How to Spend 48 Hours in Kannur, India

Artist’s rendition of the view of the coastal town of Kannur from 1665 | © Atlas of Mutual Heritage/Wikimedia Commons
Artist’s rendition of the view of the coastal town of Kannur from 1665 | © Atlas of Mutual Heritage/Wikimedia Commons
Photo of Charishma Thankappan
21 February 2018

Formerly known as Cannanore during the British times, Kannur is also referred to as the ‘Crown of Kerala’ for its geographic location of being edged by the Western Ghats.

The city is not just naturally endowed, but culturally rich as well, and is also known as ‘The City of Looms and Lores’ owing to the several loom industries pervading the place, and its bounty of cultural arts such as Theyyam. Here’s how to best spend 48 hours in the area.

Day one

Start your day with breakfast at MVK Restaurant.


Head straight to Arakkal Museum which is a museum dedicated to the Arakkal family, the only Muslim royal family in Kerala. The museum is actually a section of the Arakkalkettu – Arakkal Royal Palace. The Arakkal family followed a matriarchal system of descent. While male rulers were called Ali Rajah, female rulers were called Arakkal Beevi.

The Royal Seal of the Arakkal family | © Shijaz/Wikimedia Commons


Finish your lunch from Pepperpot Restaurant, who are famous for their fusion cuisines. Next, head to the Kerala Folklore Academy situated in Chirakkal in Kannur. This is the perfect place to satisfy your curiosity to follow and understand the artistic heritage of Kerala, especially the Theyyam art forms prevalent in northern Kerala. The library here features over 1,000 volumes of Kerala folk art traditions and is one of the largest of its kind in the state. The Academy has brought out publications to promote awareness about folk life, art and rituals among the present generation.

Vishnu Moorthi Theyyam | © Rajeshodayanchal/Wikimedia Commons


Next stop is St Angelo Fort, the beachfront fort built by the Portuguese in 1505. The fort is well maintained under the supervision of the Archaeological Survey of India and is a major tourist attraction. The Fort Walkway leads to Ayikkara Sea View-Point which is the culmination of a road extending into the sea and is a great place to catch the sunset.


Return to Kannur town for dinner at Sahib’s Grill Kitchen.

St Angelo Fort was built by Dom Francisco de Almeida, the first Portuguese Viceroy of India | © Mproopesh/Wikimedia Commons

Day two

Start the day with breakfast from Rara Avis Restaurant situated in the heart of Kannur town.


Head straight to Gundert Bungalow which was the home of the German missionary, scholar and lexicographer, Dr Herman Gundert, who lived here for 20 years from 1839.

It was here the first Malayalam newpaper – Paschimodayam – took shape | © Jameela P./Wikimedia Commons


Thalassery is famous for the biriyani named after the town and also for the Arab-influenced cuisine. Have a lip smacking lunch at Rara Avis Restaurant which serves one of the best Thalassery Biryani in town.

Head next to Thalassery Fort, aka Tellicherry Fort. Thalassery was one of the most important European trading centres in Kerala and the fort was a result of British interest to protect their trade activities here.

Entry gates of Tellicherry Fort | © Vinayaraj/Wikimedia Commons


Head to Muzhappilangad Beach, the longest drive-in beach in India. The beach festival is celebrated in April and includes driving stunts, sand drifting, and bike stunts. Sunset at this beach is another reason to visit.

Featured among the top six best beaches for driving in the world in a BBC article for Autos | © Shagil Kannur/Wikimedia Commons


Return to Kannur town for a late dinner at Raandhal Restaurant, which is one of the most reviewed restaurants in Kannur.

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