Black rocks protect this long, clean beach from the currents of the deep, making its shallow waters a swimmer's paradise. Perhaps this is Kerala's only drive-in beach where you can drive down the entire length of 4 km.
Elephants, sloth bears, sambars, mouse deer etc. can be found in the 55 sq. km sanctuary. Other attractions: Nature trails, soft trekking, bamboo rafting, coracle boating, stay at tree houses in Pariputhodu and Bhoothamkallu, bathing in the stream at Memutty.
The small 5 acre island covered with coconut palms and dense bushes is a beautiful sight from the beach.
This was the residence of the former Arakkal Ali Rajas, the only Muslim royal family of Kerala.
This seafront laterite fort was constructed in 1505 AD by the first Portuguese Viceroy, Don Francisco De Almeda, with the consent of the ruling Kolathiri Raja. After changing hands from the Portuguese to the Dutch and then to the English, the fort became one of the important military centres of the British in Malabar. The fort, which is now under the Archaeological Survey of India, offers fascinating views of the Mappila bay fishing harbour. Gundert Bungalow (20 km from Kannur, near Thalasseri town, on the National Highway at Illikunnu): Dr. Herman Gundert, the revered German missionary, scholar and lexicographer lived in this bungalow for 20 years from 1839. Dr. Gundert made great contributions to Malayalam language and literature. He wrote and published more than 25 books which includes the first Malayalam-English dictionary.
The fort constructed in 1708 was the military centre of the British. It is now a historical monument. The SAI Gymnastic Centre, an old Muslim mosque, the Jagannatha Temple and Thiruvangad Sree Rama Swami Temple are other attractions nearby.
The small town on the Valapattanam River is well known for its wood-based industries and timber trade. The port of Azhikkal and Azhikkal Beach are located nearby. Western India Plywoods Limited,the largest wood-based industry in the country and also one of the largest of its kind in South East Asia, is a major industrial concern here.
Sri Muthappan Temple stands on the banks of the Valapattanam river. This pilgrim centre is famous for the Muthappan Theyyam performed every morning and evening. The DTPC provides pleasure boating on the river near the temple and houseboat cruises at the Parassini River. Accommodation is available nearby. The snake park here is the only one of its kind in this State and perhaps the whole of India. Snake demonstrations conducted every hour draw large crowds of visitors (open 0830-1730 hrs everyday). There are frequent bus services from Kannur to Parassinikadavu.
A sacred place of the Vaishnava cult, the deity of the temple is Sree Krishna. The sculptures on the walls of the sanctum sanctorum are unique by themselves. The annual temple festival, usually held in March, is a colourful event.
This renowned centre for arts and culture at New Mahe, conducts courses in painting, sculpture, music, dance and pottery.