Kannur is a coastal town a few hours north from Calicut. The town lies slightly raised from the beach  and it boasts a coconut-fringed coastline with some very attractive beaches, with miles of white sand.

Kannur also boast a European fort which was built by the Portuguese in 1505 before being captured by the Dutch and lastly by the British. During British times Kannur was known by its older name of Cannanore, which means Land of Krishna.

Kannur is known as the Land of Loomsand Lore, because of the loom industries functioning in the district and ritualistic folk arts held in temples.

Handloom weavers produce silk and cotton saris, shirts, lungis  and soft furnishings sold through local cooperatives. Kanhirode Weavers’ Cooperative Society  was founded in 1952 on Gandhian principle, has a yearly turnover of Rs 150 million (US$3.7 million) and exports 95% of its pure handloom fabric to the UK for the Futon Bed Company. Spun cotton is shipped in from Coimbatore, and dyed in huge vats after which the cooperative’s 450 staff are expected to feed bobbins through the high wooden looms fast enough to make 42 m within 3½ days for women, or three for men. While some weave, others feed the raw heaps of cotton from wire frames onto wheels to make thread – in the silk section they use bicycle wheels. The rooms, chock-full with the Chettiar caste for whom this is hereditary occupation, clatter with activity. The daily wage is Rs 100 (US$2.45), and apparently the co-op is having trouble recruiting more of the caste, who, as caste rules relax, are going for higher paid jobs elsewhere. A visit here is well worth the journey.
Now as in the past Kannur is still of great strategic military importance. It houses one of the 62 military cantonments in the country, the Kannur Cantonment, and is the current headquarters of the Defence Security Corps and Territorial Army’s 122 Infantry Battalion (under Madras Regiment).