Kozhikode is also called as Calicut, is a city in the state of Kerala and it is the second best city in India, this beautiful city boasts of beautiful beaches, parks, temples, churches, sanctuaries, hillocks, museums, wildlife, sculptures, rivers and lots more. It is the prominent trade and commerce center in Kerala.
Vasco Da Gama first set foot here in 1498 after which it became one of the most important ports in the Malabar region for the trade of spices, silk and other goods between European countries and India. The nature of land in Kozhikode is marshy. That is the reason why the world also knows Kozhikode as Chullikkad, which means a ‘shrubby jungle’.
The Kozhikode Beach is situated near the town of Kozhikode and is known for its old world charm and natural beauty. The beach has two crumbling piers that stand toward the middle of the sea and each of them are them are more than hundred years old. The beach also houses a lighthouse, Marine Water Aquarium and Lions Park.
Mananchira Square is the palace tank of King Vikrama, one of the great rulers in the region. It is situated in the heart of the city and is named after the Mananchira pond that spans an area of a square kilometre. While the place derived the name from the pond, the pond derived its name from the ruler of Zamoothiri Kingdom known as Manadevan. The palace tank has a traditional architectural design and is reminiscent of the ancient times. The Mananchira Square is surrounded by temples, churches, mosques and several traditional houses.
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.
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.
Kappad or locally known as Kappakadavu, is a famous beach near Kozhikode (Calicut), India, where the Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama landed on 20 May 1498. His voyage established the sea route from Europe to India.