Kannur (Cannanore), the sea coast town in the northern Malabar area was for many centuries the capital of the Kolathiri Rajas, the rivals of the Zamorins of Kozhikode. Formerly a major port area Kannur has the Arabian sea in the west, the Western Ghats in the east, and the Kozhikode and Wayanad districts in the south.
Kannur has always been a favorite destination of the foreign traveler. Europeans, Chinese and Arabs have visited Kannur coasts. Kannur finds mention as NAURA in early history. Marco Polo, Fahian and Ibn Batuta are some of the well known travellers to visit Kannur. The ships of Solomon are believed to have anchored along Kannur coasts to collect timber for building the 'Temple of the Lord'.
Kannur is an ideal stop for when you travel between Cochin and Goa.
Theyyam or Theyattam is an ancient and still popular ritual dance of Malabar viz North Kerala. Itís a unique combination of dance, music and also reflects the main features of a tribal culture. The Theyyam performance has an aura of divine splendour as its accompanied by rituals & other devotional hymns. Its indeed an unprecedented experience to watch this dance symbolising the ultimate power. Theyyam is generally performed in front of the village shrines. Performance of a particular deity according to its significance and hierarchy in the shrine continues for 12 to 24 hours in the intervals. There are a large number of temples in Kannur where Theyyam is performed.
The Theyyam perfromance can be observed from Oct to March at various Kavu (small temples) spread over the district. Watching theyyam in the midnights invoke the inner feelings of our mind.