Monday, 16 February 2015

Places to Visit in Calicut

Calicut also known as Kozhikode is a prosperous trading town and a historically important place located in the Northern part
of Gods own Country Kerala. Renowned for its festival calendar, picturesque landscape and hospitable residents, it is the third largest city of Kerala and the largest city of Northern Kerala. The city has been crowned as the ‘city of spices’ for its abundance in spice along with being a place where the legendary explorer Vasco da Gama landed in 1948 making it a historically significant place in the history of India.
Tourist Places of Interest:

Kappad Beach: Placed at a distance of 16 km from the city, Kappad Beach is renowned as a place where Vasco Da Gama set his foot on May 27, 1498 while on his venture to India. There is a small monument built in the memory of his visit which is the prime attraction of Kappad beside the tranquility, emerald surroundings and the crystal clear waters of the beach.

Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary: Home to different species of native birds and about 60 species of migratory birds, Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary is spread over a cluster of islands and placed at a distance of 19 km from Kozhikode city.

Besides witnessing the various species of birds including terns, seagulls, sandpipers, and sand plovers as they try to impress you with their skills, you can also relish a captivating view of the surrounding vicinity owing to its location which is bordered by hillocks. Fishes, crabs, and mussels are the added attraction of this sanctuary. It remains open all days from 5:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Krishna Menon Museum: Krishna Menon Museum was constructed to honor V.K. Krishna Menon (renowned Indian leader) in 1975. Placed at a distance of 5 km from the city in the East Hill of the city, it houses paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, delicate wood carvings, beautiful paintings, mural paintings belonging to Kerala along with a section showcasing the souvenirs gifted to Krishna Menon. The museum remains open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm from Tuesday to Sunday.

Beypore: One of the historic ports where trading commenced between Asia and the Middle East, Beypore also known as Vayupura by the local is renowned as a place of constructing traditional boat (Urus). One can still see Urus being constructed meticulously by hand.

 The tradition of constructing these wooden boats dates back to more than 1500 years. The ships are mainly purchased by Arabs and are constructed according to the specification by a buyer. Visitors are allowed to relish the art of ship building.

One can also visit the beach which is an added attraction for the visitors.

Kozhikode Beach: Renowned for its old world charm and natural spontaneity, Kozhikode Beach lies in close proximity to the city and is thronged by the residents of the city as a destination for walks and picnicking. Two crumbling piers standing on the idle of the sea which dates back to more than hundred years, Lions Park and Marine Water Aquarium are the prime attractions of the beach. Visitors can relish an astonishing view of the surrounding environs from the lighthouse which is placed at this beach site.

Mananchira Square: Named after the pond that extends over an area of square, Mananchira Square is the palace tank of King Vikrama constructed in a traditional architecture. It is placed in the heart of the city and is a significant evocative of aged old times.

 The entire square of this construction is bordered by laterite sculpted wall and is carpeted with emerald grass. Inside the square, Town Hall, Commonwealth Trust Office, and Public Hall are housed. The square attracts large number of tourists owing to its beautiful ornamentation with artificial stream, music stage, open air theatre, sculpture and artificial hill which gives it a stunning look.

Apart from these tourist places Tali temple, Pazhasiraja Museum, Science Center and Planetarium, and Vellari Mala are some of the other tourist places which are positioned in and around Calicut. 

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