Cannanore (Kannoor)

317 km from Cochin and 92 km from Calicut, Cannanore is one of the most important sea coast towns of Kerala. A town of great historical importance and the capital of the North Kolathiri Rajas for many centuries, it was once a premier port of ancient Kerala. Marco Polo has referred to Cannanore as a great emporia of spice trade. It came into full political limelight in the 15th century with the arrival of the Portuguese.


St. Angelo's Fort: This is a massive triangular structure built of laterite. The Dutch captured the fort from the Portuguese in 1660 and sold it to the Raja of Cannanore in 1792. The British rebuilt the fort and made it their most important military station in Malabar.

Dharmadam Island: It is situated at the confluence of the Tellicherry and Anjanakandi rivers, north of Tellicherry town.

Ezhimala: It is situated 55 km from Cannanore at a height of 865 feet with a conspicuous isolated cluster of hills. At the foot of the hills is an old burial chamber and a cave. There is an old mosque further up the hills.

Tellicherry: Located 65 km north of Calicut. The East India Company established its settlement here on the Malabar coast in 1683. The Tellicherry Fort was built in the early 18th century. The German scholar, Dr. Hermen Gundert, built a church on Neltur Hill in 1889.

Mahe: Near Tellicherry, Mahe was a trading center established by the French in the 17th century. It is a very small territory on the west coast between Tellicherry and Badagara under the administrative control of the union territory of Pondicherry. It measures about 9 sq. km. in area.

Parassinikadavu: A picturesque place 22 km from Cannanorie Parassinikadavu. The Muthapan temple is an important pilgrim center and the "Theyyam" dance is performed here daily. The Parassinikadavu Snake Park is near the temple.