Attractions Of Kozhikode

Also known as Calicut, Kozhikode district lies in the Malabar Coast of the state Kerala. The metropolitan city was famed for spice trading and called the “City of Spices” during the distant past. Arab, Portuguese, British, Dutch, French traded with the region and has left a great influence on the land. The destination was also famous for cotton weaving, and hence the Calico Cloth (textile) originated from the place. The city had many architectural unique sculptures, and dubbed as the “City of Sculptures” on June 7th 2012. If you are opting to hunt around this beautiful tourist destination there is more in the store which the city flaunts.

Kallayi River

The small picturesque town Kallayi sprawling along the banks of the pellucid river gave its name Kallayi River. The river connects with the Chaliyar River towards the south, noted mainly for timber trade.  During early 20th century, KallayiRiverwas one of the main arenas next to ChalliyarRiver for carrying timber to mills. The river reflects the beauty of the classical antiquity. Stroll along the banks of the river during the crack of dawn can be exciting and mind soothing.

Conolly Canal

Conolly or Canoly canal passes through the district and falls part of the west coast canal system of the state. Constructed in 1848, the 3 mile long canal connects with Kallayi River in the south and Korapuzha to the north. The canal linked the main trading centres; Ponnani, Kochi, Kozhikode, Chavakkad and Kodungallur. This turned Chavakkad as the main business hub. The postal boat services between Kochi and Kozhikode were carried via Canoly canal. Horde of tourists visits the destination to explore the unspoilt backwaters of Calicut-Canolycanal,Kallayi River and Elathur are sought after spots for enjoying cruising. Boating along the waters bordered by lush green is truly marvellous.

Mananchira

The man-made freshwater lake located at the heart of the city, is a popular attraction maintained by a natural spring.  It was constructed during 14th century by ZamorinManaVikrama as a bathing pool. The lake is almost preserved intact, except that the ruling council of 19th century ordered strictly to utilise the waters for drinking purpose and not for other recreational activities. Stretching on the banks is a beautiful park, the Mananchira Square. The musical fountain and the precisely landscaped lawns surrounded by Kerala style architectural structures render a pleasant feel. 

Thusharagiri Falls

Endowed by nature, the magnificent waterfall is one of the most hunted locales among the tourist worldwide. Adventurers, trekkers and nature lovers visit the ensconce to mesmerise in the beauty which the nature bestows. Canopied by verdant green and picturesque surrounding, the waterfall stands distinct, attracts visitors to fall in love with nature every time. You totally feel rejuvenated and fresh. Options to explore include trekking, boating, rafting, even a dip in the clear waters will be mindboggling. Visit to the nearby sanctuaries is never to be missed.  

Kappad Beach

Why not get the thrill of walking on the same sand which Vasco da Gama and his sailors first landed in 1498. It is like a walk to the past, and the Kappad beach in Kozhikode is this blessed haunt to experience the bygone era. The serene beach is one place in the city which peace-seekers love to be. Towards one side of the beach, one can get the glimpse of the 800 year old temple situated on a rock. The natives call the destination as rock-studded beach, Kappakkadavu. Travellers can access the beach through the backwaters of Korappuzha. As gentle breeze whispers your ears and kisses your hair, you can listen to music of waves and enjoy the tranquillity to the fullest with your love or dear ones. 

This article is authored by Ajith Thomas who is one of the authors of the blog Home of Ayurveda, you can find him at Google+

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