Kozhikode, also known as Calicut, is one of the major cities in the beautiful state of Kerala. It was and

still is the most important city in the Malabar region. The city was the capital of the powerful and

mighty Zamorins for a long time, before India's Independence. Kozhikode is where the Europeans first

arrived in India. It is also a major tourist center.

Now let us see the major tourist attractions in and around Kozhikode.

Kappad beach: This beach is where Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese explorer, first landed in India,

which signaled the European invasion of the peninsula. There is a stone monument in the name of him

in this beautiful beach.

Pazhassiraja museum: Located in East Hill, this museum features lot of ancient murals and artifacts.

Run by the state Archaeological department, the museum also features megalithic and bronze age

artifacts too. The Art Gallery which is very near to the museum features the paintings of Raja Ravi

Varma.

Mananchira: Mananchira is situated right in the middle of the city, it can be called as the heart of the

city. There is a large pond and park here. Lot of people throng this area enjoying the evenings. The

Commonwealth Trust office, one of the oldest buildings in the city, is located nearby.

Beypore: Situated 11 kms away from the city, Beypore is famous for is 'Uru's which are cargo ships

made entirely of wood, in traditional style. It is an important trading centre.

Peruvannamuzhy: Located 60 km away from the city, Peruvannamuzhy has a beautiful dam and

reservoir. Lying close to the reservoir, there is a crocodile farm. There are speed boat rides through the

reservoir.

Thusharagiri: There are three waterfalls in Thusharagiri, 40 km away from the city. The waterfalls in

the middle of lush, green forest will take your breath away. It is also a good trekking spot.

Kozhikode Beach: It is a well preserved beach right in the city itself. There is a Dolphin Point nearby

where people can see dolphins playing at early mornings.

Vadakara: Vadakara is a mojor center of Kerala's own martial art, Kalarippayattu. There are many

ancient houses and temples nearby.

Finding places to stay during your trip to Kozhikode is not at all difficult. There are numerous hotels

and resorts with excellent accommodation facilities throughout the city. Kochi, the other major city of

Kerala, is just 200 kms away. The cuisine is excellent too.

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