Basic information

Head quarters

2996 sq km

Hindu, Muslim, Christian


Population Density
812 persons/sq km


Came into existence
January 1, 1957

Kannur, Thalassery and Thalipparamba

Revenue Division

Tourist attractions
Ezhimala, Pazhassi Dam, Pythal Mala, Payyambalam beach, St. Angelo’s Fort

13 m above sea level

Telephone code

kannur Kannur which was earlier known as Cannanore is a district of Kerala in the Malabar area. The name Kannur is said to have derived from two Malayalam words Kannan who is Lord Krishna and ‘Ur’ meaning place. Kannur is surrounded by Karnataka state in the East, Wayanad district in the South East, Kozhikode district in the South, Arabian Sea in the West and Kasaragod district in the North West and North. A large majority of the people here lives in urban areas and so Kannur is the most urbanized district of Kerala. Kannur is popularly called as the ‘Land of Looms and Lores’. It is called so due to the number of loom industries here and also of the festivals conducted in the temples of Kannur.

Long back Kannur was under the Chera dynasty and then it became the capital of the Kolathinur has significance in the history as it played a great role in the Indian freedom fight. It was Payannur of Kannur which was the main venue of the Salt Satyagraha movement. Kannur was the main area of the Communist movement in Kerala and the communist parties have a good base here.

The temples here conduct the Theyyam which is most commonly seen in the Malabar areas. Besides temples there are several Kaavu that are associated with the Theyyams. The religious communities in Kannur include Hindus, Muslims and Christians. Some of the famous pilgrim centers are Taliparambu Raja rajeshwara temple, Peralassery temple, Kottiyoor temple, Kadalai Sree Krishna temple, Pallikunnu Mookambika temple, Parssinikadavu Muthappan temple, Madayi Palli, Saidar mosque, Thavam church, Aaron church etc.

There are many tourist destinations in Kannur. The main attractions here include Payyambalam beach, Muzhappilangad drive in beach, Madayipara, Pazhassi dam, snake park, water theme parks etc. Some of the main rivers that flow through Kannur include Valapattanam River, Kuppam, Mahe River, Thalassery River etc. There is a wildlife sanctuary at Aralam which houses a wide variety of flora and fauna.

The main occupation of the people here is agriculture and the chief crops cultivated include paddy, coconut, pepper, cashew etc. The largest cinnamon estate in Asia is located in Kannur at Anjarakkandi. Some of the main industries in Kannur are Plywood industries, handloom textiles, beedi, coir etc. There are many small and large scale industries here.

Kannur is well connected to other places by roadways and railways. There are also some minor ports at Thalassery, Kannur and Azhikode. The fourth International Airport in Kerala is to be soon established in Kannur. There are many schools and colleges in Kannur including Arts and Science College, Engineering colleges, Medical College, Ayurveda College etc. The Kannur University is also located in Kannur. There are many sports personalities from Kannur and the games played here include ball badminton, football, volleyball etc.

How to get there

Tourism plays an important role in providing share to the economy. There are several tourism packages…
Ph : 123456

Tourism plays an important role in providing share to the economy. There are several tourism packages…
Ph : 123456

Tourism plays an important role in providing share to the economy. There are several tourism packages…
Ph : 123456