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Kozhikode (District)


Kerala District - Kozhikode

About Kozhikode

Once the capital of the owerful Zamorins and a prominent trade and commerece centre, Kozhikode was the mos important region of Malabar in the days gone by. Today, lush green countrysides, serene beaches, historic sites, wildlife sancturaies, rivers, hills, a unique and a warm, friendly ambience make Kozhikode a popular destination.


Kozhikode Facts and Figures
Area : 3350 sq km.
Altitude : Above Sea Level.
Temperature : 3,096,000 (Census 1991)

How to Reach Kozhikode
Air : Nearest Airport : Karipur, Kozhikode.
Rail : Nearest main railway station: Kozhikode
Road : Malappuram is well connected to all the major towns in Kerala, Kerala Karnataka and Tamil Nadu by an excellent road network.

In and Around Kozhikode
Kozhikode Beach

This beach is a favourite haunt of sunset viewers. Adding to its natural beauty is 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. Entertainment facilities such as the Lions Park for children and the marine water aquarium are added attractions.

10 km from 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. The boat builing yard here, famous for the construction of the Uru ( the Arabian trading vessel),boasts a tradition of almost 1500 years.
This is the historic beach where Vasco do Gama landed on 27th of May 1498, with 170 men in three vessels. A monument on the beach commemories this historic event. The rock studded beach is locally known as Kallakadavu. An interesting feature of the landscape is the sprawling rock that protrudes into the sea. The temple on the rock is belived to be 800 years old.
Pazhassiraja Museum and Art Gallery

5 km from Kozhikode. On display here are copies of ancient mural, ancient bronzes, old coins, excavated earthenware, models of temples, megalithic monuments like dolmonoid cysts, umberlla stones etc. Adjacent to the museum is the Art Gallery which exhibits an excellent collection of paintings by Raja Ravi Varma and Raja Raja Varma.

Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary
19 km from Kozhikode and 7 km from Beypore port. The sanctury is spreawd over a cluster of islands in a scenic area surrounded by hillocks where the Kadalundipuzha river flows into the Arabian sea. Over a hundred varieties of native birds and over 60 varieties of migratory birds flock here in large numbers. A hillock which is 200 m above sea level provided a splendid view of the river mouth and the sea. The place is also known for a wide variety fo fish, mussels and crabs.
Lokanarkavu Temple
This temple, associated with the heroes and heroines of the Vadakkanpattu combines an arresting simplicity and a legendary aura. The candid murals and carvings here are a delight to art lovers.
Wayanad Ghats
The green ghats en route to Wayanad has nine hairpin bends, each turn taking one to a higher altitude offering a better view of the picturesque plains below. This route explored by a tribal was developed by the British
Thikkoti Lighthouse
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
The stone inscriptions found in the Muccunti Mosque at Kuttichira reveal an interesting aspect in the history of the Zamorins of Kozhikode and their patronage of Islam in Kerala. The architecture of this and other old mosques in Kozhikode bear great resemblance to the typical Hindu temple complex with pillars, ventilators and huge tanks, as well as decorative features such as stylised floral carvings and geometric designs.

Backwaters of Kozhikode
Unexplored, unspoiled, the backwaters of Kozhikode hold great promises of enchanting holiday option. Elathur, the Canoli Canal and the Kallai River are favourite destinations for boating. Kadalundi, with its beautiful bird sanctuary is a charming site. Korapuzha, the venue of the Korapuzha Jalotsavam id fast becoming a popular water sport destination.

Stay in Kozhikode Hotels
Hotel Taj Residency  

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