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Kozhikode Backwaters, Kozhikode (Calicut)Craft Village, Kozhikode (Calicut)Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary, Kozhikode (Calicut)Kozhikode Beach, Kozhikode (Calicut)Kunjali Marakkar Memorial, Kozhikode (Calicut)Tali Shiva Temple, Kozhikode (Calicut)Kozhippara Falls, Kozhikode (Calicut)Sarovaram Biopark, Kozhikode (Calicut)Thikkoti Lighthouse Kozhikode, Kozhikode (Calicut)

Welcome to Kozhikode (Calicut),

Kozhikode, also known as Calicut, is a city in the state of Kerala in southern India on the Malabar Coast. During classical antiquity and the Middle Ages, Kozhikode was dubbed the "City of Spices" for its role as the major trading point of eastern spices. It was given the tag of "City of Sculptures" because of the various architectural sculptures located in various parts of the city. Arab merchants traded with the region as early as 7th century, and Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama landed at Kozhikode on 20 May 1498, thus opening a trade route between Europe and Malabar.

Some of the famous places in the city are Kozhikode Backwaters, Craft Village, Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary, Kozhikode Beach, Kunjali Marakkar Memorial, Tali Shiva Temple, Kozhippara Falls, Sarovaram Biopark, Thikkoti Lighthouse Kozhikode etc.

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Famous Places in Kozhikode (Calicut)
Beypore
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Located 10 km from Calicut, is this ship-building port of Beypore. It is also one of of the busiest fishing harbors in Kerala. It was known as such centuries ago. The skilled workmen use the best of wood and build huge "Uru" for those who place orders. Even the rivets used are wooden. Their clientele were the Arabs who sailed a lot for trade. Such Urus used to be unloaded at the Calicut port using Cranes. We can see the making of an Uru and also the finished product. Miniatures can be bought from the shops around. People board ships to reach Lakshadweep from Beypore; there are cargoships also sailing from Beypore.


Craft Village
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An Initiative of Dept of Tourism, Govt of Kerala Sargaalaya, the art and craft village at Iringal is designed as an initiative to put Kerala's traditional arts and crafts on the tourism trail. The craft village is set up on 20 acres of land on the banks of the Moorad River, just 200 meters off Kozhikode - Kannur National Highway near Vatakara. The craft village has 27 cottages where, a hundred or even more artisans can work. Apart from showcasing crafts and craftsmen from across Kerala, Sargaalaya has a Crafts Design and Technology development centre that provides training for craftsmen on the latest techniques of production and encourages innovation in the traditional system.


Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary
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Spread over a cluster of islands, the Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary is a virgin land, which houses a large number of beautiful migratory birds and hundreds of native birds and offers a splendid view of the Kadalundi River. This phenomenal destination is surrounded by hillocks where the Kadalundi River meets the Arabian Sea. Nature lovers and wildlife enthusiast, visits this stunning location to spot exotic birds and capture their movements in cameras. The Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary is located in the Malappuram District of the state of Kerala in India and is around 200 meters above sea level.


Kalipoika
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This serene destination will surely win your heart with its breathtaking beauty and spectacular surroundings, enclosed by coconut groves and lush green plantation. Tourists visit this spot to avail facilities like cruising, boating, pedal boating and more on the calm and serene water of Kalipoika, which is about 2 km away from Kozhikode City. Its exact location is at Arayidathupalam, a small village in the midst of Kozhikode, that offers a stunning view of the Western Ghats and attracts hundreds of visitors every day.


Kappad Beach
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Around 16 km away from the main Kozhikode town, Kappad beach is a serene beach, which was discovered during the 15th century by Vasco Da Gama, the Portuguese explorer. Away from the chaos of the city, this beach is ideal for relaxation and rejuvenation. Unique rock formations are scattered on all sides. Some of these rocks even protrude from the sea. The beach is lined by swaying coconut trees and silver-colored sand glistens on the beach.One of the most popular beached in Calicut, it is also known as Kappakadavu beach. The beach is quite famed for its serene surrounding and abundant natural beauty. One of the prime attractions near the Kappad beach is an 800-yr old temple. In the vicinity, there are breathtaking backwaters, fishing hamlets and verdant scenery. Visit to the Kappad beach is one of the best things to in Calicut.


Kirtads
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This unique museum houses the tools and devices used by the ancient tribal communities of Kerala. A good library with books on anthropology and sociology is an added attraction. It is in Chevayur.around 7 km from calicut city.The major studies related to tribes, welfare programmes and trinings are conducted by KIRTADS.KIRTADS means Kerala Institute for Research Training And Development of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.


Kozhikode Backwaters
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Located in the northern part of Kerala, Kozhikode was extremely popular as a commerce and trading center for spice trade and locally-made cloth- Calico in the earlier times. It was Kappad beach near Kozhikode where the famous Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama landed his foot as the first European. The British called the place Calicut and used it is a trading post. In the present times, Kozhikode is one of the best backwater destinations in Kerala. These backwaters have been blessed by abundant natural beauty, exotic flora and fauna, heritage sites, verdant surroundings, and more. The backwaters of Kozhikode boast of unspoilt scenic beauty and thus is an ideal place to have a peaceful and memorable vacation. Though the place has to offer unforgettable experience all around the year but the best time to visit Calicut/Kozhikode backwater is between the months of September to May.


Kozhikode Beach
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The beach is the most popular retreat for locals. In spite of beautification works and lax coastal management, it remains unexploited and visually pleasing. It is about 1.2 m above sea level. The coastline extends to a length of 15 km. Two piers which are crumbling and the old lighthouse still stand recalling the times when foreign vessels used to anchor near Calicut. The Beach Hospital was built by the British. The Beach Hotel is one of the oldest in Calicut. Viewing the Sunset is relaxing. During the monsoon, the sight is unearthly! The sea turns black, lit up by lightning flashes and the surround sound thunder! Awesome! A sunset in the monsoon is unbelievably colorful.


Kozhippara Falls
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Set in the lush green surroundings of Kozhikode, the beautiful Kozhippara waterfalls is an ideal location for trekking and swimming in Kerala. It is one of the best waterfalls, which offer plenty of opportunites to adventure enthusiast, who like to explore this spectacular destination. This place is surrounded by dense forests and maticulous landscapes, ideal for trekking and rock climbing. A large number of tourists visit this exotic waterfall to enjoy the serene setting of the jungle and to feel relaxed in the midst of tranquil forest.


Krishna Menon Museum
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The Krishna Menon Museum was established in 1975, to honour the popular Indian leader V.K. Krishna Menon, who was also our former Indian Defence Minister. The museum displays his personal belonging and souvenirs, and houses a good collection of paintings by famous artist Raja Raja Varma and Raja Ravi Varma. The museum is located in the heart of Kozhikode city at East Hill, which is also the home of another famous art gallery Pazhassiraja Museum, dedicated to the famous freedom fighter Pazhassiraja.


Kunjali Marakkar Memorial
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The Marakkars were admirals of the Zamorins, who valiantly resisted the Portuguese on the high seas. Kunhali Marakkar built a fort on the southern bank of the Moorad river.This fort was completely destroyed by the Portuguese at a later time. The place where the fort stood is known today as Kottakkal, 46 km south of Kozhikode. A small hut that belonged to Kunhali Marakkar with collections of ancient swords, cannonballs and knives can be seen here.


Lion's Park
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The Lion's Park is also known as Calicut's Beach Garden, which offers the most amazing view of the sunset. It is definitely an idyllic place to spend time and to get rid of tensions of daily routine life. The park is open for all 7 days, so one can look forward to an exciting evening here.


Mananchira Square
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This forms the heart of the city. The name comes from the large pool of clear water bound by laterite stone steps built by Manavedan Raja one of the earlier Zamorins. The park around it is tastefully kept with types of palms, trees and shrubs. Recently there is a move to adorn the city with sculptures and a number of them has come up here. There is an open air theater and a musical fountain. The view of the city from a corner of Mananchira is beautiful indeed! The spire of the Church adds to the beauty.


Mishkal Mosque
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Mishkal Mosque is one of the oldest mosques in Kerala. The Mosque was built by an Arab merchant, Nakhooda Mishkal, nearly 650 years ago. It is named Mishkal Mosque after him. It is located in Kuttichira, a part of Thekkepuram region in Kozhikode city. In 1510, the mosque was partially burned in a Portuguese attack. The top floors of the mosque still display some of that damage. Mishkal Mosque originally had five stories. It was reconstructed after the fire in 1510 and now has four stories. Typical for similarly aged mosques of the region, it has no cupolas and minarets and heavily employs timber. According to some historians, Kerala's temple architecture influenced the architecture of old mosques in Kerala which have gopuram-style entrance arches and no minarets.


Panniyankara Bhagavati Temple
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The Bhagavaty temple on a hillock on the southern side of Kallayi river is one of the two pre-Calicut temples known to historians, built at least two centuries before the foundation of the city. This area must have come under the territory of Porlathiri during the reign of Ceraman Perumal. It is a typical Chera period structure with a square garbhagriha and mandapa and probably had a currambalam and prakara (outer walls) that are no more.


Payyoli Beach
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The beautiful stretch of golden sands and swinging palm trees at Payyoli Beach, in Kozhikode can definitely take your breath away with its astounding surroundings and pleasant atmosphere. Located on the North Malabar Coast of Kozhikode district in the South Indian state of Kerala, this exquisite beach spot has shallow waters, that border Velliyamkallu. The sea here is extremely beautiful and offers a calm surrounding to swimmers and to people, who are interested in other water activities.


Pazhassi Raja Museum and Art Gallery
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Named after the brave ruler who dared to fight the British with the help of tribal warriors, this museum displays old coins, mural paintings and monuments. Art Gallery has some excellent paintings, some by Raja Ravi Varma the old master painter. It is near the city centre.


Peruvannamuzhi Dam
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Peruvannamuzhi is name of a scenic village in the Kozhikode District of Kerala, which offers tourists a peek into the natural splendor and picturesque beauty of Kerala. But, this is not what tourists like about this place; it's the magnificent Peruvannamuzhi Dam nearby the village, which pulls a large number of tourists from across the country. People love to visit this place along with their families and friends to explore the exotic surroundings of the dam and to experience activities like rowboat, speedboat cruises, and many more. It gives them immense opportunities to travel around dense jungles, artificial lake, stunning landscapes, and lush green hillocks.


Regional Science Centre and Planetarium
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The Regional Science Centre and Planetarium functioning under NCSM (Govt.of India) shoulders the leading role in propelling science dissemination activities in Kerala, especially in the Malabar region. Kozhikode, the capital of Malabar right from the time of the Zamorin's dynasty is now a fascinating place with unparalleled attractions including historic monuments, works of art and cultural contributions. The city attracts and accommodates visitors by outstretched red carpet of its enticing natural beauty.


Sarovaram Biopark
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Sarovaram is an eco-friendly bio-park in Kozhikode city. It is a project meant for conservation of the wetlands through eco-friendly tourism interventions by sustainable methods. This is one of the 27 wetlands of natural importance identified by the Government of India for conservation under National Wetland conservation program. The wetlands are rich with 7 mangrove spices, 29 mangrove associates and fauna ranging from protozoa to Otter. It is also a congenial habitat for 20 types of water birds, 2 bird associated with water, 3 birds associated with waterlogged reeds and 9 land birds. The 11 km long canal connects Korappuzha and Kallai rivers and brings in periodic influx of saline water which makes the habitat ideal for mangrove, fisheries and other biota. The major components of the project are canal walkway, boating facilities, Otter Park, Butterfly Park, bird sanctuary, aquarium, coracles, floating rafts, board-walk, park/ musical fountain, open-air theatre, Interpretation centre etc.


Tali Shiva Temple
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There are several things that make Tali Shiva Temple special and most loved tourist destinations of Kozhikode, visited by plenty of national and foreign tourists every year. This 12th century temple is considered to be the oldest and sacred temples of Kerala and is built by Swamy Thirumulapad, the Zamorin King, within his palace complex. Tali Shiva Temple is an outstanding example of the Kerala style of architecture, that features a great woodwork, combined with laterite, to form amazing wall paintings and wooden roof carvings. This remarkable feature of Tali Temple makes it one of the popular tourist attractions of Kozhikode.


Thikkoti Lighthouse Kozhikode
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palm plantation with Velliyamkally Rock on one side and scintillating blue sea on the other. It was built over a shipwreck, whose remains can still be seen here. The people love visiting this place for its natural beauty and for migratory birds that keep visiting this place mostly during winter. Thikkoti Lighhouse is definitely one of the most fascinating remain from the ancient Kozhikode as the same was built on the remains of a shipwreck that crashed near the rocky shore of the Payyoli beach.

The lighthouse was constructed in 1847 and is 33.5 meters high. One can go up to the top of the lighthouse to enjoy the awesome view of the Arabian Sea and Velliyamkallu Rock, which acts as a home to many varieties of migrant birds. However, to go up there, one has to take permission from authorities to climb the winding stairs of the lighthouse.


Thiruvannur Siva Temple
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This ancient and beautiful Siva temple has an apsidal garbhagriha, decorated with typical Chola pillars and pilasters, panjaras and vyalimukhas. The central shrine has escaped any repair or change and is relatively well preserved. An inscription unearthed records a land grant given to Tirumannur Patarakar in the eighth regnal year of Raja Raja Chola. The record has been dated to 1044 AD. The deity appears to have been a Jain Tirthankara (since the rules of Thirukkunavaye, the premier Jain shrine of Kerala in Kodungalloor, are cited in the punitive clauses). The Jain temple must have been converted into a Siva temples sometime in the 11th century before the arrival of the Zamorins.[6] The apsidal shrine and other features are attributable to this period.


Thusharagiri Waterfalls
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Thusharagiri Waterfalls about 50 km away is gainful. Far from the mad crowd this waterfall springs from the high hills among the green forests. You feel cool and fresh. if fond of trekking you can trek to reach the waterfall. A bath in the big pool is heavenly!


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