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  • Population: 801,200
  • 445km from Thiruvananthapuram 224km from Kochi
  • STD Code: 0495

Overlooking the southwest coast of India lies Kozhikode or Calicut, the erstwhile capital of the illustrious Zamorins. Described as “the great province of Malabar” by the legendary traveller Marco Polo, Kozhikode is situated on the northern part of Kerala. While the district is flanked by Kannur on the north, Malappuram on the south and Wayanad on the east, the frolicking waves of the Arabian Sea lap the western shores.

Innumerable versions of how Kozhikode acquired its name abound among the local populace. According to one such version, the place got its name from “Cock Fort” (the land where the cock crows). Another version says that Kozhikode derived its name from Koyil Kotu or Kotta, which means a fortified palace.

Vasco da Gama throwing anchor at the port of Kappad in 1498 only paved the way for other European powers who were to follow in the later years. The area came under the supremacy of the Portuguese, the Dutch and finally the British who ruled it till India gained independence (see Calicut in History of Kerala).

Interwoven into the fabric of Kozhikode is its glorious history and culture, making it the favourite destination of history buffs. Though the present day sprawling city bears little resemblance to the one of the past, traces of its rich culture are still visible in the various monuments and museums that dot the district. Kozhikode is commercially famous as an important centre for textiles, steel products, seafood processing, timber and tiles. Traditional art forms have flourished in the district from time immemorial. CVN Kalari Centre is a well-known centre for the ancient form of Kerala’s martial art, Kalaripayattu.

The backwaters of Kozhikode hold tremendous tourist potential because of their unspoilt charm and natural splendour. The Korapuzha Jalotsavam (water fiesta), held at Korapuzha has kindled the interest of sports lovers. Boating facilities are available at Elathur, the Canoli Canal and the Kallai River. Kozhikode has made it to the list of tourist destinations because of its unique combination of historical sites, breathtaking locales and a warm and friendly ambience.

Places of Interest

Pazhassirajah Museum and Art Gallery Administered by the State Archaeological Department, the Pazhassirajah Museum is situated at East Hill. The museum houses a mind-boggling collection of copies of exquisite mural paintings, antique bronzes, old coins. Also on display are models of temples and megalithic monuments like dolmenic cysts and umbrella stones. Situated a stone’s throw away from the Museum is the Art Gallery, consisting of paintings of Raja Raja Varma and Raja Ravi Varma. The Museum has a substantial number of paintings by other artists too.

Krishna Menon Museum

Krishna Menon Museum was built in honour of one of India’s greatest political leaders, V.K Krishna Menon. Displayed in the museum are his personal belongings and numerous souvenirs.

Beach and Dolphin’s Point Situated 2km from the town centre, the tranquil beauty of the Kozhikode Beach is an oasis in the midst of the humdrum of a busy city. From the vantage of the Dolphin’s Point one can enjoy the playful antics of dolphins frolicking in the sea. Early morning is the best time to pay a visit to this place.

Mananchira Square A new addition to the many attractions of Kozhikode, Mananchira Maidan or Square is located right at the heart of the city. The concept of a modern city has been captured in a smaller scale. An arcadia lavishly decorated with trees and plants, artificial hills, sculptures, an open-air theatre and a musical fountain have replaced the historic maidan, or square.



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