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Tourism > India > Kerala > Districts > Kannur > Mahe


Mahe a small town (9 sq km) in the south of India on the Arabian Sea, has the official name of Mayyazhi in the local Malayalam language. The Kannur District of the state of Kerala surrounds the town on three sides. The original name of Mahe Mayyazhi, means "eyebrow of the sea". Formerly a French colony, Mahé now forms a municipality in Mahe district of the Union Territory (the lands directly administered by the Union (federal) Government of India) of Pondicherry (based on the east coast). Mahé has two members (MLAs) in the Pondicherry Legislative Assembly, representing Mahé and Pallur.


Saint Theresa Church

Mahe has an interesting church, the Saint Theresa Church. The most famous Christian Church in Malabar. The Church was built during French reign and it stands as a monument to the legacy of French rule. The festival is celebrated from 5th to 22nd October every year and the important dates are 14th and 15th. It is a festival of Mahe irrespective of religion or caste. For the entire people of Mahe consider this church as their own. The people all over Kerela and from neighboring Districts of Karnataka come and visit the church during this festival.

Malayala Kalagramam

Malayala Kalagramam (MAKAM) is a centre for art and ideas which aims at providing children and youngsters a Kalari (stage) to practise and perform all forms of fine arts. The centre offers part time as well as full time courses in painting, sculpture, music and dance and art pottery.

Malayala Kalagramam

Yoga and Sanskrit are also taught here. The fraternity centre of the Kalagramam conducts seminars, symposia, extension lectures, in-service programmes and special projects in different fields of art and humanities. The studies helps to familiarise the trainees with classical and contemporary trends and techniques in the respective fields of art, to teach them art application and history of art and to enable them to utilise art better in their daily life. Spending a day here with the tutors, students and the exotic library is an enlightening experience for any art lover.

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