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Kerala Travel Guide

Kannur

The Kannur district is the heartland of the Moppilahs (Kerala's Muslim community). It's also a center for the hand-loom industry as well as the manufacture of beedis, potent hand-rolled cigarettes made from tobacco sweepings. The town itself was for many years at the center of the maritime spice trade. The ruling Kolathiri rajas profited from the spice trade as did the European colonists. Today

Kannur is a good hub for visiting several coastal sights—to the north and the south—including forts and undeveloped beaches.

You can reach Kannur by road from Calicut in about two hours (93 km, 58 miles), either by bus or by a hired car. The Jan Statabdi and the Ernakulam–Kannur Intercity Express trains both go to Kannur, including from Kochi (a 5½-hour trip) or from Calicut (2 hours or less). The sights around Kannur are all fairly far out of town, and your best option is to hire a car.

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