Thalassery is a small coastal town in the Kannur district of Kerala State. It is gifted with 4 rivers of which one is the famous Mahe River or Mayyizhi River which seperates Thalassery and Mahe [a union territory of Puducherry]. Soon after the decline of the famous Chera rule by 12th century AD, Kerala kingdom broke into 4, named Venadu, Kochi, Kozhikode and Kolathanadu. Since Thalassery was situated at the northern most area in Kolathunadu, It was called Thalakkathu cherry. Thalakkathu means “at the top”, and Cherry means “place”. Hence the name Thalassery came into use. Thalassery is the birthplace of Communist movement in Kerala. This town is also famous for its special cuisine combining Kerala, French and Arabic mix. The first bakery in the state Mambally Bakery was started in Thalassery.
The british built this fort on the seaside of Thalassery inorder to control the spice trade. It was attacked by Hyder ali of Mysore but was unsuccessful in his attempt. This historical monument is situated just 1.5kms from Thalassery town and can be easily accessed.
Odathil mosque is a 200 year old built around 1806 and is made of teak wood. It is a popular pilgrim center for the Muslims. It is within the Thalassery town itself.
Situated 100 meters away from the seaside in Thalasssery is this gorgeous 5 acre island. It is adorned with thick lush bushes and coconut palms. Visitors need permission to access this privately owned island. In the distant past it was a Buddhist center. Dharmadom Island is 6 kms from the Thalassery town and there are frequent bus services from Thalassery town to Dharmadom Island.
Summer - Summer season starts by March and lasts till May. Summer is too hot and humid. Normally the temperature ranges from 31°c to 38°c. If not considering the heat factor, Thalassery is fine to visit during summer.
Monsoon - This is not a recommended period to visit Kannur. June to September Thalassery experiences South West Monsoon and during October and November months it is North East Monsoon.
Winter - Possibly the best time to visit Thalassery. The temperature would be averaging 24° - 26°. The pleasant climate is inviting, and helps in easy movement in and around Kannur.
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