With the welcoming seashores, clean water and the numerous places to visit, Kozhikode, a city situated in North Kerala, is a perfect tourist destination, which is best known for its beaches and historical significance. From beaches and museums to temples, churches, wildlife, sculptures, parks and rivers, this city offers tourists everything they look for when they go on a holiday
The warm and friendly nature of the locals is the cherry on op. Kozhikode is known to the world as the center of Malabar and it was from this city that Vasco De Gama stepped into India in the year 1498. The city attracts traders from all over the world with its spices.The best time to visit the city is when it experience its pleasant winters between October and February.The Kappad beach, the Kozhikode beach and the Beypore beach are the most popular beaches in the city. The Kappad beach was where Vasco De Gama entered India and there is a stone here that tells the story. The Kozhikode beach was a prominent trade and commerce center back in the day and the Beypore beach is best known for its shipbuilding industry, which is over 1,500 years old.Apart from these beaches, the city has many other tourist spots like the Mananchira Square, the Thikkoti Light House and two sea piers, which are over 100 years old. Lion's Park, the Marine Water Aquarium and the Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary as well as the Tusharagiri Falls, Vellari Mala and the Peruvannamuzhi Dam are spots for nature lovers and photographers. The city also offers churches like Christ the King Church and Matri Dei Cathedral, and temples like the Tali Temple and Thali Shiva Temple.Another thing Kozhikode is known for is a chance to witness its extraordinary culture and festivals that are celebrated here with excitement and enthusiasm. The culture of the city is palpable in its language, music, songs and dances. The locals have played a vital role in adding to the richness of their culture. Festivals celebrated in this city include Madapalli and Vadakara, which are the most important ones and are held twice a year—once in the months of March-April and once in November-December. The other festivals celebrated are Onam, Ashtami Rohini, Mahashivratri, Navratri Miladi Shrarif and the Sabarimala festival, among others.Every festival celebrated in this city is marked by the typical musical instruments played in the south called Nadaswaram.Traveling around the city is fairly easy as buses run at a good frequency. Auto-rickshaws and taxis are also easily available and help to move from one place to another effortlessly. You could even rent a car or bike to commute with no stress and in comfort.Kozhikode faces very hot and humid summers and heavy rainfall, so it is best not to visit in the summers or during the monsoons.Beware of the wild animals around the place
Kozhikode is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Calicut at a distance of 21kms.
Airports: Calicut International Airport
You can easily get regular trains to Kozhikode from other major cities of the country..