St. ANGELOS FORT

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Distance              : 2.6kms
Timings               : 8 AM to 6PM
Transportation : Bus / Train Available


Fort St. Angelo is believed to be constructed in 1505 by Dom Francisco De Almeida, the first Portuguese Viceroy. This fort is situated in the western region of Kannur town. It is popularly known as the Kannur Fort and Kannur Kotta. This triangular shaped fort lies in the Cantonment region facing the Arabian Sea.


According to history, this fort was captured by Dutch rulers in 1663. Later in 1772, Ali Raja of Kannur bought this fort from the Dutch. Various attractions of this fort like the Zeelandia, Frieslandia and Hollandia were built by the Dutch rulers.


According to history, this fort was captured by Dutch rulers in 1663. Later in 1772, Ali Raja of Kannur bought this fort from the Dutch. Various attractions of this fort like the Zeelandia, Frieslandia and Hollandia were built by the Dutch rulers.

 

Thalassery Fort

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23.512 kms
Timings               : 9AM to 7AM
Transportation : Bus / Train Available


22 km from the land of the exotic art form of theyyam in the Northern district of Kannur is the small town of Thalassery. In this town stands an imposing historical monument - the Thalassery Fort.


The East India Company which had established its settlement on the Malabar Coast in 1683 built the monument as a testimonial of their colonial imperialism in 1703. The fort was once the nucleus of Thalassery's development.


The imposing square fort has massive walls, huge, intricately carved doors and secret tunnels to the sea all in all, the perfect setting for you to get an authentic taste of some local history and heritage!


The fort, though originally established as a godown for cardamom and pepper, became a strategic centre for the military activities of the British. It was there that Arthur Wellesley planned out his strategy to fight the great warrior, Pazhassi Raja. During the 1780s, when Hyder Ali tried to conquer Malabar, the fort witnessed more fighting and bloodshed.


It is frequented by local people in the evenings as a place to relax.

 

Bekal Fort

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76.5 kms
Timings               : 9AM to 7AM
Transportation : Bus / Train Available


Bekal Fort is the largest fort in Kerala, situated at Kasaragod district, North Kerala and it is 67 km from Mangalore spreading over 40 acres (160,000 m2). Some important features of this fort are the water-tank with its flight of steps, the tunnel opening towards the south, the magazine for keeping ammunition and the broad steps leading to the Observation Tower, which is a rarity. From there one has an ample view of towns in the vicinity like Kanhangad, Pallikkara, Bekal, Kottikkulam, Uduma etc. The nearest railway stations are Bekal Fort, Kotikulam, Kanhangad,and Kasargod. This observation center had strategic significance in discovering even the smallest movements of the enemy and ensuring the safety of the Fort.


It is believed that the Bekal fort might have existed even from early days of the Chirakkal Rajas for the fact that it was common in those days to build a fort for the purpose of defense. Many of the old royal palaces have forts to protect them from the enemies. Decribing the Kolathiri Kingdom in his Kerala History, K.P. Padmanabha Menon writes that the residence allotted to the Thekkelamkur: "The eldest of the male members reigned as sovereign Kolathiri. The next in succession, the heir apparent, was the Thekkelamkur. The residence assigned to him was the Vadakara fort. The third in succession was the Vadakkelamkur in charge of Vekkolath fort. This V (B) ekkolath fort is identified by some scholars as the present Bekal.



ARAKKAL MUSEUM

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Distance              : 2.8 kms
Timings               : 10.30AM to 6AM
Transportation : Bus / Train Available


The Arrakkal Museum is a museum dedicated to the Arakkal family, the only Muslim royal family in Kerala, South India. The museum is actually a section of the Arakkalkettu (Arakkal Palace). The durbar hall section of the palace has been converted into a museum by the Government of Kerala. It was opened in July 2005 after a Rs. 9,000,000 renovation.


Arakkal Kettu, a palace of historical significance, was the residence of the former Arakkal Ali Rajas, the only Muslim royal family of Kerala which ruled parts of the coast and Lakshadweep island. The Arakkal family played a prominent role in the history of Malabar. The palace is situated in Ayikkara, near St. Angelo Fort, at a distance of 3 km from Kannur town.


This 200-year-old palace complex has been renovated and converted into a heritage museum in the year 2005. It showcases the history of the Arakkal house and of the regional influence of the Arakkal 'Rajas' (male rulers) and 'Beevis' (female rulers) in the heydays of their authority. Exhibits in the durbar hall contains old records, maps and drawings of surveys and many other manuscripts that will throw light on the maritime activities of the family, its monopoly on spices trade and its relationship with European colonial powers.