Thalassery is a small but vibrant town on the coast of the Arabian Sea in Kannur district of Kerala. This heritage town, loaded with history, is one of the earliest English settlements in Kerala right from the time of the English East India Company.
The game of cricket is said to have been introduced here by the English as early in the 1790s.The English made the natives also participate in the game and cricket has remained in the heart of the people ever since.
St. Johns Anglican Church, behind Thalassery Fort, established by the British is an important historical site. The Thiruvangad Sri Ramaswamy temple, an ancient one, and Lord Jaganath temple, established by Sree Narayanan Guru, are two important places of worship for Hindus. Muzhupilangad, a drive-in beach, where one can drive a vehicle along the length of the beach touching the waves, is a major attraction.
The birth place and memorial of Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja, called Lion of Kerala, who had organised a revolt against the British, one of the earliest struggles for freedom, is at a distance of 30 km from Thalassery on the Thalassery Coorg Road.
Herman Gundert, a German missionary who wrote the first Malayalam English dictionary made Thalassery his home. The bungalow of Gundert is a place of interest for history lovers.
Mahe, one of the French colonies in India, which still parades the legacy left behind by the French, is at a distance of 15 km. Dharmadam Thuruth, a popular beach is located at a distance of 10 km. The British built the sea port and the Thalassery Pier for exporting variety of spices.
Thalassery has always been associated with 3 Cs, cricket, cakes and circus. Bakers from Thalassery have settled down in various parts of the country dishing out cakes and pastries. The large number of bakeries in the city bears testimony to Thalasserys fondness for cakes.
A great many circus companies like the famous Bharath, Kamala and Gemini circus have its roots in Thalassery. Most of the circus owners and artists also belong to this place. Thalassery is well connected to all major towns by road and rail. Kozhikode is the nearest airport.