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Native ameKannur
Other nameകണ്ണൂര്
TypeMini City
SubdistrictKannur, Previoiusly known as Chirakkal Taluk
Municipality ChairpersonM.C. Shreeja
Total Population63797 (2001)
Other information
Time zoneIST (UTC+5:30)
Pincode670 0xx
Telephone91 497

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Kannur ( ), also known as Cannanore, is a city in Kannur district in the Indian state of Kerala. It is the administrative headquarters of the District of Kannur and 518km north of state capital Trivandrum. During British rule in India, Kannur was known by its old name Cannanore(Land of lord Krishna), which is still in fairly common usage. It is the largest city of North Malabar region. Kannur Municipality was established in 1867 and is one of the oldest municipalities in Kerala..

Kannur is one of the Million Plus urban agglomerations in India with a population of 1,642,892 in 2011. Kannur is known as the Land of Looms and Lores, because of the loom industries functioning in the district and ritualistic folk arts held in temples. Kannur is famous for its pristine beaches; Theyyam, its native performing art, and its handloom industry.

Kannur is of great strategic military importance. It houses one of the 62 military cantonments in the country, the Kannur Cantonment, and is the current headquarters of the Defence Security Corps and Territorial Army’s 122 Infantry Battalion(under Madras Regiment). Ezhimala Naval Academy(INS) which is situated 35 km north of Kannur City and 10 km south west of Payyanur, a city in Kannur District. It is the Asia's largest and world's third largest naval academy. An Indian Coast Guard Academy is approved to be built at Kannur. This Coast Guard Academy will be built on the banks of Valapattanam River at Irinave, east of Azhikkal. Kannur Cantonment is also one of the important cantonments in India.

According to the data compiled by the research firm Indicus Analytics, Kannur is one of the ten best cities in India to live. The parameters set by this firm are in the field of health, education, environment, safety, public facilities and entertainment.

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