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may have been derived from Kanathur, an ancient village.There are many myths and legends associated with the name Kannur.The Indian Naval Academy (INA) is 35 km north of Kannur City.It is Asia's largest and the world's third largest naval academy.Kannur is one of the million-plus urban agglomerations in India with a population of 1,642,892 in 2011.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.An Indian Coast Guard Academy has received approval to be built at Kannur.
Kannur is the largest city of North Malabar region.
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.
The guerrilla war by Pazhassi Raja, the ruler of Kottayam province, against the British had a huge impact in the history of Kannur.
Changes in the socio-economic and political sectors in Kerala during the initial decades of 20th century created conditions congenial for the growth of the Communist Party.
The Dutch captured the fort from the Portuguese in 1663.