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At very first glance itself this colonial town attracts you with its charm. Thalassery, one of the oldest British settlements in India is a historical town situated about 21 km from Kannur.

The geography of Thalassery is a blessed one adorned with four rivers, abundant natural beauty of small hills with orange hued rocks, canals, long beautiful coastline and breathtaking cliffs.

The name Thalassery originated from Thalakachery. The anglicised form of Thalassery is Tellicherry. This small town have so many specialities. Thalassery is famous for three “C”. Thalassery is known as city of Cricket, Cake and Circus.

British sport Cricket, the obsession of the nation was first played in Thalassery. A British Food Cake was first baked in India in Thalassery. The legacy of cake is on Mambally Bakery established by Mambally Babu in 1880 which was the first bakery in Kerala.

The origin of Great Indian Circus happened here. British entered Thalassery in 1682 for establishing their trading facilities. During their period there were so many organized revolts held by the natives against the empire. The British crushed all this movements and continued ruling the town.

Being a coastal town made it a major commercial centre during British rule. The British made a sea port in Thalassery for Spice transport. They exported spices such as Cardamom, Pepper and Cinnamon to so many European countries through Thalassery Port. In 1708 they even built a fort by the sea for protecting their spice trade.

Many Europeans left their mark here. Some of them are still remembered. They are Herman Gundert, compiler of an unrivalled Malayalam English Dictionary, Brennan the educator, Thomas Harvey Baber, The English Administrator and Logan.

Mahe River which runs across Thalassery was named as English Channel by British as it separated The British territory from the French territory. Odathil Palli , the oldest Mosque built in Thalassery by a British Loyalist Moosakka in the year 1806.

Thalassery is an ideal place for amusement and entertainment. Take a walk, enjoy the local delicacies or just relax in this beautiful small town. The natives of Thalassery have a great fashion sense and they like to dress with changing trends.

Places to Visit in Thalassery

There are so many things to see in and around Thalassery. You can see the reflection of the glorious past of the city in its streets and many historical monuments in the city.

Many of the roads in Thalassery are named after Europeans like Logans Road and Gundert Road. The historical sites are centred in the heart of Thalassery bound by Logans Road and Gundert Road.

At one side is the famous Maidan where the first cricket match of India was played. The lovely churches, dazzling beaches, and fort are the main attractions of the city.

Colonial Face of Thalassery

Thalassery was the first British settlement on Malabar coasts. The British made so many lovely churches and fort in Thalassery. A large variety of monuments add immense prosperity to the incredible history of Thalassery. Though many churches have disappeared from the heart of the town some are still there which worth a visit.

1. Thalassery Fort

Thalassery Fort

Thalassery fort caressed by the waves of Arabian Sea located at the heart of the city is still a wonder for the historians. Constructed in seventeenth century with its massive ramparts facing the sea Thalassery Fort was built by British.

The weapon room, prison, secret chambers cannon holes and light house always attract the curious minds into the fort which is one of the wonder born in eighteenth century. Unlike other forts in Kerala , Thalassery fort has its entrance on the top of a giant wall.

There is an information gallery inside the fort in which the pictures of Burial cave, forts, monuments under Archaeological Department and paintings of olden times are exhibited. There are still mysteries related to the two underground chambers in the fort.

One is at the western part of fort. As passing through this we reaches in a tunnel like spacious room which leads to the sea for escaping in case of any attack. The second one is an underground cell which was used to store spices and was discovered in 1988 while cleaning the fort for the carnival.

Above the western side chambers stands the lighthouse with all its glory. There is a scary winding staircase which leads to the lighthouse. From the fort you can see the 141 year old St Anglican church which is believed to be the first church in Malabar. Edward Brennan is buried here. The ruins of Holy Rosary Church can also be seen from the fort. This is now being reconstructed.

2. Overbury's Folly

Overbury's Folly

A seashore recreational park, Overbury’s Folly increased the glory of Thalassery. This was a circular colonial Bungalow located on the slope of a rocky promontory facing the sea.

The Park is named after its builder, E.N Overburry a British who served as Thalassery Municipal Vice Chairman and as Sub Collector. He was greatly fond of natural beauty.

The word Folly means foolishness, Folly is an unfinished construction. That's how the name Overbury's Folly. This evening picnic spot is a relaxing place. On the side of the stadium is Gundert Park with several statues of Herman Gundert, the great scholar.

3. Gundert Bungalow

Gundert Bungalow

Gundert Bungalow, a typical colonial mansion with deep caves, wide veranda and huge doors was the residence of the German Scholar Herman Gundert who successfully completed the Malayalam dictionary.

4. Wellesley’s Bungalow

Wellesley’s Bungalow

Wellesley’s Bungalow belonged to TH Baber. Lord Wellesley stayed in this Bungalow during his visit, thus the name. It was Wellesley who introduced Cricket to India. It was the fascination of foreigners to construct Bungalows like watch towers. The uniqueness and innovation in design made all this Bungalows attractive.

5. Odathil Palli Mosque

Odathil Palli Mosque

This 500 year old mosque located in the heart of Thalassery was built by a rich Arab timber and Gold Merchant. This mosque was built on a typical Kerala Hindu temple plan without any domes or Minarets.

It's roof is completely smeared with copper and the golden dome of the masjid seems to be glazing in its canopy. The place in which Odathil Masjid was once a sugarcane farm, of the dutch. Later they donated it for the Mosque.

6. Muzhappilangad Beach

Muzhappilangad Beach

Muzhappilangad beach which stretches across a distance of four kilometer is the only drive in beach in India.. If you want to experience the unique and wonderful feeling of driving in and through the sea, Muzhappilangad beach is the perfect place.

The beach is situated 8 km away from Thalassery is very clean and well maintained. The shores of the beach are lined with black rocks which protects it from lashing waves and currents from the ocean.

The natural shallow pool of water make it an ideal place to swim without any fear. From the beach we can see the beautiful Dharmadam island situated 150 meter south. During low tide you can walk and go into this wonderful island.

7. Anjarakandy Cinnamon Plantation

Anjarakandy Cinnamon Plantation

Anjarakandy Cinnamon Plantation the biggest Cinnamon plantation in Asia established by British East India Company in 1798 is an interesting place to visit. Rediscover the magical aroma of cinnamon in Kerala’s first Cinnamon Plantation.

8. CVN Kalari (Kalaripayattu)

CVN Kalari (Kalaripayattu)

Kalaripayattu, one of the oldest martial art forms in the world is said to be the most scientific art form and is thus called as the the mother of all martial arts. The original form of this martial art is originated in Kerala in specific North Kerala.

Its a harmonious synergy of art, science and medicine. So many movements in Kalaripayattu are based on animal movements so it is believed to have developed in forests by the hunters. Kalaripayattu training is in an enclosure called Kalari.

An arc shaped seven stepped platform is constructed in the south west corner in the Kalari called Poothara. This seventh step is used as the platform on which the lotus bud shaped idol is kept. The training instructor of the Kalari is called as Gurukkal.

Before starting Kalaripayattu training the Guru will give a special kind of massage using medicated oil for ease of the movement. To watch this wonderful martial art form you can visit the CVN Kalari early in the morning.

Around Thalassery

The main attractions around Thalassery are Mahe, Shiva Temple at Thodeekalam and Kottiyoor Shiva Temple.

Where to Stay in Thalassery

Thalassery has a few good hotels and home stays. As per your budget and like you can pick among that.

Pearl View Regency: With its magnificent architecture and hospitality Pearl View is most popular among tourists. The hotel offers a multi cuisine restaurant, Bar, health club and Ayurveda treatment.

Paris Presidency: This is a government approved two star hotel with 24 rooms. There are both A/C and non A/C rooms. With great hospitality and a restaurant serving Indian, Chinese and Tandoori cuisines is an ideal place to stay in Thalassery.

Sharara Plaza: Situated at the heart of the city close to the bus stand this is a superior quality hotel with 35 rooms. With warm hospitality and well equipped rooms this is one favorite pick among the tourists. There is a multi cuisine restaurant and travel desk offered by the Hotel.

Aysha Manzil: This is a rare combination of West, East and house peculiarities. With antique furnishing and modern facilities this is a best place to stay. This hotel serve delicious Mughlai and Mappila cuisine.

Other staying option in Thalassery include Shreddha Home Stay, Beach Pavilion Beach Resort, Chera Rock Beach House and Saravana Priya Guest House.

Places to Eat in Thalassery

Kallummakaya (Mussels) are Malabar special delicacy. Mussels prepared in various forms are famous here. One should not miss Mussels Sold fried, curried and stuff fried in carts. Try Petti Pathiri (bread stuffed with meat and egg), fish Pathiri. They are famous in Mambally’s. Thalassery Biriyani is also famous.

Some of the best places to eat include Rara Avis, Square 7 Burfer N Cafe, Paris Hotel, Albaik Family Restaurant, Olive Garden Family Restaurant, Regency food court, Green leaf Restaurant, Jubilee Restaurant, Hotel Shanthi, Arabian Treats, Chikeys, and Salim Hassan's Park View.

Best time to visit Thalassery

The best time to visit Thalassery is from the month of October to March. One can also visit during the festive season such as Onam (August and September) when the town becomes even more charming.

Reaching Thalassery

Thalassery by air:.

The nearest airport is Karipur international airport at Kozhikode. It is at a distance of 93 km away from Thalassery city. The airport ii well connected to many other cities of the country such as Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.

Thalassery by Train:

Thalassery has a railway station that is well connected to all major cities of the country. There are regular direct train services from Thalassery to Kozhikode, Kannur, Trivandrum, Kochi, Chennai and Bangalore.

Thalassery by Bus:

There are KSRTC buses running between Thalassery and other nearby cities. You can get public transportation operating between Thalassery and cities ;like Trivandrum, Mangalore, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kochi. There are also private deluxe buses running from Bangalore, Chennai and Trivandrum to Kozhikode.

A visit to Thalassery will always be a great experience with its culture, food, historical monuments and the serene beaches.

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Cultural heritage and modernization at rapid pace is how people describe the ever vibrant city of Thalassery. The place is also known as Tellicherry and is located in the northern part of Kerala along the coast of Malabar. This is small town but it is famous for its history, culture and heritage. It is popularly known as city of 3Cs that stand for circus, cakes and cricket. The British chose this place as their export hub for spices trade because of its unique geography.

Thalassery is the city of exotic beaches. Muzhappilangad and Dharmadam beaches are protected by black rocks making these shallow waters a swimmer’s paradise. The sea view park is also a major tourist attraction of Thalassery. The diverse cultures that coexist in this place made this a home for several mosques, churches and Temples. The tellicherry fort is the most famous attraction here.

Thalassery is well connected by both road and railways. The Kanyakumari-Mumbai NH-66 passes through this area and the railway station which is well linked with many major cities of Kerala. There is no airport in Thalassery. The nearest airport to the city is Kozhikode International Airport which is about 90 kms away.

Overburry's Folly

Overburry's Folly

Discover Overbury's Folly, a historic circular tower and seaside park perched on a hilltop with stunning views of the Arabian Sea. Built in the 18th century, this Gothic Revival summerhouse is a fusion of British and Indian architectural styles. It boasts of intricate carvings and a spiral staircase. Serving as a picnic spot, it is a must-visit for history and nature lovers alike.

Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church

Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church

Holy Rosary Church, known locally as St. Rosario Church, is located beneath the historic Thalassery Fort. It dates all the way back to the early 16th century. This architectural gem showcases intricate stained glass and a tranquil ambience. It is a serene spot for reflection and boasts of beautiful designs and a peaceful setting. This church is also a symbol of history and culture in Kerala’s Catholic community.

Odathil Palli Mosque

Odathil Palli Mosque

Nestled in the heart of Thalassery is the 200-year-old Odathil Palli Mosque. Also known as Odathil Masjid, it showcases a unique Kerala temple-style architecture, distinct from typical Islamic minarets and domes. Its splendid teak wood carvings and striking golden dome capture the eyes of both devotees and tourists. It is an inviting haven for anyone looking to immerse in the tranquillity and historical allure of Kerala’s unique heritage.

Vamil Temple

Vamil Temple

Pay a visit to the Vamil Temple in Thalassery, which is a splendid example of the traditional architecture of Kerala. The temple is famous for its majestic gopuram or entrance gateway tower and intricate carvings, which reflect the region’s artistic heritage. This serene haven is dedicated to Dattatreya, an incarnation of the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Its lush surroundings offer a tranquil backdrop for prayer and meditation. The temple is renowned for vibrant festivals like Onam and Theyyam festival, that showcase elaborate rituals and cultural dances, attracting tourists year-round. A visit here promises a peaceful yet vibrant spiritual experience for all tourists.

Dharmadam Island

Dharmadam Island

Tellicherry Fort

Tellicherry Fort

St. John's Anglican Church

St. John's Anglican Church

Dating back to 1869, St. John's Anglican Church is located in Thalassery, near the historical Thalassery Fort. Also known as the English Church, it was built by Sir Edward Brennan, a notable British leader. The church is a fine example of the Gothic Revival style of architecture. During your visit, see the onsite cemetery, which houses the graves of colonial-era officials. You can also see the grave of Brennan, with his epitaph "The Sterling Upright Englishman." This church is a great place to witness architectural beauty and learn about history. 

Gundert Bungalow

Gundert Bungalow

Discover the historic Gundert Bungalow, a colonial architectural gem in Thalassery. It is named after Dr. Hermann Gundert, a German missionary. This is where he crafted the first Malayalam dictionary. This 19th-century colonial bungalow offers a peek into Kerala’s rich linguistic heritage. It also serves as a serene getaway with its scenic hilltop views overlooking the Arabian Sea.

Muzhappilangad Beach

Muzhappilangad Beach

Wellesley's Bungalow

Wellesley's Bungalow

Wellesley’s Bungalow is the home of Lord Arthur Wellesley, who popularised cricket in the region. It is located near the Thalassery Fort and dates back to the 1700s. This colonial-era mansion captivates with its architectural elegance and historical significance. It was once a cricket ground for the nobility, and boasts of picturesque settings. It is a must-visit for anyone keen on exploring Kerala’s colonial past and cricket heritage.

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Thalassery, often referred to as the ‘Land of Seven Seas,’ is a picturesque town located in the northern part of Kerala, India. Steeped in history, culture, and natural beauty, Thalassery is a hidden gem for travelers seeking an offbeat destination in ‘God’s Own Country’. It offers a blend of historical intrigue, natural beauty, and cultural diversity that sets it apart as a must-visit destination in Kerala. As you explore the tourist places in Thalassery , you’ll uncover the rich tapestry of its heritage and the warmth of the welcoming inhabitants. So, pack your bags and embark on a memorable journey to this coastal haven and learn about all the great places to explore here.

5 Best Tourist Places In Thalassery

Explore hidden gems of this picturesque town with our list of the 5 best tourist places in Thalassery. From historic forts to pristine beaches, uncover the town’s rich heritage and natural beauty as you embark on your next adventure.

1. Tellicherry Fort

scenic view of the Tellicherry Fort: one of the best tourist places in Thalassery

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Tellicherry Fort is an architectural marvel that transports you back in time. Built in the 18th century by the British East India Company, it’s a living testament to Thalassery’s colonial history. The fort boasts massive walls, hidden tunnels, and a captivating lighthouse. From the lighthouse, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea, making it a photographer’s paradise. Among the best tourist places in Thalassery, this fort should definitely be on your list for your next trip.

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2. Overbury’s Folly

Aerial view of the Overbury’s Folly: one of the best tourist places in Thalassery

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A historic gem in Thalassery, Overbury’s Folly is a magnificent mansion, a fusion of colonial and Indian architectural styles, that now serves as a heritage museum. Its hallowed halls are a perfect place to encounter a treasure trove of artifacts and antiques, including exquisite furniture, paintings, and personal possessions of British officials. Each room narrates a story of the bygone era, offering a glimpse into Thalassery’s rich history.

3. Muzhappilangad Drive-In Beach

Sunset at one of the best tourist places in Thalassery

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Nestled in the northern part of Kerala, Muzhappilangad Drive-In Beach is a unique coastal wonder that stretches over 4 kilometers, making it the longest drive-in beach in India. This pristine stretch of coastline is not just a place to soak up the sun and surf the waves; it’s an experience like no other. The gentle waves of the Arabian Sea offer safe swimming, and the serene ambiance makes it perfect for picnics. One of the best tourist places in Thalassery, this beach offers a blend of adventure and relaxation, with thrilling activities like parasailing and jet-skiing, as well as serene spots for picnics under the shade of coconut groves.

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bridge in Mahe

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Another one of the best places to visit in Thalassery is Mahe. This town bears the influence of its French colonial past, evident in its architecture, cuisine, and traditions. The French Quarter, with its well-preserved heritage buildings, takes you on a journey back in time. St. Theresa’s Church stands as an architectural marvel. Visitors can savor delectable French pastries and fresh seafood while immersing themselves in Mahe’s unique blend of Indian and French cultures, making it a must-visit destination for cultural exploration.

5. Jagannath Temple

Jagannath temple at night

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The Jagannath Temple is a significant religious site, characterized by its unique blend of Kerala and Odisha architectural styles. Dedicated to dedicated to Lord Jagannath, this temple hosts an annual Rath Yatra (chariot procession) that attracts devotees and tourists every year. The temple’s serene ambiance and intricately carved sculptures add to its allure, making it a place of not only religious significance but also architectural and cultural interest for visitors to Thalassery.

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From its colonial forts and heritage mansions to its pristine beaches and charming enclaves, Thalassery offers a diverse range of experiences for travelers. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply seeking a tranquil escape, this town has something special to offer. So, next time you plan a trip to Kerala make sure to take a detour to this coastal town for a memorable experience.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Tourist Places In Thalassery

How does one reach Thalassery?

Thalassery is well-connected by road and rail. The nearest major airport is Kozhikode International Airport, approximately 95 kilometers away.

What is the best time to visit Thalassery?

The best time to visit Thalassery is during the winter months, from October to February when the weather is pleasant for outdoor activities and sightseeing.

Are there accommodation options near tourist attractions in Thalassery?

Yes, Thalassery offers a range of accommodation options, including hotels, resorts, and homestays, many of which are conveniently located near popular tourist spots.

Is it necessary to hire a guide to explore Thalassery's historical sites?

While it's not mandatory, hiring a guide can enhance your experience by providing valuable insights and historical context when visiting places like Tellicherry Fort and Overbury's Folly.

Are there vegetarian food options available in Thalassery?

Yes, Thalassery offers a variety of vegetarian dishes, and you can find vegetarian restaurants and eateries serving delicious Kerala cuisine, including traditional vegetarian thalis and snacks.

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Things to do in Thalassery – A Complete Travel Guide

A name synonymous with biriyani, peppers, and folk culture of Theyyam, Thalassery and its community remains an important part of Kerala’s regional history as well as an iconic site of Indian cultural heritage. When it comes to panoramic views, reflections of its glorious past, and natural beauty, Thalassery has several accolades to its name. Rent a chauffeur driven car from Kannur and experience the spectacular cultural and gastronomic delights that this region has to offer.

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  • Nearby Tourist Places
  • Places to eat

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  • Hotels and Resorts in Thalassery

Things to do in Thalassery

With beaches, hills, rivers, forts, and vibrant local culture, Thalassery has a lot to offer for the ultimate adventure lovers – 

  • Taste the local flavors at Paris Restaurant or visit the oldest bakery at Mambally Royal Biscuit Factory. 
  • Explore the popular beaches and enjoy sunbathing, water sports, and more. 
  • Drive Along Muzhuppilangad Drive-In Beach, the 5KM long beach with vehicle access. 
  • Experience the religious ritual art form of Theyyam, that originated here. 
  • Plan a day trip to Mahe, the old French resort town
  • Take a tour of the fishing villages and see fishermen in action.
  • Stay at a farm resort and walk among spice plantations.

Places to visit in Thalassery

thalassery tourist places to visit

Check out these popular tourist places in Thalassery for a fun trip – 

  • Dharmadan Thuruth – An island off the shores of Thalassery, this place is known for dense coconut groves, palm trees, and green bushes. This is also a popular site for bird watching in winter. Entry Fee – NA
  • Thalassery Fort – The most popular tourist spot in town, this British-era fort was built in 1709 and sits on a rocky cliff. An architectural marvel, the fort boasts laterite walls and artistic carvings. Entry Fee – Free
  • Muzhappilangad Beach – A beach lover’s paradise, this is the most popular and scenic shore of the town. It is known for swimming, sunbathing, and other water sports, or dining along with the beachside eateries. Entry Fee – Free
  • Overbury’s Folly – A seaside promenade and adventure park, this was built as an evening spot in 1879. There’s also a watch tower and open-air coffee shop on the premise. Entry Fee – INR 10
  • Gundert Bungalow – The former residence of a German missionary, Dr. Herman Gundert, this colonial-style bungalow is the place where the first Malayalam paper was published. Entry Fee – NA
  • Tellicherry Pier – A British-era pier on the sea, this raised platform also offers stunning views of the Arabian shores, best known for sunsets, or to watch fishermen at sea in the morning. Entry Fee – Free
  • Wellesley’s Bungalow – Dedicated to Lord Wellesley, the First Duke of Wellington, the site of this bungalow was once the site where Wellesley taught cricket to the villagers.  Entry Fee – NA
  • Catholic Rosary Church – A 16th-century church, this is said to be one of the first churches built in Kerala and boasts stained glass work, brought in from London.  Entry Fee – Free 
  • English Church – Also called the St. John’s Anglican Church, this is a 140-year structure and one of the first churches to be built on the Malabar Coast. Entry Fee – Free
  • Odathil Mosque – A 200-year-old mosque, commissioned by the King of Travancore, this is an important shrine and religious site of the town. The structure boasts teak wood and Portuguese-style tiled works. Entry Fee – Free

Nearby Places to Visit

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Apart from your local Thalassery sightseeing, you can also visit other places nearby. Check out these equally scenic locales near Thalassery – 

  • Kannur – The district headquarters, the city of Kannur is also known as Manchester of Kerala for its textile industry. Visit St. Angelo Fort, Kannur Lighthouse, Arakkal Museum, and flower valley.  Entry Fee – NA
  • Mahe – An old French colonial town, Mahe still serves as a quaint retreat from the nearby cities and is known for its architectural aesthetics, scenic landscape, and postcard-like skyline. Entry Fee – NA
  • Calicut – The coastal town of Kozhikode is known for its ancient forts, churches, and mosques and is a major site of Portuguese history. Visit the famous Kozhikode Beach, Mother of God Church,   and the Mappila mosques.  Entry Fee – NA
  • Coorg – known for coffee plantations, misty hills, and sparkling waterfalls, Coorg is a pristine hill station near Bangalore. Raja’s Seat, Tadiandamol Peak, Mercara Gold Estate, Abbey Falls, and Madikeri Fort, are popular sites to see.  Entry Fee – NA 
  • Nagarhole National Park – A significant wildlife sanctuary of Karnataka, Nagarhole is popular for housing elephants, tigers, leopards, deer, monkeys, hornbills, ibis, eagles, and more. Entry Fee – INR 150

Places to eat in Thalassery

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Check out these popular eateries in Thalassery to sample the local flavors – 

  • Paris Restaurant 
  • Afamia Multi-Cuisine Restaurant 
  • Caravan Arabic Cuisine 
  • Lafair 
  • Embassy Hotel 
  • Jubilee Restaurant 
  • Mambally Royal Biscuit Factory 

How to Plan a trip to Thalassery

You can also plan your personalized Thalassery trip by selecting the mode of transport, the route, and more. Let us help you with the travel options to Thalassery for a better idea – 

Thalassery railway station is well-connected to all major cities and towns in Kerala, and other important junctions in Karnataka. 

Thalassery sits strategically on NH66 that connects the north and south Kerala, south as well as the eastern interiors of the state and eastern Karnataka. There are regular state-run and private buses from Calicut, Kochi, Kannur, Mangalore, Bangalore, Mysore, Madikeri, etc. You can also book an outstation cab from any of these places and drive to Thalassery. 

There is no airport in Thalassery. The nearest airport is in Calicut, about 94KM away. From there, you can take an airport taxi or book a local cab to reach Thalassery by road.

Considering the hot and humid coastal weather pattern, the best time to visit Thalassery is between October and February. You can also visit in autumn, after the rains, between August and September, when the temperatures are conducive enough to explore the outdoors.

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Thalassery is a coastal town in Kerala that is nestled on the shores of the Arabian Sea and is rich in culture. This town has a rich history and heritage and was one of the state’s first British settlements. With our Thalassery travel guide, you can discover this beautiful beach retreat in Kerala and experience a scenic holiday destination. 

The municipality town of Thalassery sits on the Malabar Coast of Kerala and is bordered by Mahe, Calicut, Wayanad, Kasargod, and Kodagu. It is located at 25KM from Kannur town, 69KM from Calicut, and 110KM from Madikeri in Karnataka.

Thalassery experiences a typical coastal climate with hot and humid summers and cooler winters when the weather is pleasant. The monsoon period sees heavy rainfall from the southwest winds and has lower temperatures. 

Thalassery was historically known as Tellicherry, a name that originated from the Dravidian language, translating to Thala or head and Cheri or a low-lying area. The town served as a trade hub between Kerala and Dutch, Portuguese, British, Chinese, Jewish, and Arab merchants and was a significant hub of the spice trade between the east and west. The city’s municipality was formed in 1866 under the Madras Act of 1865 of the British Indian Empire, making it the second oldest municipality of Kerala. At that time, Thalassery was the capital of North Malabar. Under European rule, the town became a prominent center of administration owing to its geographically strategic location. 

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Thalassery enjoys a wholesome natural landscape with the Arabian Sea on one side and highlands of the Western Ghats on the other, and features palm-fringed shores, scenic coastline, rivers, canals, and hills. The interiors also boast dense mangroves but not as many lagoons as other popular locales of Kerala. 

Interesting Facts About Thalassery

  • Thalassery is known for the three Cs – Cake, Cricket, and Circus. 
  • The town enjoys pride as the site of the first bakery in Kerala established in 1880.
  • India’s first cricket match is said to be played in this town, but the legend has yet to be factually established.
  • Thalassery cuisine, a blend of Arabian, Persian, and local Malabari food is the most popular sub-cuisine of the state. Thalassery biriyani, a recipe that originated here is the most popular ethnic brand and synonymous with biriyani from Kerala.
  • The peppers grown and harvested here are also a brand of pepper in itself, called the Tellicherry pepper, used across Europe and other western markets.

[ Also Read: Things to Do in Kannur – A Complete Travel Guide ]

Hotels and Resorts in Thalassery 

Here are some of the best-rated places to stay in Thalassery – 

  • Perch by the Sea 
  • Seashell – Haris Beach Home 
  • Sadhoo Heritage Resort 
  • Chera Rock Beach Resort 
  • Sree Gokulam Fort 
  • Kanbay Beach Resort 

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Fondly known as Tellichery, Thalassery is a coastal town of Kerala nestled at the shore of Arabian Sea and immersed in the vibrant culture. Steeped in rich history and heritage, this town was one of the earliest British settlements in the state.

Thalassery owns several credits in its basket when it comes to panoramic views, the reflection of its glorious past and nature's beauty. Apart from being a home to many famous circus owners and artists including Gemini and Bharath, this charming town is also renowned for its bakeries. One can witness several bakeries in the region exhibiting the sweet tooth of the inhabitants. Besides all this, Thalassery also showcases the relics of the past left behind with all grace and poise. The place is a paradise for history buffs and nature lovers. Make sure you make the most of the trip which will leave no leaf unturned to enchant you.

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Have you ever visited a new place and felt ‘wow’ about it? For many visitors, it happens at Thalassery.

Thalassery may not be as popular as other cities in India, but don’t let that fool you. Thalassery is a smaller but beautiful upcoming tourist destination that is worth a visit. You will be surprised by some of the unique things to do and places you can explore at this hidden destination.

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If you have plans to visit India and are not sure if Thalassery should be included in your itinerary, keep reading. In this list, we have put together some of the things to do in Thalassery and around. We have a hunch that if you include this city in your travel plans, you will be thrilled you did so.

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Thalassery is a tiny coastal town nearby Malabar Coast. Tourists will be enticed by the Thalassery Beach. One should visit the Thalassery Fort which was established by British when they landed in Malabar. Massive walls on square stone base, secret tunnel leading to sea, intricately carved wooden door etc makes you feel that you are living in British Era.

Thalassery is located 21 Km from Kannur is famous for the cakes since the British times. Cricket and circus are associated to this place as Collin Cowdry played cricket on the fields of Thalassery cricket ground and many circuses operating in India originated from here . Other places of interest are Thalassery fort, Catholic rosary church and Wellesley’s Bunglow attracts many travelers. Thalassery has a drive in beach named Muzhapilangad beach which attracts many to this picturesque spot. 

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Muzhappilangad Beach, Kerala

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Being Kerala’s one and only Drive-in Beach, Muzhapilangad is located some 15 km from Kannur in Kerala State of Southern India. The stretch of 4...

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The St. Angelo Fort also known as Kannur Fort or Kannur Kotta was constructed in 1505 by the first Portuguese Viceroy, Don Francesco de Almeida....

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Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary located in the northernmost part of Kerala and slopes of Western Ghats in areas of Aralam, Kelakam and Kottiyoor....

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There's no shortage of beautiful places to visit in Thailand.

Thailand is so much more than a travel destination — visiting is a bona fide rite of passage. From hostel-hopping backpackers to well-heeled five-star hotel aficionados, there’s something for everyone in “The Land of Smiles.” 

My most recent trip to Thailand was in early 2022, when the country implemented strict entry requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time, I was one of a few hundred thousand tourists who were allowed into the country, and it felt like I had many of the typically crowded attractions all to myself.

The beauty of Thailand is that it will show you different sides of itself no matter how many times you visit. From the idyllic white-sand beaches and palm-fringed islands in the south to the misty hillsides and temple-peppered mountains of the north, the rattle and hum under neon lights of nonstop Bangkok, and the ruins of ancient cities surrounded by jungle, Thailand never disappoints.

So, what are the best places to visit in Thailand? I reached out to a Thailand travel expert and threw in a bit of my own first-person experience to help you narrow down this ever-growing list.

For most travelers, an adventure in Thailand will likely kick off in the nonstop, energetic capital city, Bangkok. A dizzying destination and one of my favorite international cities, Bangkok is full-on sensory overload — but in the best way. Dig into sizzling street food; meander back alleys and bustling thoroughfares in search of small markets, shops, and hidden temples; cruise along the Chao Phraya River, and grab a cocktail at the dozens of sky-high rooftop bars. 

Tip: Book a room at the Capella Bangkok or Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok — two iconic luxury hotels with stunning locations perched on the Chao Phraya River.

Second to Bangkok on most visitors’ lists is the northern city of Chiang Mai. Many travelers even prefer Chiang Mai to Bangkok for its relatively slower pace of life. The spectacular city is bursting with temples (Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is a must) and humming with restaurants and bars. 

"I would say for anybody, whether it's their first time or a repeat trip to Thailand, if you have been there or you haven't, [you have to visit] Chiang Mai," said Grant Ekelund , Travel + Leisure A-List advisor and senior travel consultant and Asia specialist at InsideAsia. "It's such a neat city. It’s one of those destinations that has something for everyone … Are you a foodie? Do you want to hike? See cool temples? Have amazing trekking opportunities? It can all be done [here], and it slots into any itinerary perfectly."

Koh Phi Phi

Thailand has more than 1,400 islands scattered around its coastline, but few are as famous or iconic as the Phi Phi Islands in the Andaman Sea. Comprising two islands — Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh — Koh Phi Phi is known for its natural beauty, excellent diving, and raucous party scene. For the latter, Phi Phi Don is the most famous. Phi Phi Leh, meanwhile, is uninhabited and beloved by those looking to disappear into nature. It was blasted into the public eye about two decades ago, when Leonardo DiCaprio's character went in search of an island paradise in the film "The Beach," which is set in real-life Maya Bay.

While we’re on the topic of Koh Phi Phi, we’d be remiss not to mention Krabi province as a whole. Located in southern Thailand, bordering the Andaman Sea, Krabi is home to many of the beautiful beaches and islands that make Thailand famous. 

"I've been booking many [trips to] Krabi lately," said Ekelund. "It ticks a lot of boxes for people. You've got the beauty, cool cliffs, and interesting geology. It has a beach, but it's for people who don't want to simply park it on the sand for 10 days. Krabi offers activities and more." Some highlights include the beach town of Ao Nang, as well as islands like Phuket, Koh Lanta, Koh Yao Yai, Koh Lipe, Railay Beach, and several national parks.

Koh Yao Noi

My first trip to Thailand was to the small island of Koh Yao Noi back in 2013. One of the most beautiful islands in Phang Nga Bay, Koh Yao Noi is flecked off the coast of its sibling island, Koh Yao Yai. Sandy beaches and small fishing villages comprise most of the land here, along with the luxe Six Senses Yao Noi resort tucked along the eastern coast. The property’s infinity pool is legendary for its explosive sunrise views that blur the distinction between the sky and sea.

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Many Thai cities have the ability to make visitors feel like they’re stepping back in time. But few create the illusion as vividly as Ayutthaya. Once the capital of the Kingdom of Siam, the ruins of Ayutthaya are breathtaking and hauntingly beautiful. It’s only an hour from Bangkok, making it an easy day trip or a great overnight excursion.

Sukhothai is another beautiful ancient city. "Sukhothai is for people who like history. I was taken by how beautiful the area is and how extensive the ruins are," said Ekelund. "We cycled around the ruins with a guide and got a great sense of the history. Sukhothai is much more rural and harder to reach, meaning it has fewer tourists. You also don't have a city built up around it."

Mae Hong Son Loop

Of all the places I've visited in Thailand, none stick with me as much as the Mae Hong Son Loop. This 300-mile route is most often tackled by travelers on the back of motorbikes looking to brave the mountain switchbacks that descend into the thick jungle and pass from small village to small village. It's not a journey to be taken lightly — motorbike experience is strongly recommended — but those who make the trip are rewarded with spectacular scenery and access to remote communities.

Khao Yai National Park

Thailand has more than 100 national parks. The oldest is Khao Yai National Park, which also happens to be the country's third-largest. Within the park lies a web of hiking trails, secret waterfalls, and herds of elephants.

"Khao Yai has a lot of bat caves, too, which is one of the coolest things I've ever experienced," said Ekelund. "I stood there for 30 minutes while an unending stream of bats flew over my head. It was all so beautiful. It's a beautiful park with waterfalls, trekking, and hiking. Plus, it's just a couple of hours [by car] from Bangkok."

Approximately two hours southeast of Chiang Mai is the city of Lampang. Much like many large cities in Thailand, Lampang has its fair share of temples, street food, and markets. But unlike the others, it feels like a place where time has stood still. Just listen for the sound of clip-clopping horse carts, still used for transportation, and you'll understand what I mean. Because of Lampang's integral role in the teak trade, many migrants from Myanmar made this northern city home, and you'll find teak mansions and Burmese-style temples everywhere.

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Chiang Rai, a northern Thai city, is often glossed over as most visitors opt to stop in Chiang Mai instead. "I am always struck by how chill Chiang Rai is," said Ekelund. "It's a relaxing place to be and has cool stuff to do. It's a great city to walk through the neighborhoods and see people living their daily lives. I enjoyed the mountains, nearby villages, and opportunities for cultural exchange."

No list of best places to visit in Thailand would be complete without Phuket. While Phuket has a reputation for being crowded with resort after resort, the truth is it’s for a reason — the island is a beautiful place to be. Thailand's largest and most easily accessible island brings visitors in by the millions each year for its wide array of hotels, white-sand beaches, parties in Patong, colorful snorkeling, and eclectic culinary scene.

Thailand’s second most popular island sits off the country’s eastern coast in the Gulf of Thailand. Koh Samui is wreathed in bone-white sandy beaches, peppered with temples, veined with hiking trails, and splashed with fabulous resorts and energetic beach towns and villages.

"It's hard to beat Koh Samui. It's just beautiful," said Ekelund. "If you want easy access without a full resort stay, I recommend Anantara Bophut . You can walk to Fisherman's Village, and you won’t feel like you're 'stuck' at a resort. If you want a full resort experience, I like Banyan Tree Samui for its private beach and spectacular rooms."

The tiny island of Koh Tao, located in the Gulf of Thailand and not too far from Koh Samui, is one of the country’s best locations for diving and snorkeling. In fact, most avid divers will tell you that Koh Tao is their destination of choice in Thailand. The palm-fringed island is best known for its abundance of sea turtles.

Kanchanaburi

Shrouded in thick jungle and sliced by miles of track belonging to what was once known as the “Death Railway,” Kanchanaburi has a dark and tragic history. The infamous train route, which crosses the River Kwai, was built from 1940 to 1943 by prisoners of war taken by the Japanese in World War II. Today, only a small section of the rail route is open and takes travelers on a journey through the mountain cliffs and bamboo forests of Kanchanaburi. "If you're into history, beautiful vistas, trains, and wildlife, you can get all of that in Kanchanaburi. It's a place not many tourists go, either, so it has a lot to offer," said Ekelund.

Trang is the province directly south of Krabi, which means it has the same beautiful stretch of Andaman Sea coastline, except with a fraction of the crowds. There’s no shortage of islands to explore around Trang, like Koh Kradan and Koh Muk. Koh Muk's crown jewel is the secret Emerald Cave, which can be entered via a dark tunnel that leads to a protected beach surrounded by towering limestone cliffs.

Located in the province of Phang Nga, Khao Lak can be thought of as Phuket’s much quieter cousin. Less than two hours from Phuket International Airport, Khao Lak is home to miles of sprawling, empty beaches, plus it offers easy access to beautiful national parks.

"I've been hyping Khao Lak quite a bit for people who want something quieter," said Ekelund. "You have easy access to the Phuket International Airport, but it's much more chill than the other Andaman Islands. It has beautiful beaches, good infrastructure, a great spot for dining, and it’s not hard to get to."

Whether or not you drive the Mae Hong Son Loop, you’ll want to stop in Pai when visiting northern Thailand. Once a sleepy community of expats, Pai has morphed into a must-visit backpacker destination. Visitors will find funky cafes and coffee shops, endless bars, guest houses, hostels, and a dispensary or two, particularly now that cannabis is no longer considered a narcotic in the country.

Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park

South of Bangkok, the province of Prachuap Khiri Khan is best known for the glamorous, frenetic beach town of Hua Hin. The province runs down the skinny arm of the country, bordering the Gulf of Thailand on one side and Myanmar on the other. Here’s where you'll find Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, Thailand's first marine national park. The park's top attractions include a series of spectacular caves and a sprawling freshwater marsh. Visitors can enjoy the park’s beaches, islands, walking trails, and thick mangrove forests. It’s just an hour from Hua Hin and about 3.5 hours from Bangkok.

This long, skinny island, also in the province of Krabi, flies under the radar, but it’s one of my favorite places in the country. Koh Lanta is home to beautiful beaches, great restaurants, and the Mu Ko Lanta National Park, an amazing spot for diving and seeing undeveloped beaches.

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