Welcome to the Land of Looms & Lore’s
Tourists and holiday makers have missed the glory, beauty and rich cultural heritage of this region.… this area has something for everyone whether u’re traveling with friends, for business or on a family vacation.
On to the North of Kerala, With the Western Ghats in the east (Coorg district of Karnataka State), Kozhikode and Wayanad districts in the south, Lakshadweep sea in the west and Kasaragod in the north, LIES Kannur district – anglicised as Cannanore – is bounded by a wealth of natural beauty. The district itself which shares much of this natural splendour has been a key contributor to the cultural, religious, political and industrial heritage of the State. In addition, Kannur enjoys the credit of having been the cradle of many a colourful folk art and folk music of Kerala. Relics, right from the Neolothic age through the Aryan invasion, Cheran Conquests, Arab and European inroads, stand testimony to this.
Kannur is a land with a resonant past. Myths and legends abound. The ships of Solomon, they say anchored along our coasts to collect timber for building the ‘Temple of the Lord’. Kannur finds mention as NAURA in the ‘Periplus of the Erithrean Sea’ a Greek work of great antiquity.
Kannur has always been a favourite destination of the intrepid foreign traveller. Europeans, Chinese and Arabs have visited our coasts. In his book of travels Marco Polo recounts his visit to the area circa 1250 A.D. Other visitors included Fahian, the Buddhist pilgrim and Ibn Batuta, writer and historian of Tangiers.
Witness a culture of thousands of years old !
Kannur has been since olden days, the cradle of ageless folk art and music. Even today, the myriads of Kavus (small shrines) which dot the district are centers of the Theyyam, a ritual dance in which men impersonate supernatural beings and indeed elevate Kannur to a land of fabulous fantasies.
Kannur district derived its name from the location of its headquarters at Kannur town.The old name ‘Cannanore’ is the anglicised form of the Malayalam word Kannur. Kannur might have assumed its name from one of the , deities of the Hindu pantheon, a compound of two words, Kannan (Lord Krishna) and Ur (place) making it the placeof Lord Krishna.
Cuisine in Kannur has roots in the history, geography and culture of the land.
The Kerala coastline, especially Malabar being rich in Spices and fresh Seafood and no other community makes it better use of this natural bounty than the “Mappillahs” – the Muslims of North Kerala. Fresh Prawns, Shrimp, Crab, Mussles & Oysters are served up in sumptuous sauces and spicy curries.