It was a beautiful drive to the place and I would not talk about it anymore here.
I have already posted a blogpost on it. Read here....The drive to Kannur
The first afternoon we decided to stay at the homestay and relax since it had been a long drive.
Read here about the homestay....Amban Heritage
The Chera Beach
We drove to Chera beach about 7 kms from our homestay early in the morning.It is a gem of a place .I would say anyone visiting Kannur must visit this beach. We had a very good time watching the fishermen returning with their catch.The cool caressing morning breeze and the uncrowded stretch of sand bordered by the blue waters lent an amazing view. Read here..The Chera Beach
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The Thalaserry Fort
About the time when the Dutch and the Portuguese were establishing their stronghold over India ,Kannur was a hub of political activity..The Dutch .the Portuguese then the British and even the Arabs left behind marks that add to the sheen of this coastal district even today.The Thalaserry fort located in the twin town of Thalaserry is one such monument.Though its counterpart in Kannur the St Angelo's fort is located in a much picturesque location and is also bigger in size,this fort was no less in importance in the British Era.
Anyways,when in Thallasery do not forget to taste the Thallassery Biriyani(for biriyani lovers of course).The Thalaserry Fort was about 20 kilometers from Mathanoor (the place where our homestay was located.
The drive in beach
I had absolutely no idea as to what a drive in beach means.Okay,let the pics do the job first today.
We were there at sunset ,so enjoyed the pleasure of two things together.First a drive on the beach for a long stretch of nearly a couple of kilometers,and then a sunset over the Arabian sea.After the beautiful sunset and a drive along the coast of Kannur with patches of mangroves growing,we were contented and did not mind calling it a day.
St Angelo's Fort
The St Angelos fort was our next attractive destination.It is located in a very scenic location along the coast .The forts in Kannur are all positioned near the sea.The forts were built primarily to take care of the ongoing spice trade.What started with a pretext of spice trade slowly changed hands from the Portuguese ,to the Dutch ,to the local Arrakal rulers and finally the British who converted it to the most prominent military station in North Malabar.
Definitely a place to be included in the must visit list of anyone visiting Kannur if not for anything else the beautiful views from the fort is not something that can be missed.
Read here..St Angelo's Fort
|A view of the sea from the walls of the fort|
The walk way along the coast and the light house
The walkway is generally preferred as a sunset point,with places to sit and spend some time beside the waves splashing the rugged coastline.We could be there only at noon,nevertheless a very pleasant experience.
The Payambalam beach
Kannur has a host of beautiful scenic beaches.We could go only to three of them. The Payambalam beach is close to St Angelo's Fort.It is a great place to get wet in the sea waters.The waves are not very high ,but one can spend some good time playing with the waves in this clean stretch of sand.
|The Payambalam Beach|
Parassini Kadavu temple
And at last,the place you must visit in Kannur is the Parassini Kadavu temple,to experience theyyam._Theyyam is the ritual folk dance of north Malabar.
Read an interesting blogpost about Theyyam here.....Theyyam by the river Valapattanam.