|Kozhicode, formerly called Calicut was the
traditional capital of Northern Kerala under the Samuthiri ruler.
Kozhicode, was the most important region of Malabar in the days
gone by. Today, ancient monuments, serene beaches, historic
sites, wildlife sanctuaries, rivers, hills, a unique culture
and a warm, friendly ambience make Kozhicode a much sought after
Area 30.61 Sq km
Best time to Visit September to May
STD Code 0495
Kannur is a major railway station on Shornur - Mangalore line.
By road Kannur is 155 KMs south of Mangalore and 535 KMs north
of Thiruvananthapuram. The nearest Airport is at Calicut which
is 110 KMs south and Mangalore Airport is 170KMs north.
Air: nearest airport Karipur(23 km from Kozhikode (Calicut)
town) with daily flights to Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and
the middle east. The Chennai flight also touches Coimbatore
and Madurai .
Rail: links to all the major cities and tourist centres in
Road: well connected to all the major cities and tourist centres
"Calicut is a port for the whole Indian sea, which God
forbid any craft to cross, and whoever saw it, will not get
over it healthy, everything is cheap and servant and maids
are very good". Associated with the Zamorins is Kottaparambu
where stood their ancient palace. Mananchira was the bathing
tank of the members of the Zamorin’s household.
The weather is overall pleasant in these parts of Kerala although
humidity might be something that bothers.The best time to
visit Kozhikode is around the year. Although to enjoy a good
climate the best time would be anywhere between the months
of September to March.
Museums and Art Galleries :
Pazhassirajah Museum : Situated 5 km from Kozhikode. Here
exhibits of copies of ancient mural paintings, antique bronzes,
old coins and models of temples and megalithic monuments are
seen. The next door to the museum is the Art Gallery and Krishna
Museum which has an excellent collection of paintings by Indian
artists and wood and ivory carvings. Open from 9.30 am - 12.30
pm, 2.30 pm - 5.30 pm, closed on Mondays.
Art Gallery : Art Gallery is near to the museum. It has an
excellent collection of paintings of Raja Ravi Varma and Raja
Krishna Menon Museum : This museum is dedicated to late V
K Krishna Menon, the former president of India. His personal
belongings and souvenirs are displayed here.
Kirtads : (7 km from Kozhikode) This unique museum houses
the tools and devices used by the ancient tribal communities
of Kerala. A good library with books on Anthropology and Sociology
is an added attraction.
Pilgrimage Centres :
Temples : Pishakarikavu, Lokanarkavu Temple, Mannur Temple,
Ponmeri, Varakkal Devi Temple, Jain Temple, Parsi Anju Amman
Baug, Buddha Vihar, Tali Temple
Churches : Catholic Church, Mother of God Church
Mosques : Jami Mosque, Mucchandipalli, Mithqalpalli, Mishkal
Fairs and Festivals :
Pooram at Arakkal Temple (Mar/Apr)
Lokanarkavu Temple (Two annual festivals Mar/Apr, Nov/Dec
Utsavam at Pishrikavu temple (March)
Utsavam at Sreekandeshwara Temple (Feb/Mar)
Revathy Pattathanam The Pattathanam takes place at thali temple
during the month of thulam. It is said that this unique intellectual
gathering commenced during the fag end of the 13th century.
The seven-day debate starts on Revathi day and concludes on
Thiruvathira day of the Malayalam moth of Thulam.
Utsavam at Sree Venkateswara Temple It is celebrated for 7
days during Sivaratri week. Elephant procession, exhibition,
fair and fairworks are conducted during the festival
Malabar Mahotsavam (Jan-Feb) It is a grand festival of the
Malabar region. The traditional and cultural art forms make
it a spectacular cultural extravaganza .
Jalotsavam Three Jalotsavams (water fiestas) are held every
year as part of the Onam festivals. It is conducted by the
sports clubs at Korappuzha, Moorad and Pongilodippara.
Places to visit :
Beypore : (10 km south of Kozhikode) Located at the mouth
of the Chaliyar river, Beypore, one of the prominent ports
and fishing harbours of ancient Kerala was an important trade
and maritime centre. Ancient Beypore was much sought after
by merchants from Western Asia, for its shipbuilding industry.
Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary : (25 km from Kozhikode) The estuary
at Kadalundi is a heaven for migratory birds. Terns, gulls,
herons, sandpipers, whimbrels and other exotic birds flock
into this place in November and return home in April.
Kakkayam : (45 km from Kozhikode) This picturesque damsite,
teeming with exotic wildlife, offers excellent trekking and
rock climbing opportunities. The best time to visit is between
November and April.
Tusharagiri : (50 km from Kozhikode) Tusharagiri is located
near Vythiri in Wayanad and is famous for its trekking tracks.
Trekkers start early morning from the second waterfall and
climb uphill through the pristine, dense evergreen forests
populated with exotic birds and wildlife to reach Vythiri
Thikkoti Light House : The 33.5m light house was erected in
1847.The lighthouse which overlooks Velliyamkallu 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.
Mananchira : The center of the Kozhikode is marked by Mananchira,
a large tank with a park on the north side.
Kallai : The major center of Kerala's timber industry. The
yard is said to be the second largest in the world. Elephants
are still widely used for hauling. A steel bridge built by
the British is still intact here.
S M Street : Sweet Meat Street is the busiest street in Kozhikode
and derives its name from the times when the street was lined
with sweetmeat stalls.
Peruvannamuzhi : (60 km from Kozhikode) The Peruvannamuzhi
damsite set amid hills is a beautiful picnic spot. The reservoir
here provides facilities for speed and row boat cruises during
which one can see the Smarakathottam - a garden built in memory
of the freedom fighters of the region. Uninhabited islands,
the bird sanctuary and a crocodile farm add to the charm of
Wayanad Ghats : The green ghats enroute to Wayanad has nine
hairpin bends, each turn taking one to a higher altitude offering
a better view of the picturesque plains below.
Mananchira Maidan : The palace tank of King Mana-Vikrama is
an architectural wonder. The musical fountain inside the maidan
and the meticulously landscaped lawns surrounded by traditional
buildings in the Kerala style, fascinate visitors.
Vellari Mala : Scintillating waterfalls and velvet green landscapes
make this an ideal spot for trekking.
Kakkayam (45 km), vadakara (48 km), tusharagiri (50 km), peruvannamuzhi
Kappad (16 km from Kozhikode): This is the historic beach
where Vasco da Gama landed on the 27th of May 1498. 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
Kozhikode Beach : This beach is a favourite haunt of sunset
viewers. 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 is adding to its natural beauty.
The Backwaters Of Kozhikode :
Unexplored, unspoiled, the backwaters of Kozhikode hold great
promises of enchanting holiday options. Elathur, the Canolly
Canal and the Kallai river are favorite haunts for boating.
Kadalundi, with its beautiful bird sanctuary is a charming
site. Korapuzha, the venue of the Korapuzha Jalotsavam is
fast becoming a popular water sport destination