Kannur’s trade links go back a long way to the Greeks, Romans and Arabs. Kannur has been a key contributor to the cultural, religious, political and industrial heritage of the State. Home of colourful folk art of Theyyam, Kannur was known to be the ancient port of Naura, from whose shores King Solomon’s ships collected timber to build the great temple of Jerusalem. Surrounded by the Western Ghats and Lakshadweep Sea, Kannur showcases its remarkable history in its ancient forts and old shrines.