The Kannur lighthouse is located near the Payyambalam Beach, a few kilometers from Kannur town, in Kerala state, south India. It is adjacent to the Sea View Park and the Government Guest House. The lighthouse is still active and overlooks the Arabian Sea.
Cannanore is the old English name for the town named Kannur. The lighthouse at Kannur is still often referred to as the Cannanore lighthouse.
Cannanore was an important seaport under the 15th century rulers of North Malabar, the Kolathiris and the Arakkal Kingdom. The port had maritime links with the ports of Madras, Colombo, Tuticorin, Alleppey, Mangalore, Bombay and Karachi.
The Portuguese led by Vasco Da Gama first landed at Kappad beach in 1498. They built the St. Angelo Fort at Kannur in the early 16th century. Almost two centuries later, the region came under the control of the British, who established a cantonment at Cannanore in the 19th century.
Put Cannanore Lighthouse into our Kannur travel route planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Kannur.
Cannanore Lighthouse Reviews
Surely one of the best attractions to visit in Kannur. Ideal time to visit would be during evenings when Sun heat has gone down. Not recommended for elderly people as there are a lot of steps to... more »
Very well maintained by the authorities. It's allowed to climb to the top and enjoy spectacular views. The small museum is also very insightful. They also showed a shirt movie about lighthouses which.... more »
Places to stay near Cannanore Lighthouse
Plan your trip to Kannur
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
View all ›
Kid-friendly things to do in Kannur
Side trips from Kannur
Hidden gems in Kannur
Beaches in Kannur
Plans to Cannanore Lighthouse by other users
60 days in India BY A USER FROM ITALY October, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 14 days in South India BY A USER FROM INDIA March, culture, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: March, culture, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 60 days in Aurangabad, South India & Goa BY A USER FROM CANADA January, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: January, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 16 days in India BY A USER FROM INDIA January, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: January, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Kannur BY A USER FROM RUSSIA January, popular sights PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 40 days in India BY A USER FROM INDIA January, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular sights PREFERENCES: January, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium