Surrounded by the Lakshadweep river and the Western Ghats, Kannur is a magnificent city in Kerala. Kannur is mainly known for the spice trade markets. But that’s not the only thing you get to explore here. This stunning city has a lot of attractions and tourist spots that will catch your attention. Kannur is famous for its pristine beaches that boast shining sand and crystal clear water. The city is home to Kerala’s most historic temples and sanctuaries that receive plenty of tourists and devotees every year. Book a cab from Kochi to Kannur and explore this tourist destination.
Kannur is a dream destination for history and nature lovers. If you have been interested in observing historical monuments, centuries-old temples, sacred shrines, modern spice markets, colonial history, gorgeous beaches, and the weaving industry; plan a trip to Kannur this vacation season. Portugal, Britain, and Germany are the main countries that affect the growth of this flourishing Kerala city. Even one or two week time seem inadequate for tourists to explore every corner of Kannur. If you are planning to visit Kannur, check out this post to know the most interesting tourist activities in this city.
Explore Kannur Beach
Adikadalayi Beach, Payyambalam Beach, Thayyil Beach, Baby Beach, and Meenkunnu Beach are the five predominant beaches, the group of which forms the popular Kannur Beach. If you have a short stay period in Kannur and cannot explore all the five beaches, then rent a reliable car in Kannur with a driver and get to Payyambalam Beach. Amongst the five coastal areas, Payyambalam attracts a large number of local and international visitors.
Walk on the clear and glistening sand and spend some relaxing time in Payyambalam Beach. A relaxing stroll through the beach is all you need to release stress and feel closer to nature. In Payyambalam beach, tourists feel as if they are in the lap of nature surrounded by beautiful flora and waves.
Banana Boat Ride in Kannur Lakes
Visit any of the Kannur beaches and experience a 10-minute banana boat ride in the crystal clear waters. The boat drive services are open from 8 AM to 5 PM. Wear life jackets and jump on the prop, which looks like a banana. The prop is fastened to the speed boat. The thrilling water ride on this exquisite Banana boat will be so much fun.
The boat runs super fast. You will be stunned with the clean water and a well-organized ride. Be prepared for the sudden turns.
Visit Arakkal Museum
The only Muslim family residing in Kerala was the Arakkal royal family. The museum is a perfect spot for history-lovers who want to immerse themselves in the Kannur Dynasty of the 16th century. The museum is built inside the abode of the Arakkal family. The museum is filled with ancient weapons, unique furniture, antique craft items, silver accessories, and other such ancient life objects.
If you are staying in Kannur, plan a 2-3 hours trip to Arakkal museum and get to know the lives of the Royal Muslim family. The place is open from Monday to Saturday. Besides, it is a short drive from Kannur.
Offer Your Prayers in Muthappan Temple
Sree Muthappan is the deity of this exquisite and old temple. Though the temple is the years-old sanctuary, it still looks fresh and rejuvenating. The architecture is clean and wonderful. The unique part about this temple is its different style of prayers. Unlike regular worshipping style, people worship the deity Muthappan by performing a famous Kerala dance form “Muthappan Theyyam”. Tourists and devotees from Kannur and other Indian states drive to Muthappan temple very often to view this beautiful dance form.
The dance form features men showcasing a battle of good and evil, where the good wins the battle and marks the victory of righteousness. Another beautiful thing this temple is known for is the unique offerings the tourists present to the deity. Luckily, the temple invites people from all caste, religion, and family.
Get to the Madayipara
This small hill located at a short distance from Kannur is a must-visit tourist destination. If you are looking for a secluded place where you could just walk around a hill and see the beautiful Kannur town, then Madiyapara is your place! Madayipara is a tourist spot, where you could come across some remaining of the Ezhimala Kings and their dynasty (Since it was the administrative spot for the ancient people). Madayipara houses over 100 beautiful species of insects, butterflies, birds, and flora.
This hilly area features four interesting watchtowers located at different corners of the fort. The speciality of Madiyapara place in Kannur is its pristine lake which remains fresh and full throughout the year. Located near the temple, this lake never dries (not even in summer).