TOURS & ATTRACTIONS

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KANNUR

St. Angelo Fort:(3 km from Kannur Open 0800 1800 hrs) This scafront laterite fort was constructed in 1505 AD by the first Portuguese Viceroy, Don Francisco Dc Almeda , with the consent of the ruling kolathiri Raja. Ammunition dumps, stables, underground jails, secret tunnels to the sea and an old dilapidated chapel can all be still seen within its precincts. After changing hands from the Portuguese to the Dutch and then to the English, the Fort became one of the important military centers of the British in Malabar. The fort, which is now under the Archaeological Survey of India, offers a fascinating view of theMappila Bay fishing harbour.

Handlooms Of Kannur Kannur is famous for handloom weavers, since a long back. Now the traditional workers are joined together and formed co-operative societies. High quality furnishing fabrics, shirts, saris, bath towels etc are weaving and exporting from here. Some co-operative societies where you can do the visit are
Kanhirode Weavers Cooperative Society Ltd.(l3km from Kannur)
Loknath Weavers' co-operative society Ltd, (At Melechovva, in Kannur town)

Arakkal Museum: The museum is in the palace of the Ali Rajas of Arakkal royal family and is the one and only Muslim dynasty of Kerala who have a history dating back to 12th century AD. The queens of Arakkal are addressed as 'Beevis'. The palace is called Arakkal Kettu and is about 200years old. Arakkal kettu consists of Palace, Padippura(thc entrance), administrative block, residential houses, mosques, Pandikasalas (the store house for trading) and all construction is in laterite and wood with tiled roofs. A bell tower with a huge bell of bronze, two old mosques, artistically constructed are situated nearby. A traditional oil lamp is kept lit in one of the bungalows and is called Kedavilakku.

The museum displays numerous artifacts and heirlooms belonging to the royal family, royal staffs(called Amsavadi), Royal chairs and furniture, ceramic and glass wares, huge wooden boxes for keeping documents and valuables, spears, swords, daggers, leather shields, silver and bronze utensils. Arakkal Kettu is situated in Ayikkara, the old town of Kannur called Kannur City, which is approximately 2.5km from the main town and near to St Angelo's fort. (Also visit their  Entry Time: 10am to 5.30pm(Monday Holiday)

Chirakkal Kovilakom & Folklore Museum: An ancient bungalow of Kolathiri Rajas of Chirakkal family occupies Folklore Academy and Museum. Themuscum exhibits antiques, traditional household articles, measuring instruments, agriculture implements etc. TheTheyyam Gallery displays costumes, ornaments, headgears, weapons and photographs of various Theyyam (a ritualistic performing folk art of North Malabar). Live size figures of some Theyyam characters are also displayed here. The Padayani gallery displays thecostumes, face masks and weapons of Patayani, a popular ritual folk art. Facing the Nalukettu is a large man made pond-Chira, with an area of about 14 acres. The museum is situated near Chirakkal chira at Chirakkal and is 5km from Kannur. It is 1 km from Puthiyatheru, on Kannur Mangalore Highway. Entry/camera fee to be paid. Entry time: 10.30am to 12.30pm & 2.30pm to 4.30pm (Closed on Sundays, 2nd Saturdays and Govt, holidays)

Parassinikadavu (18 km from Kannur town): Boating and accommodation facilities arc available. The snake park here is the only one of its kind in this State and perhaps the whole of India. There are frequent bus services from Kannur to Parassinikadavu.
Parassinikadavu Temple: (18km northeast of Kannur town ). The Sri Muthappan Temple of Parassinikadavu stands on the banks of the Valapattanam river and is one of the most important shrines here. This pilgrim center is famous for the Muthappan Theyyam performed every morning and evening . Visitors can go around the temple and even enter the temple which gives an unusual offering of dried fish and toddy to the deity.

Thalasseri Fort (22 km from Kannur . Open 1000 1700 hrs): The fort constructed in 1708 was the military center of the British. It is now a historical monument. St John's Anglican Church where Edward Brunnen is buried can be seen from here. Overbury's Folly, a colonial bungalow now turned into a restaurant is located on a rocky promontory overlooking the sea. The Sport's Authority of India Gymnastic Centre, an old mosque, the Jagannatha Temple and Thiruvangad Sree Rama Swami Temple are other attractions nearby.

Gundert Bungalow (20km from Kannur, near Thalassery 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. It was here that one of the first Malayalam dictionaries and the first Malayalam newspapers, Rajyasamacharam and Paschimodayam took shape. The bungalow is at present occupied by a technical training institute.

Dharmadam Island (100 metres away from the mainland at Dharmadam and 3 km from Thalassery): The small 5.5 acre island covered with coconut palms and dense bushes is a beautiful sight from the beach. The island is owned by Department of Tourism. Permission is required to enter this island. You can wade to the island at low tide.

Raja Rajrswara Temple  (21 km from Kannur, in Thaliparamba): Situated near Taliparamba town on the National Highway this temple is dedicated to Lord Raja Rajeswara (Lord Siva). An unusual custom is that women are allowed inside only after 8 pm as it is said that Lord Siva is with His wife Parvathi then and will therefore, grant women their wishes.

Odathil Palli Mosque: (Near Old Bus Stand, Thalassery) This 500-year-old mosque in the heart of Thalassery was built by an Arab merchant in a typical Kerala construction. The mosque which has neither domes nor minarets.

Madayi Para (25 km from Kannur): The Madayi Kavu Temple, the Vadukunnu Temple and the 12th century mosque built by Malik bin Deenar 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.

Mahe: Formerly a part of Kerala, it is today a union territory. The picturesque little town with a French flavour, originally called Mayazhi, was renamed Mahe after the Frenchman who captured it The St Teresa's Church is famed all over Malabar for the efficacy of prayers said here. People of all religions converge here from all over Kerala and even from abroad. The festival is in October 5-22, every year.

Malayala Kalagramam, New Mahe(29 km from Kannur): This renowned center for art and culture at New Mahe, conducts courses in painting, sculpture,music, dance and pottery. The center also has an art gallery, exhibition hall, library, a sculpture garden, guesthouses for visitors and a canteen. Visitors are allowed to watch the class with prior permission from the Director.

Thodeekulam Siva Temple  (34 km southeast of Kannur): Located 2 km from Kannavam on the Thalasseri-Mananthavady road, this temple is famous for its mural paintings. It is believed to have been constructed 2,000 years ago and was closely connected with the Pazhassi Raja family of Kottayam (Thalasseri taluk).

Pazhassi Dam: (37 km east of Kannur). The dam site is famous for its scenic beauty and the DTPC provides pleasure boating facilities at the reservoir. Accommodation is available at the Project Inspection Bungalow and its dormitories (DTPC).

Pythal Mala (65 km from Kannur town): This enchanting hill, situated 4,500 ft. above sea level near the Kerala Karnataka border, is rich in flora and fauna. It is a 6 km trek to the top of the hills. The Tourist Facility Centre(DTPC) provides accommodation to tourists.

Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary (35 km from Thalassery): Elephants, Sloth bears, sambars, mouse deer etc. can be found in the 55 sq. km sanctuary. Nature walks, soft trekking, bamboo rafting, coracle boating, stay at tree houses in Pariputhodu and Bhoothamkallu etc. arc possible.

Kottiyoor Temple. Described as the Varanasi of the South, the twin Siva Temples at Kottiyoor called Akkara Kottiyoor and Ikkara Kottiyoor lies on the banks of the Bavali River. Thousands of devotees attend the annual 27 day festival during May June.

BEACHES  

Payyambalam Beach (2 km from Kannur): This long and clean beach of Kannur town is famous for its flat laterite cliffs that jut into the sea. The gardens and the massive landscaped sculpture of 'Mother and Child  make it captivating. The nearby Baby Beach accessed through the Burnassery Cantonment is delightfully quiet.
Palliammola beach: this is the extension of Payyambalam beach towards north. Its accrssible via payyambalam beach or via Alavil road( deviate from Mahal). Accommodation facility available.
Kizhunna- Ezhara Beaches (11 km from Kannur): This beautiful stretch of sand is one of the most secluded beaches in Kerala. Thottada beach near to it is small and secluded. Accommodation facility is available near these beaches.
Meenkunnu Beach  Uncrowded, the beach is a tourists' paradise, with golden sand and surf.

Muzhappiiangad prive- in-Beach (15 km from Kannur and 8 km from Thalassery): Black rocks protect this long, clean beach from the currents of the deep, making its shallow waters a swimmer's paradise; Perhaps this is Kerala's only drive-in beach where you can drive down the entire length of 4 km. Adventure sports like paragliding , ., parasailing, micro-lite flights and a variety of water sport options are possible here.

KASARGOD

The Bekal Fort: 16 km south of Kasaragod on the national highway. Open 09.00 17.30 hrs. The 300-year-old Bckal Fort is one of the best preserved forts in Kerala. This imposing circular structure of laterite rises 130 ft above sea level and stands on a 3 5-acre headland that runs into the Arabian Sea. There is an observation tower with a score of picturesque peepholes, an ancient Anjenaya Temple with stucco images of Gods on its walls, an ancient mosque said to have been built by Tipu Sulthan, a sea bastion and underground passages. An adjacent guesthouse built by the British in 1909 is available tourists on special request.

Chandragiri Fort and River: (4 km from Bekal) South-east of Kasaragod Town, situated near the confluence of the Payaswini River and the Arabian Sea, the Chandragiri Village is known for its large 17th century fort built by Sivappa Naik of Bedanore. One among a chain of forts built by the same ruler, the Chandragiri Fort offers a breathtaking view of the convergence of the river and the Arabian Sea. the sandbanks separating the two, and is a vantage point to watch the sunset. There is a mosque nearby. Boating facility is offered near Chandragiri Brige.

Anandashram: Founded by Swami Ramdas and Mother Krishnabai in 1931, the Ashram spreads the message of love and service to the humanity. Following the Guru's footsteps, the main accent is given for in the daily routine of the Ashram and it is the chanting the holy name Ram. Food and shelter is provided free for those who come for meditation. The Ashram is also engaged in social services like education, health care and rural development. The Ashram is situated at Kanhangad-15km from Bakel. From Kanhangad Railway station its only 5km. On National Highway that passes through Kanhangad, deviate from Ramnagar to Panathur road, its only half kilometer away

Nityanandasramam: Situated at Kanhangad town, it is a marvelous construction on a huge rock, 44 caves are carved inside the rock for 'meditation with connecting pathways and an assembly area. It was constructed in 1920s under the supervision of the saint, Swami Nithyananda and he spent about two decades here. Later, after the Samadhi of Swamiji (inl961), a temple was constructed on top of the cave by a devotee. Educational and charity services are being conducted under this Ashram.

Tejaswini-Valiyaparamba Backwaters: (30 km from Bekal) This is one of the most scenic backwater stretches in Kerala. Fed by four rivers and dotted with numerous little islands, this much favoured destination offers enchanting houseboat cruises. Bekal Resorts Development Corporation provides houseboat services on the Tejaswini River from Kottapuram in Neeleshwaram to Kannur, along the Valiyaparamba Backwaters. Day cruises and night cruises are available.

Kareem Forest Park, Puliyamkulam: (35 km from Bekal). It is a private biological conservation by Mr. Kareem. In a period of over 25years he transformed a wasteland into a nature-rich zone full of rare plants, trees and birds. Botany experts certify that he has grown 300 species of flowering plants and increased the water table in the area. The 'Kareem Model' story has found its way into textbooks as well.

Possadi Gumpc: (East of Manjeswaram and 15 km south of Bekal) This is an ideal picnic spot, located on a hillock 1060 ft above sea level. Facilities are minimal at this beautiful destination, so it is best to go well-equipped with food, water and trekking gear.

Ananthapura Lake Temple: (30 km from Bekal on the Kumbala-Badiadka road.YThis 9th century temple is the only lake temple in Kerala and is the moolasthanam (original abode) of Ananthapadmanabha, the deity of Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Thiruvananthapuram. The sanctum sanctorum is reachable only by a bridge. A crocodile at the temple pond, said to be 150 years old is an attraction

BEACHES

Bekal Fort Beach: This shallow beach just I km from Bekal Fort, offers a spectacular view of the fort and has ample facilities for recreation and relaxation.
Kappil Beach: (6 km from Bekal Fort) Remote and secluded, this beach is now a major tourist spot. The Kodi Cliff nearby offers a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea. 2 km away is the Pallikunrtam Temple.
Kanwatheertha Beach: (3 km from Manjeswaram) A large swimming pool-like formation of the sea on the vast beach is the main attraction here.

 

WAYANAD

Chembra Peak : ( 18 km west of Kalpetta) At 2100 m above sea level, Chembra is the tallest peak in Wayanad and is an ideal area for trekking. With prior permission from the Forest Department, one-day treks and two-day wildlife treks are possible. You can have group treks of up to ten people or hike on your own accompanied by a guide.

Banasura Sagar Dam, Padinjarethara : (25 km northeast of Kalpetta) The largest earth dam in India, as well as the second largest in Asia, this is a mini hydel project. A sprawling sanctuary and park with ever flowering trees arc the major tourist attractions here. Boating facilities in the dam and trekking trails draw outdoor enthusiasts.

Meenmutty Waterfalls: (29 km from Kalpetta, on the Ooty Main Road) An interesting 2 km jungle trek will lead to the largest and most spectacular waterfall in Wayanad. Water drops from nearly 1000 ft over three stages, presenting a triple-decker effect.

Kanthanpara Waterfall: (22 km away from Kalpetta) Smaller than Sentinel Rock, the nearby Kanthanpara Falls and its surroundings make for an ideal picnic spot.

Uravu, Thrikkaipetta: (7 km east of Kalpetta) Set up in 1996. Uravu is a centre to promote bamboo and its products.The activities include maintaining a bamboo nursery, designing and developing new uses of bamboo and giving training in bamboo craft involving a variety of products. This NGO wing of the State Bamboo Mission functions as a non-profit trust working to help tribals by utilizing the abundant bamboo found in Wayanad

Pookot Lake: (15 km away from Kalpetta) This perennial fresh water lake in Vythiri nestles among wooded hills is a popular picnic spot. Kayaking, pedal and row boating, children's park, fresh water aquarium, a handicrafts & spice emporium etc. arc among the tourist facilities here.

Sentinel Rock Waterfalls: (22 km away from Kalpetta) Locally known as Soochipara, the pool at the foot of the falls is ideal for a quick dip. The more restrained can have equally good fun just taking in the scenery. One of the most attractive falls in the district, the water hits the sharp spikes of granite at the base and hence the name.

Karalad Lake: (In Thariode, 8 km from Vythiri) An unusually quiet retreat, a recreational park as well as facilities for angling and boating are provided here. A trek to this lake is also quite exciting.

Valliyurkavu Bhagavathy Temple: (8km east of Mananthavady) This temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga. The two-week long festival in February / March is attended by hundreds of tribals.

Kurvadweep: (17 km east of Mananthavady , 145 km northwest of Sulthan Bathery) This 950 acre, uninhabited island on the eastward bound Kabani River is an ideal picnic spot. The wooded stretch of land is home to rare species of birds, orchids and herbs. Permitting authority: Divisional Forest Officer, South Wayanad, Kalpetta and Range Officer, Chethalath Range, Sulthan Bathery.
Boys Town: (15 km north of Mananthavady) herbal garden, nature care center, sericulture unit, pcrmaculture center etc., established by the Wayanad Social Service Society and the Gene Park an Indo-Danish project for promoting herbal gardening, are situated here.

Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary: (20 km east of mananthavady, 13 km from Thirunelly on the Kodagu Road. Open 0600 0800 hrs, 1500  1730 hrs) This sanctuary has a wide variety of animals, but visitors are restricted to the outer tourist zone. Permitting Authority: Asst. Wildlife Warden, Tholpetty.

Begur Wildlife Sanctuary : (20 km east of Mananthavady) This sanctuary has a wide variety of animals.

Korome Mosque: (23 km from Mananthavady) Constructed in the traditional Kerala style, this 300-year-old mosque is noted for its extensive wood carvings. The annual Uroos Festival conducted here draws participants from all communities.

Thirunelly Temple: (29 km northeast of Mananthavady) Surrounded by hills, the Thirunelly Temple embodies classical, traditional Kerala architecture. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and attracts hordes of devotees especially for performing ancestral rites. The shrine is shielded with 30 granite columns and the ground is paved with huge square pieces of granite. This temple is close to the mountain spring Papanashini. A ritual dip in its crystal clear waters is believed to wash away one's worldly sins.

Pakshipathalam: (8 km from Thirunelly) This natural rock cave at the northern end of the Brahmagiri Hills is home to a wide variety of rare birds, animals and distinctive species of plants. However, the place can be accessed only by a 7 km trek from Thirunelly through deep jungle that will take about three hours. Special permission has to be obtained from the Forest Department to visit or camp at Pakshipathalam. DTPC arranges package tours, complete with guides and camping equipments.

Pazhassi Tomb & Charithra Smaraka Museum: (At Mananthavady, 32 km northeast of Kalpetta) This is the final resting place of Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja, the 'Lion of Kerala1 who organized guerilla warfare against the British East India Company. The museum here features the history of Pazhassi Raja as well as the archeological and cultural aspects of the region.

Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary: (40 km from Mananthavady. Open 0600 0800 hrs and 1500 1730 hrs) This sanctuary in Karnataka State bordering Wayanad extends over an area of 643.39 sq. km. The park houses diverse species of plant and animal life.

Ambalavayal Heritage Museum: (At Ambalavayal, 12km south of Sulthan Bathery) This archaeological museum is having a very large collection of rare artifacts dating back to the 2nd century A.D. The museum houses artifacts and belongings of the various tribes of the land. Visiting Time: 9am to 6pm(No holidays).

Edakkal Caves : (12 km west of Sulthan Bathery Open 0900  1700 hrs) Located at a height of 1000 m on Ambukuthy Mala near Ambalavayal are the Edakkal Caves. The New Stone Age pictorial writings on the walls are relics of the prehistoric civilization that existed in these regions. Accessible only by a kilometre's trek from Edakkal, Morning hours are the best time to visit the caves. Entry is permitted only up to 1700 hrs.

Chethalayam Falls: (12 km east of Sulthan Bathery) This is one of the Wayanad's lesser known falls. Though it tends to dry up during summer,it is a lovely place to visit, trekking enthusiasts arc sure to enjoy the climb up the rocks to the waterfall.

Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary: (17 km east of Sulthan Bathery) Established in 1973, the sanctuary is contiguous to the protected area network of Nagarhole and Bandipur Sanctuaries of Karnataka on the northeast and Mudumalai Sanctuary of Tamil Nadu on the southwest. Rich in bio-diversity, the sanctuary is an integral part o f the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Permitting Authority: Wildlife Warden, Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Sulthan Bathery.

                                                                     Coorg

Our nearest neibhour in the state of Karnataka is approx 71 kms from Kannur.You can drive through the winding Ghat roads enjoying the lush scenery.
Places of interest

Madikeri is officially known as Mercara.

Madikeri situated at an altitude of 1525 meters  is the headquarters for the district of Coorg and  some of the attractions are the former Palace, the Raja Seat, the Omkareshwara Temple, the Fort and the Gaddige or Rajas' tombs.

Abbi  Falls
Coorg's most popular waterfall is a 8 km drive from the main town
Gaddige, also know as Rajas' tombs or the tombs of Virarjendra is a significant monument in Coorg

TALACAUVERY
Talacauvery is located 44 km from Madikeri, on the slopes of Brahmagiri Hill. Besides being a pilgrimage center, Talacauvery is known for its natural beauty

Cauvery Nisargadhama
is a beautiful island off the state highway, two km from Kushalanagar town and 28 km from Madikeri. The 64-acre island, surrounded by the Cauvery river, can be accessed by walking across a hanging bridge

BYLEKUPPE
Bylekuppe near Kushalanagar is one of the largest Tibetan settlements in south India. It has several monasteries and the prominent among these are the Great Gompa of Sera Je and Sera Mey and the Namdroling monastery. The Mahayana Buddhist University is at Sera. Another important monastery is the Tashi Lhumpo monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lama. The gold-coated Buddhist statues in the monastery are imposing and unique, reflecting the rich cultural heritage of the Tibetans
Tibetan cultural dances being peformed at the monastery premises in Bylekuppe

VALNUR FISHING CAMP
Valnur fishing camp is located near Kushalanagar on the banks of the Cauvery. Fishing enthusiasts can indulge in angling for the majestic Mahseer after obtaining fishing permits from the Coorg Wildlife Society. Valnur is also a bird-watchers' paradise.

DUBARE RESERVE FOREST & DUBARE ELEPHANT CAMP
This is another scenic spot located 15 km from Kushalanagar famous for its elephant training camp. It is also an ideal place for angling in the swirling waters of the Cauvery.

HARANGI DAM 
The Harangi dam near Kushalanagar has a beautiful reservoir, ideal for a week-end stay