About Kozhikode

Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days

Base Station: Kozhikode

Nearest City to Kozhikode: Kozhikode

Best Time to Visit Kozhikode: November to February

Peak Season: November to February

State: Kerala | District: Kozhikode

Kozhikode Weather: Maximum: 37°C
Minimum: 17°C

At a distance of 179 km from Kochi, 124 km from Palakkad, 176 km from Coimbatore, 113 km from Thrissur, 158 km from Ooty, 241 km from Mangalore, 352 from Bangalore, 376 km from Trivandrum and 213 km from Mysore, Kozhikode (also known as Calicut) is a city in the state of Kerala. It is the 3rd largest city in Kerala and the headquarters of Kozhikode District.

The name Kozhikode is said to be derived from Koyil (palace) Kotta (fort). This is known by various names, for the Arabs it was Kalikat, for the Chinese it was Kalifo. Tipu Sultan, during the conquest of Malabar, unsuccessfully attempted to change the name of the city to Firozabad. Malayalis have always preferred to call it Kozhikode. With the Arabian Sea on the west and Wayanad Hills on the east, Kozhikode is a popular places to visit in Kerala.

According to history, Kozhikode was under the Chera rulers until 1122 AD. The city of Calicut came into existence in the 13th century when the Ernad King Udaiyavar conquered the area around Ponniankar and built a fort at a place called Velapuram, now known as Calicut. The Europeans called him Zamorin. Interestingly, the name Calicut is derived from 'calico,' the fine variety of hand-woven cotton cloth said to have originated from this place. Vasco Da Gama landed at the Kappad sea shore with three vessels and 170 men in 1498. A monument is constructed here to commemorate the historical landing.

Kozhikode was once the capital of the powerful Zamorins and a prominent trade and commerce center. Kozhikode city continues to be a center of flourishing domestic and international trade. Kozhikode city is the marketing center for commodities like pepper coconut, coffee, rubber, lemon grass oil etc. produced in Kozhikode and the neighboring districts of Wayanad, Malappuram and Kannur.

The town is known for its beautiful countryside, pristine beaches, historic sites, calm backwaters, wildlife sanctuaries, rivers, timber industry and ayurvedic medicines & ship building. Kappad Beach, Pazhassirajah Museum, Dolphin's Point, Tali Temple, the Jama-at-palli, Beypore, Vadakara, Thusharagiri, Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary are the important tourist places in Kozhikode.

Calicut International airport at Karipur, 26 km from the city, is the closest airport to Kozhikode. Calicut airport is well connected with Mumbai, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Kochi, Goa, Tiruchirapalli and abroad, specifically gulf countries. Kozhikode Railway Station is very well connected with cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai and Bangalore. Kozhikode is well connected by bus to many cities in Kerala, Bangalore, Chennai and Coimbatore.

Best time to visit Kozhikode is from November to May. It usually takes 1-2 full days to explore this area.

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Other Info
Internet Availability: Very Good
STD Code: 0495
Languages Spoken: Malayalam,Hindi & English
Major Festivals: Details Not Available
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How to Reach Kozhikode

By Air

Nearest Airport: Kozhikode - Kozhikode International Airport (28 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Kozhikode Railway Station (0 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Kozhikode KSRTC Bus Stand (0 Kms)

Top 10 Places to Visit in Kozhikode

Miscellaneous

#1 of 33 Places to Visit in Kozhikode

At a distance of 1 Km from Kozhikode Railway Station, the Mananchira Square is a historical place, now converted to a recreation center, in the heart of Kozhikode City.

This historic place, adjacent to Manachira has been converted as a park with beautiful plants, artificial hill, shrubs, sculpture, an open-air theatre and a musical fountain. The Palace Tank of former King Mana Vikrama here is a display of fine architecture. The corporation of Kozhikode manages Mananchira Square.

The renovated square today houses important structures such as Commonwealth Trust Factory, Town Hall, Lalitkala Academy Hall, Jama'atpalli Mosque and Muchhandipalli Mosque, the oldest in Kerala.

This is the venue of Malabar Mahotsavam held from Jan 13th to 16th every year, which is a cultural festival that showcases centuries old rich cultural heritage of Kerala. Musical concerts, kathakali, mohiniyattom, ottanthullal, koothu, theyyam and Thira are staged during the festival.

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Beach

#2 of 33 Places to Visit in Kozhikode

At a distance of 1 Kms from Kozhikode Railway Station, Kozhikode Beach is a favorite place to watch sunset. Its natural beauty makes it a dream place to visit.

Kozhikode Beach has two piers, each more than 100 years old. There is a lighthouse that offers stunning views of the seashore and the Arabian Sea. Here the water is muddy and not really a good place for swimming. However, the shore is relatively wide and an ideal place for spending an evening.

The Lions Park is very close to the Kozhikode beach, has good play facilities for children. Marine Aquarium near the beach is also a good place to visit. Many food stalls are available near the beach.

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Beach

#3 of 33 Places to Visit in Kozhikode

At a distance of 10 Kms from Kozhikode Railway Station, Beypore Beach is located at the mouth of the Chaliyar River. Now an important port and fishing harbor, this place was also an important trade and maritime centre during the days of the early Arab and Chinese travelers and the Europeans.

The Beypore Beach is a commercial center for ship building and has existed here for more than 1000 years. This boatyard is famous for making a distinctive ship vessel known as 'Uru'. One of the major attractions at Beypore is its magnificent 2 km long stone bridge called as Pulimoodu, built entirely of stones, making a pathway into the sea.

Nearby attractions in Beypore are fishing harbor and Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary (7 kms). Baypore is little close Madras Trunk Road.

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Beach | Heritage

#4 of 33 Places to Visit in Kozhikode

At a distance of 20 Kms from Kozhikode Railway Station, Kappad beach is one of the most charming among Kerala beaches. Vasco da Gama landed on Indian soil on 27th May 1498 at Kappad beach along with 170 men.

There is a monument on the beach that commemorates the landmark event of Vasco da Gama's arrival. This marked the beginning of a new era in the relationship between the Indians and the Portuguese which lasted for 4 to 5 centuries.

The beach is ideal for relaxing and playing around with sand. Devi Temple, which is believed to be 800 years old, is situated on top of a rock near the beach. Karappula River at Elathur close to the beach is a good place for boating. Sunset is a great site to watch here, in the combination of Sea and River.

This place is very close to NH17 towards Mangalore. It is connected by frequent buses from Kozhikode.

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Pilgrimage

#5 of 33 Places to Visit in Kozhikode

At a distance of 1 Km from Kozhikode Railway Station, Thali Temple is a 14th century temple dedicate to Lord Siva located in the heart of Kozhiode City.

This temple was destructed by Tippu Sultan and Hyder Ali during their invasion of Kozhikode and was later renovated. The two storied sanctum has artistic stone sculptures and wood carvings with scenes from the puranas. Very high walls and an expansive temple pond are some of the specialties of this temple. The temple complex also houses a shrine for Lord Krishna.

The temple is well known for the 'Revathi Pattathanam', an annual competition of pedagogic skills. The annual festival is celebrated for 8 days in the month of April / May.

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Pilgrimage

#6 of 33 Places to Visit in Kozhikode

At a distance of 1.5 Kms from Kozhikode Railway Station, Mishkal Masjid (also known as Kuttichira Mosque) situated in Kuttichira was built by an Arab businessman called Mishkal in 13th century.

This mosque is built extensively with wood and Italian tiles. The entire structure is supported on 24 carved wooden pillars and there are 47 wooden doors. Nearly 300 people can pray in the ground floor alone. A strong influence of Kerala temple architecture can be seen in the construction of this mosque.

A unique feature of the mosque is a square tank, similar to those in temples. A part of the mosque was destroyed by the Portuguese in 1510. The local ruler has helped in defending and repairing the mosque. The mosque was initially a 5 storied, but after the destruction, it remained as a 4 storied structure.

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Heritage

#7 of 33 Places to Visit in Kozhikode

At a distance of 167 Kms from Kozhikode, 72 Kms from Mangalore & 27 Kms from Kasaragod, Bekal Fort is the biggest and best preserved fort in Kerala. The fort is built on 35 acre headland on the shores of Arabian Sea, rising to a height 130 feet. Bekal Fort is among the top visited Kerala tourist places.

This fort is more than 300 years old and is believed to have been built by Sivappa Naik of the Ikkeri dynasty in1650. There is also another belief that it was originally built by Kolathiri Rajas and later captured by Sivappa Naik. The fort was occupied by Hyder Ali in 1763 AD and later by British.

The important features of this fort are the Tank with its flight of steps, the tunnel opening towards the south, the Observation Tower. There is also a mosque built by Tipu Sultan just outside the Bekal Fort. The Bekal Fort Beach adjacent to the Fort is added attraction.

Bekal Fort is about 6 Kms from NH47 between Kasaragod & Kozhikode .....

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Beach

#8 of 33 Places to Visit in Kozhikode

At a distance of 167 Kms from Kozhikode, 73 Kms from Mangalore & 28 Kms from Kasaragod, Bekal Fort Beach is situated near Bekal Fort (about 1 Km). It is one of the best Kerala Beaches situated in Kasaragod district.

It is one of the best maintained beaches in this region. The beach is a vast expanse of white sands dotted with palm trees. Two huge sculptures with beautiful murals have been set up in the beach. The beach is illuminated with electric bulbs during night so that people can enjoy the beach even after dusk.

There is a water park for children on the premises which is an added attraction. The beautiful walkway allows the visiting tourists to explore the beauty of the Arabian Sea and panoramic view of the surroundings including Bekal Fort.

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Beach

#9 of 33 Places to Visit in Kozhikode

At a distance of 38 Kms from Kozhikode, Payyoli Beach is a beautiful stretch of golden sands located in Payyoli village close to NH17 towards Mangalore (before Vadakara).

Payyoli is one of the most outstanding tourist spots in this region with several thousands of tourists visiting the beach every week. The beach is ideal for water sports and sun-bath. The beach has a stretch of coconut palm trees which enhances the beauty of this lovely beach. This is a good place for swimming.

Trikkottur Perumalpuram Temple is nearby attraction. This is the home town of India's sprint queen P.T Usha.

Payyoli is connected with frequent buses from Kozhikode.

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Pilgrimage

#10 of 33 Places to Visit in Kozhikode

At a distance of 51 Kms from Kozhikode & 3 Kms from Vadakara, Lokanarkavu Bhagavathy Temple is famous for beautiful murals and carvings.

Dedicated to Goddess Durga, the main temple is believed to be more than 1500 years old. There are also two separate shrines dedicated to Vishnu and Siva. It has great historical importance as Thacholi Othenan, the legendary martial hero of Kerala, used to worship here every day.

Pooram celebrated on Meenam (Mar / Apr) and Mandala Ustavam celebrated for 41 days on Vrischikam (Nov / Dec). This is the only temple where a folk dance called Poorakkali is performed during festivals. The dance, performed during the festival resembles the martial art Kalarippayattu.

Timings: 5 AM to 11 AM & 5 PM to 8 PM.

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