My quest for the unknown has always driven me to places away from the mundane urban life, where every mile rode has brought in expectations and possibilities of an entirely new experience. Kannur was one such place ,which was little heard of ,and drew me to some exciting new exploits.
|Breakfast at Kamat Lokaruchi,|
An early morning breakfast at Kamat Lokaruchi,in a chill December morning ,and we were on our way to this northern district of Kerala,which was called the land of looms and lore. Kannur is known for its weaving industry,and hence the looms,and talking about the lore ,it had many to narrate.And it did recount to us the rich history of its land,slowly unfolding the many stories which it had to tell,through its numerous forts,palaces and harbours.
The car had finally taken a turn at the Brindavan garden,and we had started on the Bangalore Virajpet highway.We were glad that the hustle of the traffic on the Mysore road was finally over,and so was the concrete jungle as the road slowly changed to different shades of green.The greenery around was not an unfamiliar one ,as the lure of it had brought us to the fourth visit to the state
|The coffee berries put out to dry in the sun by the roadside|
|Wild flowers along the way|
|I don't know what the writing on the top of the gate meant ,I just loved the scene|
|Few more flowers to fascinate me|
|Some tender coconut water and pineapple slices are all we need on the way|
I must admit that I have a thing for those clay tiled houses more so when they are double storied which dot the already splendid scenery.A look at those houses sparks off an imagination of the peaceful and slow paced life they must have amidst nature.
|Do not miss these pineapple,mango and carrot slices dipped in spiced water,they are an excellent thirst quencher,you will find them at every corner of Kannur,|
|The Koottupuzha bridge|
|The coffee berries|
|The pepper climbers|
As I sat in the front seat of the zooming car,happily clicking away every random scene,no frame ,no composition worked .Only a desire to grab the most of what was served before me in this bountiful platter,and take back home with me to remember.
The temperature soared as we crossed the crowded market place of small town Irrity..In about 7 hours we were at Mathannur(The place in Kannur where we had booked our stay).The home stay was The Amban Heritage,a cosy two storied villa,where we had booked our stay for three nights.We were glad to see our smiling hosts ready with glasses of cold butter milk for us after the long drive.
Where to eat and what to eat there
If you happen to go to Thallasery go for the Thallasery biriyani,(Kerala is a haven for non vegetarians)though you can get the same in restaurants in Kannur too.Very close to the Payyambalam Beach is the eating joint named Odhen's.We had our lunch there.It was quite a satisfying experience.This places is for seafood lovers.They have seafood cooked so differently ,that we can vouch for.One should be careful not to reach there late because lunch gets over soon and they wind up by four in the afternoon.One should also be prepared to wait for a table for about fifteen minutes.
Places to visit in Kannur
- St Angelo's fortRead here
- TheThallasery fort
- The Chera beachRead here
- The Parashini Kadavu temple
- The Payyambalam beach
- The Muzhappilangad beach(drive in beach)
- The lighthouse and the walk way
- The Arrakal museum
The route-Bangalore-Mysore-Virajpeta road-Makkoottam Churan Ghat-Koottupuzha bridge-Irrity-Kannur
One can find many hotels and refreshments at Irrity,ATMs and hoispital facility is also available there.THere are not many eateries after one takes the deviation from the Mysore road to the Virajpeat road.
The railway station at Kannur is also well connected to all parts of India.The nearest airports are at Calicut and Mangalore,while the new airport coming up at Kannur is expected to begin commercial operations in mid 2017.Kannur is on national highway 66 between Kozhikode and Mangalore.