Calicut, now known as Kozhikode is no doubt a destination by itself. The city boasts architectural marvels, natural wonders and historic & cultural spectacles that have defined the landscape for centuries. The city once known as the City of Spices and the City of Truth is now the Capital of Malabar. All major companies reach out to all of Malabar from their offices located in and around Calicut. Besides all of this, people here take the matters of food very seriously which is why one can taste the best food available in the state here at Calicut and the neighboring areas The city has been visited for trade for almost a millennia. Chronicles of various travelers dating back to the 13th century have been recorded in history with the arrival of the Moroccan traveler Ibn Battula. He described Calicut saying, "one of the greatest ports of the district of Malabar where merchants of all parts of the world are found".
Places of interest in Calicut
Mishkal Mosque A 650 year old mosque that is designed like a temple. This ancient mosque is a symbol of cultural and religious harmony in the region. The mosque was burnt down by the Portuguese and was later built to a 4 storey building.
Tali Siva TempleA temple patronized by the Zamorin rulers, this is a large temple complex built approximately 600 years back in wood and laterite. The temple walls have a very unique elephant belly designed that is one of a kind.
Valiyangadi In other words big bazaar, this is a region that has witnessed the growth of Calicut as the global trade hub. This is the nerve center for trade even today after 600 years of existence and has people from different states doing business over generations.
Mananchira Square A large area that once housed a fort has now been converted into a large lawn and park alongside a very large tank, a water resource that feeds the drinking water requirements of the city.
Pattalla Palli Or military mosque was built during the Mysore Invasion by Tipu Sulthan's men while guarding the palace. This is situated next to Mananchira Square.
Basel Mission Church The church built in 1842 by the Basel Mission, this is a large church designed in European and Kerala styles. This church also faces Mananchira Square and the local State Bank of India branch which is over a 150 years.
Mother of God Cathedral A large cathedral built in 1533 by the Portuguese dedicated to the Virgin Mary of Immaculate Conception. This is a one of a kind cathedral designed by Italian architects specially brought down for the purpose. The gothic design inspired cathedral has a 200 year old portrait of St Mary which draws many tourists.
Kappad Beach The famous Portuguese Vasco da Gama landed on this beautiful beach in 1498 thereby opening up trade between India and Europe. This beautiful beach has rocks all over the beach and a temple on top of the rocks. The view from the rocks is simply splendid.
Beypore A small town located 10 kms south of the city is world famous for the dhow making industry. This is indeed the world's largest handicraft. A single dhow( wooden boat) take upto 2 years to make. These boats are then towed away to foreign countries and fitted with motors. Another attraction is the 2 km breakwater that extends into the sea lined with beautiful colonial lamps on either side.
KIRTADS Kerala Institute for Research Training and Development of Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes: The museum here houses the tools and devices that have been used by ancient tribal communities of Kerala. There is also a library that has a good collection of books on anthropology and sociology.
Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary An apt place for anyone who wants to watch migratory birds, this is close to the city although it falls in the neighboring district. The sanctuary is spread over a cluster of islands. Over a hundred native birds flock this area and over 60 migratory birds can be seen here.
COMTRUST Located across the tank within the Mananchira Square, the Commonwealth Handloom Weaving Factory was set up in 1844 by the Basel Mission. Manufacturer of world-class handloom cloth that was exported until a few years ago, this organization has almost come to a standstill with the political climate that exists in Kerala.
Muchundipalli The oldest mosque in the city, this mosque is located very close to the Mishkal Mosque. The mosque has wood carving that depicts lotus and animals which is not something found in mosques.
Jama Palli Another old mosque that can accommodate a thousand worshippers, this mosque has extensive woodwork even on the ceiling that reminds one of temples in Kerala.
Pazhassiraja Museum and Art Gallery Built in 1812, the bungalow was used as the residence for the then British Collector and later on used by Wiiliam Logan, the author of Malabar Manual, the bungalow is said to have also housed H V Connolly, the famous District Magistrate. The bungalow was later converted into an archaeology museum in 1976 that houses the ancient relics of Malabar. The museum is named after the Lion of Malabar who led the Pazhassi Revolt against the British East India Company.
Kallai Timber Yard Once the epicenter of timber trade in Malabar, was the largest timber trading center until recent times. Today, all you can see is the shadow of its glorious past. The timber set to gently flow down the river from the teak forests of Nilambur would eventually season so well that the timber is considered the best in the world. The sunset from the Iron Bridge built during the British era is is splendid.
Calicut Beach The beach in the city is where the locals come to relax in the evenings. What one never fails to notice are a set of two sea bridges that are now shattered with time. The fact that there are two of these piers talk plenty about the traffic the city handled from time immemorial. It is said that the ships from across the world would wait to dock at either of the two bridges to trade with the City of Spices for its produce.