of Kozhikode and Wayanad districts lies the district of Kannur. The
region is famous for its dazzling ritual performance called Theyyam. The
land is a lively mélange of beautiful beaches, historic sites,
interesting folk arts and folk music, rituals, religious practices and
festivities. The district also is home to some of the traditional
industrial sectors of Kerala. The region also has its place in the
freedom struggle against the British.
Historic Zone -
km from Kannur):This
was the residence of the former Arakkal Ali Rajas, the only Muslim royal
family of Kerala.
Angelo Fort (3 km
from Kannur):This seafront laterite fort was
constructed in 1505 AD by the first Portuguese Viceroy, Don Francisco De
Almeda, with the consent of the ruling Kolathiri Raja. After changing
hands from the Portuguese to the Dutch and then to the English, the fort
became one of the important military centres of the British in Malabar.
The fort, which is now under the Archaeological Survey of India, offers
fascinating views of the Mappila bay fishing harbour.
Bungalow (20 km from Kannur, near
Thalasseri town, on the National Highway at Illikunnu):Dr. Herman
Gundert, the revered German missionary, scholar and lexicographer lived
in this bungalow for 20 years from 1839. Dr. Gundert made great
contributions to Malayalam language and literature. He wrote and
published more than 25 books which includes the first Malayalam-English
(22 km from Kannur): The fort
constructed in 1708 was the military centre of the British. It is now a
historical monument. The SAI Gymnastic Centre, an old Muslim mosque, the
Jagannatha Temple and Thiruvangad Sree Rama Swami Temple are other
(25 km from Kannur): The Madayi Kavu Temple, the Vadukunnu Temple
and the 12th century mosque built by Malik bin Dinar with white marble
imported from Arabia, are the major attractions here. There is also a
dilapidated fort at Madayi which is supposed to have been built by Tipu
Sultan of Mysore. The view from the fort is fascinating.