Category Archive:kannur

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Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary

February 14th, 2013 / / categories: kannur /

Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary

District: Kannur

Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary is the northernmost wildlife sanctuary of Kerala, southwest India. A mere 55 km2 in area and located on the western slope of the Western Ghats. It was established in 1984. The headquarters of the sanctuary is near Iritty.Aralam wildlife sanctuary is the northernmost protected area of Kerala state, situated in the southeast part of Kannur District. It lies between 11° 54 and 11° 59 North latitude and 75° 47 and 75° 57 East longitude.

The vegetation in the Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary consists of coast tropical evergreen forest and west coast semi evergreen forest. There are about 490 hectares of teak and eucalyptus plantations within the forest area.The major wildlife animals found in in the Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary are the Elephant, Bison, Sambar, Deer, Boar, Sloth Bear, Leopard, Jungle Cat and different types of squirrel.

Pass -Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary

Adult Rs.15/-, Foreigners Rs.150/-, Children (Below 12 years) -Rs.7/-, Guide Rs.150/-, Video / Movie Rs.150/-, Ordinary Camera Rs.25/-, Vehicle (Light) Rs.75/-, Vehicle (Others) Rs.20/-, Vehicle (Heavy) Rs.150/-

How to reach Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary

By Air: The nearest airport is located at Kozhikode which is about 113 kms from Irutty.

By Rail: The nearest railway station is located at Thalasseri, about 45 kms.

By Road: The Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary can be easily reached from Thalasseri, Kannur

 

For more information visit kerala tourism official website

 

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Pythal Mala

February 14th, 2013 / / categories: kannur /

Pythal Mala

District: Kannur

Pythal Mala or Vaithal Mala is one of the popular hill stations of Kannur region in Kerala. Located on the Kerala – Karnataka border at a distance of 65 km from Kannur, Pythal Mala is an exotic location boasting of rich flora and fauna. The hill station is a hit amongst tourists and nature lovers, who visit this place due to its unique natural beauty.

The place is abundant in a wide variety of flora and fauna.This expansive area of 300 acres has a lot of birds, butterflies, numerous rare plants and trees.On the way to the top of the hill, one could find the remains of a palace of a tribe king called vaithalkon.So, for those of you who love history and its mysteries, you’ve got to check it out here.

The region with its panoramic vista appeals to photographers and the view from the top of the hill will leave the spectators spellbound. The cool air passing through the meadows and hillsides refreshes the travelers, making Pythal Mala an excellent spot for holidaying during summers. The remains of an ancient palace which once belonged to tribal ruler (named Vaithalkon) can be spotted on this hill station.

How to reach Pythal Mala – Kannur?

  • By Air: The nearest airport is at Calicut (Kozhikode)
  • By Rail: Nearest Railway Station is at Kannur, 65 km away
  • By Road: Pythal Mala around 65kms from Kannur and a 3 hour drive from Payyanur which is around 35km – 40km from Kannur

For more information visit kerala tourism official website

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Ezhimala Hills

February 14th, 2013 / / categories: kannur /

Ezhimala Hills

District: Kannur

Ezhimala hill reaching a height of 286 metres, is located in Kannur District of Kerala, South India. As the former capital of the ancient Mushika Kingdom, it is considered to be an important historical site. It is a conspicuous, isolated cluster of hills, forming a promontory 38 km north of Kannur Town. A flourishing seaport and center of trade around the beginning of the Common Era, it was also one of the major battlefields of the Chola-Chera Wars of the 11th century. It is believed by some that Lord Buddha had visited Ezhimala. The hill was once known as Mount Delly by the English or Monte D’Ely by the Portuguese.

Places must visit in Ezhimala

Indian Naval Academy – Ezhimala

The Indian Naval Academy (NAVAC) of the Indian Navy wing situated at Ezhimala was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on eighth January 2009. Naval Academy of Ezhimala is located over 2,452 acres of land. It is a restricted area that the public are not allowed inside the Naval Academy area without permission. Naval academy is very close to the Ettikulam Beach.

Hanuman temple

It is believe that Ezhimala was formed when Lord Hanuman was carrying the herb ‘Mrithasanjeevani’ to Sri Lanka when a part of the hill broke and fell down a the current place. The temple is believed to be built by the Mooshika dynasty in the 8th century.

Ezhimala Beach

It is a clean and isolated beach ideal for families. Truly serene and one can have ayurvedic massages by the beach side done by trained professionals.

Mount Deli Lighthouse

Mount Deli Lighthouse is a famouse lighthouse in Kerala maintained by the navy and is a restricted area hence permission is required is one wants to visit.

How to reach Ezhimala Hills?

Nearest airport                 : Karipur, Kozhikode which is 150 km
Nearest railway station : Payyanur which is 8 km
Nearest town                      : Ramanthali which is about 2 km

For more information visit kerala tourism official website

 

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Pazhassi Dam

February 14th, 2013 / / categories: kannur /

Pazhassi Dam

District : Kannur

Pazhassi Dam, situated about 35 km from Kannur town, is a popular tourist destination. The dam area attracts visitors with its beauty and entertainment facilities. Valapattanam River, the dam and the reservoir caters to the irrigation needs of Kannur. The dam takes its name from the legendary King Pazhassi Raja who gained a special position in the history of modern Kerala by fighting against the British. His birthplace is located 11 km from the dam area and serves as a popular tourist destination.

The District Tourism Promotion Concil (DTPC) provides pleasure boating facilities at the reservoir. The reservoir is mainly used for irrigational purposes.  It is the only reservoir with gardens in Kannur district. The garden is a good attraction with sculptures. The added attractions of the place is the children’s park. The Buddha’s statue and the sculpture of Pazhassi King are visual delights.

How to reach Pazhassi Dam ?

By road : 35 kms east of Kannur Town
Nearest Railway Station: Thalassery
Nearest Bus Station:Iritty
Nearest Airports: Mangalore(160 kms), Karipur (160 kms)

For more information visit kerala tourism official website

 

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Thodeekalam Siva Temple

February 14th, 2013 / / categories: kannur /

Thodikkulam Shiva Temple

District : Kannur

Thodeekulam Siva Temple or  Thodeekalam Siva Temple is renowned for its murals with seem to belong to the middle stage of Kerala mural custom perhaps of the 10th-13th century A.D. The temple attracts not just a number of devotees, but also art lovers and it is a famous Hindu temples in Kerala. Presiding deity of this temple is Lord Shiva in form of Sivalinga that facing East. The key offerings of the temples are ‘Shankabhishekam’, ‘Sarpabali’ , ‘Pushpanjali’ and ‘Dhara’. Inside temple is decorated  the various painting of Lord Siva and various paintings of different gods and goddesses.

In this temple Mural painting covers an area about 700 sq ft of the temple. It has totally 150 wall paintings in it, and it is divided into 40 paintings for the 4 sides of the temple. These paintings are painted by using the natural colours and those paintings explain about the Saivic-Vaishanavic stories. And the pillars in the temple are decorated with attractive and lovely paintings. This all paintings add more beauty and proud to this temple. And some paintings in the temple explain the lifestyle, tradition and culture of the people belongs to 16th – 19th century. And some of the paintings in the temple explain about the Lord Shiva and Vishnu.

Rituals Time : When temple is open the Nada Thurakkal are performed at 5:30 a.m and ends with Athazha Pooja at 7:45 pm

How to reach Thodeekulam Siva Temple?

By Air     : Nearest airport is Karipur International airpot

By Rail : Nearest railway station is Thalasserry

By Road: NH-17 will serve you the best route in order to complete your road journey

 

For more information visit Kerala tourism Official Website

 

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Malayala Kalagramam

February 14th, 2013 / / categories: kannur /

Malayala Kalagramam

District : Kannur

Malayala Kalagramam is a center of excellence that promotes ethnic art and crafts of Kerela. Located at a distance of 29 kilometers from Kannur district, this institute of New Mahe is renowned for a number of cultural activities that are organized to motivate the amateurs to explore and develop their talents in different fields of art.

Kalagramam also envisages imparting knowledge in Sanskrit and Yoga. Instrumental music and the diverse forms of Indian classical dance will also be taught. Together with painting and sculpture, graphics and allied arts will also be given due importance.

The studies helps to familiarise the trainees with classical and contemporary trends and techniques in the respective fields of art, to teach them art application and history of art and to enable them to utilise art better in their daily life.Spending a day here with the tutors, students and the exotic library is an enlightening experience for any art lover.

Course Schedule – Malayala Kalagramam 

 

  • Carnatic Music                                : 9.00 in the morning till 4.00 in the evening  (all days)
  • Bharat Natyam                                : 9.00 in the morning till 4.00 in the evening            (all days)
  • Yoga                                                    : 8.00 in the morning on Sunday
  • Painting, Sculpturing & Drawing  : Three times a week
  • Musical Instruments                       : Friday to Sunday

Visitors are allowed to watch the classes with prior permission from the Director. The Malayala Kalagramam remains closed on all Thursdays.

How to reach Malayala Kalagramam ?

Nearest railway station : Mahe

Nearest airport               : Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode, about 64 km south

 

For more information visit kerala tourism official website

 

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Madayi Para

February 14th, 2013 / / categories: kannur /

Madayi Para (Madayipara)

District : Kannur

Madayipara  Madayipara is a flat topped hillock located in the Madayi, of Kannur district of Kerala. It is overlooking Payangadi town on the northern bank of Kuppam river. Madayipara is remarkable for its flora and fauna that consists of rare butterflies and migratory birds. Also, this hillock houses a few historical sites like, Fort, Temple, Pond, etc.It is a place of immense eco-cultural significance.  This unique geographical formation is a biodiversity hotspot and is pregnant with the reverberations of the past.

The other major attractions here are the Madayi Kavu Temple, the Vadakunnu Shiva Temple and the 12th century mosque (1124 A.D) with white marble imported from Arabia, built by a Muslim preacher, Malik Ibn Dinar, who came from Mecca to India. There is a pond here in the shape of a hand held mirror, which is supposed to have connection with the ancient Jewish settlers. The remains of the dilapidated Pazhi Kotta (fort) supposed to have been built by Tipu Sultan of Mysore, can be seen on the southern side of the hill. The view from the fort is fascinating.

Main attractions of Madayi Para

  • Biodiversity of Madayipara
  • Grasslands
  • The Wet Phase
  • The Dry Phase
  • Scrub Jungles
  • Rare and endangered Plants
  • Conservation

How to reach Madayi Para – Kannur?

  • 21 km north of Kannur town
  • Nearest railway station: Kannur, about 21 km
  • Nearest airport: Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode about 93 km

For more information visit kerala tourism official website

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Thalassery Fort

February 14th, 2013 / / categories: kannur /

Thalassery Fort

District : Kannur

Thalassery Fort is in Thalassery  (Tellicherry) a town in Kannur District of Kerala state in south India. In 1708 AD, when the British East India Company established its settlement on the Malabar Coast, they built the Thalaserry Fort, as a testimonial to their colonial imperialism, it was the military centre of the British. British entered in Thalassery in 1682 with an aim of establishing their trading facilities. They exported spices such as cardamom, pepper, cinnamon to various European countries using Thalassery port. In 1708, British East India Company was established in Thalassery and Thalassery Fort was built on a beautiful rocky cliff.

The square fort, with its massive walls, strong flanking bastions, secret tunnels to the sea and intricately carved huge doors, is an imposing structure. The fort was once the nucleus of Thalassery’s development. It is now a historical monument preserved by Archaeological Survey of India.

How to reach Thalassery Fort – Kannur?

  • By Road: KSRTC buses connect Thalassery with all nearby cities
  • By Rail: Nearest railway station is Thalassery railway station
  • By Air: Nearest airport is Karipur international airport at Kozhikode, which is about 93 km away from Thalassery 

 

For more information visit kerala tourism official website

 

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Valapattanam

February 14th, 2013 / / categories: kannur /

Valapattanam

District – Kannur

Valapattanam is a small town in the Kannur district, located in the Indian state ofKerala. It is also the smallest panchayath in kerala. Its area is 2.04 sqr Km. It is about 7 km north of Kannur. Valapattanam is an important Muslim settlement area in Kannur.  Valapattanam is known for its communal harmony. On one hand one can see the “Kalarivathukkal temple” and on the other hand you have the “Kakkulangara Mosque” lying in close proximity. The long vision of the social leaders and people on the whole has made Valapattanam a land of communal harmony.

The port of Azhikkal is located nearby. In the bank of Valapattanam river you see Western India Plywoods Ltd., the largest wood-based industry in the country and which was the biggest plywood factory in Asia till few years back. The famous Muthappan temple is in the bank of Valapattanam river.

How to reach Valappattanam – Kannur ?

  •  7 km north of Kannur
  • Nearest railway station: Valapattana, Kannur, about 7 km
  • Nearest airport: Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode about 93 km

 

For more information visit kerala tourism official website

 

 

 

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Gundert Bungalow

February 14th, 2013 / / categories: kannur /

Gundert Bungalow

District: Kannur

This was the home of Dr. Herman Gundert , the German missionary, scholar and lexicographer. He contributed immensely to Malayalam language by giving shape to the first dictionary and newspaper. Dr. Gundert lived in this bungalow for two decades starting from 1839. Dr. Herman Gundert, the revered German Missionary, who was born in Stuttgait, came to India as a Christian missionary. In 1934 he became member of Basal Mission .On 27, Feb, 1839, he started staying at Illikunnu, a place near Thalassery.

Gundert Bungalow is a prominent structure with wide doors and verandahs and deep tiled eaves. It was here that one of the first Malayalam dictionaries and the first Malayalam Newspaper – ‘Paschimodayam’ – took shape. Gundert’s bungalow, now houses part of the Nettur Technical Training Foundation, a unique institution started by the Swiss Foundation.

Gundert Bungalow, where Gundert lived for about 20 years, is considered as a place of historic and cultural significance. Nettur Technical Training Institute (NTTF), Gundert Memorial Church and a cemetery are located close to the bungalow. The building is an excellent piece of architecture built in typical English style and the surroundings of the bungalow are both serene and scenic.

How to Reach Gundert Bungalow- Kannur

  • Nearby Transport Terminals : Thalassery Bus Stand 
  • Nearest Railway Station : Thalassery Railway Station
  • Nearest airport: Karipur International Airport

 

For more information visit kerala tourism official website

 

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Muzhappilangad Beach

February 14th, 2013 / / categories: kannur /

Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach

district: Kannur

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Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach is a beach in the state of Kerala. It is located parallel to National Highway 66(formerly National Highway 17) between Kannur and Thalassery. This beach is the largest Drive-In Beach in Asia . Even though Goa has many beautiful beaches, it does not have a Drive-in beach.

The beach is popular among motorists to hone their motor driving skills as the beach provides good traction unlike other beaches where driving is very tricky and it isn’t as hard as asphalted roads. The entire stretch of the beach is open for drivers.

Muzhappilangad is a quiet beach without shops or vendors that impede movement. A drive on the beach is a wonderful experience. The beach is a paradise for walkers. During low-tide you can walk to Dharmadam Island, about 100 metres off the shore. Do not forget to get the required permissions to enter Dharmadam Island as it is privately owned. During high tide, Dharmadam can’t be accessed on foot; however, the sight of the island during sunset is mesmerizing.

 

How to reach Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach Kannur

Nearest Airport: Karipur International Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Thalassery and Kannur Railway Station.

By Road: To access to this beach, in case you are driving from Thalassery in the direction of Kannur, take the left turn just prior to the very first railway crossing you come across as soon as crossing the Moidu bridge. The beach is roughly around 5 km long and curves in the wide area giving an excellent view of Kannur in the north.

 

For more information visit kerala tourism official website