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The English word calico, a cotton textile, originated from this city’s name “Calicut” Kozhikode was the capital of Malabar during the time of Zamorins, who were ruling before the British Rule in India. It was trading in spices like black pepper and cardamom with the Jews, Arabs, Phoenicians and the Chinese for centuries and with the Dutch and Portuguese more than 500 years ago. The Portuguese were the first foreigners to find this land, the gateway to Kerala, famous for spices. This city is famous for receiving Vasco da Gama in 1498. He landed on the remote beach of Kappad, which is 18 km away from the Calicut City. One of the world’s oldest thriving trade centre’s, a very clean city known for its friendly inhabitants and celebrated across the world in form of its vast array of cuisines.


Art Gallery A veritable treasure trove for historians and connoisseurs of art, the Pazhassiraja Museum is located in Kozhikode – the land of spices which lured navigators from time immemorial down to the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama in 1498. The Pazhassi Raja Museum & Art Gallery adjacent to the museum displays the acclaimed paintings of Kerala’s cherished artists, Raja Ravi Varma (1848 – 1906) whose works brought international repute to the State and his uncle Raja Raja Varma. The museum is managed by the State Archaeology Department and has on display mural paintings, antique bronzes, ancient coins, models of temples, umbrella stones, dolmenoid cists (quadrangular burial chambers with capstones), and similar megalithic monuments. For more information on Ravi Varma’s works, refer ‘The prince among painters and a painter among princes’. The museum and the art gallery are named after the great Pazhassiraja Kerala Varma of the Padinjare Kovilakom of the Kottayam royal family. The famous ‘Pazhassi Revolt’ (against the British East India Company during the second half of the 1700s) was led by Pazhassiraja. Nicknamed the Lion of Kerala, Pazhassiraja is also credited with introducing guerrilla warfare in the hills of Wayanad to resist the increasingly intolerable British colonialism. This great freedom fighter was shot dead in an encounter on 30 November 1805.


Beypore This place was formerly known as Vaypura / Vadaparappanad. Tipu Sultan, ruler of Mysore, named the town “Sultan Pattanam”. There is a marina and a beach while Beypore port is one of the oldest ports in Kerala, which historically traded with the Middle East. Beypore is noted for building wooden ships, known as dhows or urus in the Malayalam language. These ships were usually bought by Arab merchants for trading and fishing but are now used as tourist ships. According to Captain Iwata, founder member of the Association of Sumerian ships in Japan, Sumerian ships might have been built in Beypore. There is evidence to prove that Beypore had direct trade links with Mesopotamia and was a prominent link on the maritime silk route. Raja Raja Varma in his diary states near this ‘Beypore’ Kovilakam or house is a temple of Vettakaruman or the Hunter God which it is said and acknowledged by its present owners, the Manayam Rajahs, once belonged to us of the Tattari Kovilakam house, by which our family was known. Based on all the above, I would assume that the original Parappanad rajas named their home the Tattari Kovilakom. It is believed that the Beypore Siva Temple protects the whole kingdom. Beypore was thronged first by Romans and afterwards by Chinese, Syrians, Arabs and in recent centuries by Europeans for trade. Beypore has a long history of being a centre for shipbuilding since the first century AD, and it was further expanded under the East India Company during the early nineteenth century. The Uru (boat), or “Fat Boat”, is a generic name for large Dhow-type wooden ships made by Vishwa brahmins in Beypore. This type of boat has been used by the Arabs since ancient times as trading vessels, and even now, urus is being manufactured and exported to Arab nations from Beypore. These boats used to be built of several types of wood, the main one being teak. The teak was taken from Nilambur forests in earlier times but now imported Malaysian teak is used.


Canolly Canal sometimes spelt Canoly Canal, is the part of the West coast canal network of Kerala and runs through the Kozhikode city. It was constructed in the year 1848 under the orders of then collector of Malabar, H.V. Conolly. The Canoly Canal is 11.4 kilometres long and connects the Korapuzha river in the north and the Kallai River in the south. The width of the canal varies between 6 and 20 metres and the water depth during the monsoon ranges between 0.5 and 2 metres. The sides of most of the canal are lined with dimension stone, but at some locations, the lining has collapsed. In a number of places along the canal, trees and bushes and water plants have grown, causing the water flow in the middle stretch of the canal to become weaker. The Canoly Canal Development Samithi in Kozhikode has started speedboat service on the canal from Karaparamba to the Sarovaram park site in September 2009. boating in Canolly Canal is a place to stroll down for enjoyment. Canolly Canal is especially very enjoyable during the sunset times when tourists stroll down the canal in the small local boats that give you a historical déjà vu.


Dolphin’s Point one of the most wonderful experiences of seeing dolphins here at the Beypore beach. Beypore which is located about 10 km to the south of Kozhikode, famous for its wooden ships called “Uru”. There’s a jetty in the mouth of the Beypore river extending about 1 km into the sea from the land. This is a wonderful lane to have a friendly or romantic walk. And right at the end of it, you would’ve bypassed all the surf zone and from here is where if lucky one can see the dolphins playing in the water. It is a delightful scene. The Beypore beach adjacent to the jetty is also good even though small in size. It is comparatively cleaner than Calicut beach and lesser crowd too.


Elathur boating in a very beautiful town as it has a lake that borders it on one side and on the other side; Elathur is bordered by a river. Thus, this unique composition allows Elathur to be a very well sought out place that must be seen by travellers who come to India for its rich heritage.


Planetarium and Regional Science Centre Located at Jaffar Khan Colony in Museum Road, the 250-seater Kozhikode Planetarium offers extensive insight into the mysteries of the universe, the planets and the galaxies. Entertaining as well as informative, a sophisticated Zeiss projector simulates the night sky. Situated on the same compound as the planetarium, the Regional Science Centre has indoor and outdoor science displays. The etymology section, called Giants of Nature, and the aquarium are the other popular attractions here.


Planetarium and Regional Science Centre Located at Jaffar Khan Colony in Museum Road, the 250-seater Kozhikode Planetarium offers extensive insight into the mysteries of the universe, the planets and the galaxies. Entertaining as well as informative, a sophisticated Zeiss projector simulates the night sky. Situated on the same compound as the planetarium, the Regional Science Centre has indoor and outdoor science displays. The etymology section, called Giants of Nature, and the aquarium are the other popular attractions here.


Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary is spread over a cluster of islands in a scenic area surrounded by hillocks where the Kadalundi River flows into the Arabian Sea. The place is locally known as Kadalundi Nagaram. This virgin land is the abode more than a hundred species of native birds and over 60 species of migratory birds, like seagulls, terns, sandpipers, sandplovers, red and greenshanks, turnstones, that flock here in large numbers from November to April. A hillock nearby, which is 200 m above sea level, offers a splendid view of the river mouth and the sea. Kadalundi is also known for a wide variety of fish, mussels and crabs. The mangrove vegetation here shelters otters and jackals.


Kakkayam Dam located in Kozhikode district of Kerala state. About 15 km to reach dam location from Kakkayam Bus stop. Roads from Kakkayam bus stop to dam location damaged, thin, curvy through the forest. There is a forest office at the top. Need to get permission from them before going further. Camera not allowed near Dam area. There is a waterfall named ‘orakkuzhi’ just after Dam. Elephants may be there near Dam location. ‘Kariyathan para’ is one of the beautiful location near to Kakkayam, well suited for outdoor shooting.


Kallai was one of the most important centres in the world for the timber business. The place was noted for woods of superlative strength and durability like teak, rosewood etc. Towards the second half of the 20th century, the activity declined drastically as tree felling was banned or strictly controlled with a view to stopping deforestation. Many mills still operate in Kallai, though with far less output. Many have now closed down. Said to have been the largest such trading centre in Asia. Today, Kallai is just a shadow of its busy past.


Kallai River Best known for boating. It originates in Cherikkulathur in the Western Ghats, at an altitude of 45 metres (148 ft) and is 40 km (24.9 mi) long. It is linked to the Chaliyar River by a man-made canal on the south side of the small timber village of Kallayi lying on its banks. The Kallayi was known for its timber businesses, but now many of these have been closed down.


Kappad A small stone monument commemorates the landing by Vasco da Gama with the inscription, “Vasco da Gama landed here, Kappakadavu, in the year 1498.” His expedition gave the Europeans a sea route to reach the wealth of the Malabar Coast and resulted in European domination of India for about 450 years. At that time Malabar was ruled by the Zamorins (“Samoothiris”, in the local language) who gave a warm welcome to Gama. Malabar was abundant in spices and produced calico textile. Currently, it is one of the most important tourist places in Kerala, with a wide and beautiful beach. As per the historical notes obtained later from the diarist who accompanied Gama in his voyage, Gama landed at Panthalayani, the then famous port in Kerala 5 km away from Kappad. William Logan in his “Malabar Manual” clearly stated that Gama landed at Panthalayani as per the direction of Zamorins, the King of Kozhikode.


Kirtads Special museum that shows us glimpses of the past. The main area of concern in the Museum is The Kerala tribe communities of the ancient times. You can find many tools and weapons that were used in the era of the Kerala. In addition, there is a vast anthropological library and an archeological library that has much information on the past history and tribal life styles of ancient India.


Korapuzha also was known as Elathur River, is a short river of 40 km (25 mi), with a drainage area of 624 Square Kilometres, flowing through the Kozhikode district of Kerala state in India. It is formed by the confluence of two streams, Akalapuzha and Punoor puzha which originate in the mountains of Wayanad district. The Korapuzha empties into the Arabian Sea at Elathur. The river and its main tributaries become tidal as they near the Arabian Sea. There is heavy boat traffic over the last 25 km (16 mi) of its course. It forms part of the West Coast Inland Navigation System. The Korapuzha is generally considered as the cordon sanitaire between the North Malabar and South Malabar in the erstwhile Malabar District. Until the 20th century, the Nair women of North Malabar crossing the Korapuzha and going south or marrying a person from South Malabar was considered a taboo and those who violated faced Bhrasht (Ostracism) and forfeiture of caste. Similarly, some difference can be seen in Thiyya community as well. Land south of Korapuzha is considered Thiruvithamkoor and North of Korapuzha are Kolathunadu.


Kozhikode Beach Kozhikode, the most important region of Malabar in yesteryears, was the capital of the powerful Zamorins and also a prominent trade and commerce centre. It was here at Kappad that Vasco Da Gama landed in his search for the spices of the Orient. Today the serene beaches, lush green countryside, historic sites, all combine to make this a popular tourist destination filled with a warm ambience. Kozhikode Beach is a favourite haunt of sunset viewers, it is also a good place for trying out seafood delicacies like kallumekaya (mussels), available at the numerous stalls lining the promenade. At dawn, a walk along Dolphin’s Point will reward you with a sight of playful dolphins. Adding to its natural beauty is the old world charm retained by the old lighthouse and the two crumbling piers that run into the sea, each more than a hundred years old. Entertainment facilities such as the Lions Park for children and the marine water aquarium are added attractions. The aquarium is open on all days from 0800 to 2000 hrs.


Vadakara Originally known as Vadakkekara (north shore) due to its position with respect to the Kottakkal puzha, the place came to be called as Vatakara by popular usage later. This city name was also spelt as Badagara in English. Vatakara is also one of the most famous cities in the district of Kozhikode. It has a good beach called Sand Banks that’s near Vatakara municipality.


Vellari Mala forms a part of a high hill range of what is otherwise known as Camel’s Hump Mountains, a part of the Western Ghats. Most of the hill range falls in the Meppadi Forest Range of South Wayanad Division, with some parts falling in the Thamarassery Range of Kozhikode Division. They are semi-contiguous with Nilgiris or Nilgiri Hills in Tamil Nadu, separated by the Chaliyar Valley. The plateau of Wayanad lies on the eastern slopes of these hills and merges gradually with the Mysore plateau. The hill ranges are accessible by foot from Muthappanpuzha, near Anakkampoyil, a small town about 50 km from Kozhikode. About 6 km by foot from Muthappanpuzha on the way to Vellarimala hills is the waterfall called Olichuchattam. It is situated 15 km from Thiruvambady. KSRTC Bus Services are available from Thiruvambady to Anakkampoyil and Muthappanpuzha. Swargam Kunnu is also situated here. Vellarimala – Swargam Kunnu – Masthakappara – Olichuchattam – Marippuzha – Muthappanpuzha Trekking is available with forest permission. Now the road is available from Thiruvambady to Marippuzha. This block of compact high mountains is floristically and fantastically similar to the Nilgiri Hills. The tallest peak in this range is called Vavul Mala. At an altitude of 2339m, it is the tallest of the Western Ghats to the north of Nilgiri Hills.


Kozhippara Water Falls Ideal location for trekking and swimming, with riverside forests, situated in Kakkadampoyil on the Malappuram Calicut District border. This rural settlement is about 19km from the Thiruvambady and 24km from the Nilambur. There are many indigenous tribal groups in this area. It is set high on the Western Ghats, with altitudes ranging from 700 to 2100 m. Kozhippara waterfalls are situated nearby here. KSRTC Buses are running services from KOZHIKODE and have few buses from Thiruvambady & Nilambur towns. A large number of tourists come to Kakkadampoyil to enjoy the cool climate and to stay away from the bustle of the city. Facilities for tourists are not available. Accommodation is available only at Thiruvambady. There are many homestays and resorts of the expensive sort. The year is divided into four seasons: Cold (December to February) Hot (March to May) South West Monsoon (June to Sept) and North East monsoon (Oct to Nov) During the hot weather, the temperature goes up to a maximum of 30C and in cold weather, the temperature drops to 15C. The average rainfall is 2600 millimetres per year.


Krishna Menon Museum lies very close to Kozhikode town. It is just 7 km away from the town. While the museum is well-noticed for its collection of paintings of acclaimed artists like Raja Raja Varma and Raja Ravi Varma, a special wing of the museum is dedicated to late V.K. Krishna Menon, a national leader from the state who became the Defense Minister of India. This section displays the personal belongings of Mr Menon, after whom the museum is named. It also displays those souvenirs which he gifted. A visit to the museum will help the students to know more about the contribution of this great leader to India as well as to Kerala, his homeland. The Krishna Menon Museum is close to Pazhassi Raja Museum.

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Lions Park Lions Park is the best place to enjoy fun-filled rides and spend a blissful family vacation in exquisite surroundings. This children’s theme & amusement park is located next to the popular lighthouse on the Kozhikode Beach, which is also an ideal setting for enjoying a good view of the sunset. It gives wide opportunities to the visitors to enjoy the amazing rides, offered for both the children and the parents. Kozhikode, which is now known as Calicut, is a charming destination, travelled by the Vasco Da Gama for the first time in 1948. A lot of people like to visit this place for its prosperous and rich in trade, enticing physical features, and the glorious political history. Lion’s Park is located very close to the beach, so, it offers the views of the calm and peaceful shoreline and warm and friendly ambience that welcome people from all parts of the country. The park is designed keeping in mind the need of the children, so, it has various thrilling rides, food corners, swimming pool, etc. to make visitors feel comfortable. The Lion’s Park is also known as Calicut’s Beach Garden, which offers the most amazing view of the sunset. It is definitely an idyllic place to spend time and to get rid of tensions of daily routine life. The park is open for all 7 days, so one can look forward to an exciting evening here.


Mananchira Maidan is a man-made freshwater pond situated in the centre of the city of Kozhikode in Kerala, southern India. The pond is 3.49 acres in area, is rectangular in shape and is fed by a natural spring. Mananchira was built as a bathing pool by the Zamorin Mana Vikrama, the feudal ruler of Kozhikode in around the 14th century. The laterite obtained from excavating the pond was used to construct two palaces to the east and west. In the late 19th century, Calicut’s municipal council decreed that the pond was to be reserved exclusively for drinking purposes, and prohibited its use for bathing, washing and recreational activities a ruling that has remained in place ever since. The pond is an important source of drinking water for Kozhikode but is susceptible to pollution from municipal sewage, domestic waste, and pollutants from nearby textile factories. An analysis of the water in 2000 by scientists from the Central Water Analysis Laboratory and Pondicherry Central University found that the pond was particularly bacteriologically contaminated during the monsoon season, and was highly alkaline afterwards.


Pazhassiraja Museum is a museum and art gallery in Kozhikode, Kerala. The museum has a rich collection of historical artefacts from 1000 BC to 200 AD. The building that houses the museum was constructed in the year 1812 and was then known as East Hill Bungalow. The bungalow was converted to an archaeological museum in 1976. In the year 1980, the building was renamed as the Pazhassi Raja Archaeological Museum The museum has exhibits from the megalithic age and the Indus Valley Civilization. The exhibits include ancient pottery, toys, stone and other metal sculptures. Coins, Models of temples, Burial urns and umbrella stones (tombstones of rulers) are part of the museums’ collection. The museum also has a collection of war weapons used by British soldiers and the official caps of British and French soldiers. The special collections of the museum include the Panchaloha idols and stone statues described as ‘War heroes’.


Peruvannamuzhi Dam has a scenic village located 60 km Kozhikode city, Kerala has been included in the list of eco-tourism destinations in Kerala with the Tourism Minister inaugurating the eco-tourism project here on August 10, 2008.Peruvannamuzhi Dam is one of the most beautiful dams in Kerala. An ecological hotspot in the Western Ghats, the eco-tourism destination of Peruvannamoozhy is home to over 680 species of rare plants. The facilities available here include a wild animal rehabilitation centre, bird sanctuary, crocodile farm, snake park, spice garden, trekking and boating. The reservoir here provides facilities for speedboat and rowboat cruises.There is a beautiful garden called Smaraka Thottam, Splendour which is built in the memory of the freedom fighters of the region. Uninhabited islands add to the charm of the place. The main attraction of Peruvannamuzhi is its Splendour, a calm and quiet land nestled in the Western Ghats. Kuttiyadi Irrigation Project Dam is situated in Peruvannamuzhi. Peruvannamuzhi is known for tourism, wildlife and research on spice crops. There is a reservoir with facilities for boating, and nature reserves. The reservoir supplies irrigation water to Kozhikode, Malapuram and Kannur. Other attractions include a crocodile farm and gardens. Peruvannamuzhi is rich in bird life and over 90 species of birds have been recorded at the Experimental Farm of Indian Institute of Spices Research.


S M Street Sweet Meat Street or Mithai Theruvu is the busiest street in Kozhikode and derives its name from the times when the street was lined with sweet meat (halwa) stalls. Today the street bustles with shops that sell anything and everything including the famed sweets and banana chips.


Tali Temple One of the oldest and the most ancient temples around. It is a very distinct temple, and its history goes all the way back to the times of the Zamorin ruler in the 14th century built by Swami Thirumulpad, the Zamorian within his palace complex, this temple is the venue of Revathy Pattathanam, the annual cultural and intellectual event. The Tali Temple is a fine example of the total integration that can exist between wood and laterite, which is a remarkable feature of the Kerala style of architecture. The intricate brass-relief on the walls of the sanctum sanctorum and elaborate brass carvings on the wooden roof are quite fascinating.


Thikkoti Lighthouse which overlooks Velliyamkallu off the Moodadi Coast in Kozhikode district, Kerala, 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.


Tusharagiri offers endless scope for trekking, rock climbing and wildlife sanctuary visits. It is around 50 kilometres from Kozhikode. The nearest town Kodancherry is around 11 kilometres from Thusharagiri. The other main towns situated here are Thiruvambady which is 18 km away and Thamarassery which is 17 km away. One has to purchase all necessary things for trekking from here. Two streams originating from the Western Ghats meet here to form the Chalippuzha River. The river diverges into three waterfalls creating a snowy spray, which gives the name, ‘Thusharagiri’. The word Thusharagiri means the snow-capped mountain. Of the three, the highest waterfall is the Thenpara that falls from an altitude of 75 metres (246 ft).