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Kannur, also known as Cannanore is a beautiful city located at northern part of Kerala State, India. Kannur, a beach town, is the largest city in the northern region of Kerala and the administrative headquarters of Kannur district consisting of many towns and villages which includes Thalassery town (called as Thelicherry during the colonial era), the first heritage town of Kerala due to its historical significance. Kannur often known as the “crown of Kerala” because of its natural treasures is edged by the Western Ghats in the east, Kozhikode and Wayanad districts in the south, Lakshadeep Sea (Laccadive Sea) in the west and Kasargod in the north. Kannur is popularly known as the city of Looms and Lores because of the loom industries functioning in the district and ritualistic folk arts called Theyyam held in temples. Kannur has rich culture, history and traditions that are often connected with many scholars and legends from this region.

As Kerala offers many popular tourist destinations, Kannur is considered one of the best tourist spot in north Kerala. Kannur, on the other hand, is the 4th largest city after Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi. As per the largest city after Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram  and Kochi. As per the latest survey the total population of Kannur district is 2.5 million.

It is estimated that currently 13% of the district population is employed overseas which is forecasted to be increased is a considerable rate in the coming years. Government of Kerala has developed the Fourth International airport at Kannur which is being built, owned and generated by Kannur International Airport Limited (KIAL).

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 Chief Minister of Kerala
   Shri. Pinarayi Vijayan



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Shri. P Bala Kiran IAS