Top 5 Places to Visit in Calicut (Kozhikode)

Also, called as Kozhikode by the locals, Calicut is a pristine haven replete with tranquil beaches, historical forts and plush green ambience giving a distinct touch of nature to your journey. It is mainly a preferred weekend getaways from Bangalore and Kerala and offers a peaceful retreat for those wanting to be away from the teeming crowds of cities. Having been a spice capital in the ancient times, Calicut is renowned for its spices and you can take your inner chef out to shop for spices, coffee, pepper and coconut. Also, this place got its name from ‘Calico’ which is printed soft cotton and you can buy it in the best markets of Kozhikode. So, if you are looking for the best places to explore here, we have listed the top 5 attractions of Calicut which are a must to discover to soak in the wonderful and friendly ambience of this place.

1. Kozhikode Beach

Kozhikode Beach
Photo by Kerala Tourism, CC BY-SA 2.0

Sparkling in an old-world allure, Kozhikode Beach is an ideal location for relaxing and unwinding yourself away from the modernity of today’s world. This beach is a primary tourist attraction of Calicut and has been attracting visitors for the best sunrise and sunset to witness. During January, a significant Malabar Mahotsavam is organized on the beach which will let you catch a glimpse into the rich Indian culture and the traditions of Kozhikode, plus with a backdrop of mesmerizing Arabian Sea it doesn’t really matters which time of the year you visit this beach as with every season the charisma of Kozhikode Beach becomes more tempting than ever!

2. Mannanchira Square

Mannanchira Square
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Located in the spirit of this city, Mannanchira Square is christened after a clear water pool created by the King Manavedavan who was one of the former Zamorins. There are temples, mosques, ancient homes and churches built all around this place and there is also a music stage, an open theatre and a musical fountain which will create a dream atmosphere of a fairyland taking you back into the times of kings, palaces and kingdoms.

3. Tali Temple

Tali Temple
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Located nearby to the Mannanchira Square, Tali Temple is one of the oldest and well-known temples of Calicut. In historical times, this place used to be the host of a yearly contest of academic skills known as Revathi Pattathanam. This temple is devoted to Lord Shiva, housing the holy Shivaling of 2 ft, and the architecture of the temple follows a typical Kerala style. The temple management organizes five pious ceremonies every day and a weekly festival is also hosted during the Malayalam New Year.

4. Kalipoyika

A perfect location for boating, Kalipoyika is a must to visit to amuse oneself with cruising, row boating and pedal boating. It is merely 2 km from Calicut and is a wonderful recreational spot that is a part of an important government project to preserve wetlands and encouraging eco-friendly tourism. Hence, it’s a great haven to take a break from your expedition and spending time in the lap of nature.

5. Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary

Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary
Photo by Dhruvaraj S, CC BY 2.0

Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary is situated amidst numerous islands and hillocks and near to the Kadalundi River coming from the Arabian Sea. The beauty of this Bird Sanctuary is breathtaking plus is an amazing sanctuary for bird-watching as it is home to 100 local bird species and around 60 migratory bird species to let you ponder upon the chirping and sweet twittering of birds rhythmic to the charm of natural beauty of this place. It is definitely a must visit place to adore the spellbinding and spectacular appeal this city holds for its tourists.

While these places are the most visited tourist sites, Calicut also has art museums and historical museums housing the artifacts of this city’s amazing history. The locals are also quite hospitable and amiable to tourists and will provide you with a warm side of this haven located in God’s Own Country, Kerala.

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About Rohit

An architect by profession, Rohit Agarwal is a curious traveller, seeking out the minutest detail about the places he travels to, and that’s what one will find in his writings. His writings have appeared in various blogs, he’s currently trying to bring forth as many different places a traveller who shares the same level of curiosity like him would like to visit through his writings.

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