Overlooking the southwest coast of India
lies Kozhikode or Calicut, the erstwhile capital of the illustrious
Zamorins. Described as the great province of Malabar by the
legendary traveller Marco Polo, Kozhikode is situated on the northern part
of Kerala. While the district is flanked by Kannur on the north, Malappuram
on the south and Wayanad on the east, the frolicking waves of the Arabian
Sea lap the western shores.
Innumerable versions of how Kozhikode acquired its name abound among the
local populace. According to one such version, the place got its name from Cock
Fort (the land where the cock crows). Another version says that
Kozhikode derived its name from Koyil Kotu or Kotta, which means a fortified
Interwoven into the fabric of Kozhikode is
its glorious history and culture, making it the favourite destination of
history buffs. Though the present day sprawling city bears little
resemblance to the one of the past, traces of its rich culture are still
visible in the various monuments and museums that dot the district.
Kozhikode is commercially famous as an important centre for textiles, steel
products, seafood processing, timber and tiles. Traditional art forms have
flourished in the district from time immemorial. CVN Kalari Centre is a
well-known centre for the ancient form of Keralas martial art,
backwaters of Kozhikode hold tremendous tourist potential because of their
unspoilt charm and natural splendour. The Korapuzha Jalotsavam (water
fiesta), held at Korapuzha has kindled the interest of sports lovers.
Boating facilities are available at Elathur, the Canoli Canal and the Kallai
River. Kozhikode has made it to the list of tourist destinations because of
its unique combination of historical sites, breathtaking locales and a warm
and friendly ambience.
Karipur (23 km from Kozhikode town),
Daily flights to Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and the Middle East. The Chennai
flight also to touches Coimbatore and Madurai.
Links all the major cities and tourist centres in
Well connected by road to all the major cities and
tourist centres in India.
Places of Interest
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
Built in the 14th century by Swami Thirumulpad, the Zamorian, within his
palace complex, this temple was the venue of Revathy Pattathanam the annual
culture and intellectual event at eh Zamorin's court.
Vasco Da Gamma landed on these shore in 1498 for trade; there is a pillar
here to commemorate this event. The beach itself is a calm haven, set amidst
picturesque fishing villages and beautiful rock formations.
Located at east hill, this museum is maintained by the state archaeological
department. The articles on display here include copies of ancient mural
paintings, antique bronzes, coins, temple models and megalithic monuments .
This town is situated at the mouth of Beypore river. It was one of the
chief ports of Kerala and an important trade and maritime centre. Beypore is
also a major fishing harbour, and the boat-building yard here is famous for
its country crafts (Urus).
It is a place of historical importance due to the old fort and mosque of
the Kunhali Marakkans. This place is also known for its sacrifice rock which
can be found at about 13 km away in the sea .
Six km away is Kallai (/kallaai/), 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.
Accommodation in Kozhikode :
» Fortune Hotel
Kappad Beach Resort
» Calicut Towers
» Hotel Maharani
» Taj Residency