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Kannur District

Kannur District

Important points –Kannur District

  • Kannur district was formed in 1957.
  • St. Angelo’s Fort in Kannur was built in 1505 by Francisco de Almeida, the first Portuguese Viceroy of India.
  • Rajyasamacharam was published from Illikkunnu in Thalassery. Rajya Samacharam is the first Malayalam Newspaper published in Kerala started by Dr. Herman Gundert in June 1847.
  • The only cantonment in Kerala is Kannur.
  • Last formed corporation in Kerala is Kannur Corporation.
  • As per 2011 census, Kannur district has the highest sex ratio(1036).
  • Kannur is the Land of 3 C’s –  Cricket, Circus, Cake.
  • Keeleri Kunhikannan is known as the father of Kerala Circus
  • Kannur is the centre of ‘Theyyam’ the famous temple folk art form of Northern Kerala.
  • Central Prison, Kannur was the first Central Jail established in Kerala in the year of 1869.
  • Payyannur is called ‘Second Bardoli’.
    • C. K. Lakshmanan was the first malayalee to participate in Olympics is from Kannur.
    • C. K. Lakshmanan represented British India in Hurdles at the 1924 Summer Olympics at Paris.
    • Valappttanam is the smallest panchayat in Kerala.
    • Pazhassi dam in Kannur is constructed across Valappattanam river.
    • Valapattanam River is the largest river in the Kannur district.
    • The famous Parassinikadavu Muthappan temple is on the bank of the Valappattanam river.
    • Parassini
    • Kottiyoor Temple is a prominent Shiva temple in Kerala. Also famous for Vysakha festival.
    • Kotiyoor is often refererred to the Varanasi of the South.
    • Renaissance leaders like  Vagbhatananda, A K Gopalan, Ayyathan Gopalan, Anandatheerthan, Murkoth Kumaran etc were born in Kannur.
    • Kottiyoor Ulsavappattu was written by Vagbhatananda to criticize the customs at Kottiyoor temple.
    • Vagbhatananda was born in 1885 in Thalassery.
    • Swami Ananda theerthan born in 1905 in Thalassery.
    • Ayyathan Gopalan (1863- 1949) was born in Thalassery. He started the Kozhikode branch of Brahmosamaj in 1898.
    • Pattini Jatha was led by AK Gopalan from Kannur to Madras in 1936.
    •  The first full body statue of Sree Narayana Guru was established in Thalassery Sree Jagannatha Temple
    • Swadeshabhimani Ramakrishna Pillai memorial situated at Payyambalam.
    • Kannur district has the longest coastline among the districts(82 km)
    • Kerala’s only drive-in beach, Muzhappilangad in Kannur.
    • Muzhappilangad_Drive-in_Beach_
    • Northernmost wildlife sanctuary of Kerala, Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1984.
    • Dharmadom island in Kannur is surrounded by the Anjarakandy river on three sides and by the Arabian sea on the fourth side.
    • Parassinkkadavu Snake Park is in Kannur.
    • Paithalmala is a hill station in the Kannur district.
    • File:Paithalmala
    • Perambadi pass connects Kannur and Coorg.
    • Mangroves are seen mostly in Kannur district.
    • Kallen Pokkudan from Kannur is an environmenal activist known for his efforts for the protection of mangrove forests
    • Madayipalli is believed to have been built in A.D. 1124 by Malik lbn Dinar of Arabia.
    • Ezhimala was the former capital of the ancient Mushika Kingdom.
    • Tippu Sulthan made a canal between Payangadi River and Moolakkeel River, called ‘Sultan Thodu’ (Sultan Canal) for the easy movement of cargo in Kannur.
    • Anjarakandy Cinnamon Estate(Also known as Browns Estate) established by the East India company in 1767 is Asia’s largest cinnamon(കറുവ) estate.
    • The Thalassery Town Cricket Club, founded in 1860 is Kerala’s first cricket club.
    • Malabar Cancer Center is at Kodiyeri near Thalassery.
    • Leading producer of cashewnut in Kerala – Kannur
    • Pepper Research Station in Kerala is located at Panniyur.
  • First district in India to achieve 100% primary education- Kannur.
  • Karivellur was delared as the first Panchayat with 100% literacy in ‘Akshara Keralam’ programmme by Kerala Literacy Mission during year 1991.
  • Kannur is the First Zero Landless District in Kerala.
  • Kannur University established in 1996.
  • First Gymnastic Training Center of India is located at Kannur.
  • First Bakery in Kerala was started at Thalassery
  • Arrakkal Museum in Kannur dedicated to the Arakkal family, the only Muslim royal family in Kerala.
  • The Indian Naval Academy (INA Ezhimala) is the initial officer training establishment of the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard, located in Ezhimala, near Payyanur.
  • Kerala Folklore Akademy is situated at Kannur.
  • Ayalkootam Project was first established in Kalliasseri in Kannur.
  • Longest-serving Chief Minister of Kerala,E K Nayanar was born in Kalliasseri.
  • Communist leader and a former Minister in Kerala, Melathu Raghavan is also known as MVR was born in Kannur. He was the founder of the Pariyaram Co-operative Medical College.
  • Pariyaram medical college is the first medical college in co-operative sector in kerala.
  • Kannur International Airport will be the fourth international airport in Kerala.
  • Kannur-airport
  • The Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan from Pinarayi village represents Dharmadam Constituency in Kannur.
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