Holiday Guide to Northern Kerala and the Top Destinations to Visit here

Northern Kerala lies in between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats. It is quite an underrated tourist destination in Kerala as most tourists tend to flock to South Kerala. Northern Kerala is just as beautiful as the south, only less populated by tourists as it not a tourism oriented destination. If you are looking to travel off the beaten path, then you should definitely consider Northern Kerala.

In this article let’s check out some of the top destinations to visit in Northern Kerala.


Wayanad is easily one of the most beautiful places in Kerala. The sprawling plantations of coffee and spices, the deciduous forests and the many spotless hill stationsmake it an exciting holiday destination in northern Kerala. Chembra Peak, Meenmutty waterfalls, Pakshipathalam, Banasura Sagar Dam etc. are some of the main attractions in Wayanad. One can also shop for Wayanad specialties such as bamboo products, herbal plants, spices and coffee to take back home.

Wayanad district is well connected by road. Guided jeep tours can be arranged to any part of the district with great accommodation scattered throughout. The nearest airport and railway station is Kozhikode.



Tourist attractions in Kozhikode

Formerly known as Calicut, Kozhikode is an important part of the history of South India as it used to be a very important port town. The main market, Valiyangadi, has a history of 600 years. Kozhikode is an important tourist hub of Northern Kerala as the tourists can disperse off to more secluded places from here. The Beypore ship building yard, Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary, Sweat Meat Street, Kozhikode beach, Kappad beach etc. are some of the main attractions here. Once can also go to the famous Kalari school to watch this ancient martial art form of Kerala.


Near the border with Karnataka lies Kasaragod in northern Kerala.Filled with stunning backwaters and varied landscapes, Kasaragod is a nice holiday destination in Kerala. There are 2 standout places in Kasaragod- Bekal and Backwaters.

Bekal has Kerala’s largest and best-preserved Portuguese fort from the 17th-century, as well as a beach. Valiyaparamba Backwaters are a northern alternative to the Alleppey backwaters. Chandragiri Fort, Kareem Park, Kanwatheertha beach, Ranipuram, Mallikarjuna Temple, Ananthapura Lake Temple, Pallikkare beach, Nithyanandashrama, Anandashramam etc. are some other attractions in the Kasaragod region.

Bekal - Kasargod


Kannur Beaches

Kannur formerly known as Cannanore is a serene little town in Northern Kerala. Blessed with abundant natural beauty, Kannur makes for a nice and relaxing holiday. St. Angelo’s fort, Arakkal Museum, Dharmadam Island, Sri Muthapan Temple etc. are some of the main attractions in Kannur.

Kannur also has the famous Muzhappilangad drive-in-Beach. This is a very clean beach and one can drive on the beach for up to 4Kms. Kannur has delicious Kerala-Malabar cuisine. One must taste items like Rice, Biriyani, Dosa, Idily, Appam, Puttu and Pathiri, as well as the sea food here. Arikkadukka, a dish containing stuffed mussels is quite popular and easily available in Kannur.