Valapattanam (7 km from Kannur):
The small town on the Valapattanam River is well known for its wood-based industries and timber trade. The port of Azhikkal and Azhikkal Beach are located nearby. Western India Plywoods Limited, the largest wood-based industry in the country and also one of the largest of its kind in South East Asia, is a major industrial concern here.
Parassinikadavu (18 km from Kannur town):
Sri Muthappan Temple stands on the banks of the Valapattanam river. This pilgrim centre is famous for the Muthappan Theyyam performed every morning and evening. The DTPC provides pleasure boating on the river near the temple and houseboat cruises at the Parassini River. Accommodation is available nearby. The snake park here is the only one of its kind in this State and perhaps the whole of India. Snake demonstrations conducted every hour draw large crowds of visitors (open 0830-1730 hrs everyday). There are frequent bus services from Kannur to Parassinikadavu.
Raja Rajeswara Temple (21 km from Kannur):
Situated near Taliparamba town on the National Highway this temple is dedicated to Lord Raja Rajeswara (Lord Siva worshipped as the presiding power).
Trichambaram Temple (20 km from Kannur, near Taliparamba town on the National Highway):
A sacred place of the Vaishnava cult, the deity of the temple is Sree Krishna. The sculptures on the walls of the sanctum sanctorum are unique by themselves. The annual temple festival, usually held in March, is a colourful event.
Sree Ramaswami Temple, Thiruvangad (23 km from Kannur):
This temple dedicated to Sri Rama is one of the most important temples in Malabar. The exquisite carvings in the temple are said to have been done nearly 400 years ago.
Malayala Kalagramam (29 km from Kannur):
This renowned centre for arts and culture at New Mahe, conducts courses in painting, sculpture, music, dance and pottery.
Thodeekulam Siva Temple (34 km southeast of Kannur):
Located 2 km from Kannavam on the Thalasseri-Mananthavady road, this temple is famous for its mural paintings. It is believed to have been constructed 2,000 years ago and was closely connected with the Pazhassi Raja family of Kottayam (Thalasseri taluk).
Famous for its Anna Poorneswari Temple, the weeklong annual festival falls in April. There is a Kathakali-Panchavadya school called Asthikalalaya near the temple.
There is a Siva Temple here on the banks of the Bavali River. Thousands of devotees attend the annual 27-day festival during May - June.
This place in Payyanur is famous for its unique bronze lamps and sculptures.
Theyyam festivals at various temples (December - May)
Kottiyoor festival (May-June/July)
Annual eight day Utsavam at Jagannatha Temple:
Highlights: Religious conferences, Elephant processions, Fireworks display, Cultural programmes (February)