Kozhikode also known as Calicut, is a city in the northern part of the state of Kerala in southern India. Kozhikode is the headquarters of the Kozhikode district. The city of Kozhikode is Kerala's third largest city and is part of an extended metropolitan region which is the third largest urban agglomeration in Kerala. The city is located 410 kilometres north of the state capital Thiruvananthapuram.
During Classical antiquity and the Middle Ages, Calicut was dubbed the "City of Spices" for its role as the major trading point of eastern spices. Kozhikode was once the capital of an independent kingdom of the same name and later of the erstwhile Malabar District.
Kozhikode boasts of being one of the most important tourist destinations in Kerala as it is home to miles and miles of sun filled sandy beaches, virgin forests, wild life sanctuaries, lush green country side, historical monuments and an array of premium and economy class hotels, resorts and ayurveda treatment centers that offer affordable accommodation to tourists. House boat cruises are also available at Kozhikode.
Kozhikode / Calicut Attractions :
Which is 16 km from Kozhikode is the historic beach where Vasco da Gama landed on the 27th of May 1498, with 170 men in three vessels. A monument on the beach commemorates this historic event. The rock studded beach is locally known as Kappakadavu. An interesting feature of the landscape is the sprawling rock that protrudes into the sea. The temple on the rock is believed to be 800 years old.
This beach is a favourite haunt of sunset viewers. Adding to its natural beauty is the old world charm retained in the old lighthouse and the two crumbling piers, each more than a hundred years old, that run into the sea. Entertainment facilities such as the Lions Park for children and the marine water aquarium are added attractions.
Pazhassiraja Museum and Art Gallery
On display here are copies of ancient murals, antique bronzes, old coins, excavated earthenware, models of temples, megalithic monuments like dolmonoid cysts, umbrella stones etc. Adjacent to the museum is the Art Gallery which exhibits an excellent collection of paintings by Raja Ravi Varma and Raja Raja Varma.It is 5 km away from Kozhikode
Located 10 km south of Kozhikode at the mouth of the Chaliyar river, Beypore, is one of the prominent ports and fishing harbours of ancient Kerala. Ancient Beypore was much sought after by merchants from Western Asia, for its shipbuilding industry. The boat building yard here, famous for the construction of the Uru (the Arabian trading vessel), boasts a tradition of almost 1500 years.
This massive rock, much dreaded by navigators, was once a vantage point for the Marakkars to attack the invading Portuguese. An entire crew of a Portuguese ship was killed here. The beautiful natural engravings on the rock are worth exploring..
Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary:
It is 25 km away from Kozhikode. The Estuary at Kadalundi is a haven for migratory birds. Terns, gulls, herons, sandpipers, whimbrels and other exotic birds flock into this place in November and return home in April.