Kozhikode: The Historical Capital of Kerala

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Kozhikode or Calicut is the historical capital of Kerala. Its prosperity, wealth and spices attracted a lot of foreigners. Situated in the north of Kerala, Kozhikode was the capital of the Zamorins. The Arabs were the first to arrive and they were followed by the Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and finally the British. And therefore, one will find that Kozhikode places to visit have interesting stories to them.

The Arab influence is evident in the city with the numerous mosques here. The name Calicut is derived from ‘Calico’, the hand-woven cloth made here. In Kozhikode, places to visit are many; here is the list of the recommended places.

1. Kozhikode Beach

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The Capital of Malabar, Kozhikode has some beautiful beaches. The Kozhikode beach has two crumbling piers, an old lighthouse, which is reminiscent of the British era when the foreign vessels docked here. Kozhikode beach hosts the Malabar Mahotsavam every year in January. When in Kozhikode, we highly recommend you take time out to view a sunset. The exquisite warm golden colours of the sun are relaxing and extremely soothing.

 2. Mananchira Square

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In Kozhikode places to visit, the Mananchira square must be at the top of your list. This indeed is the heart of the city. The large pool of clear water bound by laterite stone steps is surrounded by a park which is artistically done. The palms, trees and shrubs add to the beauty. The open-air theatre and the musical fountains attract a lot of people. The view of the city from the edge of the Mananchira is astounding. The square was built by the Zamorin King, Manavedan Raja and that’s how the name is derived.

3. Kappad Beach

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About 20kms away from Calicut lies the Kappad beach. The beach has a great deal of historical significance.  It was here Vasco Da Gama landed with his sailors in three ships in 1498. The Kappad beach is a delight to watch. In Kozhikode places to visit, we recommend you to pay a visit to the beach and sip on some coconut water as you watch the sunset.

 4. Beypore

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This shipbuilding port of Beypore is about 10kms away from Kozhikode. It is also one of the busiest fishing harbours. During its heydays, the urus or the dhow like boats made at Beypore was in great demand. Made from wood, these strong boats were used for trade by the Arabs. Make sure to visit Beypore when in Kozhikode just to experience the old world charm. You can see the making of the Urus and also buy miniatures. To head to Lakshadweep, people take ships from Beypore. In Kozhikode places to visit do walk by the beautiful Beypore beach.

5. Thusharagiri Waterfalls

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If you are someone who adores nature, then the Thusharagiri Waterfalls is a highly recommended in your itinerary of Kozhikode places to visit. About 50kms away from the city, this waterfall springs from the hills among the lush green forests. Love trekking? Then just to trek and you will get to the waterfall. The chirping birds and the rich verdant cover provide great company during the trek.

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