:"For the district with the name Kannur, see
Kannur District.":"For town with same name in Karnataka, see Kannur, Dakshina Kannada"
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population_as_of = 2001 | population_total = 63,795| area_telephone= 91 497
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Malayalam:കണ്ണൂര്), is a city and a municipalityin Kannur districtin the Indian state of Kerala. It is the administrative headquarters of the district of Kannur.
Kannur is the fourth largest urban agglomeration in Kerala after Kochi,
Thiruvananthapuramand Kozhikode, and has a population of 498,207. According to data compiled by the economics research firm Indicus Analytics on residences, earnings and investments, Kannur is one of ten best cities in India to live. Indicus considered six parameters — health, education, environment, safety, public facilities and entertainment — for preparing the 'reside-in' index. [ [http://www.ibnlive.com/news/best-cities-to-live-invest-and-earn-in/53060-7.html Best cities to live, invest and earn in ] ] It is popularly known as the city of Looms and Lores. Kannur is famous for its pristine beaches, its native performing art Theyyam, and its handloom industry.
Kannur is of strategic military importance. It houses one of the 62 military cantonments in the country and is the current seat of the Defence Security Corps.
Kannur was an important port on the
Arabian Seaand carried out trade with Persiaand Arabiain the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. It was also the British military headquarters on India's west coast up to 1887. In conjunction with her elder sister Tellicherry, it was the third largest city on the western coast of British India in the eighteenth century after Bombayand Karachi.Fact|date=April 2007 St. Angelo's Fortwas built in 1505 by Sir Francisco de Almeida, the first Portuguese Viceroy of India and is situated along the Arabian sea about 3 km from Kannur town. The fort has changed hands several times. In 1663, the Dutch captured it and sold it to the Arakkal royal family. The British conquered it in 1790and transformed it into one of their major military stations on the Malabar Coast. It is fairly well preserved as a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India. A painting of this fort and the fishing ferry behind it is on display at the Rijksmuseumin Amsterdam. The body of Kunjali Marakkarwas exhibited in the Fort after his assassination.
During British rule in India, Kannur was known by its Anglicised name of Cannanore, which is still in fairly common usage.
According to the
2001 censusof India, [GR|India] Kannur has a population of 63,795. Males constitute 48% of the population and females 52%. Kannur has an average literacy rate of 83%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 84%, and female literacy is 83%. In Kannur, 12% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Places in Kannur town
St. Angelo Fortwas built in 1505 by Sir Francisco de Almeida, the first Portuguese Viceroyof India and is on the Arabian sea about 3 km from Kannur town. There is a sea pathway behind the fort, stretching a kilometer or two into the sea.
Payyambalam Beachis a famous Kannur beach with an unbroken coastline of a few kilometres. From the beach, one can see ships in transit along the Malabarcoast, from beyond Calicut( Kozhikode) moving towards Mangalore, Goaand Bombay( Mumbai). The well laid out garden and the massive landscaped sculpture of Mother and Child erected by noted sculptor Kanayi Kunhiramanmakes it extremely captivating.
Arakkal Museum, located in Ayikkara, is a museum dedicated to the Arakkal family, the only Muslimroyal family in Kerala, south India. The museum is actually a section of the "Arakkalkettu" (Arakkal Palace). The durbar hall section of the palace has been converted into a museum by the Government of Kerala. It was opened in July 2005 after a Rs. 9,000,000 renovation and is managed by the Arakkal Family Trust.
Cannanore Lighthousenear the Sea View Park is another place of interest. The first lighthouse at Kannur was built in 1843 by the British at St. Angelo's Fort. Over the years, the lighthouse was renovated and in 1948, it was moved to the current location. The lighthouse is still in use.
Cannanore Cantonmentis one of the 62 cantonments in the country and the only one in Kerala. It was established by the British in the 19th century and is still an important location for Indian armed forces
* The Defence Security Corps (DSC) Centre and DSC Records is located in Kannur town, on the road to
Payyambalam Beach. The area is a part of the Cannanore Cantonmentand is well-maintained by the Cantonment Board. The DSC centre at Kannur is the mother depot to all platoons in the country.
* Baby Beach, so-called because it is smaller than its larger neighbour, Payyambalam Beach.
St. Angelo Fortis adjacent to it. The baby beach is part of the Cannanore Cantonment and access may be restricted at times.
Meenkunnu Beachat Azhikode, just a few kilometres from the town.
Mappila Bayin Ayikkara, near the St. Angelo fort, is a major fishing harbor overlooking the Arabian Sea.
Azhikkal Ferry— near Azhikode, about 10 km from Kannur town, where the " Valapattanam" river joins the Arabian sea. The Azhikkal ferry gives a magnificent view of the sunset. There is a granite pathway here which stretches 2 km into the sea.
* The Kannur City Center is a prominent shopping center on Fort Road.
* The Sea View Park, near the Payyambalam beach is overlooked by the Government Guest House. The Park is at an elevation from the sea level and gives a magnificent view of the sunset.
* The Vismaya amusement park,one of the largest water theme and amusement park in India,located at Parassinikadavu,Kannur.
Kannur town and Kannur City
The region in and around the municipality of Kannur has been so developed that it has become known as Kannur City, but it should not be confused with the old town, Kannur city.
* Kannur town — this is the actual city of Kannur and the administrative headquarters of
Kannur District. The major business establishments, government offices, shopping centres, hotels, and showrooms are located in Kannur town.
Kannur City— although named "city", Kannur City is the old town, just a few kilometres from Kannur town, and is different from Kannurtown. Both Kannur town and Kannur City fall under the Kannur Municipal Council. Kannur City was the ancient capital of the Arakkal kingdom. The Kannur district HQ hospital and city bus stand are located near Kannur City.
Kannur is easily reachable by road, rail, air and sea.
Kannur is on the National Highway 17 (NH-17) between
Maheand Talapady. The roads in the city are well laid out, although the condition of the roads is affected during the monsoonseason.
The two airports at
Mangalore, Karnatakain the north and Kozhikode in the south are just about 125 killometers away from Kannur.Kannur international airport is coming up atmattanur,once operational Kannur international airport will be the largestairport in Kerala.
Kannur is an ancient sea port. The nearest all-weather sea port is
Mangalore, presently in Karnatakastate. The inland water transport system connecting Perumbaand Thaliparambawas constructed in 1766 by the Ali Rajaof Kannur. This 3.8 km long canal is known as the Sultan's Canal. The west flowing rivers are used for navigation. The Valappattanamriver, 55 km and Anjarakandiriver, 23 km. The nearest airport is Kozhikode.
Kannur Universityis situated at Magattuparamba about 10 k.m. from Kannur town. Major educational institutions affiliated to Kannur University include
* College of Engineering ,Thalassery (CUSAT)
*Govt. College of Engineering,Kannur
*Brennen College, Thalassery
*Sir Syed College, Taliparamba
*Sree Narayana College, Kannur
*Krishna Menon College, Kannur
*N.A.M College, Kallikkandy
*Nirmalagiri college, Kuthparamba
*M.G. College, Iritty
*PRNSS college, Mattannur
*Chinmaya Institute Of Technology,Chala,Kannur
*Vimaljyothi engineering college, chemperi
*Sree Narayana Guru College of Engineering & Techonology, Kangol, Payyanur
*Govt. Ayurveda College,Pariyaram,Kannur
*Govt.College of Teacher Education,Thalassery,Kannur
* Pariyaram Medical College,Pariyaram,Kannur
* Kannur Medical College,Anjarakandy,Kannur
* Koyli Hospital, Kannur
* AKG hospital, Kannur
* Dhanalakshmi Hospital, Kannur
* Co.Op Hospital, Thalassery
* Indhira Gandhi Hospital, Thalassery
* St. Camillus Hospital, Kelakam
* Lourde Hospital, Taliparamba
* Lourde College of Nursing, Taliparamba
* Speciality hospital, Thana Kannur
* Chaithaniya hospital,Talap,Kannur
* Aashirwadh hospital,Kannur
* Ashoka hospital,Kannur
* Mother & child care hospital,Kannur
* Madhavrao Scindia hospital,Kannur
* Malabar Cancer Centre,Thalassery
* Fathima Hospital,Kannur
* Kannur Hospital,Talap,Kannur
* J.J Hospital,South Bazar,Kannur
Private FM Radio stations
Radio Mango (the Malayala Manorama Co Ltd) -91.9
Club FM (the Mathrubhumi Printing And Publishing Co Ltd) -94.3
S FM (kal Radio,sun Network) 93.5
Best FM (asianet Communications Ltd) - 95.0
AIR FM Radio Station
Kannur - 101.5
Arakkal Adi Raja
* [http://www.kannur.nic.in/ Official website]
* [http://www.mapsofindia.com/maps/kerala/kannur-map.html Kannur City map]
* [http://kannur.web4all.in/ Kannur Jilla Panchayath Community website]
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