Identified as the ancient port town of Naura, which was known even to the early Greeks and Romans, Kannur, in northern Malabar, has been famous for its exports to the outside world from very early times. Over time, it also came to be known for its quality timber. Today, the town's rich history lives on through its ancient forts, old shrines, and many venerable institutions. While spices, coir, wood and sandalwood were exported from Kannur, traders from places as far flung as Sumatra and Arabia brought to the town varied merchandise - sugar, opium, dry fruits, silk, camphor, and even horses. Indeed, the celebrated Venetian traveller, Marco Polo, referred to the town as a great emporium of spice trade. Kannur has some beautiful sandy beaches, the longest of which is the Payyambalam. This beach is quiet and peaceful, perhaps because there is a Hindu burial ground nearby, where the remains of people such as EK Nayanar and AK Gopalan, the famous Communist party leaders of Kerata, are interred. The Kannur cantonment, established in 1938, is the only one in the State.

Basic information

Established 1 Jan 1957
Area 2996 Sq.Km
Population 24,19,365
Language Malayalam
Temperature 20 – 28 Degree Celsius
STD Code 0497
Best time to visit May to February

Places to Visit

Alluring Beaches, Cheruvathur Kota Palli, Delightful Backwaters, Ezhimalai, Fort St Angelo, Kanhirode weaving Co-operative, Kerala Folklore Academy, Kottiyoor Shiva Temple, Mahalingeshwara Temple, Nileswaram, Parassini Kadavu Temple, Payyambalam Beach, Rajarajeshwara Temple, Thalassery, The tree of Karimthandan, Ummichipoyil and Varikulam, Valiyaparamba Backwaters,

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