Kannur's noisy and congested centre is packed with hotels, but it is a much better idea to head east across the cantonment district to the leafy suburb behind Baby Beach. Further north to Payyambalam Beach, there are a string of more relaxing hotels, small resorts and homestay offers cooler, breezier accommodation close to the sea.
Royal Omars, Thavakkara Kannur
near Railway Station
Spanking new, with spacious standard non a/c doubles at bargain rates.
Mascot Beach Resort
near Baby Beach
Good rooms in high-rise business hotel overlooking the sea, residents-only pool, located in the quiet cantonment area (Ayurvedic centre attached).
Mascot beach resort
A few hundred metres south of the Government Guest House, this place is a small, reasonable hotel and also has grand views of the ocean from its 30 neat and comfy AC rooms. It is worth angling for a discount.
Perched on the rocky shoreline, offering large a/c rooms and cottages with views across the cove to the lighthouse. Facilities include a grubby swimming pool, foreign exchange and restaurant-but no bar.
Bags of character in this super-clean, old- fashioned complex of bungalow cottages set around a lawn. A/c cottages are wonderfully spacious and cool. Bar attached.
Government Guest House
Tel: 0497 2761676
This place has the air of inactivity that is the speciality of Government run hotels, but rooms in the new block' are enormous, simply furnished and sport balconies that look right onto sea-they're phenomenal value.
Superb-value government-run place on a cliff top at the edge of Kannur, with large, simple a/c and non-a/c rooms whose huge balconies have uninterrupted sea views; it is primarily for visiting VIPs but usually has a few vacancies. As ever, advance booking can be a problem; ring ahead when you arrive. Inexpensive veg meals on request.
Hotel Meridian Palace
In tile market area opposite the main train station, this is not quite a palace, but is friendly enough and offers budget rooms. If you manage to decide on one, chances are it will be fairly clean, basic and convenient for an early train departure.
Asokam beach resort
Asokam Beach Resort
Little cabin-style chalets (non a/c), with tiled roofs, sitouts right behind the beach, or more substantial a/c room in a concrete house set further back. Ayurveda treatments on site, but you'll have to eat in town.
Dating from the 1930's this former palace once belonged to the last raja of Arakkal but now accommodates an offbeat little heritage hotel. The hotel has choice of bargain room or suites in the old portion, and large, modern, good-value doubles (some a/c) in the two adjacent, multistorey blocks. There is secure parking, and meals are served on a rear-side lawn.
Pranav Beach Resort
Pranav beach resort
A well-run little resort, in a lawned palm grove a stone's throw from the beach, which offers a wide range of accommodation, from attractive laterite cottages with a/c and pillared sitouts to smaller cabins made of palm wood. There are also some bargain rooms with shared toilets in a beautiful old-tharavad-they're small and simply furnished, but have a huge traditional veranda with Kerala atmosphere.
Welcoming homestay in a large, marble-lined house facing an empty stretch of beach to the north of town. The cheaper rooms to the rear are much less enticing than those with balconies looking straight out to sea. Guests have the run of a lounge with TV; there is a friendly dog (Mitu), and great food available on request.
South of Kannur
near Adi Kadalayi Temple
An unpretentious guesthouse converted from a warehouse with 5 rooms off a main hail. The owners have authored a book on Kerala's festivals and have encyclopedic knowledge of the local Theyyam scene. Difficult to get to and far from the centre, but there are 5 idyllic, wholly empty beaches within walking distance.
Costa Malabari pioneered tourism in this area with its spacious rooms in an old hand-loom factory, surrounded by lush greenery. There is a huge communal space and comfy lounging areas outside. Extra rooms are offered in two other buildings, the pick of which is perched dramatically just above the beach, where you fall asleep to the crashing of waves and there are steps directly down to the beach.
The home-cooked Kerala food is plentiful, varied, and delicious. Kurien, gracious host, is an expert on the astonishing theyyam ritual and can help arrange a visit. It is 8km from Kannur town.
Ezhara Beach House
Beside the unspoilt Kizhunna Ezhara beach, midway between Kannur and Tellicherry railway stations (11km from each), hidden amongst palms alongside similar traditional Kerala houses, is the blue Ezhara Beach House, run by tile magnificent, straight-talking Hyancinth.
Rooms are simple and small, but the house has character and there's a brilliant terrace where you can sit and gaze out to sea through swaying palms and spot sea eagles swooping plus wi-fi if you should want to keep in touch with the world.
Kannur Beach House
Kannur beach house
Near Costa Malabari and in an idyllic spot right behind the beach. The rooms in this traditional Kerala building are presentably furnished and boast handsome wooden shutters. Four rooms overlook the sea, with either a balcony or porch to enjoy the sensational ocean sunset views through swaying palms, and you can spot cuckoos and bramini kites in the nearby mangroves. It is 8 km from Kannur.
14km south of Kannur at Chera Kalle
If you're dreaming of a room where you can watch the moonlight on the waves from your bed and fall asleep to the sound of surf crashing through the coconut trees, then this place won't disappoint. Its "super deluxe", three-bedroom cottage is a pretty orange building huddled in a palm grove behind and idyllic beach, with a pitched tiled roof and long pillared veranda open to the sea. The less pricey "deluxe" rooms occupy a white house at back just behind it.
New property, bang on the beach with a river at the rear and rooms opening on to a sea-facing Kerala-style veranda.
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