Kannur's days of glory were under the Kolathiri Rajas, and its importance as a spice trading port was noted by Marco Polo. From the 15th century various colonial powers, including the Portuguese, Dutch and British, exerted their influence over this rich Malabar Coast region. Most of the Kannur's sites are a few kms out of town.
It was built by the first Portuguese viceroy in 1505. this fort is the landmark of Kannur.
It is a natural fishing harbour lying near St. Angelo's Fort. The rough sea and the inland water are separated by the wall projecting from the Fort.
Elimala is situated at a height of 885 feet with an isolated but cluster of hills. There is a cave at the foot hills and on top of the hill there is an ancient mosque with sculptured stone pillars. Its surroundings are also known for rare medicinal herbs used for Ayurvedic formulation.
It is a small territory coming under the union Territory of Puduchcheri. This small beautiful town was established by the French in the 17th the century. Parassinikkadavu Snake Park. This park preserves most of the snakes which are getting extinct gradually. It has snake pits and glass cases for snakes and there are big king cobras and also large collection of non poisonous snakes.
Taliparamba is know for its famous Vishnu Temple. This 10th century temple has beautiful wood craft work.
The British East India Company established its settlement in 1683 and built the Thalassery Fort in the early 18th century. The church on Nettur hill is worth visiting.
This fort which had witnessed many ebbs and tides of history is of much importance to tourists who are interested in historical events.
The boat ride to enjoy this tiny island is one of the greatest attractions. There are 10 tiny islands with full of coconut groves.
Payyambalam beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Kerala. Here rest the brave nationalist and political leaders like Swadeshabhimani K. Ramakrishna pilla, A.K.G. and Chadayan Govindan. This is two kms away from Kannur town and near the St. Angelos Fort. This beach, having laterite rock jutting out into the sea on one end, is a neat and long one which is a relief to the tourists who seek rest away from the modern city life.
This small Island which is situated in the sea like a green spot just 100 m away from shore, becomes a blissful experience to tourists. This isle is full of coconut trees. There is only a well here as the symbol of human presence. One can reach this place by boat from southern part of Moithu bridge in the national highway. During ebb time one can reach here by foot. From this isle one can see the rocks around and the beauty of Muzhuppilangad beach and the distant beauty of Thalassery town. When Dharmadam isle was an important trading center, this isle was in the possession of Chirakkal king. Later it passed into the hands of the English and now it is in the hands of private individuals.
It has a length of 4.5 kms. The special feature of this beach is that the vehicles can be driven without getting stuck into the sea sand. This is why the beach is considered to be the only drive in beach in the State. This beach which extends from Muzhuppilangad to Moithu Bridge is considered as swimmers' paradise since there are no waves in this part due to the rocks here and there and the sea is not deep. This beach is 15 kms away from Kannur in the south direction and 8 kms away from Thalassery in the north direction. A tourist can reach this beach through five panchayat roads starting from the National Highway.
It is a famous temple in south India. It is situated 20 kms away from Kannur. It is famous for its natural beauty. Boating facilities are available for tourists.
It is 44 kms away from Thaliparampu and 4500 feet above the sea leve. These huge mountains lay spread over 500 acres of land. This is a dense forest area. One can go by bus upto Pottanplavu. From there jeep can be driven for six kms. After that, 2 km walk by foot. North of Paithalmala is Kudaku forest. At the base of the mountain, a tourist information center and dormitory have been constructed.
Air: The nearest airport is at Kozhikode.
Rail: Kannur is an important Railway Station and it is well linked with other major towns of the state.
Road: It is easily accessible by road form other parts of the state.