Marianne is an imaginary character like Bharath Matha. It was established by the French to mark the 100th anniversary of the French revolution in 1789.
The history of Mahe begins here. Literally, statue of Marianne is one of the proudest symbols of French revolution. The slogan Liberty, Equality and Fraternity are enshrined on the statue, in French. It was from here that the freedom struggle of Mahe gathered momentum. When the freedom struggle of Mahe was at its peak, it was smashed out and thrown into the sea. Then as repentance they took it out again from the sea and erected it on the pathar which is now a well maintained park in the name of great poet Tagore. On every July 14th the French Nationals in Mahe assemble under this status and salute it with great pride. For the people of Mahe, Marianne is not just a symbol of French, but part and parcel of their own life.
Government House: A fine example of French architecture built by the French in 1855. The Head Quarters office of Mahe Administration is housed in it. A walk along the mini forest at the backside of the Government House will take you to the most beautiful viewpoint in Mahe. The Arabian Sea, the coastline with golden sand, the greenish Mayyazhi Puzha, coconut grooves fully hiding the houses, the emerald Dharmadam Island - all this and more can be seen from this point. There is a tall flag mast and a Lighthouse, which serves as guide for the ships, merchants and Navy which anchor of the coast. You may also see the remnants of a fort constructed by the French. One could also enjoy the true grandam of sunset.
Mahe Boat House Manjakkal: Mahe boat house is located about one and half Kms (1 1/2) away from the Government House on the Mahe river. Speedboats, Pedal boats and Kayak boats are available.
OTHENANS FORT Remnants of this castle may be seen just at the corner of Kozhikode-Kannur National Highway near the civil station . This is believed to have been built by Thacholi Othenan a widely known folklore hero who became the Robinhood of north Malabar
St .GEORGE FORT Situated on the highest hill of Cherukallai , one kilometer from Mahe .The French constructed a Fort here and the remnants could now be seen . You may have a panaromic view of Mahe from here. It is near this fort, that the T.V relay station of Mahe has been built.
ACCESS TO MAHE
BY AIR — Nearest Air Port is Calicut Air Port at a distance of 90 Kms.
Alternatively, you could use Cochin Int'l Airport and Mangalore Airport.
BY RAIL — Mahe Railway Station and Thalassery Railway Station.
BY ROAD — Connected by road to many tourist centre in India.