Kannur International Airport is an international airport serving the district of Kannur, one of the northern districts in the state of Kerala, India. The airport spreads about 2,300 acres. It is located 25 km east of the city, near the municipality of Mattannur.
Bekal Fort is the biggest fort in Kerala spreading over forty acres. The unique Bekal Fort stands amidst the roaming but heartening music of the seas along with the eternal note of the unending waves, carrying the thrilling memories of a bygone era. This foremost souvenir of the 'Gods own Country' remains undeterred over the ages as a silent witness to centuries of eventful yester years. The Bekal Fort has been a source of attraction for historians, tourists and nature - lovers for centuries since it embodies memories of a glorious past.
This centre of worship and faith has in store many unique practices and rituals, and the temple architecture itself stands testimony to this aspect. Located 20 km away from Kannur, a northern district of Kerala, the Parassinikadavu Muthappan (Siva) Temple on the banks of the Valapatnam River attracts people from all sections of the society; irrespective of religion, caste and promotes the essence of "Vasudaiva Kutumbakam - The whole world is one family."
Paithalmala, a stunning hillstation, is 4,500 ft. above sea level, stands close to the Karnataka border and is very rich in flora and fauna. Paithalmala is ideal for trekking and adventure tourism. It has been fast emerged as ecotourism destination. It is the highest peak in Kannur, located about 65 kms north-east of Kannur city and 35 kms east of Thaliparambu. North of Paithalmala is the Kudaku forest. It is part of the Western Ghats, spread over 500 acres of land provide panoramic views of the surrounding hills and dense forests . From one corner of the hill one could even see the Arabian Sea far away.
Payyambalam Beach - One of the most beautiful beaches in the state of Kerala is at a distance of 2 km from Kannur town. This beautiful stretch of sand and surf is the best place for a relaxing holiday. It is well known for the well constructed and laid out gardens and a gigantic sculpture of the mother and the child by Kanayi Kunhiraman that was erected here. It is also famous due to the fact that the remains of Swadeshabhimani Ramakrishna Pillai,A.K Gopalan, Pamban Mandavan and K.G Marar are laid to rest near this place.
The Arakkal Museum is a museum dedicated to the Arakkal family, the only Muslim royal 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. Arakkal family is the royal family which ruled Kannur for several centuries. They had family relationship with Kolathiris, the rulers of the neighboring Chirakkal kingdom. Arakkal family had trade relationship with Arabs and later with Europeans. The islands of Lakshadweep and Maldives were ruled by Arakkal family. The king of Arakkal kingdom was known as Arakkal Raja and the Queen was known as Arakkal Beevi.