Local Sight Seeing
Mt Dilli Light House
One doesn’t have to travel far to find places of tourist or historical interest, or both. Located within the campus of the Naval Station, Ezhimala is the historic Mt Dilli Lighthouse, which finds mention in all historical accounts of the Region. A visit to the Lighthouse is highly recommended because you simply can’t afford to miss this golden opportunity of viewing a lighthouse from such close quarters. There is a nominal charge (Adults – Rs 10.00; Children – Rs 3.00) and some additional charges for photography/ videography (still camera – Rs 20.00; Video camera – Rs 25.00). The Lighthouse is open to visitors from 1500 h to 1800 h on all days.
Located at a distance of 8 kilometres from the INA, Payyanur has a distinguished place in the history and culture of the region. The place derives its name from the renowned Sri Subrahmanya Swami Temple located here. ‘Payyan’ is an appellation of Lord Subrahmanya and ‘Ooru’ means ‘place’. Thus, Payyanur means the place/land of Lord Subrahmanya. Payyanur is also well known for Pavithra Mothiram, Astrology, and art forms like Theyyam and Poorakkali.
Located at a distance of 35 kilometres from the INA, and blessed with beautiful backwaters, hills, and beaches, Nileshwaram is a popular tourist destination. Some of the places to see in Nileshwaram are the Thaikadappuram beach, the region’s longest foot-bridge, the Nileshwaram palace and Nalanda Resort. A backwater cruise on the house boats is the perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday.
Located 48 kilometres north of the INA (and 16 km south of Kasargode), Bekal Fort is the largest and best- preserved fort in Kerala. It is the foremost tourist destination of North Kerala. The fort stands amidst the heartening music of the seas along with the eternal note of the unending waves, carrying the thrilling memories of a bygone era. It is a circular, imposing structure of laterite, rising 130 feet above sea level, and stands on a 35-acre heartland that runs into the Arabian Sea. The fort is more than 300 years old and is believed to have been built in the 1650s by Sivappa Naik of the Ikkeri dynasty. There is also another belief that it was originally built by Kolathiri Rajas and later captured by Sivappa Naik. The Fort, with its zigzag entrance, strategically-designed openings on the outer wall for defence, and plethora of trenches, has no palaces inside and was probably built only for the purpose of defence. The sea bastion, underground tunnels and the observation tower in the Fort are impressive. Bekal Fort has been a source of attraction for historians, tourists and nature-lovers for centuries, since it embodies the memories of a glorious past. Just outside the fort, there is a mosque built by Tipu Sultan, and the Anjaneya Temple. The Pallikere beach is just a kilometre away from the fort.
St Angelo's Fort, Kannur
Also known as the Kannur Fort, it was built in 1505 by Dom Francisco de Almeida, the first Portuguese Viceroy of India and is located on a promontory jutting into the Lakshadweep Sea, about three kilometres from Kannur town. The Dutch captured the fort in 1663 and sold it to the Ali Raja of Kannur in 1772. It came under British control in 1790 and the British rebuilt and developed it as their most important station in the Malabar region. The fort offers a fascinating view of a natural fishing bay.
Thalasseri Fort is an imposing historical monument situated 64 kilometres south of the INA. The fort stands on a rocky cliff (Tiruvellapadkunnu), right on the edge of the Muzhappilangad Beach. It was built by the East India Company in 1703 and is famous for its massive walls, huge and intricately carved doors, and secret tunnels leading into the sea.
The Arakkal Museum
The Arakkal Museum, located at a distance of three kilometres from Kannur, is dedicated to the Arakkal family, the only Muslim royal family of Kerala. The Arakkal family had ruled Kannur for several centuries and had, during their rule, established trade relations with Arabs and Europeans alike. The Government of Kerala has taken a keen interest in preserving the heritage of the Arakkal Family and established this museum. The museum is actually a section of the ‘Arakkalkettu’ (Arakkal Palace), the durbar-hall section of which was converted into a museum by the Government of Kerala in recognition of the family’s stature in the annals of Kerala’s history. A nominal entry fee is charged by the Arakkal Family Trust from visitors to the museum.
Located 65 kilometres to the north of the Indian Naval Academy, the Chandragiri Fort lies to the Southeast of Kasargode town on the banks of the Chandragiri River. A ruined fort, it is popular as a vantage point offering a breath taking view of the river, coconut groves, and, the Arabian Sea. The ruins of this massive 17th Century fort, sprawled on the banks of the Chandragiri River, are a place of immense importance to students of archaeology and history. The Fort was built by Sivappa Naik for the defence of his kingdom. It changed hands over the years to Hyder Ali of Mysore and then to the British East India Company. Today it is a protected monument under the State Archaeology Department.
Dr Herman Gundert, the revered German Missionary, scholar and lexicographer, lived in this bungalow for nearly twenty years from 1839 to 1860. It is located 20 km from Kannur, near Thalasseri town, at Illikunnu on the National Highway. One of the first Malayalam dictionaries and the first Malayalam newspaper Rajya Samacharam took shape here.
Parassinikadavu Snake Park
The Snake Park is located about two kilometres from National Highway (NH) 17, en-route from Taliparamba to Kannur. It is approximately 34 km away from the INA by road. The park houses a large variety of snakes and other small animals, including the Spectacled Cobra, King Cobra, Russell’s viper, Kraits, and various Pit Vipers. There is also a large collection of non-poisonous snakes, including pythons.
Vismaya Water Theme Park
This water park, situated in Kannur, has been developed and is run by the Malabar Tourism Development Co-operative (MTDC). It is located near the famous Muthappan Temple in Parassinikadavu. Officially inaugurated in August 2008, the park is operated solely using the rain water collected by the reservoir (spread over two acres of land with a capacity of 50 million litres of water). The highlights of the park are the virtual waterfall, sliding aqua trails and the laser show. It is located at a distance of 36 kilometres from the INA, 8 kilometres to the north of Kannur.
Pythal Mala is an enchanting hill station, located 70 kilometres from the INA, and North-East of Taliparamba. Situated 4,500 ft. above sea level, near the Kerala-Karnataka border, and rich in flora and fauna, this place is now being developed in a big way as a hill resort. It offers a challenging six-kilometre trek to those inclined to stretch their legs. Trekkers are rewarded by a profusion of exotic flora and fauna and an exhilarating view from the top.
The Aralam Sanctuary is spread over 55 square kilometres of undulating forested highlands on the slopes of the Western Ghats. The highest peak here —Katti Betta— rises a majestic 1145 metres above sea level. Covered with tropical and semi-evergreen forests, the Aralam Sanctuary is home to a large variety of flora and fauna endemic to the Western Ghats. Elephants, Gaurs, Sambars, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Nilgiri Langurs, Hanuman Langurs, Malabar Giant Squirrels, etc., can be seen here. Aralam, a village in Thalasseri, is also noted for the Central State Farm, a 3060-hectare farm started in 1971 by the Government of India. This is one of the main production centres of hybrid coconut seeds in the country. The Sanctuary is located approximately 35 kilometres from Thalassery
Four-kilometre long beach is located about 55 kilometres south of the Indian Naval Academy and about 15 kilometres from Thalasseri. Black rocks protect it from the currents of the deep, making its shallow waters a swimmer’s paradise. This is, perhaps, the only beach in Kerala where you can drive the entire length of four kilometres.
Payyambalam Beach Resort
The Payyambalam Beach is one of the most beautiful in the state of Kerala and is an ideal place to spend evenings, irrespective of the season. It is located just next to Kannur, about 40 kilometres south of the Indian Naval Academy.
This enchanting beach is just a kilometre from Bekal Fort, about 55 kilometres north of the Indian Naval Academy. It offers a spectacular view of the fort and has ample facilities for recreation and relaxation.
Kappil is one of the more famous beaches in North Kerala, located just six kilometres from Bekal Fort. It is a popular picnic spot, and is pretty crowded on the weekends. The beach covers an area of about twenty-five acres and is a good place to relax and enjoy oneself after a tour of the Bekal Fort.