The resonant past and plenty of myths and legends have earned Kannur, capital of the ancient Vadakkan Kolathiri Kingdom, the name 'the crown of Kerala'. The virgin and clean beaches at Payyambalam, Meenkunnu and Kizhunna are a tourist's paradise. One could lose oneself riding into the sunset at Kerala's only drive-in beach at Muzhippilangadi. Kannur has many monuments which were chief residences and control centers during the days when British and Europeans invaded the land. There are many well known churches and temples, one even dedicated to the serpent god. Parassinikadavu, a temple in Kannur, is open to all and is the only place where one can see the famous art form of Theyyam performed everyday. The famous snake park in Kannur is unique to it and the demonstrations there are quite popular.