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Thalassery is a small town, which is also an old city in kannur district. Thalassery is also known as Tellicherry. Thalassery lies on the Malabar Coast of Kerala in southern India. It has almost 1,00,000 population and has a beautiful geography surrounded with hills, four rivers and long costal line. The Mahe River was nicknamed has English Channel because it separated British-ruled Tellicherry from French-ruled Mahe.
The fall of Chera dynasty that ruled Kerala from 9th to 12th century led to the formation of small provinces such as Venadu, Kolathunadu, Kochi, Kozhikode and also Thalassery, which was earlier called "Thalakkathe" (which means "northernmost" or "topmost" in the Malayalam language) plus "Cheri" (which means "place"), which was later Shortened to Thalassery.
With the permission of "Vadakkilamkur," Prince of Kolathunadu, the British entered Thalassery in 1682 and made this palace as the major trade centre; due to the vast costal line the town became a major commercial centre. British built a seaport in Thalassery through which a variety of spices such as pepper and cardamom were exported. In 1708 the British built "Thalassery Fort" on a small hill called "Thiruvallippad Kunnu," situated by the sea to protect and control the spice trade from the town near to the seaport.
The quadrangle fort has got huge and massive walls; some secret tunnels to the sea; a church built underneath the fort; and an elaborately carved huge door, a magnificent structure. In 1781, the king of Mysore "Hyder Ali" tried to capture the Fort in his military campaign in the Malabar Coast. His successor Tippu Sultan was forced to give up the Malabar district to the British at the end of Third Anglo-Maratha war.
Thalassery is famous for circus and considered to be birth place of Indian circus. 90% of the Indian circus companies and artists are from Thalassery. The Government of Kerala has decide to start a circus school, which will give employment opportunity and serve as recruitment ground for circus companies.
Thalassery is also famous for cricket. The Thalassery stadium has hosted many Ranji Trophy matches and some international matches. Cricket was played in Tellicherry much before it was introduced in Calcutta in 1860.
There are some famous personalities who were from Thalassery like C.V. Devan Nair the third President of Singapore; Oyyarathu Chandumenon author of the first Malayalam novel Indulekha; The Great Humorist of Malayalam Literature Sanjayan; Moorkoth Kunhappa Associate Editor of Malayala Manorama, a leading Malayalam daily, for 27 years; Keeleri Kunchikannan, Circus Teacher referred to as "The Father of Indian Circus"; Professor K Damodaran, founder of Kamala Circus, the first 3 ring circus in India.
Near by attractions are like Sree Ramaswami Temple, Thiruvangad, is situated 1 Km away Tellicherry town. Sree Ramaswami Temple is otherwise known as 'brass pagoda' and is dedicated to Sree Rama. The temple festival is held during April. Sree Jagannath Temple is also located near by. This temple is of Lord Siva and was dedicated in 1908 by the great spiritual reformer Sree Narayana Guru. Usually, the temple festival is held during March.
Muzhappilangad Beach is one of the glamorous destinations in Thalassery, this unspoiled beach sprawling over 5 km is located within 10 km from the city centre.
Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary is located 45 km from Thalassery, this wildlife sanctuary houses all species of the primates in Kerala. It is suitable for Trekking, wildlife viewing, bird-watching, and photography.
The best time to visit Thalassery is from September to May. From June to August it will be raining heavily
Accommodation is available at the Thalassery town and home stays are also available near the beach.
How to get there:
Nearest Airport: The nearest airport is Kozhikode International airport about 93 km away.
Nearest Railhead: The Kannur railway station is linked with major towns of Kerala as well as of the country.
By Road: NH-17 passes through Thalassery; Kozhikode is 67 km away from Thalassery.
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