Date 02/04/2023 05:37 AM

Mattanur, Kerala, India

Tourist Destinations

Tourist Destinations


Nestled in the Western Ghats, the peak Paithalmala is a wonderful destinations for those who like trekking. The trek takes you through dense forests and opens up to a wide expanse that goes to the Paithalmala peak. Trekkers also can have a dip in the cool waters of Ezharakundu Waterfalls on the way. One of the highest peaks in Kannur which is about 4500 ft above sea level.


The only drive in beach Kerala. Considered as a swimmers paradise, this is the perfect beach to relax and be soaked in bliss. The beach is well maintained and clean. One can also partake in adventure sports like paragliding, paralising and micro light flights along with water sports, power boating or a simple catamaran ride.


A perfectly maintained destination in Kannur. This secluded location is known for providing one with the opportunity to simply relax or enjoy a family picnic in absolute tranquility. Surfing and swimming options are also available for those who seek a little adventure. Being close to Kannur town has made it a favorite haunt for tourists and locals alike.


The magnificient fort was built in 1505by Dom Francisco de Almeida, the first Portuguese victory of India, /the ownership of the fort has changed hands several times. In 1663, the Dutch captured it. They subsequently gave the fort  its present appearance. The Dutch sold the fort to the  Arakkal Royal family in 1772. The British conquered it in  1790 and used it as one of their major military stations on the Malabar Coast. It is fairly well preserved as a protected monument under the Archeological Survey of India. A painting of this fort and the fishing ferry as a background is on display at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Kunjali Marakkar’s head was removed from his body and exhibited in the fort after his execution.


The Arrakkal Museum is a museum dedicated to the Arakkal family, the only Muslim royal family in Kerala, India. The museum is actually a section of the Arakkalkettu (Arakkal Royal Palace). The durbar hall section of the palace has been converted into a museum


Dr.Herman Gundert, the revered German missionary, scholar and lexicographer lived in this bungalow for 20years from 1839. Dr. Gundert made great contributions to Malayalamlanguage and literature.

He wrote and published more than 25 books which include the first Malayalam-English dictionary.


The Madayi Kavu Temple , the Vadukunnu Temple and the 12th century mosque built by Malik bin Dinar with white marble imported from Arabia, are the major attractions here. There is also a dilapidated fort at Madayi which is supposed to have been built by Tipu Sultan of Mysore. The view from the fort is fascinating.


Standing on the banks of the Valapattanam River, Sri Muthappan temple is famous for the Muthappan Theyyam performed every morning and evening. The snake park here is the only one of its kind in this Stat and perhaps the whole of India. Snake demonstrations conducted every hour draw large crowds of visitors (08:30 – 17:30 Hrs everyday). There are frequent bus services from Kannur to Parassinikadavu.


The Thalassery court has had the history of 219 years. The court was built in the year  1802 at Kozhikode and Thalassery when the British took over the administration of Malabar. The court was begun as a provincial court with three judges. Later it was raised as District Sessions Court of North Malabar.



Theyyam festivals at various temples (December – May)

Kottiyoor festival (May-June/July)

Annual eight day Utsavam at Jagannatha Temple:

Highlights-Religious conferences, Elephant processions, Fireworks display, Cultural programmes (February)




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