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from Thiruvananthapuram 224km from Kochi
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.