A charming little town with a distinctively French flavour, it is located 58 km north of Kozhikode and is bisected by the Mahe River. Originally the town was called ‘Mayyazhi’; it was renamed ‘Mahe after the Frenchman who captured it Mahe was an important trading centre under the French. Today a union territory, it is free of the strict government control on alcohol, which means there is no dearth of wine shops here.
Located just across the bridge on the Kerala side, in New Mahe, the Malayala Kalagramam is a centre of fine arts that was established to preserve the cultural heritage of the Malabar region and to create an avenue for the creative energies of its people. A range of disciplines, from dance, music, sculpture, art and graphic art to yoga and meditation are taught here.
St Teresa’s Church:
Considered one of the oldest in Malabar, this church was first erected in 1736 by an Italian, Father Dominic. In the 1760 Franco-British war, the shrine suffered extensive damage. Abbe Duchenin then rebuilt it in 1788. St Teresa’s annual feast, held in October, draws pilgrims from all over Kerala and abroad.
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