The Payyabalam beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Kerala with a incredibly peaceful and inviting atmosphere. Payyabalam beach is the main attraction of the Kannur district. The immaculately clean and fresh Payyabalam sea shore is enhanced with shining pearls of golden sand and foamy white waves that come from the Arabian Sea. This is an awesome place for relaxing and keeping our mind and body refreshed at this remarkable seashore and find yourself mesmerized by the elegant beauty of the nature and deadly calm.
The entrance to the beach is a small crossover bridge that is built over a narrow canal. After passing the bridge you can see the memorials of Kannur’s important political personalities that had passed away, on the right side of the bridge. The beach is filled with the nature’s beautiful palm trees and casuarinas furnished the shores like a charming garland in various shades of green. This beach is almost 4kms in length.
By Air: Kannur International Airport is the nearest airport which is about 32 km from the Payyabalam beach
By Train: Nearest Railway station is Kannur Railway Station which is about 2.7 km via Red Cross Road
By Road: You can use KSRTC or private bus or cab to reach the payyambalam beach. It is about a distance of 2.9 km from the Kannur Thavakkara town bus stand.
The Kannur Lighthouse is located near the Payyambalam Beach, and can be visible from the State Beach Hotel. Lighthouse is near to the Sea View Park and the Government Guest House. Kannur lighthouse is the first lighthouse to be constructed in Kerala which is built in 1903, and it’s about 75 feet height. It is the fourth largest lighthouse in Kerala and one of the popular tourist Places in Kannur. The lighthouse lights up the skies every night. This solitary light became useful to the hundreds of fishing boats in the region. There is a spiral staircase to climb the top of the lighthouse. The top offers spectacular views of the entire Kannur city, Baby Beach, the vast area of the Arabian Sea and some parts of Payyambalam Beach. There is a small museum that displays various equipments used for lighting and also a documentary about the lighthouse history. There is a mini theatre in the musem which shows a short film about history of the lighthouse and also there is a light and sound show in the evening.
Distance: Lighthouse is about 2.6 km from Kannur bus stand
Timings: 10 AM – 1 PM & 2 PM – 5 PM, Closed on Mondays
On windy days, the lighthouse will close for visitors.
Entry: Rs. 20 for Person & Rs. 20 for Camera
The Arakkal Museum is situated in Kannur city, which is one of the most significant and frequently visited attractions of the south Kerala that celebrates the memory and grandeur of Kerala’s only Muslim royal family the Arakkal Ali Rajas. The Arrakkal Museum is completely dedicated to the Arakkal family.
Arakkal Museum is an evidence for Arackal dynasty that ruled the ancient Malabar. The museum is really a section of the Arakkalkettu (Arakkal Royal Palace). Many antiquities dating to the rule of the Arakkal Dynasty and different relics of the royals are put up on display at this museum. The Durbar Hall section of Arakkal palace,which was once the official venue of gathering for the kings and their nobles,has now been converted into the Museum and is managed by the Arakkal Family Trust.
There is a nominal entry fee is charged by the Arakkal Royal Trust from visitors to the museum.
The Arakkal Museum is located in Ayikkara, this place is next to the Kannur City. It is located 2-3 kilometres from Kannur town.
The museum is closed on Mondays.
Timings: Museum opens for visitors on Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 AM to 5 PM
Entry fee: INR 10.
Nearest railway station: Kannur, about 3 km away
Nearest airport: Calicut International Airport, about 117 km awayNearest airport: Kannur international Airport 25km , 53 minute by car
St Angelo Fort is a historic fort in Kannur which is a 500 year old fort. St Angelo Fort was built by the Portuguese after the 1498 visit of Vasco Da Gama to India. The fort’s work starts in 1505 by Dom Francisco de Almeida, the first Portuguese Viceroy of India. The fort was used by the Portuguese to provide naval supplies for their military force of Goa and Malacca.
St Angelo Fort is a huge triangular fort made with red laterite stones, the fort rests on a cliff situated beside the majestic Arabian Sea and is surrounded with a beautiful garden. It has huge chapels, stables, a prison and an ammunition storehouse. One of the important spot that can be seen within the fort is a grave stone that belongs to the family of a Dutch commander.The best time to visit the fort is during early morning or during sunset.
The fort is at a beautiful location overlooking the Moppila Bay Harbour and is a quite nice area to walk around in with a lot of greenery and good views of the sea along the ramparts of the fort, also we can see the old canons still in position as they used to be ages ago. There is also an amphitheatre where Light and Sound shows are sometimes held in peak tourist season.
The fort is located about 4 km from the Kannur city centre. It takes about 12 to 14 minutes to reach the fort from Kannur. If you take the Ayikkara Government Hospital Rd You will reach faster.
Nearest railway station: Kannur, about 3 km away
Nearest airport: 27km to airport About 1 hour
Timings: Fort is open for tourists every day from 8 am to 6 pm.
The Car parking charges were 20 and entry charges 25 per head, which can be paid with credit card or cash.
Kannur International Airport (KIA), located approximately 25km from Kannur Town in Kerala, India. The airport spreads about 2,300 acres (930 ha).Airport is constructed under a public-private-partnership (PPP) and build-own-operate (BOO) basis. It is the fourth international airport and second Greenfield airport in Kerala.
One of the main specialty of this Airport is that it not only have cultural traditions of Malabar and Kannur, but also of Kodagu in neighbouring state Karnataka. Airport also contains Mural paintings depicting the heritage of Malabar and many Indian dance forms, like Theyyam of north Kerala, Kathakali and Yakshagana, the traditional theatre art form of Karnataka, are among the art works which have the main attraction at the airport.
It is located 28 km east of kannur town, and 24 km east of Thalassery town, near the municipality of Mattannur.
By Bus: The transportation facilities at Kannur International Airport are provided by KSRTC.
By Rail: The closest railway stations are Kannur railway station and Thalassery Railway Station (around 25 kilometers from the airport) which are connected to all major cities in India.
Pre-paid taxi & E-Auto: Pre-paid taxi service is available at Kannur International Airport.
State Beach Resort is situated 28 km from the Airport, about an hour travel by car is required.
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