Parassinikadavu Snake Park
The Parassinikadavu Snake Park, which is 18 kms away from Kannur and 2 kms from Parassinikadavu is one of the major attractions of Kannur District itself. The Snake Park, which is a subsidiary unit of the Pappinisseri Vishachikitsa Society, is the only one of its kind in the State and perhaps the whole of India. Other than the snakes, there are other kinds of rare animals, reptiles and birds like the endangered species of Simhavalan Monkeys and Crocodiles. Snake demonstrations conducted every hour draw large crowds of visitors. (Open 9 a.m - 5.30 p.m everyday).
Vismaya Amusement Park, Parassinikadavu
Vismaya, the amusement park, is located at Parassinikkadavu, Kannur. A perfect place to spend one's holidays, this Amusement park, which clubs information and entertainment, is inventive in many aspects. With rides and other equipments in international standards, the park also offers boating facilities. Vismaya Infotainment Centre, the first water theme and amusement park in cooperative sector has been operating since 2008.
The amusement park is located in 30 acres of land and can handle 3000-3500 visitors at a time. The park has 14 water rides in different heights, wave pool, artificial waterfall, giant wheel, sky train, water flash bumper cars, musical fountain and children‚Äôs parks are among others. The entry fee is Rs.300 per person on working days and Rs.375 on weekends. The park has the rainwater harvesting facility of five crore liters and the entire water requirement for the park will be drawn from this facility.
The quiet, secluded Payyambalam beach is a popular local picnic spot and a beautiful beach resort. There is a massive sculpture of mother and child by renowned sculptor Kanayi Kunhiraman in the landscaped garden at the beach. The Payyambalam beach is one of the beautiful beaches in this State and is an ideal place to spend evenings, irrespective of seasons. It is very near to Kannur town. The mortal remains of Swadeshabhimani Ramakrishna Pilla, A.K.Gopalan, K.P.Gopalan, Pamban Madhavan and K.G.Marar are laid to rest near this resort.
St. Angelo Fort, Kannur
St. Angelos Fort is in the west of Kannur town. This seafront laterite fort was constructed in 1505 AD by the first Portuguese Viceroy, Don Francisco De Almeda, with the consent of the ruling Kolathiri Raja. After changing hands from the Portuguese to the Dutch and then to the English, the fort became one of the important military centres of the British in Malabar. This fort is in a fairly good state of preservation, though parts of it have collapsed. A few obsolete guns areseeh at the place. The fort, which is now under the Archaeological Survey of India, offers fascinating views of the Mappila bay fishing harbour.
This fort which had witnessed many ebbs and tides of history is of much importance to tourists who are interested in historical events. The fort is situated in the Thiruvallippad hill of Thalassery town, 20 kms away from Kannur in the south direction. It was constructed by the British East India Company in the year 1708. This fort has to tell many stories of the victory and defeat of Kolathiri, Tippu Sultan and Pazhassi Raja.
This fort is built of red bricks in an area of two acres. The British used this fort as a jail and currency manufactory. It was here that the leader of the Hyder Ali‚Äôs army was imprisoned and the death bed of Swathi Thirunal‚Äôs successor was arranged. Thalassery silver coins were also minted here. St. John‚Äôs Church is nearby this fort. Here rests Edward Brennen who contributed significantly to the cultural and educational fields of Thalassery. As such this place has assumed the prominence of a pilgrim center.
It is 44 kms away from Thaliparampu and 4500 feet above the sea level. These huge mountains lay spread over 500 acres of land. This is a dense forest area. One can go by bus upto Pottanplavu. From there jeep can be driven for six kms. After that, 2 km walk by foot. North of Paithalmala is Kudaku forest. At the base of the mountain, a tourist information center and dormitory have been constructed.