Kozhikkode/ Calicut

In the May of 1498 CE, three ships arrived in Kozhikode from Lisbon after a long and circuitous voyage across the seas. While Vasco Da Gama’s arrival at Kappad beach would forever change the sub-continent, Kozhikode’s trading days started much earlier. With the Chinese, Arabs, East Africans and Europeans vying for a slice of the lucrative trade here, the small kingdom of the Zamorins of Kozhikode became powerful and prosperous. Though its glory days as an international trading destination is over, the district of Kozhikode still has a great influence on the cultural and social life of Kerala.

Destinations in Kozhikkode

Beypore

Located at a mouth of the Chaliyar river, some 10 kilometres south of Kozhikode, Beypore was a bustling port city and trade centre in the past. Well known world-over, at one point, for their tradition of ship-building, the proud people of Beypore and their shipyards are sought out by connoiseurs even today for their beautifully engineered, bespoke wooden yachts.

kadalundi bird Sanctury

Spread over an archipelago, the Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary of Kozhikode is situated in the scenic spot – surrounded by hillocks – where Kadalundi river drains into th Arabian Sea.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, sand plovers, red and greenshanks.

Pazasiraja museum and art gallery

The Pazhassiraja Museum and Art Gallery is East Hill, Kozhikode. Named after the great patriot and guerrilla warrior, Pazhassi Raja, the museum houses many artifacts from Kerala’s past. The associated art gallery has a great collection of paintings by the renowned Raja Ravi Varma.

Thamaraseery Ghats

Thamarassery Ghats in Kozhikode is mountain pass through the Western Ghats. The snaking road through the mountains offer some spectacular views of the valley and is the only access route towards some unspoiled locales at a higher elevation

Tusharagiri water falls

Around 50 kilometres from Kozhikode, Thusharagiri is a group of three misty waterfalls, the tallest falling from a height of 75 metres. The waterfalls and surrounding area are ideal for trekking and rock-climbing.