|Beyopore beach||Located about 10 km south of Calicut|
|Krishna Menon Museum||Located right next to the Pazhassi Raja Museum|
|Mananchira square||Located in the hert of the calicut|
|Pazhassiraja Museum||Located in the East Hill region of Calicut|
|Thikkoti Light House||situated very near to the city of Calicut|
|Peruvannamuzhi Dam||Located about 45 km from the city of Calicut|
|Calicut Beach||Located close to Lion park|
|Kappad Beach||It is located half way from Calicut half an hour ahead of Kalpetta.|
|Thusharagiri Falls||Located around 45 km from Calicut|
|Elathur||Located about 10 km north of Calicut city|
|Vellari Mala||Located near Chooralmala in Meppadi panchayat|
|Kadalundi||Located 19 Kms from Kozhikode (Calicut) In Kerala|
|Ettumanoor Shiva Temple||Located about 12 km from the town of Kottayam|
|Tali Temple||Located near Manachira|
Historical places in Calicut
The Beyopore Beach is located about 10 km south of Calicut, at the mouth of the Chaliyar river. Apart from being extremely picturesque with palm fringed lines, the beach also has a historical significance. It served as a port, a harbor and an important center for the Trade and Maritime transactions between Asia and the Chinese and Arab travelers. Later it evolved as an important center for ship building and was in great demand by the merchants from western Asia.
The beach of Beyopore had become more and more famous for its boat building industry. Uri, or the famous Arabic vessels, built by the ‘Khalasis’ or the native craftsmen, had become renowned for being intricate works of art. The boat building yard still stands a silent testimony to the glorious past of the district.
The beyopore beach is a stretch of a 2 km long land opening out into the sea. Covered with boulders, it offers the perfect location to watch the sunset from. Provisions are also there for the adventure enthusiasts to engage in water sports in this beach. They can even accompany the natives as they set out to reel their catch and earn their livelihood. The food lovers can also indulge themselves in the freshly cooked sea side delicacies at the stalls that fringe the shore. The 2 km long stone bridge on the shore is also an interesting thing for the tourists.
Krishna Menon Museum
Are you an ardent lover of art? Then you are heading to just the right place. Calicut houses a museum dedicated to the famous orator and spokesperson for India at the General Assembly of the UN, V.K. Krishna Menon. Established in 1975, the museum proudly exhibits the memorabilia and several other personal belongings of the great man.
The most noteworthy section here is the one on art, where there are several masterpieces of modern art, apart from some intricately carved wood and ivory objects and authentic Kerela murals mesmerize the visitors with their exquisite craftsmanship. A number of original oil paintings by the famous maestro, Raja Ravi Varma and his brother also steal the hearts of the art lovers.
Mananchira Square is one of the magnificent places in the city of Calicut. Originally a tank of the palace built by King Vikrama, the Mananchira Square exemplifies nature to a higher degree. With lush green grass enveloping the grounds, the square is decorated with several old architectural patterns that reflect pure heritage and lusture of ancient India. The aspect of Mananchira square that is most appreciated by the visitors is the musical fountain, located in the middle of an open ground.
The Pazhassira Museum is another storehouse of rich archeological and historical artifacts of India. Located in the East Hill region of Calicut, the Pazhassira Museum enshrines many ancient paintings and antique bronzes that are of immense value. Several monuments like the dolmonoid cysts, as well as the famous umbrella stones that have a monolithic significance, are also preserved in this Museum.
Thikkoti Light House
The Thikkoti Light House, situated very near to the city of Calicut owes its fame to the legend which says that it was built from the remnants of a boat that had crashed on the rocky shores of the beach. Thus, it is an apprehensive reminder of the great tragedy that had befallen in that region. Perhaps this is also the reason because of which all the sailors pay close attention to this staggering lighthouse.
The Peruvannamuzhi Dam, located about 45 km from the city of Calicut, is a lovely picnic spot, tailor made for offering respite and warmth to the stressed out urban minds. Not only is there a bird sanctuary deep inside the confines of the dam, but a crocodile farm near its vicinity also adds to the adventure and thrill of the place. Provisions are also there for the tourists to saunter along the river in a rowboat and enjoy till the very last dregs of the setting sun has been lost from the sky.
Nature in Calicut
Among the various natural settings of Calicut, the Calicut Beach is a premier one. To walk down the lond sandy expanse with the wind playing hide and seek in the hair is an overwhelming experience. The Beach is embellished with two twin piers and a lighthouse that face towards the sea. To watch the sun set over the unrestrained horizon is a charming and rejuvenating sight. If you are lucky enough you might catch a glimpse of the dolphins bounding their way towards the mid sea by the Dolphin point, a few yards into the sea. To sit idly at the shore and feel the fine spray of water of the breaking waves on the face, provides a perfect setting for the stressed minds to unwind and become one with the harmony of nature.
The Kappad Beach is one of the very few beaches in India, that carries a rich historical significance. This is the place where the famous world explorer, Vasco de Gama had set his foot upon in India. Though this renowned event had occurred several centuries ago in 1498, the beach still captures the old world elegance. One cannot help remembering the historical event that this beach had been the silent witness of. In fact, to honor this significant historical event, there is a stone monument that is erected on the Kappad Beach so that the visitors can get a feel for those times.
Thusharagiri is a small village, located at a diatance of about 50 kms east of Calicut. In reality, the Falls originate in the two streams that come down from the lush green Western Ghats. These two converge at a point very near the Thusharagiri. This conjoined river now lets itself into three waterfalls thus creating a white spray of water droplets that cascade down in a thick channel. Hence the name ‘Thusharagiri’ which means a snow capped mountain.
Among the three waterfalls the highest one is located at a plantation destination called Kodencherry. Known popularly among the natives as Thenpara, the falls here cascades down from a staggering height of 75 meters and is a spectacular sight to behold. This evergreen area is known for its cultivation of rubber, Areca nut, ginger and spices. If you are an adventure enthusiast and have always looked forward for a thrilling trekking experience, this is the place where you can fulfill your dreams. Monsoons witness a notable increase in the volume of the water content in these waterfalls. Hence, the best season to visit here is from September to November.
The coastal district of Calicut is further beautified by the presence of numerous small villages that are almost picture perfect in their setting and serenity. Elathur is such a place that abounds in Natural sights and sounds of nature. Bound with a lake on one hand and a river on the other, this tiny village with a small population of 7000 people is mesmerizing and immensely appealing to the lovers of nature.
The city of Calicut owes its share of renown to the expansive waterscapes, the numerous waterfalls and the enticing trekking routes. Vellari Mala is basically a combination of all the three. Not only is it home to one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Kerela, but also is a Trekker’s paradise in terms of the rocky terrain and the beautiful green meadows. However, it is advisable not to trek in Vellari Mala at night.
Wildlife in Calicut
Kadalundi is basically the name of the village that adjoins the river, on the banks of Kadalundi river which is situated a bird sanctuary. This village is famous for serving the quintessential delicacies of the Indian cuisine. The bird sanctuary is also of immense popularity among the visitors here. Apart from the 100 odd species of birds, the visitors are often mesmerized by the rich variety of flora and fauna found in this region.
Religious Places in Calicut
Ettumanoor Shiva Temple
This auspicious pilgrimage for the Hindus is located about 12 km from the town of Kottayam. Believed to have been built in the 16th century, the giant lamp, situated at the entrance of the main entrance, called the valiyavilakku, is supposed to have been lit since the past 450 years, sustained by donations of oils from the devotees.
The temple, apart from inspiring a deep religiosity and devotion also evokes a sense of awe and wonder at the unique craftsmanship and ingenious artistry of the inner walls of the temple. Flaunting a typical Kerela style of architecture, the temple also showcases antique woodwork and murals, the most notable among them being of Lord Shiva as Nataraja. The carvings also allude to the scenes of Ramayna, Bhagayatha and Krishna Leela.
The annual festival of the temple is celebrated between the month of February and March for ten days.on the eigth and the tenth day, the priests bring out the golden elephants- seven huge structures made of 95 kilos of gold and a smaller elephant that is half the weight, which were presented by the eighteenth century Raja of Travancore
The Tali temple is one of the oldest specimens of religious places of Calicut. It goes back to the days of the Zamorins, and constitutes one of the most important pilgrims for the worshippers of Lord Shiva. This temple observes five different ceremonies being performed every day. However, the most spectacular one that happens here is on the occasion of the Malayalam new year, when a seven-day long celebration commences. These celebrations are usually centered around the religious icons of the temple.