Kannur is surrounded by a wealth of natural beauty. The district has been a key contributor to the cultural, religious, political and industrial heritage of the state. Being the cradle of folk arts like Theyyam and folk music, Kannur has always remained a land of ageless charms. It is also famed for its beaches of which the most popular are Dharmadam Island, Kizhunna Ezhara, Payyambalam, Ezhimala and Muzhapilangad. The Arackal Kottaram and St. Angelo’s Fort which are famous monuments in Kannur are worth seeing.