Thalassery, a charming seaside town in the Kannur district of Kerala, was once a teeming trading hub. It has evolved with time, absorbing religions, cultural and traditional influences from people who set foot here. An offbeat gem, discover historical buildings such as the Tellicherry Fort, built in 1708 overlooking the sea, a relic of the British colonial era. Nearby, the 500 year old Odathil Palli mosque bears testimony to an ancient and unique style of Islamic architecture, with no domes or minarets. Soak in the sleepy charm of the laidback town as you stroll down its picturesque Muzhappilangad Beach at sunset, watching fishermen bring in the boats and townsfolk wolf down an ever-popular treat – the Thalassery biryani!