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Tellicherry or Thalassery is a city in Kannur District. Thalassery is known as the political and cultural capital of Malabar. It is the centre of progressive political and literary movements. In the colonial era, Thalassery was the centre of learning in north Kerala. The first Malayalam newspapers, novels and short stories in Malayalam were born here. It's also the birthplace of the communist movement in Kerala. Thalassery has a composite cosmopolitan culture.Rajya Samacharam, the first Malayalam newspaper, was published from Thalassery.


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1 Get in 1.1 By plane 1.2 By train 1.3 By bus 1.4 By car The sea bridge at Thalassery By plane Kannur International airport (CNN IATA) is the nearest airport, around 28 km from Thalassery town. The airport opened for commercial operations on 9 December 2018. Calicut International Airport (CCJ IATA) is the second nearest airport, 98 km away from the city. Alternatively, you can come to Mangalore International Airport (IXE IATA) or Cochin International Airport (COK IATA) and catch a train or taxi to Thalassery. By train Thalassery, (IR Code : TLY), ☎ +91 490 2344131, is an important Southern railway station. Thalassery is well connected by train from cities like Kozhikode, Mangalore, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, Coimbatore. Most trains have a stop here. Book in advance, as trains are usually crowded. Reservations are available from 3 months in advance of the travel date. Depending upon the season and day bookings may get waitlisted or close up to several days prior to departure. You can also try using Tatkal which is an emergency booking system. The Tatkal service opens only one day before the departure of the train. (excluding the day of journey from the train originating station) One of the best ways to get to Thalassery from Mumbai or Goa is to take the Konkan Railway train. The train ride is renowned for the breathtaking scenery and the natural beauty of the terrain. By bus You can also reach Thalassery by bus from cities like Kochi, Bangalore, Goa, Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai, Mumbai, Coimbatore. Thalassery is accessible from these cities and from other parts of the state, through the extensive state-run bus services and numerous private bus services. By car Saidhar Mosque, Thalassery Thalassery is well connected by road from all parts of the state and other major cities. Thalassery is connected to Goa, Mumbai, and Kochi via NH-17. Highway is mostly two-laned and very narrow, but make for extremely scenic drives as it pass either through the Western Ghats or along the coastline.


Top Attractions

Sunset @ Thalassery 11.7700975.450861 Dharmadam Island, Dharmadam,Thalassery (4 km from city centre). The 5-acre (20,000 m²) island covered with coconut palms and dense bushes is a beautiful sight from the Muzhappilangad beach. During low tide, one can just walk to the island from the beach. It is surrounded by rivers and seas. Permission is required to enter this privately owned island. Dharmadam, earlier known as Dharmapattanam was a Buddhist stronghold.  11.7677775.480582 Gundert Bungalow, Koduvally. Residence of Rev. Dr. Herman Gundert, a German missionary and great scholar, author of first Malayalam dictionary.  11.7479175.485273 Holy Rosary Church (Near Thalassery Fort). Famous for stained glass works brought from London.  Nettur Hill Church. Built by Rev. Dr. Herman Gundert.  11.7486275.490094 Odathil Mosque (Odathil Palli). Built around 1806 in the heart of Thalassery is Odathil Palli and the Garden Mosque. The site of the Odathil Palli used to be a sugarcane garden of the Dutch. It changed hands to the British-owned East India Company.Moosakaka, a Muslim keralite, was the contractor of the East India Company. Moosakaka hailed from the Keyi family of Thalassery. The Keyis were was one of the prominent traders of the time. Moosakaka was considered to be very honest and trustworthy. Hence the company wanted to gift him for his loyalty. Per his request he was given the sugar garden of the Dutch. Musakaka bought this land for a small price as he did not want it free. He constructed a beautiful mosque in Thalassery in the 'Karimbin-odam' Sugarcane plantation had belonged to the Dutch, occupied by the British. Odam means 'garden' in Dutch language. Since it was constructed in Odam the mosque came to be called Odathil Palli, meaning 'mosque in Odam'. The mosque had copper plate roofing and golden dome in the minor and share the scenic features as the ones noted in the Brahmin/Brahminical tradition. There was opposition in laying the dome - a privilege enjoyed by the temples so Zamorin gave speedy permission to lay the domes and the minaret. It highlights the communal harmony that prevailed in those days and the policy of enlightened toleration followed by the Kerala rulers. All the Muslims can offer prayers but in the graveyard/Kabaristan (graveyard adjacent to the mosque) where only the dead bodies of the Keyis, their wives and children are buried. This is famous among tourists to visit, as its historic tradition and a mosque in pure typical Kerala Hindu style and a golden dome covering over its original sugarcane dome.  11.7503375.484435 Overbury's Folly, Thalassery. Multi-level landscaped recreational park which commands sweeping views of Arabian Sea.  Drive in beach at Muzhappilangad Shri Jagannath Temple (3 km). This temple was built in 1908 in the style of Jagannath Temple, Puri, Orissa. The beautiful yellow and red structure faces the railway track. Only slow trains stop at the Jagannath Temple Railway Station. An annual festival is conducted here with a lot of fireworks at display. (updated Jul 2015) Shri Maha Vishnu Temple, Edakkad (10 km). Majestic and sylvan surroundings. (updated Aug 2015) 11.7480975.486636 Thalassery Fort (Tellicherry Fort). 18th-century fort built by british, and a light house.  11.745675.489257 Thalassery Pier (Kadal Palam), Thalassery. An old pier extending out into the Arabian Sea. Built by East India Company in 1910 for transporting commodities to and from ships.  11.7455875.503478 Thiruvangad Sree Ramaswami Temple,, Thalassery (1km from city centre). A prominent temple with carvings as old as 400 years. One of the four famous temples dedicated to Lord Sree Rama in Kerala. Located on an elevated plot of 2.75 hectares with an adjoining temple tank which extends over an area of one hectare, This well maintained temple has excellent wood carvings, terracota art work, mural paintings carved on wooden planks in the ceilings are a repository of art treasure.  Saidhar Pally Masjidh, Calicut Road (2 km). (updated Aug 2015)