Ezhimala,Malayalakalagramam, Pythal Mala, Gundert Bungalow, Thottada Beach etc.