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Thalassery - The Land Of Circus, Cakes And Cricket


Situated in the district of Kannur, Thalassery is one of the most dynamic towns in North Kerala. Also, known as Tellicherry, the town is a golden feather on the Malabar Coast with its vibrant history and enchanting natural beauty. The name of this vibrant place is marked in the cultural history of India as the birthplace of circus, cricket and cake.

With the aim of establishing trade, the British entered Thalassery in 1682. It became a major commercial hub primarily due to its proximity to the coastal line. The town is renowned as the cultural capital of Malabar for it was home to a number of literary and political movements. From this vibrant town originated the first Malayalam newspaper and novel.

Tourist Places In And Around Thalassery

Major tourist attractions of Thalassery include the English Church, Fisherfolk Temple, Overbury's Folly, Thalassery Fort and the Juma Masjid. The bungalow of Herman Gundert, the German missionary who compiled the first Malayalam-English dictionary, is of interest to history lovers. Mahe, the prominent French settlement in India, is about 15 km away from Thalassery town and is worthy of a visit.

Wellesley's Bunglow, Randattara Cinnamon Estate, Catholic Rosary Church, Vamil Temple, Tagore Park, Udaya Kalari Shangham, Government House and Odathil Palli attract hundreds of travellers to this historical town. Muzhappilangad Beach, the only drive-in beach in Kerala, is situated at a distance of about 9 km from Thalassery.

Thalassery Weather

Being the birthplace of cakes and bakeries, Thalassery has a unique culinary culture. The town enjoys relatively pleasant weather. It is an ideal holiday location for those who want to be in the melting pot of cultures, nature, flavours and history.

How To Reach Thalassery

Thalassery is well connected by rail and road.

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How to Reach Thalassery

  • By Road
    The town of Thalassery is well connected by road to all the nearby cities. Kerala State Transport buses (KSRTC) as well as private buses run regular services from Kannur, Kozhikode, Mangalore, Kochi, Mysore and Thiruvananthapuram. Luxury buses are frequent to nearby metropolitans such as Chennai and Bangalore.
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  • By Train
    Thalassery has a railway station which is well connected to many cities within and outside of Kerala. Regular trains run from the railway station to cities such as Kannur, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode and Palakkad. Thalassery railway station receives good connectivity to cities such as Mangalore, Bangalore and Chennai.
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  • By Air
    The airport which is situated nearest to Thalassery is Calicut International Airport (also known as Karipur International Airport). It is located at a distance of about 93 km from the town of Thalassery. Flights to all major cities and a few cities abroad are available from the airport. Those who arrive by air can reach Thalassery by either taking a bus or hiring a taxi.
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