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The Glory of past grandeurThe Glory of past grandeur
 

Backwaters Of KozhikodeThe former name of Kozhikode is Calicut historically renowned for its distinction in the World History as the “Discovery of Sea Route to India” as was discovered by Vasco De Gama in 1498. As the prominent trade and commerce centre, Kozhikode also served as capital of the powerful Zamorins. The importance of Kozhikode district is associated in many fields like sea transport, heritage structures, cultural arts and festivals, ancient monuments, serene beaches, historic sites, wildlife sanctuaries, rivers, hills and many other tourist attractions that make Kozhikode a much sought after destination.

 
FACTS AND FIGURES
Area
30.61 Sq km
Population (2001)
28, 78,498
Best time to Visit
September to May
Languages
Malayalam
STD Code
0495
Year of formation
01.01.1957
Latitude
11° 08'N and 11° 50'N
Longitude
75° 30'E and 76° 8'E
Population density
1228 per sq. km
Literacy Rate
84%
Average Rainfall
3266 mm
Temperature
Max.: 39.4 C; Min.: 14 C
Postal Code
67300
 

Location:

Geographically, the district of Kozhikode is Kozhikode is located at 11.25° N 75.77° E and is basking in the idyllic setting of the serene Arabian Sea with full of lush green and historic sites. Kozhikode is surrounded by Kannur district on its north, Malappuram district on its south, district of Wayanad on its east and the Arabian Sea on its west.

 

Access:

The district of Kozhikode is well connected by the roadways, railways and airways that make the destination easy accessible by the tourists from any parts of the world.

Air:
The nearest airport is Karipur Airport which is 23 Km away from Kozhikode with daily flights to all the major cities of India and the Middle East. The Chennai flight also covers Coimbatore and Madurai.

Rail: Almost all the cities of India are well covered by the railway network that make too easy for the tourist to visit the city of Kozhikode.

Road: The road of Kozhikode is also well connected to all the major cities and tourist centres in India.

 

History:

The city of Calicut is also known as the “City of Zamorins” because the region was ruled by the Zamorin ruler during the 14th century. It was here in this district where Vasco De Gama landed for the first time on the Indian soil and opened the gateway for the Europeans to visit India through sea route. After Indian Independence in 1947, Malabar District was split into the districts of Kannur, Kozhikode and Palakkad on January 1, 1957.

 

Climate:

The climate of the district is generally humid and hot from March to May with an average temperature of 33 'C. The main rainy season starts from the month of June and extends up to September with an average annual rainfall of 3266 mm. However, the best time to visit Kozhikode is anywhere between September to March with an average temperature of 23 'C.

 

Museums and Art Galleries :

The Kerala district of Kozhikode is full of museums and art galleries that attracted the tourists for its rare collections that exemplified the age old culture and traditions of the Kozhikode. Some of the famous museums and art galleries are mentioned below:

Pazhassirajah Museum : This museum is located at a distance of 5 Km away from Kozhikode which is famous in the world for its exhibition of ancient mural paintings, antique bronzes, old coins and models of temples and megalithic monuments. Museums- Kozhikode, tourist attraction, tours and travels

Art Gallery : This is situated near to the Pazhassirajah Museum which is famous in the world for an excellent collection of painting of Indian artists on the one hand and the collection of wood and ivory carvings on the other.This is situated near to the Pazhassirajah Museum which is famous in the world for an excellent collection of painting of Indian artists on the one hand and the collection of wood and ivory carvings on the other.

Krishna Menon Museum : This museum is dedicated to the former President of India late V K Krishna Menon, famous in the world for the collection of his personal belongings and souvenirs.

Kirtads:
This unique museum is located at a distance of 7 Kms from Kozhikode famous for the exhibition of the tools and devices used by the ancient tribal communities of Kerala.

 

Pilgrimage Centres :

The pilgrimage centres of Kozhikode can broadly be divided on the basis of communities residing the in the district of Kerala. The famous pilgrimage centres of Kozhikode are as follows:
Temples :
Jain Temple, Pishakarikavu, Lokanarkavu Temple, Tali Temple, Varakkal Devi Temple, Mannur Temple, Ponmeri, Parsi Anju Amman Baug, Buddha Vihar.
Churches : Jami Mosque, Mucchandipalli, Mithqalpalli, Mishkal Masjid, Kuttichira.

 
Fairs and Festivals :

The important festivals in the district of Kozhikode are as under:
Pooram: It is held at Arakkal Temple during the month of March/April.
Lokanarkavu Temple: Held twice in a year during the months of March/April and November/December)
Utsavam: It is held at Pishrikavu temple during the month of March.
Revathy Pattathanam: It takes place at Thali Temple during the Malayalam month of Thulam.
Malabar Mahotsavam: It is a grand festival of the Malabar region celebrated every year during the months of January/February.
Jalotsavam: This festival is the part of Onam festival celebrated every year as water fiestas.

 
Tourist Attractions of Kozhikode :

The districts of Kerala like Kozhikode are enthralling the tourists for its evergreen attractions of beaches, backwaters, lakes, falls, sanctuaries and other beauties. Some of the major attractions of Kozhikode are Kappad Beach remembered in the history for the arrival of Vasco-de-Gama; Dolphin's Point famous for the live dolphins playing in the morning; Mananchira is famous for the site of important institutions; Kallai is famous for the largest trading centre in Asia; Beypore is famous for the centuries old ship building; Badagara is a commercial centre of martial arts; Thacholi Manikkoth is famous for martial arts festival; Tellicherry and Sultan Bathery is popular for a breath taking scenic drive; Kozhicode Beach; Thusharagiri is famous for scenic lush green forest; Kakkayam is famous for challenging trekking and rock climbing; Peruvannamoozhy is a dam site famous for leisurely walk through thick foliage; Velleri Mala is famous for trekking through lush green forest; Science Planetarium reveals the mysteries of universe and enlightens about the planets and stars; Regional Science Centre is situated in the same compound of Science Planetarium and is famous for puzzles and wonders of floating ball, whisper with the help of parabolic reflectors; Mananchira is famous for musical fountain etc. Other attractions and excursions of Kozhikode are Lions Park, Kalipoika, Aquarium, Malabar House Boats, Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary, S. M. Street, Birth Place of Kunhali Marakar, Velliyamkallu, Crocodile Farm, Edakkal Caves, Pookot Lake, Tusharagiri, Thikkoti Light House, Kallai, Peruvannamuzhi, Wayanad Ghats and Vadakara. The famous Backwaters of Kozhikode are Elathur, the Canolly Canal, Kallai River, and Kadalundi which are popular for water sport destination..

 

Excursions :

Excursions- Kozhikod, favourite haunt for viwersKakkayam (45 km), vadakara (48 km), tusharagiri (50 km), peruvannamuzhi (60).

Beaches :
Kappad (16 km from Kozhikode): This is the historic beach where Vasco da Gama landed on the 27th of May 1498. A monument on the beach commemorates this historic event. The rock studded beach is locally known as Kappakadavu. An interesting feature of the landscape is the sprawling rock that protrudes into the sea
Kozhikode Beach : This beach is a favourite haunt of sunset viewers. The old world charm retained in the old lighthouse and the two crumbling piers, each more than a hundred years old, that run into the sea is adding to its natural beauty.

The Backwaters Of Kozhikode :
Unexplored, unspoiled, the backwaters of Kozhikode hold great promises of enchanting holiday options. Elathur, the Canolly Canal and the Kallai river are favorite haunts for boating. Kadalundi, with its beautiful bird sanctuary is a charming site. Korapuzha, the venue of the Korapuzha Jalotsavam is fast becoming a popular water sport destination.


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