Weekend Getaway – Thalassery

Thalassery was known as Telissery during British rule. The place is in Kannur, India. It acted as a British settlement and thrived into a famous commercial centre. Pepper and cardamom trade was conducted here. The city went down in history as a renowned heritage town and is thus, a much-recommended place to visit when you are visiting Kerala. The belief is that the town’s people started playing cricket in the early 1800s after Col. Arthur Wellesley introduced the sport here. The people here used to play cricket much before Calcuttaa in 1860.

City Attractions

Thalassery is just the right place to explore on a weekend because it is packed with city delights. 

Thalassery Fort


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Thelassery, also known as Tellicherry Fort, acted as the chief military centre during British rule. With its spectacular secret tunnels, the magnificent fort, intrinsically carved doors and massive walls were built in 1708 AD to commemorate the East India Company, which was an integral part of the British regime. This is one of the major attractions of Thalassery

St. John’s Anglican Church 


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This is one of the oldest churches in Kannur, and is very famous for its marvelous stained glassworks. That’s definitely worth a visit from Thalassery.



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Mahe might be a small place, but it warrants a visit because it is a historically important place in Thalassery. Even now, it is a busy city with tourist attractions. 

Overbury’s Folly 


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With its curious name, Overbury’s Folly functions as an amusement park now. The initial concept was to build a picnic spot here. The idea belonged to E N Overbury, who dreamed of building the picnic spot. The park is now named after him. It is thus a good place to hang out in the evenings overlooking the Arabian Sea. This should not be missed at Thalassery

Jagannath Temple 


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It is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, consecrated by Sree Narayana Guru in 1908 to help people of the lower castes pray to their lord. Hence, the rituals are performed by non-Brahmins of Thalassery

Mariamman Kevin 

This temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvathi and the deity in the temple is believed to have formed on its own. 

Muzhappilangad Beach at Thalassery

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Situated only about 8 kilometers from Tellicherry, this beach is the favorite for tourists wanting to swim and sunbathe. 

While you are out exploring the several delights of Thalassery, don’t forget to relish the famous Thalassery Biriyani. It has a distinct taste and aroma and has a blend of Arabian, Persian, Indian and European styles of cooking. 

How to Reach Thalassery

Thalassery is well connected by rail and road. If you are taking the train, get a direct one to Thalassery, and you can easily explore the city. If you are flying, then you can book a flight to Kozhikode, which is about 94 kilometers from Thalassery. 


Include Thalassery in your short trips to Kerala, because you will definitely have a great time here. It is a favorite spot for people residing in Kerala. If you are living outside Kerala, say, in Bangalore, Mangalore, Ooty or Coimbatore, you can easily come down for a weekend visit. Thalassery is one of the sought after destination in Kerala and is worth spending with family. This is an ideal place to showcase the rich heritage of our state to the new generation where by kids would get an idea of what we have. 

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