Kannur my homeland, and a tourist destination in Kerala love and explored by many nature lovers.

Kannur has many beautiful places such as hill station, waterfalls, beaches, islands and forts etc.

Here is my favourite tourist place in Kannur, which you cannot miss if you are visiting in Kannur. Monsoon to winter (Jun – Feb) is the best time to see places in Kerala.

Alakapuri Waterfalls

Alakapuri waterfall is also known as Kanjirakolli waterfalls which is among the less explored tourist spots in Kerala. 

A trip to the hilly destination rewards visitors with an amazing view of Alakapuri Waterfalls and stunning sights from Sasippara.

 With the arrival of the monsoon, Kanjirakolli offers a more eye-catching picture amid rain and mist.

The route to Kanjirakolli takes you past Payyavur, from where the weather changes. 

The smooth roads give way to hilly tracks. Intermittent rains and mist are a ‘teaser’ to the real experience ahead. 

After Kunnathurpadi, the tarred road takes a winding path. Water flows across the road as tiny streams; the vehicles disturbing their flow. Mist surrounds the entire area even during noon. 

The first scenic spot on the trip is Alakapuri Waterfall. It is about 400 metres off the main path and can be approached only by foot. 

Visitors have to record their details at the outpost of the forest department to proceed. The forest watcher accompanies you to the waterfall. Half way from the road, a small fall comes into view. 

As the visitors continue along the path, the roar of the waterfall can be heard. The Alakapuri waterfall slowly comes into view from the thick green forest cover. There are steps on the path, leading to the waterfall.

Alakapuri Waterfall originates in the forests of Karnataka state, but presents its stunning view when approached from Kerala. 

In fact, the major waterfall is inside Kerala border. Trees of Karnataka overhang the fall. During six months of monsoon, Alakapuri is in its full glory.

Barely two kilometres from Alakapuri is Sasippara. But it offers an entirely different experience. Firstly, the road; it is a steep path which only the most skilled as well as adventurous drivers can negotiate. 

  • Time to visit : Monsoon (Jun – Nov)
  • Timing : 9 am – 4 pm
  • Entry Fee : Rs.20 (A), Rs.10 (C)
  • Distance from Airport: 45 km

Paithalmala

Paithalmala is a hill station in the Kannur district of Kerala in India located between Kerala and Karnataka borders. With an altitude of 4000 feet above sea level, it is the highest peak in Kannur.

It is a must-visit place if you love adventure and trekking. You will feel closer to nature and indeed like to visit again once you visit Paithalmala.

Several waterfalls and mountain ranges add to the beauty of Paithalmala. 

One can have a comprehensive view of both Kerala and Karnataka from the top of this hill.

The Paithalmala Mountain covers over 300 acres of land with its unique and picture-perfect views with mountains covered in think fog morning and evening. 

At the top of the hill, a watchtower is a setup by the authorities, where you can enjoy the panoramic view of Kannur till the Arabian Sea, in an exact climate. 

It is one of the favourite spots for Photographers, Trekkers, and Nature Enthusiasts in Kerala. 

  • Time to visit: Monsoon & Winter (Jun – Feb)
  • Timing: 9 am – 4 pm
  • Entry Fee: Rs.30 (A) 
  • Distance from Airport: 60 km

St. Angelo Fort

St. Angelo Fort is a fort facing the Arabian Sea, situated 3 km from Kannur.

Built by the first Portuguese Viceroy in India, Don Francesco de Almeida (1505), It is among the most historic sites in Kannur. 

This massive triangular laterite structure flanked by huge bastions that make for an imposing sight. 

It changed hands between the Dutch and eventually the British, who would remodel and reequip it into their primary military stronghold in Malabar. 

The location of the fort is simply stunning. Although the fort may not be very well-maintained all the time, it has some beautiful things to offer.

One of them is the breathtaking view of the magnificent Arabian Sea which becomes even more impressive during sunsets.

A visit to Kannur in north Kerala is incomplete without stepping into the historic St Angelo Fort. Visitors love to take a stroll through the fort that stands tall facing the Arabian Sea on the west coast.

  • Time to visit : Any Time
  • Timing : 8 am – 6 pm
  • Entry Fee : Rs.20 (P)
  • Distance from Airport: 30 km

Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach

Muzhappilangad Beach is the only drive-beach in Kerala and the longest in India also one of the best drive-in beaches that the entire Asian continent has to offer!. 

At about 7km from Thalassery in Kannur, you have a 4 km stretch of sand that awaits you to drive along as you soak in the view of the beautiful Malabar Coast. 

Along the way, one gets to munch on delicacies from several shacks that offer authentic Malabar cuisine. 

It is often considered a swimmers paradise as the black rocks protect the beach from deep currents. It is a perfect way to relax and soak in this clean and well-maintained beach. 

One can also partake in adventure sports like paragliding, parasailing and microlight flights along with water sports, power boating or a simple catamaran ride. The atmosphere is breezy and pleasant. The beach looks best during sunset. 

The best time to visit the beach is during the beach festival that takes place in April.

Many young localities come to the beach and try to perform stunts on their cars and bikes. They’re a treat to watch. During the beach festival in April, the beach becomes even more glorious, attracting tourists from all over the world.

  • Time to visit: Winter & Summer (Oct-May)
  • Timing: 5 am – 10 pm
  • Entry Fee: Rs 30/50(V) 
  • Distance from Airport: 30 km

Dharmadam Island

Dharmadam Island is a small 2-hectare private island in Thalassery, Kannur District, Kerala. 

It lies about 100 metres from the mainland at Dharmadam. The island, covered with coconut palms and dense bush, can be seen from the Muzhappilangad beach.

The Dharmadam Island authority permits people can walk out to the island during low tide and strolls around the place give one a brilliant view of the confluence of the Anjarakandy and Thalassery Rivers.

Overlooking the serene rivers and the majestic ocean is filled with natural beauty itself. 

During a low tide, the water level is relatively low. It is usually happening in the afternoon, somewhere between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm. 

You can walk up to the island from the beach since the island is just 100 m away from the mainland. 

But you must make sure that you return before the water level gets higher. The best time to visit the island is between October and May.

Surrounded by rivers on three sides and the Arabian Sea on the west, the Dharmadam Island had once been an important pilgrim centre for Buddhist Priests. 

In 1998, the department of tourism in Kerala started taking care of the island’s maintenance so that it could become a good tourist attraction.

  • Time to visit: Winter & Summer (Oct-May)
  • Timing: 5 am – 10 pm
  • Entry Fee: Rs 20(A), 10 (C) 
  • Distance from Airport: 30 km

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