Calicut : Kozhikode, known as Calicut during British rule, was the capital of the highly powerful and well cultured Zamorins. Later it became the capital of the Malabar region during the period of British rule. With its long serene coastline, picturesque mountains, gorgeous waterfalls and lively forests, wild life sanctuaries and historical sites, Kozhikode unveils a visual treat to any visitor.
The Kozhikode Beach is situated near the town of Kozhikode and is known for its old world charm and natural beauty. The beach has two crumbling piers that stand toward the middle of the sea and each of them are them are more than hundred years old. The beach also houses a lighthouse, Marine Water Aquarium and Lions Park. The beach is a perfect setting for tourists wanting to enjoy the sunrise or sunset.
The popularity of the Kappad Beach is owing to the fact that it was the place where Vasco da Gama, the famous world explorer first set his foot. A stone monument is erected on the beach to commemorate the significant historical event. This rock studded beach is called by the locals as Kappakkadavu. It is considered to be the gateway to the Malabar Coast. Tourists can reach Kappad by availing the backwaters that offers an enjoyable experience. They can reach the beach by taking a ride down the backwaters through the River Korappuzha.
|#Pazhassi raja Museum
The Pazhassi raja Museum is situated in East Hill, at a distance of 5 km from the Kozhikhode town. It houses several historical and archaeological art facts that are significant to the region such as the antique bronzes, gold coins, old paintings, ancient umbrella stones and monuments that are megalithic in nature such as the dolmonoid cysts. The art gallery and museum was named after Pazhassiraja Kerala Varma of the Padinjare Kovilakom of the royal family of Kottayam. Pazhassiraja was known for leading the renowned ‘Pazhassi Revolt’ and introducing guerrilla warfare against the British colonialism.
Peruvannamuzhi is situated about 60 km northeast of the district headquarters. The Peruvannamuzhi Dam is located amidst the hills and serves as an ideal picnic spot. The reservoir offers facilities for rowboat and speedboat cruises that include a visit to the ‘Smaraka Thottam,’ a garden built in the memory of the region’s freedom fighters. A bird sanctuary, uninhabited islands and crocodile farm add to the charm of the place.
|#Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary
The Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary is situated at a distance of 19 km from Kozhikode and has a river running across it. It is spread over a cluster of islands and is surrounded by hillocks, where the River Kadalundi flows into the Arabian Sea. The hillocks provide a good view of the sea and the river mouth. The place is locally known as Kadalundi Nagaram. The sanctuary houses some 100 different species of native birds and more than 60 species of migratory birds such as terns, seagulls, sandplovers, sandpipers and many more. A variety of flora and fauna and several kinds of fishes, crabs and mussels can also be found in this sanctuary.