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Kozhikode

 

Kozhikode
 
Area: 2206 sq km
Population: 2,613,683(2001 census)
Altitude: Sea level
Telephone Access code:++ 91-495
 
Air: Nearest Airport –Inter national Airport, Karipur (23 km from Kozikode.
 
Rail: Kozhikode is well connected with the major towns in and out side Kerala by an extensive rail network.
 
Road: Kozhikode is connected by road with several tourist centers and cities in India. Long distance buses and inters state
buses operate from the KSRTC bus station.
 
Kozhikode is famous for various cultural activities. Almost everyday one can witness musical nights and literary camps here. It was once the capital of the powerful Zamorins and a prominent trade and commerce centre. Green country side, serene beaches, historic sites, Wildlife sanctuaries make Kozhikode a popular destination. It was also the most important historic region with a number of temples, churches and mosques. Today Kozhikode is an important trade and Commerce Center. It also takes an important role in the political developments of Kerala.Kappad where Vasco-Da-Gama landed on on 1498 is situated near Kozhikode.
 
Pazassiraja Museum and Art Gallery
On display here are copies of ancient murals, antique 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.
 
Krishna Menon Museum
The museum has an exclusive wing dedicated to the late V.K. Krishna Menon, renowned statesman. His belongings and souvenirs are displayed here.
 
Kalipoika
One can leisure by cruise on the dappled waters at kalipoika in both pedal and row bots which is 2 km from Kozhikode.
 
S M Street
Sweet Meat Street is the business street in Kozikode and derivers its name from the times when the street was lined with sweet meat stalls.
 
Kirtads
This unique museum houses the tools and devices used by the ancient tribal communities of Kerala.A good library with books on Anthropology and Sociology is added attraction which is 7 kms from Kozikode.
 
Beypore
Located at the mouth of the Chaliyar River, Beypore one of the prominent ports and fishing harbors of ancient Kerala was an important trade and maritime center. Ancient Beypore was much sought after by merchants from West Asia, for its ship building industry. The boat building yard here, famous for the construction of the Uru (The Arabian trading vessel), boasts a tradition of almost 1500 years. Arabs still get down here for larger boats, which is 10 kms south of Kozhikode.
 
Kappad
This is the historic beach when Vasco-Da-Gama landed on 27th May 1498, with 170 men in the three vessels. A monument on the beach commemorates this historic event. The rock studded beach is locally known as Kappakadavu. An interesting feature of the landscape is the sprawling rock that protrudes in to the sea. The temple on the rock that protrudes in to the sea. The temple on the rock is believed to be 800 years old, which is 16 kms from Kozhikode.
 
Kozhikode Beach
Kozhikode Beach, favorite haunt of sunset viewers is also a good place for trying out sea food delicacies like Kallumekaya (mussels) available at the numerous stalla lining the promenade. At dawn, a walk along Dolphin’s point will reward you with sight of Playful dolphins. Adding to its natural beauty is the old world charm retained by the old light house and the two crumbling piers that run in to 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 attraction. The aquarium is open on all days from 0800 to 2000 hrs.
 
Manachira Square
Opened in 1994, Mananchira Square is a vast open ground located in the heart of the city. In fact, the city of Kozhikode is marked by Mananchira. It was once the main courtyard of the Zamora’s palace. The main attraction here is a large pond and a park. The place is named after this pond of the palace of the erstwhile Zamora ruler, King Mana Vikrama, known as Mana-Devan's Chira (Pond) which was later changed to Mananchira. 
Supervised by the City Corporation, the park has meticulously landscaped lawns with trees, plants, an artificial stream and hill, sculptures and an open-air theater. The entire maithan is lined by 250 lampposts designed in colonial style, each post with a pair of lamps. The musical fountain inside the maiden and the beautiful lawn surrounded by traditional Kerala style buildings fascinate visitors. Commonwealth Trust Office, one of the city's oldest organization and major establishments such as the Town hall, Lalitakala Academy hall, public library, Jama'atpalli mosque and Muchhandipalli mosque are situated around the square.
 
Planetarium
(Jaffar Khan Colony, Museum Road. Open 1030 - 1830 hrs) 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 sophiscated Zeiss projector simulates the night sky. Daily shows at 1200, 1400, 1600 & 1800 hrs. Entrance fee: Adults: Rs 5 Children: Rs 30.
Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary
The sanctuary is spread over a cluster of Island in a scenic area surrounded by hillocks where the Kadalundi River flows in to the Arabian sea.19 km from Kozhikode and and 7 km from Beypore port.
 
CVN Kalari Sangam
This center in Nadakkavu having produced many remarkable Kalari fighters enjoys a legendary positions in the field of Kerala’s ancient martial art.CVN Kalari Sangam also arranges special demonstrations on request.
 
Kakkayam
(45 km from Kozhikode) This picturesque damsite, teeming with exotic wildlife, offers excellent trekking and rock climbing opportunities. The best time to visit is between November and April.
 
Thushangiri Waterfall
Snuggled cosily in the Western Ghats, are the gurgling waterfalls of Thusharagiri. Meaning the snow capped mountains; Thushargiri exhibits a unique kinship between the land and water. The three waterfalls on the backdrop of the Western Ghats provide an exhilarating and spellbinding sight to the visitor. The best roar of the waterfalls can be enjoyed from September to November. The waterfall with its gentle spray is sure to soothe every eye. The cascading waters of the waterfall slides past with surfy smiles. 
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'. Of the three, the highest waterfall is the Thenpara that falls from an altitude of 75 metres. Situated at Kodencherry in Kozhikode district, the plantation destination that abounds in rubber, arecanut, pepper, ginger and spices is also a trekker's delight. Trekker's start early morning from the second waterfalls at the hills and climb up through the pristine dense evergreen forests teeming with exotic birds and animals to reach Vythiri and Waynad district by evening. There is a dam located around 45 km from Calicut.  T The place offers challenging trekking and rock-climbing through river path and numerous waterfalls. There is another dam at 60 km from Calicut. It is a place of beauty, calm, and serenity. The place has a crocodile farm run by the state forest department.
 
Peruvannamuzhi
Peruvannamuzhi is located about 60 km North East of the district headquarters. By boarding buses plying between Kozhikode and Peruvannamuzhi, you can directly reach Peruvannamuzhi Dam. In addition, frequent bus services are available from Perambra to Peruvannamuzhi dam.  The Peruvannamuzhi dam site set amid hills is a beautiful picnic spot. The reservoir here provides facilities for speedboat and rowboat cruises during which one can see the 'Smaraka Thottam', a garden built in the memory of the freedom fighters of the region. Uninhabited islands, a bird sanctuary and a crocodile farm add to the charm of the place.
 
Lokanarkavu Temple
Lokanarkavu Temple is situated in Memunda 5 km from Vatakara in Kerala state of south India. Lokanarkavu is a short form of Lokamalayarkavu which means lokam (world) made of mala (mountain), aaru (river) and kavu (grove). It is the official family temple of the five hundres [Aryan] Nagariks who had migrated to Kerala and their successors. Temple can be reached by train by getting down at vadakara, which is 4km from temple. By air the nearest airport is Calicut airport which is 87kilometers away. Pooram is the important festival here and it is conducted with great pompo and show. The week-long festival begins with Kodiyettam (flag hoisting) and concludes with Arattu. The temple dedicated to goddess Durga has great historical importance as Thacholi Othenan, the legendary martial hero of Kerala, used to worship here every day.
 
Kuttiyadi
This picturesque village is the site of a major power project-The Kuttiyadi Hydro Electric Power Project.
 
Iringal
This is the birth place of Kunjali Markkar, who commanded the Zamorin’s fleet and held the Portuguese vessels at bay for a long period. The birth place of this valiant admiral of the Zamorin, on the southern banks of the Moorad River, is today preserved by the Department of Archaeology.
 
Mishkal Masjid, Kuttichira
One of the oldest mosques in the city, this four storied structure supported by wooden pillars proudly proclaims the architectural splendor of yester years. In 1510 the Portuguese burnt down some parts of it, but the charred portions still remain. The mosque is named after the rich trader who built it.
 
Jain Temple
The two temples in this compound at Trikkovil Lane have exquisitely painted interiors and elaborately carved porticos.
 
Mother of God Church
Close to Beach Road) This church built in the Roman architectural style dates back to 1513 AD and is the only one of its kind in Kerala. A 200-year-old portrait of St. Mary adorns the wall of the 18th century Gothic cathedral built by Christian missionaries. Locally known as Valiyapalli, it is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic congregation in Malabar. Designed by Italian architects, this ancient shrine is a tribute to Italian know-how and the skill of Indian craftsmen.
 

 
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