We all have read about the famous Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama and how he accidentally discovered a new trade route to India. His voyage not only changed the course of trade history but also dazzled the fortune of a city that was long hidden from our eyes. The city is today proudly called as Kozhikode.
Kozhikode or Calicut is the third largest city in Kerala. Nicknamed as the ‘city of spices’ because of the large variety of spices cultivated, the city is also a birth place to hand-woven cotton. Thriving with life, this city is ideal for a relaxed family vacations and honeymooning.
Kozhikode tourism is all about historic places, beaches, natural sightseeing, bird sanctuary, museums and much more. Travellers can also indulge into boat riding, rock climbing, trekking and similar other adventurous sports organised during the trip.
History suggests that in ancient times, the city was under the rule of mighty Chera Empire. However, it gained its prominence only after the arrival of the Portuguese explorer, Vasco Da Gama. His first footsteps in India were at this destination.
Beach hotel, Hyson Hotel, Nath Condominium and Westway Hotel are some of the popular hotels in Kozhikode.
Following are the main travel attractions of Kozhikode
This is a park situated in the heart of the city. This is where the Zamorin Kings had their palace. It derives its name from Mananchira pond which further derives its name from Manadevan, the erstwhile ruler of Zamorin kingdom. The park is surrounded by temples, churches, and a public library which has rich collection on vernacular.
Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary
It is one of the most important tourist destinations in Kozhikode. More than 60 species of migratory birds and over a 100 species of local birds are found here in this bird sanctuary. Bird watchers can different variety of birds here like gulls, sandpipers, cormorants and herons. The sanctuary is also lauded for a large variety of fish and crabs.
Pazhassi Raja Archaeological Museum
This is a museum and art gallery, exhibiting historical artefacts dated 1000 BC to 200 AD. There are toys, metal sculptures, stones, pottery items etc. from the early ages like Megalithic and Indus valley civilisation. Arms used in war by the Britishers and French soldiers are also put on a display here.
Shopping in Kozhikode
Fabric like cotton, silk and velvet are found of high quality in the markets here. Handicraft, spices, coffee, tea, rosewood items, coir made products and items made of buffalo horn are also very popular, adding charm to Kozhikode Travel.
When to Reach
October to February is the ideal time as the weather is pleasant and cool. Malabar Mahotsav in January is also a prominent time to indulge in Kozhikode Trip and learn about the cultural heritage of the state.
How to Reach
Kozhikode International Airport is well facilitated by multiple flight services linking it to almost all the important Indian and abroad cities. Kozhikode railways station is also linked to major cities like Mumbai and Delhi. Taxi or cab is booked from airport or station to reach the destination. Buses are available to commute within the city.
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