MAJOR TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
District derived its name from
the location of its head quarters at Kannur town. The old name
'Cannanore' is the anglicized form of the Malayalam word 'Kannur'
Early in the 9th Century A.D the Cheras re-established their
political supremacy in Kerala under Kalasekhara Varman. They ruled
till 1102 A.D with their capital at Mahodayapuram. At the same time
a separate line of rulers known as the Mooshaka kings held sway over
Chirakkal and Kasaragod areas with their Capital near Mount Eli. By
the 14th Century AD the old Moosaka Kingdom had come to be known as
Kolathunad and the rulers known as Kolathiris. They were political
& commercial rivals of the Zamorins of Kozhikode.
Kannur district has had
its industrial importance mainly inHandloom,Plywood and Beedi
industries from very early days. Being blessed with variety of
factors such as good soil, salubrious climate, rich forests,
enormous fishing potentials minerals as well as infrastructural
facilities like road, rail, inland water transport etc, the district
offers ample scope for the development of industries.
only one major and five mini industrial estates in the district.
Art & Culture
Kingdom deserves special mention with regard to the cultural
heritage of the state. In the 14th and 15th centuries under the
Kolathiri Rajas, Thaliparamba became a famous centre of learning,
enlightenment and culture. With the transfer of the capital of
Kolathiri from Thaliparamba to Chirakkal, Chirakkal also rose into
prominence as a great centre of the arts. The gift of the district
in the field of art and culture is its folk arts.
A large number
of folk plays and dances are prevalent among the scheduled caster
and tribes. Each tribe has its own glorious collection of folk plays
and dances which are performed during festivals.
It is an entertaining folk play of a quasi
religious nature which is performed in the central parts of Kannur
districts by the Malayans who are experts in the devil dancing.
Padal or Vedan Pattu
Vedan Paddal is a peculiar ceremony
observed in certain parts of the district on the month of Karkidakam
which coincides with the season of scarcity in Kerala.
is a highly ritualistic dance. The theyyam dance is performed during
the festivals of the shrines known by the name like Muchilode, Kavu,
palliyera mundya tanam, Madhappura etc. It is essentially a human
traditional Hindu in the district, observes a number of religious
festivals. Among them the prominent ones are vinayaka Chathurthi (in
chingam August - September) Ashtami Rohini (in Chingam August -
September) Navarathri ( in Kanni September - October) Maha
sivarathri (in Kumbhom February - March) Onam (in chingam) Vishu (in
Medom, April - May) and Pooram (in Meenam, March - April).
Onam the harvest festival of Kerala,
is celebrated in Kannur also. This festival is limited to two days
viz. 'Uthradam' and 'Thiruvonam' days.
Palace (5 km from Asoka Pharmaceuticals)
Kannur holds a unique
position as having been the seat of the only Muslim ruled dynasty in
Kerela-The Arakkal Royal Family.
St. Angelos (2 km from Asoka Pharmaceuticals)
Fort St. Angelos
is in the west of Kannur town built in 1505 by the first Portuguese
Viceroy, Don Francisco De Almedia. Though parts of it hare collapsed
this fort is in a fairly good state of preservation.
Fort (23 km from Asoka Pharmaceuticals)
In 1700, the British
built the Thalassery Fort on a small hill called Thiruvellapad Kunnu
and in 1708 it was strengthend. It is an important tourist
Park at Parassinikkadavu (17 km from Asoka Pharmaceuticals)
snake park at Parassinikkadavu is situated 17 kms away from Kannur
town. It is one of the known Snake Parks in the country. There is a
large collection of Poisonous and non-poisonous
|Parassinikadavu (18 km from Asoka Pharmaceuticals)
Muthappan Temple stands on the banks of the
Valapattanam River. This pilgrim centre is famous for the Muthappan
Theyyam performed every morning and evening. Pleasure boating on the
river is an exhilarating experience.
Kshetram (22 km from Asoka Pharmaceuticals)
The Rajarajeswara temple is a beautiful Shiva temple
(Rajarajeswara is one of the names of Shiva) and is
located at Taliparamba, Kannur distrist, Kerala, India.The temple
is regarded as one of the 108 ancient Shiva temples of Kerala. It
has a prominent place amongst the numerous Shiva temples in south
India. If any problem is encountered in temples of South India, the
final solution is sought in this Temple through a prasna, a
traditional method of astrological decision making. The prasna is conducted on a peedha (a raised
platform) situated outside the temple.The quadrangular sanctum has a
two tiered pyramidal roof. In front of the sanctum is the namaskara mandapam. The temple has no kodi maram (flagstaff) as opposed to other temples in Kerala.
Ezhimala (37 km from Asoka Pharmaceuticals)
Ezhimala, the capital of the ancient
Mooshika Kings, is considered to be an ancient historical site. It
is believed that lord Budha had visited Ezhimala. It is bordered by
sea on three sides.
Bay (4 km from Asoka Pharmaceuticals)
It is a
natural fishing harbour, lying near Fort St. Angelos. The bay was
famous during Kolathiri's regime as a commercial harbour that linked
Kolathunad with Lakshadweep and foreign countries in imports. Today, it has turned into a modernized tishing harbour,
developed under the Indo. Norwegian
|Valapattanam (8 km from Asoka Pharmaceuticals)
town on Ihe Valapattanam River is well known for its wood-based
industries and timber trade. Azhikkal porI and Azhikkal Beach are
located nearby. Unforgettable, relaxing, house boat cruises are
available here. It is also famous for its
(7 km from Asoka Pharmaceuticals)
Uncrowded, this beach
is a tourist's paradise, with golden sand and
(1.5 KM's from Asoka Pharmaceuticals)
beach is one of the beautiful beaches in this state and is an ideal
place to spend evenings, irrespective of
Entering the evergreen boundaries of Coorg is an unforgettable
experience. If luck is on your side you could spot a Barking Deer,
Malabar Flying Squirrel, Wild Boar, Wild Dog, a Panther or, who
knows, you may see Sher Khan, the Tiger himself. The magnificent
Elephants, herds of them, Spotted Deer, Jungle Fowl and Peacocks are
a common sight.