Kannur: The Crown of Kerala

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Kannur is situated in the northernmost part of Kerala and hence is referred to as ‘crown of Kerala’. Also known as Cannanore, this was a port town during the British rule and one of the foremost hubs of exports. Kannur is home to some lovely beaches, temples, monuments, churches and a lot more. Here is our recommended must-visit list in Kannur places to visit.

1.  Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach

 

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This drive-in beach is one of the best you will see in India. Stretched across 14kms you can drive along the beach. The black rocks at the Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach are noteworthy. Do make sure to add this one to the Kannur places to visit list. Walk, swim, drive or simply watch the rocks as the waves hit the rocks and make a splash. The best time to visit this beach is from October to May.

2. Fort St. Angelos

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A visit to Kannur is incomplete if you miss out visiting the Fort St. Angelos. This gigantic, triangular shaped fort built of laterite is 3kms away from Kannur and should be on top of the Kannur places to visit list. Built-in 1505 by the Portuguese, the fort has seen many rules over the years. The Kannur fort as it is also known as became one of the British military stops in South India. The Archaeological Survey of India has done a commendable job of preserving the fort and its historical significance.

3.  Parassinikkadavu Snake Park

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The Parassinikkadavu Snake Park is a delight for the young and the old alike. Located about 16kms away from Kannur, this snake park houses a poisonous and non-poisonous variety of snakes. The park was set up with the intention of preserving and conserving snakes. While this might be called a snake park, but you will also see other reptiles and birds here. Snakes like King Cobra, kraits, vipers and pythons are housed in glass cases. The park is open on all days from 9 am to 5.30pm

4.  Arakkal Museum

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The Arakkal dynasty was the only Muslim rulers to have ruled this region. The museum is dedicated to artefacts from the Arakkal era and is housed in the premises of the Arakkal Palace. The museum houses documents and copies of the Quran. The museum also has swords and daggers that were used for warfare. Apart from this, the Royal throne, storage chamber, old style phones are also housed here. The exhibits also give a glimpse of the spice trade and maritime activities during that period. The interesting history makes the museum one of the places on the Kannur places to visit list.

5. Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary

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The Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary is near the northern border of Kerala and is spread across 55 square kilometres of dense forest cover. It is also home to some exquisite flora and fauna. The Sanctuary houses a variety of birds, mammals, reptiles and plants. The sanctuary also has a few tigers but spotting them is a rarity. Other animals like sambars, elephants, and deers can be easily spotted.

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