Kozhikode ( Calicut )

Kozhikode also known as Calicut is the third largest city in Kerala and the headquarters of Kozhikode district.

In 1498 Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama landed at Kappad, about 25 km away from Calicut city. Discovery of the sea route from Europe to India gave the Portuguese a significant advantage in the control of international trade that lasted for almost a century and changed the political scenario of India ultimately ending with its colonization by the British.

Kozhikode was an independent kingdom in 14th century, whose ruler was
Samoothirippadu ( anglicised as Zamorin). Thus Calicut came to be called the City of Zamorins.

There are many numbers of rivers and lakes in the district. Kallayi Puzha, Chaliyar puzha, Korapuzha, Poonoor puzha, and Iravanjhi puzha are some amongst them.

Kozhikode is the most important coastal city of the north region of state of Kerala.
Kozhikode is the birth place of one of the top Malayalam dailies "Mathrubhumi".

Kozhikode is home to two premier educational institutions in India; the
IIMK, one of the seven Indian Institutes of Management and the only National Institute of Technology in Kerala, the NITC.



Places of interest




Kozhikode Beach

The beauty and serenity of Kozhikode beach is not yet developed as a tourist center. Still people from all around gather here to enjoy the sunset and it is a popular leisure option for local people. Two sea piers almost 125 years old extending well inside the sea are a specialty. Lion’s club and children’s park make the evenings pleasant for visiting families.





Kappad Beach

Vasco Da Gama landed in Kappad Beach on 27th May 1498 with three vessels and 170 men. This beach of historical importance is 16 km north of Kozhikode. A monument is here to memorialize the historical landing of Vasco Da Gama. An ancient temple on a hill facing the sea is an added attraction.






Beypore

Beypore is a port city situated 10 km south of Kozhikode at the mouth of Chaliyar River. Beypore is famous for its ancient shipbuilding industry, which constructed Uru, the traditional trading vessels. The place was formerly known as Vaypura and Vadaparappanad. Tippu Sultan named the town “Sultan Pattanam”. It is one of the important ports of Kerala and naturally an important trading centre. It is the major fishing harbour of Kerala. There are two man-made extensions to the sea to facilitate easy access for fishing boats. This is an ideal place for an outing



Vadakara


This ancient place is now the headquarters of the taluk as well as the municipality of that name. There is a ruined fort in the town. Vadakara was the scene of many exploits of 'Thacholi Othenan', the hero of the ballads of north Malabar (Vadakkan Pattukal). Five km South-East of Vadakara is the Lokanarkavu (Temple) which has three rock-cut caves in its vicinity. Annual ceremonies are conducted in memory of Thacholi Othenan, whose birth place is Manikkoth near Meppayil.



Mananchira Square

Mananchira Maithan, in the heart of the city is the sublimation of the concept of a planned modern city. The historic maithan, adjacent to Manachira has been converted into an arcadia with beautiful trees and plants, artificial hill, shrubs, sculpture, an open air theatre and above all a musical fountain. Locals and tourists seekings leisure and relief from the mad rush outside find shelter here. Mananchira Maithan is managed by the Corporation of Kozhikode.


Art Gallery and Krishna Menon Museum

It is situated adjacent to the Pazhassi Raja Museum, the art gallery houses paintings of Raja Ravi Varma and other collections. The museum has a section dedicated to V.K. Krishna Menon exhibiting the personal belonging of the late leader.


Kallai

Kallai was known as one of the world’s best timber trading centre. Even now it is the best place for timber trade in Malabar.


Kozhikode Backwaters

The unexplored and unspoiled backwaters of Kozhikode hold great promises of enchanting holiday options. Korapuzha, the venue of the Korapuzha Jalotsavam is a popular watersport destination.







Kadalundi

The bird sanctuary at kadalundi is a haven for migratory birds. The migratory birds from all over the world gather here during the season which starts from November.


Tourist Places near to Kozhikode



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