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Kerala Tourist Places - KOZHIKODE

Area 2206 sq. km
Population 2,613.683 (2001 census)
Altitude Sea level

Once the capital of the powerful Zamorins and a prominent trade and commerce centre, Kozhikode was the most important region of Malabar in the days gone by. Today, lush green countrysides, serene beaches, historic sites, wildlife sanctuaries, rivers, hills, a unique culture and a warm, friendly ambience make Kozhikode a popular destination.

Accessing Kozhikode
Telephone access code : +91-495

Air :Nearest Airport : Karipur (23 km from Kozhikode town)
Daily flights to Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and the Middle East. The Chennai flight also touches Coimbatore and Madurai.

Rail : Links to all the major cities and tourist centres in India.

Road : Well connected to all the major cities and tourist centres in India.
Places to Visit

Pazhassiraja Museum and Art Gallery

Distance : 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.

Krishna Menon Museum

This museum has an exclusive wing dedicated to the late V.K. Krishna Menon, renowned statesman. His personal belongings and souvenirs are displayed here.

Beypore

Distance : 10 km south of Kozhikode
Located at the mouth of 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. The boat building yard here, famous for the construction of the Uru (the Arabian trading vessel), boasts a tradition of almost 1500 years.

Kappad

Distance : 16 km from Kozhikode-
This is the historic beach where Vasco da Gama landed on the 27 th 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 temple on the rock is believed to be 800 years old.

Tusharagiri

Distance : 50 km from Kozhikode
As the name suggests, land and water have struck an extraordinary kinship here. Famous for its trekking tracks. Tusharagiri is located near Vythiri in Wayanad. Trekkers start early morning from the second waterfall and climb uphill through the pristine, dense evergreen forests populated with exotic birds and wildlife to reach Vythiri by evening. Tusharagiri also abounds in rubber, arecanut, pepper, ginger and spice plantations.

Peruvannamuzhi

Distance : 60 km from Kozhikode
The Peruvannamuzhi damsite 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 Smarakathottam - a garden built in memory of the freedom fighters of the region. Uninhabited islands, the bird sanctuary and a crocodile farm add to the charm of the place.

Lokanarkavu Temple

This temple, associated with the heroes and heroines of the Vadakkanpattu combines an arresting simplicity and a legendary aura. The candid murals and carvings here are a delight to art lovers.

Tali Temple

Built in the 14 th century by Swamy Thirumulpad, the Zamorin, within his palace complex, this temple was the venue of Revathy Pattathanam, the annual cultural and intellectual event. The Tali Temple is a fine example of the total integration that can exist between wood and laterite, which is a remarkable feature of the Kerala style of architecture.

Mannur Temple

Distance : 12 km from Kozhikode
Modelled like the Siva Temple at Tiruvannur, this exquisitely carved Gajaprathista styled laterite structure is more than two centuries old. It is believed that Sree Parashuraman starts his Siva Linga prathista at Tiruvannur and completes it here every noon. The noonpujas here are therefore considered very special. The annual Sivaratri festival is celebrated in a big way.

Jain Temple

The two temples in this compound at Trikkovil lane have exquisitely painted interiors and elaborately carved porticos.