Uc riverside horticulture company (a joint venture between the government and the private sector) for promoting the growth of micro-irrigation in Kannur. Since its inception, the company has been working with state government to develop an efficient micro-irrigation network with its branches spread across three districts - Kannur, Kasaragod and Kollam. The company owns over 5000 hectares of land to facilitate its business and is developing an integrated micro-irrigation network consisting of 1,200 pumps (which operate on electric current), about 6,000 meters of pipelines, 10,000 nozzles and 18,000 micro-valves. It currently has around 150,000 micro-valves in the pipeline.
Government Boys Higher Secondary School, A.K.R.College, St. Thomas College, Kannur, Thekkevila High School, Vivekananda College of Engineering &, Technology, Kannur, A.C.C.M. College, Kannur and A.G.N.N. College, Kannur are some of the educational institutions in Kannur.
Kannur has a government-run district hospital (Kannur District Government Hospital), several primary health centres and about 100 private clinics and hospitals. Kannur has its own blood donation camps for collecting blood.
Kannur district is a major centre for the Keralan textile industry. A large number of people work in the textile industry, this accounts for most of the city's industries. Kannur is the home to the Cochin Shipyard.
Christianity is the major religion of the region. The Christian community in Kerala, in general, has had an identity that predates the arrival of the Europeans. The region has been an important base for many Indian missionaries, such as Thomas, Clements, and Baker. During the period of Portuguese rule, St. Thomas was active in the region. The church was built in 1324. Some of the churches are the St. Anthony's Shrine and the Kannur Catholic Archdiocese Cathedral, the St. George's Church. The St. Mary's Cathedral was renovated in 1998. Most of the churches are in the Gothic architectural style. Most of the churches are built on the slopes of the surrounding mountains. The Chaldean Catholic Church has its seat in the Kannur city, and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Thumpamonium serves most of the diocese. The Pentecostal Assemblies of God (PAG) has a large number of churches throughout the district.
Islam is the second most populous religion in the district, but Hinduism is the dominant religion. The main mosques are the Kannur Darul Uloom madrasa and Kannur Central mosque. Many Muslim families have been associated with the cloth industry in the region for generations, and some families started the business in the early 20th century. They produce and export a variety of materials, such as handloom and embroidery work. Other than Kannur and the city of Kollam, there are no major mosques in the district.
The first mosque in the district was established in the 17th century, and was near the present day town of Kannur. As the British colonized the area, many British families joined the area's main mosque. The present-day structure was designed by a German architect, Carl Gustav Giebel in 1902. There are many mosques in the district, but the largest by area is the Kannur Central mosque, which has facilities to accommodate nearly 2,000 people. The city has the oldest mosque in the district, built in 1729. A large number of people participate in festivals and religious activities in the area. During the Feast of Sacrifice, hundreds of people participate in prayer.
Christianity is the third most populous religion in the district. Christianity was introduced to the district in the 19th century, and had its first presence in the region around 1806. There are a number of churches throughout the district, which includes the St. Thomas Cathedral, constructed in 1765. There are a number of places of worship in the district, the most prominent of which is the Roman Catholic Cotta Church, which was built in 1875.
The most common language of Christianity in Kannur is Malayalam. The first priest to serve the area was from Kerala, India. Before the arrival of the British, the largest congregation in the district was the Cotta Church. Other churches, such as the St. George Forane Church, St. George Orthodox Church, Kannur Marthoma Church and the Saint George CSI Church, have seen growth, and have added new structures and facilities to their congregations in the area. The major denominations in the city are the Roman Catholic, the Syro-Malabar Catholic, the Church of South India and the Pentecostal denominations.
Kannur is a multicultural city, known for its arts, traditions and customs. It is also considered the cultural hub of Kerala. In addition to Hindu traditions, a large number of people are Catholic and Christian.
The Kannur festivals of Onam and Christmas are popular throughout Kerala, and are celebrated in the city as well.
The Festival of Onam is held in mid-August in Kannur. Onam refers to the new moon in the Malayalam calendar. Onam is a celebration of harvest, farming and agriculture. The celebration is observed for ten days, beginning on a Sunday. Onam is a celebration which is linked to the Malayalam month of Onam. The festivities include the ritualistic worship of the goddess by the Kalli Pattam. Onam is celebrated with Onam Eve, Onam Utsavam, Onam Day, Onam Thiruvathira, Thiruvonam, Paavadum Pozhicham (The Lord has arrived), Iniyam Thulabharam (Vitalization of the agricultural fields), Iniyathalam (Thulam), Uchchapurattam, Veluthappam, Velicham and Chakyar Thiruvizha (The Chakyar ritual).
The Christmas festival is held on the first Sunday of December.
Kannur is known for its aromatic Keralan cuisine. A variety of delicacies can be found in the city, including the chotta rasam, kazhikattu, mamsam, oogalattu,
paruppu, and kolambu pattarams. Also eaten by the locals are the kadala avial, the kazhai, the bakri, the avial, the paratha, the nairattam paratha, and the theekkare paratha. The most famous dish is the karimeen kadalai vathal, the curry of karimeen lentils, which is widely available in all parts of the city, at both the inexpensive roadside stalls and the restaurants. Kollumkadalai vathal, however, is a very common food in Kannur and is eaten along with all types of curries, soups and rice. Kollumkadalai vathal is prepared from the leftover portion of the raw karimeen, after the karimeen is cooked with water.
Biryani is a popular dish in Kerala, especially in the Kannur region. The most famous are the chell