Kozhikode


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Kozhikode found its place in the world map when in 1498, Vasco Da Gama, the Portuguese explorer landed here on the Kappad Beach. Also known as Calicut, Kozhikode is a place that has historical sites galore. The ‘Jewel of the Malabar’ has Hindus, Muslims and Christians living in harmony, keeping their beliefs and traditions alive.

A lush green countryside with serene beaches, historic sites, wildlife sanctuaries, rivers and hills make Kozhikode a popular destination. The district has three distinct regions - the sandy, the rocky highlands formed by the hilly portion of the Western Ghats and the Lateritic midlands.

Of the total area of 2344 sq.kms., the sandy coastal belt comprises 362.85 sq.kms., the lateritic midlands occupy 1343.50 sq.kms and the rocky highlands cover 637.65 sq.kms. The district has a coastal length of about 80 kms. The highland region accounts for 26.80 per cent and the lowland region covers 15.55 per cent of the total area of the district.


Fact File 
Area 2345 sq kms
Population 28,78,498
Best time to visit: September to March
Temperature 23 – 33 Degree Celsius
STD Code 0495


Attractions

Mitthayi Theruvu

The street selling an assortment of sweets is aptly named. Mitthayi Theruvu meaning the Sweet Meat Street, is the place to be if you are in a mood to indulge your sweet tooth. A chock-a-block, with shops selling everything from sweets to snacks, Mitthayi Theruvu is specially known for its Halwa, a glutinous...

Mishkal Mosque

The mosque reminiscent of Kerala’s Temple Architecture is a grand affair built out of wood, supported on 24 carved pillars. The mosque with 47 doors has intricately carved ceilings, Gopuram style arches and unlike other mosques, does not have minarets. The 700 year old mosque was constructed by...

Mother of God Cathedral

The 18th century Gothic Cathedral, believed to have been designed by Italian architects, has a 200 year old portrait of St Mary. The cemetery adjoining the church holds old gravestones such as that of the first Catholic missionary of Kozhikode, Rev Pedro de Covilhany, who arrived here on May 20, 1498....

Tali Temple

A 14th century temple built by the Zamorin King, Manavikraman, this site is located about one and a half kilometers east of Manachira Square. The annual cultural event, Revathi Pattathanam draws a number of pilgrims to the temple. Elaborate wooden carvings on the roof and intricate bas relief on the

Muchundipalli

Built in the 13th century, Muchundipalli is the oldest mosque in the city. It has a stone slab installed in the inscribed in the ancient Vattezhuthu script. The structure stands on a plinth, 1.5 m tall and has a double tiered roof with a decorated gable. The ceiling has intricate wooden carvings on it....

Pazhassiraja Museum and Art Gallery

Earlier known as the East Hill Bungalow, the Pazhassiraja Museum was built in 181. The museum has on display, a rare collection of murals, earthenware, models of temples, coins, umbrella stones, burial urns and crypts. The art gallery nearby, exhibits paintings by Raja Ravi Varma and his uncle Raja Rama...

Mahe

A quaint little town with a distinctively French flavour, Mahe is located 58 km north of Kozhikode and intersected by the River Mahe. The town was earlier known as ‘Mayyazhi’ but was renamed after ‘Mahe’ after the Frenchman who captured it. A union territory, Mahe is free of the...

Thusharagiri

Snuggled cozily in the Western Ghats, are the gurgling waterfalls of Thusharagiri. Thushargiri, literally means the snow capped mountains. The three waterfalls on the backdrop of the Western Ghats provide an exhilarating and spellbinding sight to the visitor, in its full glory from September to November....

Kozhikode Backwaters

The backwaters of Kozhikode are a great holiday destination. The Canoli canal and the River Kallai are good for boating while the bird sanctuary at Kadalundi is fast becoming a favourite with bird-watchers and nature lovers. Nearby is Korapuzha, where the Korapuzha Jalotsavam, a water sports festival,...

Kozhikode (Calicut) Beach

This beach is a favourite haunt of many a sunset-view lovers. 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, which run into the sea. Entertainment facilities such as the lion’s park for children...
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