How To Get There - Kozhikode (Calicut)
Kozhikode (Calicut) has an airport
Kozhikode is served by a handful of
costal expresses and several passenger trains.
A well-built network of roads
connects Kozhikode (Calicut) to the other parts of the state.
Auto Rickshaws, Deluxe
KOZHIKODE - HISTORICAL TOWN OF PROMINENCE
The busy coastal city of Kozhikode, located to the north of Kerala and
225 kms from Kochi holds an important postion in the legend and history
The place is historically famous as the Portuguese led by Vasco da Gama
first landed in India, at Kappad near Kozhikode in 1498 AD. He was the
first European to reach India via the sea route, around the southern
cape of Africa. Later the Dutch, French and British came to its shores.
Thus, began a period of conflict of foreign powers for domination of
trade in Malabar. Kozhikode (Calicut) was the capital of the powerful
Zamorins. This age-old town still maintains its commercial traditions.
Prime Attractions of Calicut (Kozhikode)
With its own dream-like serenity, this natural fresh
water lake surrounded by meadows and trees on all sides is a haven for
peace-loving travellers. It is located half way from Calicut half an
hour ahead of Kalpetta. more..
Famous for its legendary 16th century Shiva Temple,
Ettumanoor is a Hindu pilgrimage. The Shiva temple is a specimen of
Kerala's indigenous style of temple architecture, incorporating
clear-cut wood carvings and murals, including an exceptionally striking
one of Shiva as Nataraja, where he trampled underfoot the evil spirit
represented by a demon. Every year in February and March, a 10 - day
long festival is held at the temple. more..
The Krishna Menon Museum has a section in honour
of the great Indian leader V.K. Krishna Menon, whose personal belongings
and souvenirs gifted by world leaders are exhibited here.
Malabar Mahotsavam is a cultural extravaganza that
showcases the centuries old rich cultural heritage of Kerala. The event
is at Mananchira maidan (ground) in the heart of Kozhikode town from
13th to 16th January every year. more..
Located at East Hill, the Pazhassiraja Museum,
run by the State Archaeological Department, displays ancient murals,
antique bronzes and old coins, as well as models of temples, megalithic
monuments like dolminoid cysts and umbrella stones.
Snuggled cosily in the Western Ghats, are the
gurgling waterfalls of Thusharagiri. Meaning the snow capped mountains;
Thushargiri exhibits a unique kinship between the land and water.
Thali temple, located downtown
is an important temple of the erstwhile Zamorin Kingdom of Kozhikode.
The temple is famous for the 'Revathi Pattathanam', an annual
competition of pedagogic skills.
Just 15 minutes from the
city centre is a place called Dolphin's Point, where one can see
dolphins playing in the sea of an early morning. The long tree-lined
beach, about 2 km away, is popular with the local people because of the
Lions Club Park, the lighthouse, and two piers - and of course, the
opportunity to soak in the evening breeze.
Six kms away is Kallai, once the
bustling nerve-centre of Kozhikode's timber trade, said to have been the
largest such trading centre in Asia. Today, though some business does
take place, hard times have fallen on the timber trade and Kallai is
just a shadow of its busy past.
Mandala Utsavam is the
forty-one day annual festival at the Lokanarkavu Bhagavathy Temple near
Vadakara in Kozhikode. This is the only temple where a peculiar folk
dance called Thacholikali is presented.
Mananchira is the heart of the
city and sites important institutions like the Town Hall and the Public
Library. One of Kozhikode's oldest institutions, the Commonwealth
Trust's office is located here. The large pond and park are well-known
The lighthouse, which
overlooks Velliyamkallu - the rock much dreaded by mariners - off
Moodadi coast, was built after a shipwreck, the remains of which can
still be seen here. The region around the Velliyamkallu rock is the
transit home of migratory birds.
Kozhikode Beach :
This lovely beach is must visit on the tour to
Kozhikode. Try out the numerous adventure sports, take the nature walk and
savor the tantalizing sea food such as Kallumakaya (mussels) available on
the beach side stalls. There is also a Children's Park with a vast play area
for the kids. Stand at the tip of the old bridge and spot the dolphins and
check out the Marine Water Aquarium located nearby.
Valiya Angadi :
Valiya Angadi is a big bazaar located between the
beach and town, where you can get a taste of age old fish trade of
Kozhikode. It is a busy area overloaded with hand pulled carts, trucks,
lorries and vehicles of all shapes vying with each other for for docking
place to load and unload tonnes of fish. From here you can purchase
traditional bells, peacock vilakkus, thooku or hanging villakus,
nilavillakkus and utensils.
Excursions from Calicut (Kozhikode)
Established in 1973, the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is contiguous to
the protected area network of Nagarhole and Bandipore of Karnataka and
Mudumalai of Tamilnadu. more..
Beypore 11 km from Kozhikode, is a small coastal town famous for
centuries as a ship-building centre and still is known today for its
country crafts called `Uru' built by traditional shipbuilders known as
Kalalundi bird sanctuary, 19 kms from Kozhikode is home to more than a
hundred varieties of native birds and over 60 species of migratory birds
flock here in large numbers. more..
Kappad, the historic beach. It is the beach where Vasco da Gama landed
on the 27th of May, 1498 with 170 men in three vessels, thus discovering
a sea route to India. more..
Lakkidi, the gateway of Wayanad, is situated 700 m above mean sea
level, at the crest of the Thamaraserri ghat pass. Lofty peaks, gurgling
streams and luxuriant forests add magic to the journey up the winding
roads to this hill station. more..
The Lokanarkavu Bhagavathi Temple is a temple frequently alluded to in
the Northern Ballads or the Vadakkanpattu of Kerala. The main deity is
Goddess Durga, with two adjacent shrines dedicated to Vishnu and Siva.
The tomb of Veera Pazhassi Raja, known as the Lion of Kerala has been
erected here as a memorial to this valiant leader, who committed suicide
to avoid capture, by the British. more..
60 kms from Kozhikode, it is picturesque dam with a crocodile farm,
bird sanctuary and boating facilities. The dam is a famous picnic spot.
Places To Stay - Kozhikode (Calicut)
Guest House, Jail Road.
Hotel Hyson, Bank Road.
Hotel Maharani, Taluk Road.
Hotel Malabar Palace, G.H. Road.
Paramount Towers, Town Hall Road.
Sea Queen, Beach Road.
Maps - Kozhikode (Calicut)
Climate - Kozhikode (Calicut)
Rainfall: 254 cm (Annual).
Mean Max: 32.0 ?C ; Mean Min: 22.5?C
General Information - Kozhikode (Calicut)
Northern Part Of Kerala
September To May
District Area: 2,345 sq.km.
City Area: 30.61 sq.km.
District Population: 2,612,897.
City Population: 419,531.