The tourism potential for Kannur district is high. The St.Angelos Fort in the Kannur Cantonment, which was constructed in 1505, is a symbol of Portuguese architecture and attracts plenty of tourists. The Thalassery Fort is an important tourist centre.

Kannur beach and Ezhimala are known for scenic beauty. Places of historic importance, like the house of Gundert, who composed the first Malayalam -English Dictionary and the mosque at Madayi constructed in 1124, using marble brought from Mecca attract many tourists.

Fort St.Angelos, Thalassery Fort, Snake Park at Parassinikkadavu, Payyambalam Beach, Ezhimala, Moppila Bay, Muzhappilangad Drive -in Beach, Gundert Bungalow, Pazhassi Dam, Pythal Mala, Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple, Thiruvangad Temple, Trichambaram temple, Mosque at Thalassery, Mosque at Madayi, Jagannatha Temple, St. John's Church and Annapurneswari Temple.