Once the capital of the powerful Zamorines and a prominent trade and commerce centre, Kozhikode was the most important region of Malabar in the days gone by. Today lush green country sides, serene beaches, historic sites, wild life sanctuaries, rivers, hills a unique cultural and warm friendly ambience make Kozhikode a popular destination.
- Kozhikode Beach
The Beach is favorite of sunset viewers. Adding to its natural beauty is the old world charm retained in the old light house and the two crumbling pliers, each more than a hundred years old, that run into the sea. The beach is accessible through four road over bridges in the city. It’s one of the well known beaches in Kerala. It will crowd in the evening. Many public shows are conducting here.
Situated 16 KM from Kozhikode. This is the Historic beach where Vasco Da Gama landed on the
27th of May 1498, with 170 men in three vessels. 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. The city is mostly over crowded by tourists and natives, we can see tour guides leading their packs from one destination to another. For European tourists can find best euro rates in kozhikode for their currency exchange.
10 KM South of Kozhikode. Located at the mouth of the Chaliyar River, Beypore, one of the prominent ports and fishing harbours of ancient Kerala was an important trade and maritime centre. Ancient Beypore was much sought after by merchants from Western Asia for its shipbuilding industry.
- Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary
Situated 25 KM from Kozhikode. The sanctuary at Kadalundy is a haven for migratory birds, terns, gulls; herons, sandpipers, whimbrels and other exotic birds flock into this place in November and return home in April.
This was once the second largest timber trading centre in Asia. A steel Bridge built by the British is still intact here. The chaliyar was used as a waterway for carrying timber from the forest areas in an around Nilambur to Kallai.
- Thusharagiri Waterfalls
Situated 50 KM from Kozhikode. Famous for its trekking tracks,. Thusharagiri is located near Vythiri in Wayanad. Waterfalls and streams abound in this hilly region. It offers scope for trekking, rock climbing and wild life sanctuary visits.
Situated 7 KM from Kozhikode. This unique Museum houses the tools and devices used by the ancient tribal communities of Kerala. The museum is maintained by the government of Kerala. It exhibits many tools and devices of the tribal communities of Kerala.
Situated 45 KM from Kozhikode. This picturesque dam site, teeming with exotic wildlife, offers excellent trekking and rock climbing opportunities. The best time to visit is between November and April.
- Regional Science Centre
Situated on the same compound as the planetarium. Regional Science Centre is an eye opener into the amazing and Exciting dimension of Science.
Situated 50 KM from Kozhikode. The peruvannamuzhi dam site set amid hills is a beautiful picnic spot. The reservoir here provides facilities for speed and row boat cruises during which one can see the Smarakattottam – a garden built in memory of the freedom fighters of the region.
- Tali Temple
Built in the 14th century by sami Thirumul pad, the zamorin, within his palace complex, this temple was the venue of Revathy Pattathanm the annual culture and intellectual event.
- Pazhassi Raja Museum and Art Gallery
Stituated 5 KM from Kozhikode. On display here are copies of ancient murals antique bronzes, old coins, excavated earthenware, models of temples. Megalithic monuments like dolmonoid cysts, umbrella stones etc. Adjacent to the museum is the Art Gallery which exhibits an excellent collection of paintings by Raja Ravi Varma and Raja Raja Varma.
- Jain Temple
The two temples in this compound at Trikkovil lane have exquisitely painted interiors and elaborately carved porticos.
- Kunhali Marikar’s Residence
Situated 45 KM from Kozhikode. Open 1000-1700 hours. The fort of Kunhali Marikar, the heroic Zamorin who fought valiantly against the Portuguese, stands on Irigal rock at Kottakal, en route to Vadakara. Unable to defeat him in battle, the Portuguese resorted to treachery and beheaded him in God. The sword and cannon ball used by the Zamorins is displayed in his house located 5 KM off Payyoli.
Situated 48 KM from Kozhikode. The birth place of Thacholi Othenan- the legendary hero of the Vadakkan Pattukal (the ballads of North Malabar). Vadakara boasts a great martial tradition and also a flourishing trade and commerce centre in ancient times. Thacoli Manikkoth, the Kalari where Thacholi Othenan practiced his martial feats and spent long days in deep meditations before every poythu (due ) is a place worth visiting.