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Tellicherry Black Pepper is the most famous product of this little coastal town in northern Kerala, which became a busy port under the British East India Company exporting cardamom, coffee, coconut and sandalwood. It was divided from the neighbouring French enclave of Mahé by a river nicknamed "The English Channel". The British built a mighty fort and a folly, which are still popular strolling spots. To the east of the town is the Thiruvangad Temple, dedicated to Sri Ramaswami and known as the "Brass Pagoda" because, like the nearby 400-year-old Odathil Mosque, it has a copper roof. Tellicherry is a famous centre for teaching circus skills and particularly for Theyyam, a spectacular and intense form of dance and music that started as an indigenous cult but was absorbed into Hindu culture. Dances take place between October and March. Four kilometres to the north, Muzhappilangad Beach is a handsome stretch of sand, popular with visitors and locals alike.

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