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Also known as: Kozhikode
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History of: more than 1000 years
Population: 8 Lac

Calicut, also known as Kozhikode is a district in the state of Kerala with a rich history that dates back to thousands of years even before the Christian era began. The city came into prominence in the World History after Portuguese traveler Vasco Da Gama landed on the Kappakkadavu Beach in this city on his discovery of the sea route from Europe to India. The district formed a part of Ancient Indian History during the Sangam age when it was ruled by the earlier Chera rulers. However no history of the city is available after this Chera rule till the 9th Century AD when the second Chera rule came into prominence which ruled the city till 1122 AD. We at Touristplacesinindia.com provide you with complete information on all that you want to know about Calicut.

There are a lot of places to visit and enjoy in this city, which attracts large number of tourist each year. The city has many temples, the most important of which include the Tali Temple, Trivannur temple, Azhakodi temple, Varakkal temple, Bilathikulam temple and the Bhairagimadom temple. During festivals a large number of dance performances which include Koothu, Kathakali, Ottanthullal and Kaikottikal are performed in these temples. The dances and the architectures in the temple show the culture of the state. The city also houses a large number of Churches and mosques. Important among them include Catholic Church, Mother of God Church, St Mary’s Church, Jami Mosque, and Mishkal Masjid to name a few.

The backwaters here are a unique feature as backwaters are not found anywhere else in the world except Kerala. The backwaters are a network of canals, estuaries, deltas, and rivers that drains into the Arabian Sea. One can also visit places of tourist interest like Lighthouse, Pazhassiraja Museum, Thusharagiri waterfalls, Pookot Lake, Bird Sanctuary, Dolphin’s Point, and the Lion’s Park.

Major Attractions

 

Kappakkadavu Beach
It is one of the most attractive beaches in the city and has taken an important place in the history of the world. It is in this beach that the Portuguese Navigator Vasco Da Gama landed on his discovery of the sea route from Europe to India. This beach is also known as Kappad Beach and is only 16 km from the railway station.

Pazhassiraja Museum
It is a beautiful museum under the State Archaeological Department and consists of ancient coins, models of temples, mural paintings, antique bronzes, dolmenoid cists and other items of archeological importance. There is a beautiful art gallery adjacent to the museum which displays paintings of renowned artists from Kerala.

Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary
This sanctuary is the home to about 100 species of resident and 60 species of migratory birds. The sanctuary is surrounded by hillocks and spreads over an area of 3 km at an altitude of 200m above sea level. The ideal season to visit this sanctuary is between December and April.

The Thali Temple
This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is an ancient temple dating back to the Zamorin rule. This temple was destroyed by Tipu Sultan and Hyder Ali. However the temple was renovated in the 18th Century and includes shrines of Ganapati, Narasimha and Saasta.

Dolphin’s Point
It is a beautiful place located about a few minutes from the city where one can see dolphin’s playing in the sea in the early morning.

 

Nearby Excursions

 

Beypore Beach
The Beypore beach in Beypore is located around 11 kilometers from this place and is a commercial center also. The beach is famous for its ship-building center and has remained one for centuries. The Arabs still prefer to come to Beypore for buying large boats and ships. This place is famous for its ancient style of martial arts known as 'Kalaripayattu'. Beypore beach is a great place to be visited as a part of excursions from Calicut.

Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary
Kadalundi bird sanctuary is located around 19 kilometers from Kozhikode. This sanctuary houses a variety of native birds. During the migrating season one can find over 50 species of migratory birds flocking over here in large numbers.

Kappad Beach
Kappad beach is a beach that has much historical significance. Vasco da Gama landed on this beach on the 27th of May, hence finding a sea route to India. The beach is well maintained and worth the visit.

Lakkidi
Lakkidi is a beautiful hill-station that is located at the top of Thamaraserri Ghat pass, which is 700 meters above sea level. The beautiful hill station is covered with lush green forests and the softly cascading streams here and there give it the typical paradise look.

Lokanarkavu Temple
The Lokanarkavu Bhagavati Temple is a temple that is dedicated to Goddess Durga. There are two adjacent shrines that are dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. The temple is often mentioned in the traditional ballads of Kerala.

Thikkoti Lighthouse
The Thikkoti lighthouse is located off the Moodadi coast. This lighthouse was constructed after a shipwreck took place due to the "Velliyamkallu", a huge boulder that is dreaded by sailors. The area around this rock is a resting point for migratory birds.

Thusharagiri Waterfalls
The Thusharagiri waterfalls are nestled cozily in the hilly regions of the Western Ghats. The gurgling waters that cascade down the mountains present a very picturesque scene and is an deal place to relax and unwind.

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
The Wayanad wildlife sanctuary is located adjoining the protected area network of Nagarhole and Bandipore. This sanctuary was established in 1973 and is home to many species of birds and animals.

Distance from major cities
Cochin 245 Kms
Mangalore 245 Kms
Wayanad N.P. 134 Kms

 

How to reach there

by Air Kozhikode Airport is well connected with many major cities of India.
by Rail Calicut Railway Station is well connected with all major states & cities of India.
by Road Calicut is well connected with a wide network of roads and can be reached from anywhere.

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