Kannur, also known as Cannanore, is a beautiful city on the northern side of Kerala State in India. This place is famous for Communist politics and temple festivals. Kannur is the administrative headquarters of the district of Kannur. It is known as Land of Looms and Lores. During British rule in India, Kannur was known by its Portuguese name of Cannanore, which is still in fairly common usage. This is the largest city of North Malabar and is one of the ten best cities in India to live.
Other cities administered from Kannur include Tellicherry (21 km south), Thaliparamba (20 km north), Payyannur (40 km north), Mattannur (25 km east), Koothuparamba (22 km southeast), Chakarakkal (16 km south east) and Iritty (42 km).
The main language spoken is Malayalam. However, English, Hindi and Tamil are the other languages which are also spoken and understood by majority of the people.
How to Reach
The airports of Mangalore in Karnataka state And the International Airport of Kozhikode (Calicut) are almost equidistant from Kannur City.
Alternatively, you can go to Kochi International Airport or Thiruvananthapuram airport with direct flights from the Middle East, Singapore, Maldives and Sri Lanka then catch a train or bus to Kannur. You can also go to Chennai (Madras), Bangalore, Mumbai (Bombay), Delhi, or other Indian cities and then by train.
Kannur is well serviced by rail from all major cities in India like Kozhikode, Mangalore, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, Coimbatore.
You can also reach Kannur by bus from big cities like Mangalore, Kochi, Bangalore, Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai, Mumbai, Coimbatore.
Kannur is well connected to other cities Kochi, Kozhikode, Chennai, Bangalore, Mangalore, Coimbatore, and Madurai by roads. NH 17 connecting Kochi and Mumbai passes through Kannur. Also Bus service available to Virajpeta (Coorg district of Karnataka).
Kannur is mentioned as a great emporia of spice trade by explorer Marco Polo.
On August 1509 Almeida, refusing to recognize Afonso de Albuquerque's as the new Portuguese governor to supersede himself, arrested him in this fortress after having fought the naval Battle of Diu. Afonso de Albuquerque was released after three months' confinement, and become governor on the arrival of the grand-marshal of Portugal with a large fleet, in October 1509.
The fort changed hands several times. A painting of this fort and the fishing ferry behind it can be seen in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The Dutch captured the fort from the Portuguese in 1663. They modernised the fort and built the bastions Hollandia, Zeelandia and Frieslandia that are the major features of the present structure. The original Portuguese fort was pulled down later. The Dutch sold the fort to king Ali Raja of Arakkal in 1772. In 1790 the British seized it and used it as their chief military station in Malabar. The fort is in the Cannanore Cantonment area. It is fairly well preserved as a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India. St Angelo's fort is a most important historical monument and a popular tourist attraction..
Buses are avaiable from Thaliparamba to the nearest bus station Pottanplavu.
Hanging Bridge (Thookku Palam) – Peralassery
The hanging bridge of Peralassery is a notable tourist attraction. This is one of the few hanging bridges in Kannur district.
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