The city of spices, colors and natural charm: Kozhikode
Located in the north of Kerala, Kozhikode or Calicut is popular for its mesmerizing lush green sceneries and tranquil beaches. Here you can also visit the famous wildlife sanctuaries, picture perfect landscapes and historic temples and churches. Kozhikode presents an amazing variety of attractions which attracts many tourists every year. This place offers one or the other thing to each and every traveler.
The historic past and mesmerizing culture of Kozhikode:
Popularly known as “Calicut,” Kozhikode got its name from “Koyil”, it means Palace, and “Kota”, meaning Fort. So it means a place of Palaces and Forts. Kozhikode is also known as “Kalikooth” in Arab, in Tamil it is known as “Kallikkottai” and in Chinese it is known as “Kalifo”. Kozhikode has an interesting history. In 1948, Vasco Da Gama founded Kozhikode with some 170 men and three sailors. The beautiful monuments constructed by them still speak for the history of the place.
During the early times of Zamorins, Kozhikode used to be the center of business. As far as commerce and trade is concern, Kozhikode has the same significance. Even today it enjoys the same importance as far as trade is concerned. Kozhikode is also popularly known as the place which is the first discovered sea route which was the threshold towards the world outside.
Rich history and culture of Kozhikode attracts many people from India as well as outside to visit here for holidays. Kalaripayattu, the defensive marshal art form belongs to Kozhikode. Also the study of Ayurveda is a part of Kalaripayattu, which deals in the science of healing. The literature and crafts of Kozhikode is also popular.
Things to do and see in Kozhikode:
Here are the important attractions in Kozhikode, do not miss!
Beypore: This is an ancient attraction which was well known as Vaypura or Vadaparappanad, initially. Almost 11 km away from the city, Beypore was named as “Sultan Pattanam” by the famous ruler of Mysore, Tipu Sultan. The famous Arabian trading vessel was built here.
Kappad: If you want to soak in the culture and rustic charm of Kerala, do visit Kappad. It is a small coastal village which is quiet famous because Vasco Da Gama visited here while he was searching the fantasy land. There is a beautiful beach here which attracts tourists with its natural beauty.
Peruvannamuzhi: When in Kozhikode, you should not miss Peruvannamuzhi. It is one of the most visited places in Kozhikode because of the famous bird centuries, amazing crocodile farms, beautiful artificial lake.
Dolphin’s Point: Located at a distance of just two kilometers from Kozhikode, is this beautiful beach where you can watch dolphins if you visit here early in the morning.
For a thrilling experience of watching the breathtaking view, I will recommend you to visit the Thusharagiri Waterfalls.
Krishna Menon Museum, Art Gallery:
If you love art, Krishna Menon Museum and art gallery is the right place which is a must not miss. Here you can enjoy the artwork of famous articts like Ravi Varma and Rajah Raja Varma.
Shopping in Kozhikode:
In Kozhikode you can enjoy shopping the beautiful and amazing handicrafts. I will recommend you to buy the buffalo horn carvings which are intriguing and beautiful. Another recommendations include, local rosewood handicrafts which are elegant and pretty. You can buy it for yourself or your friends. I will also recommend you to buy the coir products and miniature snake boats as souvenirs for friends and family. ‘Calico’ which is a soft printed cotton is a popular produce of Kozhikode, you can buy it from the S.M. Street. The street shops are also full of some vendors selling fresh spices, you can go in for that too.
Planning to go this place via Indian Rail?
Visit www.indianrail.gov.in. / for knowing specific trains going to this place. You may book your train tickets at www.irctc.co.in/
Planning to go this place via Bus?
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