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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Kannur (Kerala-India)

Kannur has many attractions for the tourists. The St. Angelo Fort in the Kannur Cantonment, constructed in 1505, is a symbol of the Portugese architecture and attracts many tourists. Another fort on the list is the Thalassery Fort. Kannur beach and Ezhimala should be visited for their sheer natural beauty. The house of Gulldert, who composed the first Malayalam-English dictionary, is a place of historical importance. Another tourist spot is the Madayi mosque, which was constructed in 1124, using marble brought from Mecca.

To reach: Air: 93 kms from Kozhikode airport ; well connected by rail to Kerala and other nearby states.; can be reached from anywhere in Kerala by road

Nearby attractions: Muzhappilangad Beach (15.K.M from Kannur and 8 K.M from Thalasseri); Payyambalam Beach Resort; Malayalakalagramam (29 K.M from Kannur): this is a renowned centre for arts and culture at New Mahe. Courses in painting, sculpture, music, dance and pottery are conducted here. ; Pazhassi Dam (37K.M. east of kannur ) ; Pythal Mala ( 65 km from Kannur Town ): this hill station is situated 4500 ft above sea level near the Kerala-Karnataka border and is a 06 km trek; Gundert Bungalow (20.K.M.from Kannur); Snake Park at Parassinikkadavu (18 kms from Kannur), Thalasseri fort (the Thalasseri fort is an imposing historical monument in the small town of Thalasseri. It was built in 1703 by the East India company, which had established its settlement on the Malabar Coast in 1683. The fort has massive walls, huge doors carved intricately and secret tunnels to the sea)