Situated in the midst of the lofty peaks of Wayanad, Kozhikode is the place where the legendary explorer Vasco Da Gama landed when he first set foot on the Indian land on 27 May 1498. Today, Kozhikode is home to the Indian Institute of Management, one of the most prestigious educational institutions in the country. The place houses a number of tourist attractions including numerous religious structures which contain inscriptions and structures from ancient India. Visit the bustling bazaars or repose at the beach, this enchanting destination offers an experience unmatched.
Tourist Attractions in Kozhikode
5 km from Kozhikode, this ancient building houses a museum and an art gallery with beautiful murals, bronze statues, antique, old coins etc on display. The art gallery houses a collection of paintings from the personal collection of Raja Ravi Varma.
The enchanting beach is an excellent place to witness the beauty of the sun setting behind the blue waters of the ocean. A lighthouse and two old piers are other tourist magnets around the area.
Krishna Menon Museum
Named after the renowned statesman V. K. Menon, the museum houses a whole wing dedicated to the personal belongings and articles of the late leader.
This is a massive rock situated in the middle of the ocean, which was once a major threat for the navigators. It was here that an entire crew of an invading Portuguese ship were killed by the Marakkars. The engravings on the rock are also worth appreciating.
The planetarium, situated in the Jaffarkhan Colony is an excellent place for those who want to explore the mysteries of the universe. A number of experiments on display and a short documentary on the planets and the solar system provide rich information to the visitors.
Situated just 45 km from Kozhikode, Kakkayam is a place of immense natural beauty and abundant wildlife. The place is also known for its thrilling treks and rock climbs which besides testing your endurance, will also provide you with a rich experience of observing the immense natural splendors of the area.
A prominent pilgrimage destination, Vadakara is situated just 48 km from Kozhikode. The ancient rock cut Lokanarkavu temple houses a number of exquisitely carved stone structures and other beautiful murals. The centuries old temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga with two adjacent shrines devoted to Lord Shiva and Vishnu.
God’s own country Kerala is replete with immense natural beauty. Tusharagiri, situated at a distance of 50 km from Kozhikode is known for its three waterfalls. The crystal waters descending down from the top of the mountains with the backdrop of the western ghats is a truly awesome picture that often mesmerises the visitors. Other attractions at the place include the Edakkal Caves, Pookot Lake and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary.
Things to Do
Coming to Kerala and missing out on a fun filled backwater cruise is a boner. The backwaters of Kozhikode promise an enchanting and exotic vacationing experience where you get to experience the multifariousnesses of a life that remains completely untouched by the outside world. As you sail in a luxury houseboat traversing through shimmering waters, witness the villagers go about their daily activities and children playing on the shores.
Kozhikode is a most favored holiday spot for people coming to Kerala, being frequented by tourists from around the world. Some of the best hotels in Kozhikode include the Sea Queen Hotel (situated at beach road), Harivihar Ayurvedic Heritage Home (situated in Bilathikulam), Taj Residency (situated on P. T. Usha Road), Kadavu Resorts (situated in Feroke), Hotel Malabar Palace (situated on G. H. Road), Fortune Hotel Welcome Group (situated on Kannur Road), Malabar Mansion (situated on S. M. Street) and Alakapuri Guest House (situated on Maulana Mohammed Ali Road).
By Air : A domestic airport is situated at Karipur, just 25 km out of the city. Air India connects the place with a few international destinations including Sharjah while Indian Airlines connect Kozhikode with Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Chennai. The Indian Airlines office is located on Bank Road near Mavoor Junction.
By Rail : The railway station at Kozhikode is located on Ansari Road about 2 km from the main bus stand. Regular trains connect Kozhikode with Ernakulam, Trivandrum, Coimbatore, Chennai, Delhi and Bangalore.
By Road : The state transport bus station is located on the Mavoor Road while another bus stand is situated close to the Bank Road. Regular buses operated by the KSRTC connect Kozhikode with other neighbouring cities such as Mangalore, Mysore, Ooty, Coimbatore, Trivandrum, Alappuzha, Kottayam and Kochi. Road transport has the additional advantage of providing you with some spectacular views.
Distance from Major Cities
Delhi : 1953 Km
Alleppey : 206 Km
Kochi : 156 Km
Trivandrum : 333 Km
Kottayam : 204 Km
Kollam : 23 Km
Location : Kerala
Tourist Attractions : Pazhassiraja Museum, Kozhikode Beach, Velliyamkallu
Local Tongue : Malayalam, Hindi, English
STD Code : (91) – 495
Best time to Visit : October to March