Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Kozhikode in Malabar coast

A prosperous trading town, Calicut or Kozhikode placed in the Kozhikode district is one of the top cities
of Gods Own Country Kerala which is gratified with numbers of tourist places of interest, scenic beauty and hospitable people owing to which it is visited by many numbers of people from India and overseas countries.

Major Attractions:

Museums: Krishna Menon Museum, named after the great Indian leader V.K Menon, this museum is a storehouse of the gifts and souvenirs which were given to him. Placed at the adjacent side of the Pazhassiraja Museum, it also houses murals, Raja Ravi Varma paintings, delicate wood art and many other ancient antiques. It is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm from Tuesday to Sunday.

Pazhassiraja Museum, placed 5 km away from Calicut city is a treasure house of history, culture and art of the ancient era with vast collection of antique paintings, coins, murals and megalithic relics. It was named after Pazhassiraja who was a great freedom fighter.

Mananchira Square: Palace tank of King Vikrama (great ruler of this region), Mananchira Square now houses Town Hall, Public hall, Commonwealth Trust Office along with music stage, open air theatre, artificial hill etc. The square is bordered by laterite wall and emerald grass which makes it more beautiful and must visit site while in Calicut.

Tali Temple: Constructed in the 14th century by Swami Thirumalpad using laterite and wood, Tali temple devoted to Lord Shiva is one of the ancient temples of this region. Revathy Pattathanamand which is the annual festival of the temple receives large number of devotees and participants and is celebrated with huge participation and joy to make it a grand success.

Cultural Features:

Former capital of the powerful Zamorins ruler, Calicut holds unique cultural features amidst the other parts of Kerala. Most of the people follow Hindu, Muslim and Christian religions with religious tolerance. The festival of Thali temple (Revathy Patthanam) is celebrated with much gaiety and fervor apart from celebrating Pooram festival and Malabar Mahotsavam.

Malayalam is the main language with English used as an alternative while speaking with foreigners.
Music is highly considered in festivals and other celebrations with various musical concerts taking place in regular occasion. Vadakkan Pattukal (folk ballad) is the major songs along with other songs which celebrate the exploits of great people like Thacholi Othenan.
The people of this place love to eat sweet delicacies along with good amount of Chinese, Italian and American food. Sadya and halva are the major food loved by them. Formerly the resident of this place used to eat only non veggies by currently vegetarianism is preferred by many locals.

Things to Do:

Kappad Beach is the famed beach where the legendary explorer Vasco Da Gama landed for the first time while venturing to India. The scenic beauty, soft sands, picturesque landscape and crystal clear water of the beach witnesses hordes of visitors who visit the beach side and relish activities like swimming, sunbathing, along with hitting volleyball and long natural walks along the beach. It is about 16 km from the city.

Kozhikode Beach is another stunning beach of Calicut; placed at a walking distance from the city it is beautiful as Kappad Beach. The park offers visitors wide range of activities apart from swimming and sunbathing. Marine Aquarium and a Lion’s Park in the vicinity of the beach side are the major attractions beside the lighthouse from where one can relish astounding views of the surrounding environment.

Backwaters: The untouched and virgin backwaters of Kallai River and Elathur Canal are very popular for boating in traditional Kettuvalloms boat. Voyaging in a beautifully adorned boat over the exciting backwaters along the emerald forests is truly an exotic experience which will leave you with a memorable moment.

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