Tourism Attractions

Theyyam - The local religious ritual performance
 
For our ancestors art is nothing but life. It is believed that art was their life’s gratification; so that it is very difficult to single out the folk art from their routine life. Kannur or Cannanore in North Kerala (Malabar) is proud of being one of the leading place which gives fore-most importance to folk arts and for preserving traditional and ancient cultures. Theyyam or Theyyatam is one of the best beautiful traditional ritualistic form of North Kerala (Malabar).
Handloom cottages - Local hand weaving centers
 
Kannur– ‘Land of Looms’....-is famous for its handloom cloths and made-ups. Every year the Department of Handloom and Textiles in association with the Handloom Development Committee and other Central and State Government agencies is conducting Handloom Exhibitions during the festive seasons - Vishu, Onam and X’mas. About 50 Handloom Co-Operative Societies and their Apex Bodies participate in the exhibitions. Different varieties of Dress materials, Made-ups and furnishing cloths will be exhibited.
Parasinikadavu temple (Popular Temple of the Area)
 

Sree Muthappan is a Hindu deity worshipped commonly in Kannur district of north Kerala state, South India. Muthappan and Thiruvappan, are considered to be a manifestation of Shiva and Vishnu, and hence Muthappan. It is said that if you call Him with Bhakti, He hears your prayer Worship of Muthappan is unique, in that it does not follow the Sattvic (Brahminical) form of worship, as in other Hindu temples. The main mode of worship is not via idol worship, but via a ritual enactment of Muthappan, performed daily at the Parassinikadavu temple. Fish is used as an offering to Muthappan, and people of all castes, religions and nationalities are permitted to enter the temple and take part in the worship.

Darmadam Island - A lonely Island
 
Dharmadam Island is a small island full of coconut palms and green bushes extending to 5 acres, 100 meters away from the main land at Dharmadam. The island is a beautiful sight from the Beach. During low tide, one can just walk to the island from the beach. In 1998, Kerala Government took over this land for development of tourism. Many different varieties of trees are found here. Some of them are Nanj, Thaani, Cheru tree, Aamakazhuthu and Pullanzchi. Also beautiful reddish brown colour rocks are surrounded by this place. The only well in the island surprisingly contains water which is not salty.
Aaralam (wild life sanctuary)
 
The famed Aralam Farm was established by the Government of India in the year 1970 with the assistance of erstwhile Soviet Union. It is situated in the Kappad and Aralam Villages of the Thalassery Taluk of Kannur District, 56 km away from Thalassery and Kannur Town and 16 km from Iritty Town.The main objectives of the Farm are to produce and distribute quality planting materials of plantation/horticultural crops, commercial production of crops in large scale, and above all to provide all manner of support services to further the social and economic welfare of the tribals resettled in Aralam.
Kalari payattu(The mother of all martial arts )    
 
Kalaripayattu - The Orient's treasure trove, a gift to the modern world and the mother of all martial arts. Legend traces the 3000-year-old art form to Sage Parasurama- the master of all martial art forms and credited to be the re-claimer of Kerala from the Arabian Sea. Kalaripayattu originated in ancient South India. Kung- fu, popularized by the monks of the Shoaling Temple traces its ancestry to Bodhi Dharma - an Indian Buddhist monk and Kalaripayattu master.
Kannur Fort(Historic place)
   
The fort is in Cannanore cantonment area. St Angelo's fort is a most important historical monument and a good tourist centre. Here Kerala Police have posted 6 Tourism Policemen for the protection and guidance to the tourists. Among them one Policeman Sathyan Edakkad has detailed knowledge about this fort and the surrounding places. He wrote and published a book in Malayalam language named Vasco da Gamayum Charitrathile Kaanapurangalum (Vasco da Gama and the unseen pages of history). In this book, he describes the past and present situation of the fort.
Parassinikkadavu Snake Park    

 
The Parassinikadavu Snake Park is one of the major attractions of Kannur District itself.  The Snake Park, which is a subsidiary unit of the Pappinisseri VishachikitsaSociety, is the only one of its kind in the State and perhaps the whole of India. The park is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of snakes, most of which are becoming extinct gradually. There is a large collection of poisonous and non-poisonous snakes. There are three snake pits, fifteen glass cases for snakes and two large glass houses for King Cobras in the park. Other than the snakes, there are other kinds of rare animals, reptiles and birds like the endangered species of Simhavalan Monkeys and Crocodiles.