Major Historical Tourist Attractions in Kannur

The major historical tourist attractions in Kannur are St. Angelo’s Fort, Tellicherry Fort, Arakkal Museum and MGS Kalari Sangam.
Kannur is a small and busy town located in the north part of Kerala. Its tourists mainly consist of inbound and offbeat travelers. It lies in the mid way of the Mangalore – Calicut highway, and hence Kannur is also often used as a pit stop destination.
In this article let’s check out the major historical tourist attractions in Kannur.

St. Angelo’s Fort

St. Angelo’s fort, also called Kannur Kota or Kannur fort by the locals, is an old fort facing the Arabian Sea. It was constructed in 1505 by the first Portuguese viceroy of India- Dom Francisco de Almeida. Since its construction it has changed hands quiet a number of times. The Dutch captured the fort from the Portuguese in 1663. A painting of this fort is displayed at Rijks Museum in Amsterdam which explains their Kannur connection. This fort is now currently being maintained by the Archeological Survey of India and is a top tourist attraction in Kannur. This fort is open to tourists all days of the week from 8am to 6pm.

Tellicherry Fort

Tellicherry Fort

The Tellicherry fort was built in the year 1708 by the Bristish East India Company in order to establish a hold on the Malabar Coast. In 1781, Hyder Ali- the King of Mysore, tried to capture this fort but was unsuccessful.
The fort is a square structure constructed of laterite. It is distinguished by its massive ventilated walls, strong flanking bastions and intricately carved huge doors. The fort also has secret tunnels to the sea. Nearby the fort are the collector’s mansion and a cemetery. Many British officials have been laid to rest in this cemetery.

Arakkal Museum

Kannur used to be ruled by the Arakkal Kings- the only Muslim Royal family of Kerala, who also ruled the surrounding area of Kannur as well as the Lakshadweep Islands. In 2005, this palace was converted to a heritage museum. This palace is maintained by the Arakkal Royal Family Trust. Various artifacts, manuscripts, heirlooms and household items used by the royal family are exhibited here. It is a very popular museum of Kerala and is open on all days of the week except Mondays from 9.30am to 5.30pm.

Arakkal Museum
MGS-Kalari Sangam

MGS Kalari Sangam

Kalarippayattu or Kalari is a martial art form of Kerala and is known to be the oldest art form in the world. Kalari is a perfect blend of strategy and speed. MSG Kalari Sangam is a Kalarippayattu and Massage training academy. It is operational since the 1930s and one can get a first-hand look at this ancient martial art form. The Kalari Master or chief is called ‘Gurukkal’. The current Gurukkal here is a veteran with over 35 years of experience in the field.
Visitors can also get different types of massages here, which are based on the principles of Ayurveda and Kalarippayattu. These massages in addition to being beauty treatments and body rejuvenation and energy treatments, are also known to cure back pains and spondylitis. This is definitely a very unique, interesting and unconventional tourist attraction in Kannur.