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Kannur,The City of Looms and Lores 

Introduction 
Kannur is a city and a municipality in Kannur district in the Indian state of Kerala. It is the administrative headquarters of the Kannur District. This is the largest city of North Malabar. Kannur Municipality was established in 1867 and is one of the oldest municipalities in Kerala. Kannur was formerly known as Cannanore. Kannur District is known as the land of looms and lores, because of the loom industries functioning in the district and festivals held in temples. The district is a major centre of Theyyam, a ritual dance of northern Kerala. Small shrines known as kavus associated with the Theyyam dot the district. Apart from this, Kannur district is very rich in Vegetation. Coconut is extensively grown throughout the district. An important cash crop grown in the district is cashewnut. The district plays a unique role in its cultivation and production. The vast stretches of suitable waste lands with low fertility status extends scope for expansion of cashew cultivation and its allied industries.

History 
The Kannur district was part of the Chera kingdom, which ruled most of Kerala during the first several centuries CE. Later Kannur was the capital of the Kolattiri Rajas, whose kingdom had trading relations with Arabia and Persia in the 12th century and 13th centuries. Legendary explorer Vasco De Gama visited Kannue on 1498 and thus started the incoming of Portuguese in the country.Kannur District witnessed one of the longest and bloodiest resistance to British rule in India.Kannur district came into existence as an administrative unit on first January 1957, when the erstwhile Malabar district and Kasaragod taluk of Madras State were reconstituted into three revenue districts- Kannur, Kozhikode and Palakkad.

Tourism 
Kannur is a famous tourist destination in Kerala. The city is an interesting place to explore and a large number of visitors come to this city each year. One of the famous Kannur attractions is Annapoorneshwari Temple. This temple is a famous place and holds great religious importance among locals. People from all over Kannur and nearby places gather here to offer their prayers. Other places worth visiting in the city include- Muzhappilangad beach, Payyambalam beach, Pazhassi Dam, Taliparamba, Dharmadam Island, Pythal Mala and many others.

Places to visit 

Muzhappilangad Beach
Muzhappilangad Beach is a most beautiful beach located at a distance of 15 kms away from Kannur. It is considered as a swimmer's paradise and is the only drive-in beach in the entire Kerala region where tourists can drive up to a length of 4 km.

Pazhassi Dam
Pazhassi Dam is a must visited place in the Kannur city. It was inaugurated by Morarji Desai, the former Prime Minister of India and built across the Valapattanam River. Boating is a popular activity in the reservoir of this dam.

Sadhoo Merry Kingdom
Sadhoo Merry Kingdom is a most famous water park which is located in Kannur. This water park has over 25 rides, including water rides like the jumping frog, family pool, jet slide, multi slide and butterfly. Apart from the rides, this park offers various facilities like video games, restaurants and shops.

Area 2,966 kmĀ²
Population 2412365
Language Malayalam, English
Pin Code 670

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