If you’re a beach bum and want to spend the weekend relaxing, Kannur – almost 8 hours away by road from Bangalore is a great place to unwind. This little town in Kerala is different from a similar sounding Coonoor which is a hill station in Tamil Nadu. Kannur is a fusion of Portuguese, Dutch, and British cultural influences making it an attractive and interesting place to visit.
The place has just enough for you to do and see over a weekend; a trip to the Arakkal Museum should be high on your list though. It has relics of the Muslim kings that ruled the place. You’ll cross it on your way to Angelo’s fort.
Here’s what you can do in Kannur in two days:
Drive to Kannur from Bangalore
Driving through Mysore to Nagarhole forest, and passing Mananthavady in Wayanad before reaching the sandy shores of Kannur is quite a drive, and a beautiful one at that. Big banyan trees greet you on the roads of Mysore; you may spot a few prancing deers on the roads of Nagarhole forest and the sprawling tea estates of Wayanad offering a great scenic view are among the best things you’ll encounter on the road journey. If you happen to do the trip in monsoons, you’ll only find lush greenery as far as your eyes can se..
Thottada Beach with its rocky cliffs and water splashing high against it, is quite amazing. It is perfect for some wading and games because of its sandy shore. It’s also great for a peaceful morning run, and for watching the sun go down in the evenings. The other one is Payyambalam Beach which is the longest beach stretch in Kannur covering almost 7 kms. The beach looks beautiful with its soft sand and green hairy boulders. There are also drive-in beaches at Kannur where you can experience driving along the shore and splashing water with the tyres just like in the movies.
St. Angelo’s fort
St. Angelo’s fort is proof of the various European influences that this town has had. The moss covered fort with its huge moat is an intriguing piece of architecture. The fort isn’t as big as other forts, but since it’s constructed on the edge of the sea, one gets treated to the view of Arabian Sea on all sides. The fort houses a lighthouse, horse stables, small cells probably made for imprisonment, and an old church.
Local Food of Kerala
The local food of Kerala is absolutely unmissable: from Karimeen Polichattu (pearl fish), idiyappam, to appams, Ulli Theeyal (shallots curry), and Alleppey Fish curry – you must sample everything. For vegetarians – simple south-indian fare vellappam with stew is a must try. Raandhal is a special restaurant serving great Karimeen Biryani and Mango Fish curry.