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Tourist Attractions

Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach

Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach (മുഴപ്പിലങ്ങാട് കടപ്പുറം) (5.5 km length)is a beach in the state of Kerala in southwestern India. It is located parallel to National Highway 66(formerly National Highway 17) between Thalassery and Kannur.This beach is the longest Drive-In Beach in India and is featured among the top 6 best beaches for driving in the world in BBC article for Autos.Muzhappilangad is the only Asian beach featured in the list. Even though Goa has many beautiful beaches, it does not have a Drive-in beach. It is considered as the longest drive-in beach in Asia.The beach festival is celebrated in the month of April and it is one of the important tourist attraction in the district of Kannur in Kerala. The youth also try many driving stunts in cars like drifting and wheeling in bikes as this is a paradise for driving along the shore. Just 100m from this beach you would find a private island Dharmadam island, which can be reached by walk at times of low tide.

St. Angelo Fort

St. Angelo's Fort was built in 1505 by Dom Francisco de Almeida, the first Portuguese Viceroy of India on the Arabian sea coast about 2 km from Kannur town. It was attacked in vain by the local Indian ruler Zamorin and kolathiri in the Siege of Cannanore (1507). In August 1509 Almeida, refusing to recognize Afonso de Albuquerque's as the new Portuguese governor to supersede himself, arrested him in this fortress after having fought the naval Battle of Diu. Afonso de Albuquerque was released after six months' confinement, and become governor on the arrival of the grand-marshal of Portugal with a large fleet, in October 1509. The Dutch captured the fort from the Portuguese in 1663. They modernised the fort and built the bastions Hollandia, Zeelandia and Frieslandia that are the major features of the present structure.The fort is in the Cannanore Cantonment area. It is fairly well preserved as a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India. St Angelo's fort is a most important historical monument and a popular tourist attraction. Six Tourism Policeman are posted here for protection duty.

Palakkayam Thattu

Palakkayam Thattu is a hill station near Naduvil Village in the Western Ghats in India.It is in Kerala state and in kannur district. Taliparamba-Palakkayam Thattu road distance is 28 km. Nearest towns are Naduvil and Pulikurumba. The beauty of 'Palakkayam Thattu' became popular, after the District Tourism Promotion Council initiated effective steps to boost the tourists projects in the place. Located 3500 ft above sea level, it is undoubtedly one of the picturesque places in Kerala. A distance of 53 km from Kannur, the journey through the hill and scenic valleys will be a trilling and exciting one.[1] 'Palakkayam Thattu' also welcomes its visitors with its beauty and pleasant climate along with the exquisite range of flora and fauna.

Parassinikkadavu Snake Park

Parassinkkadavu Snake Park( പറശിനിക്കടവ് പാമ്പ് വളര്‍ത്തല്‍ കേന്ദ്രം) is located in Anthoor Municipality about 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) from Kannur Corporation in the Kannur district of north Kerala, in south India. The Snake Park is in Parassinikkadavu, which is 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from National Highway (NH) 17, en route from Kannur to Taliparamba.The park houses a variety of snakes and other small animals, including the Spectacled Cobra, King Cobra, Russell'/'s viper, Krait and various pit vipers. There is also a large collection of non-venomous snakes including pythons. The park is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of snakes, many species of which are gradually becoming extinct.

Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary

Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary is the northernmost wildlife sanctuary of Kerala, southwest India. It is 55 km2 (21 sq mi) in area and located on the western slope of the Western Ghats. It was established in 1984. The headquarters of the sanctuary is near Iritty. Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the southeast part of Kannur District. The sanctuary area falls in Aralam, Kelakam and Kottiyoor revenue villages and is located in the northwest slopes of Western Ghats contiguous with the forests of Coorg (Kodagu) district of Karnataka state.The PA (protected area) consists of Aralam Range, the only range of Aralam wildlife division, which is part of Northern Wildlife Circle (Northern Region) Palakkad. The extent of the sanctuary is 55 square kilometres (21 sq mi). The sanctuary was constituted in 1984 as per GO (P) 300/84/AD dated 15 October 1984.

Paithalmala

Vaithalmala (Malayalam: വൈതൽമല ) or Paithalmala is a hill station in the Kannur district of Kerala in India. Located near Pottenplave village, at a height of 1372 m above sea level, this is the highest geographic peak in Kannur. It is located at 40 km from Taliparamba and 65 km from Kannur. Nestled in the Kerala Karnataka border near to Kodagu forests, it lies in the Western Ghats. It has become a favourite spot for the nature enthusiasts, photographers, trekkers and leisurely visitors. There are two trekking seasons at Vaithalmala, falling in monsoon and summer. Monsoon (June to October) trekking to Vaithalmala is a photographer'/'s delight as the mist blankets the hills and forest. One can indulge into the lush greenery amidst the showers throughout the day, especially in July. Practically, trekking is not as easy as in the summer because of the extreme climate. Watch out for leeches and occasional elephant visits.