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Meenkunnu Beach Kannur

Meenkunnu Beach Kannur  Video Review
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Meenkunnu Beach

Donsaru
6th Jan 18

Mappila bay kannur

Mappila bay kannur  Video Review
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Mopila Bay

Mcsreeja
30th Dec 17

Kizhunna Ezhara beach

Kizhunna Ezhara beach  Video Review
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Kizhunna Ezhara Beach

Mcsreeja
30th Dec 17

Arakkal museum

Arakkal museum  Video Review
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Arakkal Museum

Akshay Ac
30th Dec 17

Thottada beach Kannur

Thottada beach Kannur  Video Review
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Thottada Beach

Donsaru
30th Dec 17

Kizhunna Ezhara beach

Kizhunna Ezhara beach  Video Review
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Kizhunna Ezhara Beach

Sarangac
30th Dec 17

Driving beach

Driving beach  Video Review
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Muzhappilangad Beach

Shyamal
30th Dec 17

Clean beach

Clean beach  Video Review
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Muzhappilangad Beach

Shruthil p
30th Dec 17

Drive beach in Kannur

Drive beach in Kannur  Video Review
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Muzhappilangad Beach

Sreeja n
30th Dec 17

Best drive beach

Best drive beach  Video Review
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Muzhappilangad Beach

Arjun Nambiar
30th Dec 17

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Reasons to go to Kannur

1For the Portugese built St. Angelo's Fort
For the Portugese built St. Angelo's Fort

HolidayIQ Reviewer Vicferns adds “Fort Agnelo at Kannur is a world heritage site. This fort faces the Arabian Sea, situated 3 km from Kannur, a city in Kerala state, South India. This big beachfront fort built by the Portuguese in 1505 has a moat & scenic views of the bay....St. Angelo's Fort is a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India.”

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2To catch the setting sun from the Portuguese built St. Angelo Fort
To catch the setting sun from the Portuguese built St. Angelo Fort

HolidayIQ Reviewer Vicferns says “Fort Agnelo at Kannur is a world heritage site; St. Angelo Fort is a fort facing the Arabian Sea, situated 3 km from Kannur, a city in Kerala state, south India. This big beachfront fort built by the Portuguese in 1505 has a moat & scenic views of the bay.... Tour to these forts are the scenic views of the beaches and bay areas filled with exotic trees.  The Fort was built by Francisco Almeida. It is designated as a world heritage site. Take at least two hours to visit and soak in the rich history. Enjoy the cool sea breeze. The sunset view from the fort is awesome.

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3To visit the Portuguese built St. Angelo Fort with a moat and beach view
To visit the Portuguese built St. Angelo Fort with a moat and beach view

HolidayIQ Reviewer Vicferns shares “Fort Agnelo at Kannur is a world heritage site; St. Angelo Fort is a fort facing the Arabian Sea, situated 3 km from Kannur, a city in Kerala state, south India. This big beachfront fort built by the Portuguese in 1505 has a moat & scenic views of the bay. ”

HolidayIQ Reviewer Vinod Nair shares, “A Fort dating back to the year 1505 The fort build by Portuguese in the year 1505 and later captured by the Dutch and then by the British. It is so full of legendary stories so much of History. One of the Best Maintained forts that we have been to in India. Sanctity of the fort is well maintained. There are no entry charges and you can carry all kind of cameras inside. It's well secured by the Kerala Police Team posted here. Ideal for family and children and elder friendly as well. A Must Visit for enriching oneself in History of Incredible India.

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4Dharmadam Island
Dharmadam Island

Imagine walking across the sea bed to an island? Well, in Dharmadam you can. During low tide, the ocean recedes paving a path to walk across to the island from Muzhappilangad beach. Sitting on the confluence of Anjarakandy and Thalassery rivers, Dharmadam Island is an inhabited island covered with palms trees and dense bushes.

This island was once frequented by Buddhist monks from North India and can you blame them? With the blue sea, the vast stretch of sand and the black rocks peeking up from the sea Dharmadam is an ideal place to find solace.

How to get there: 19.0 km via NH66 from Kannur

Note: Visiting the Dharmadam Island requires prior permission from the owners as it is a private-owned property. 

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Reviews (48)

Suresh Ananthakrishnan

Suresh Ananthakrishnan3.6/5

21 reviews

Kannur trip for viewers

It is good place to spend 2night 3days car drive in beach different beach temples search house forts bird sanctuary speed boats or boat house spectators beach views and greenery couples can enjoy and others can get relaxed good train and bus facilities available it is very near to Mangalore Hassan not costly can enjoy and spend time nicely during stay and can communicate others friends.

Vinod Nair

Vinod Nair3.6/5

124 reviews

The land of St. Angelo's Fort and Muzhappilangad Drive-In Beach

Kannur being the northern part of Kerala is definitely an off beat destination. You will rarely find rush here at the tourist spots - which are St. Angelo's Fort and Muzhappilangad Drive-In Beach.
Muzhappilangad Drive-In Beach is the longest Drive-In Beach in India and is featured among the top 6 best beaches for driving in the world, and also considered as the longest drive-in beach in Asia.
Nearest Airports:
Kozhikode International Airport - 100 km
Kannur International Airport (Under construction and will be soon ready, fingers crossed) - 25. 7 km
Nearest Towns / Railway stations :
Thalassery - 7 km
Kannur - 15 km
By road:
On National Highway 66 the beach is situated between Kannur town and Thalassery town. There are five village connection roads on the National Highway towards the beach.
On the beach you can do Quad Bike ride and it is a beautiful experience introduced by Mr. Bala Kiran, IAS, Director of Kerala Tourism, when he was erstwhile District Collector of Kannur. What an awesome idea by this dynamic personality.
Coming to St. Angelo's Fort, built in 1505 by Portuguese and later the Dutch captured the fort from the Portuguese in 1663. The fort is in the Cannanore Cantonment area. It is fairly well preserved as a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India. St Angelo's fort is a most important historical monument and a popular tourist attraction. Six Tourism Policeman are posted here for protection duty.
Ample parking space is available infront of the Fort entrance and few small shops thats all. Inside the Fort there are 2-3 small refreshment carts for some quick lime soda and chaas. There are washrooms inside the fort which are well maintained. And easily accessible.
Children from Schools should be brought here to create direct interests in History and the importance thereof.

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Recommended Duration in Kannur

Number of days to spend in Kannur as recommended by our travellers.

2 days

33.3%

3 days

66.7%

Kannur Overview

History of Kannur

Kannur is a beach town in the Kannur District of Kerala. It is also known as Cannanore, this term was coined during the British rule, and it is still used extensively today. Kannur is the largest city in the northern parts of Malabar. The city has a rich colonial heritage and many signs of this can still be seen today.

Things To Do in Kannur

Kannur is popular among travellers because of its clean beaches. Popular tourist attractions of the city include temples where many festivals are celebrated throughout the year. The architecture of the town includes the ancient St. Angelo Fort that belonged to the Portuguese in the 16th century and was demolished by the Dutch. The building is now under the authority of the Archaeological Survey of India.

Since Kannur is a coastal town, the location of the town is very well reflected in the climatic conditions as well. Kannur faces a tropical weather with extremely humid climate. Summers here are extremely hot and humid whereas the temperatures in winters are relatively mild. Kannur receives a lot of rainfall during monsoons.

Travelling to Kannur

There is no airport in Kannur and the nearest one is in Calicut, at a distance of 113 kilometres. The airport of Calicut connects five other major India cities. Kannur consists of two railway stations, Cannanore and Kannur South, connecting different cities of India. Kannur is well connected by road. Government buses ply regularly from Mangalore to Kannur.

Accommodation in Kannur

There are numerous accommodation options in Kannur. These include the options of staying in budget hotels to luxury hotels and to several beach resorts. Tourists can also opt to stay in beach front home stays.


Photos of Kannur

Thottada beach, Kannur

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Thottada beach, Kannur
Thottada beach, Kannur

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Thej Naveen

Thottada beach, Kannur
Thottada beach, Kannur

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Thottada beach, Kannur
Meenkunnu Beach, Kannur

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Meenkunnu Beach while Sunsets

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