Location – Malabar coast, Kerala
Major tourist attractions – pristine beaches, historical monuments and backwaters
Languages – Malayalam, Hindi and English
Kozhikode is situated on the Malabar Coast in the state of the Kerala. This city is formerly known as Calicut and once capital of powerful kingdom of Zamorins. It is city of species and was important trade center in middle ages. Now days it is popular tourist destination because of serene beaches, lush green countryside’s, wildlife sanctuaries, historical sites, hills, rivers, unique culture and warm as well as friendly ambience. It is historical town with rich heritage and attracts travelers with its prosperity and charming physical features. The city is also called as city sculptures because of numbers of different architectural sculptures situated in different parts of the city.
It is now third largest city of the state and home to several educational institutes. The rulers of Zamorin kingdom converted this town into commercial and trading port. The great Portuguese sailor Vasco da Gama landed here in the year 1498. From then many Europeans landed here to do spice business. It is also famous for its textile industry. Its magnanimous hills, busy bazzars and gurgling streams attracts thousands of tourists every year. The city is shopping paradise and tourists can shop here local rosewood handicrafts, buffalo horn carvings, miniature of snake boats and coir products. The town is also famous for its cuisine and sea food. It is perfect place for history lovers and is home to historical museums and monuments.
Mustsee tourist attractions
Art gallery is established for cause of preservation of rare paintings. It is renowned for its magnificent collections of paintings of veteran painter Raja Ravi Varma. These paintings depict the simplicity as well as depth of people of the state and its history.
Pazhassiraja museum has wide collection of antique bronzes, ancient murals, excavated earthenware, coins, and models of temples, umbrella stones as well as megalithic monuments like dolmonoid cysts. This museum is treasure trove of art, culture and history of past era. Thikkoti light house is interesting monument steeped in history. This was built is the memory of shipwreck which crashed near the rocky shore. It is fearful reminder of that accident. This place home too many migratory birds and tourists can get glimpse of these birds here. Tourists can also see untouched and unexplored backwaters by boating in Kallai River and Elathur canal. A ride on the boat is an ideal way to see into vast green expanses, coconut fringed banks and village hamlets along the pristine backwaters.
Kozhikode beach is famous for its golden sandy shores and pristine beauty. It is also famous for breathtaking view of sunset. This beach has entertaining facilities like the marine water aquarium and lions park for children. Beside natural beauty, the beach retains its old charm with two crumbling piers and lighthouse which are hundred years old.
Kappad beach has great place in history because great sailor Vasco da Gama landed here first time on his world journey. A stone monument is erected here in the memory of Vasco Da Gama. It is also renowned for tranquility, calmness and cleanness. It is ideal place to do leisure activities like swimming, water sports and walk along the shoreline.
Tail temple is situated within palace complex and built in 14th century. This was venue of Revathy Pattathanam, the intellectual and cultural annual event. This temple is unique example of the integrations of laterite and wood, which is a outstanding feature of the Kerala architecture.
Sweet Street is busiest place of the city and a major shopping hub. Tourists can see different authentic Kerala items with spices here in shops lined along the street. The place is dotted with many shops selling Kerala sweet delights, Halwa. The place is very old and dated back to 600 years old.
Climate of the city is like other coastal cities. Monsoons receive very heavy rain falls. Summers are warm and humid with average 37 centigrade temperature. Winters are pleasant as well as temperate and temperature drops up to 15 centigrade.
Best time to visit
The city is all time destination and tourists can visit the place any time in the year. Best time to visit this coastal city is from October to February because of cool and comfortable climate. This period is ideal for enjoying beach activities and sightseeing.
How to reach
By road – it is important city of Kerala and well connected with regular bus services with other cities of the state. The city is also connected with cities of other states like Chennai, Bangalore, Coimbatore and Mangalore
By rail – the city is major railway station on the Malabar Coast and well connected with daily trains from cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and many more.
By air – karipur is nearest airport at a distance of 20 kilometers to reach by flight. Karipur is international airport and well connected with major cities of India as well as abroad.