Visits since 1 January 2017: 4,080,722

Visits since 1 January 2007: 29,383,509



Zone: South

Telephone Access Code: +91 497

The cradle of many a colourful folk art form like Theyyam, Kannur is said to be the ancient port of Naura, from whose shores King Solomon’s ships collected timber to build the great temple of Jerusalem. Known even to the Greeks, Romans and the Arabs, Kannur’s trade links goes back a long way. Acclaimed by celebrated traveller Marco Polo as the great emporium of the spice trade, this nature-rich land has been a key contributor to the cultural, religious, political and industrial heritage of the State. Bounded by the Western Ghats in the east and the Lakshadweep Sea in the west, Kannur showcases its remarkable history in the ancient forts, old shrines and august cultural and educational institutions that dot its scenic landscape.

Tourist information offices:

  • District Tourism Promotion Council, Taluk Office Compound, Kannur Ph: 2706336, 2702466
  • DTPC, Tourist Information Centre, Railway Station Ph: 2703121, Email:, Department of Tourism Ph: 2702515

Getting there

By road: An excellent road transport system connects Kannur to all the major towns of South India.  Kannur KSRTC Bus station, Enquiry Ph: 2707777; Private Bus Stand, Enquiry Ph: 6534230

By rail: Kannur is an important railhead of the Southern Railways. Kannur Railway Station, Enquiry Ph: 2705555; Thalassery Railway Station, Enquiry Ph: +91 490 2344131

By air: Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport, Kozhikode (93 km)  

Geographical Information

Altitude: Sea level

Area: 2997 sq. km

Population: 2,408,956 (2011 census)

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