The modern city is called Kannur town. The Taliparamba-Kannur-Thalassery space is crammed with rock-cut caves, dolmens, burial stones and menhirs, a memorial burial order. avatar Menon. The nonviolent resistance camp in Payyanur was raided and also the campers attacked. This excited the folks and ready them to hitch the thousands of freedom struggle. The fort was enclosed by the native ruler in 1507; The Portuguese decree Canaanor (as they were pronounced) lasted 158 years and was replaced by the Dutch. The Dutch sold-out the fort to the Arakkal royalty in 1772. In the 17th century, Kannur was the capital of the only Muslim Sultanate in India, known as Arakkal. .