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Things to Do in Kannur



The Parassinikadavu temple is situated 18 km northeast of Kannur, on the banks of River Valapattanam. The temple, locally known as Parassini Madapura, has many distinctive rituals and customs that make it stand out from other temples in the state. Even the three-storied structure, painted white, is different from that of traditional temples.

The temple compound is full of stray dogs. No one attempts to chase them out and they are allowed to move around as they please. This unusual tolerance for stray dogs within the temple premises stems from a belief that dogs had been the favourite companions of the temple deity.

The deity is Muthappan, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. According to legend, a long time ago a child named Muthappan, who had an insatiable appetite for meat, dry fish and liquor, roamed the area. On account of his strange ways, he was cast out by his family. Some time later, a series of incidents proved, beyond doubt, that the child was not an ordinary child but one who manifested the Divine.


Muthappan soon vanished without a trace and the temple was built by the natives here, in his name, as he was believed to have been an incarnation of Lord Shiva.

One of the main offerings at the temple is dried fish and toddy. Such a custom is not known to be followed in any other temple in the state. The temple is also distinctive in that it allows entry to all visitors, irrespective of their religion. They may go around the temple and near the sanctum sanctorum.



The Rajarajeswara temple is a beautiful Shiva temple (Built by the Tamil chola king Rajaraja Chola III) and is located at Taliparamba, Kannur distrist, Kerala, India. This temple is situated 25 km North of Kannur. The uniqueness of this temple is that it has no kodimaram/flagstaff and entry for women only after 8pm. It is believed to be built during the times of Raja Raja Chola-I. At that time the Chola Empire consisted of the whole of South India, Ceylon and spread up to Malaysia and Indonesia.


Trichambaram Temple is situated 20 km from Kannur, near Taliparamba town which is famous for its spices trade. The deity of the temple is Sree Krishna. The sculptures on the walls of the sanctum sanctorum are a class by themselves. The annual temple festival (Utsavam) is a colourful event. The fortnight-long festival begins on Kumbham 22 of Malayalam calendar (which generally falls on March 6) every year with the kodiyettam (hoisting of a religious flag) and comes to an end on Meenam 6 (which generallay falls on March 20) with Koodipiriyal (Ending of this festival).

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