Kozhikode is a beautiful city at an elevation of just 1 meter (3 ft), this city (also known as the ‘city of spices’), acts as a perfect getaway for people looking for an excuse to get out of the house. Tourists from all across the globe visit Kerala and the true essence of Kerala can only be found in this amazing city of Kozhikode.
All these preferences or demands are fulfilled by the areas or localities of Kozhikode. Different areas and localities are famous for different things.
Beypore or Beypur is a small coastal census town in Kozhikode district. Tipu Sultan had named this town “Sultan Pattanam”. This town is known for many things. It is famous for building wooden ships (Dhows or Urus in Malayalam language).
The Port of Beypore was the key port for the trade between India and the Middle East and is one of the oldest ports in Kerala. The ships built at this port were usually bought by Arab merchants for trading and fishing, and are now used as tourist ships. The artisans of Beypore have taken to crafting little wooden models of their gigantic masterpieces.
These four to eight-foot ‘Model Vessels’ crafted out of teak wood. At the Marine shops, you can get fresh and used marine vessel parts. Be sure to put your bargaining skills to test. Food lovers are in for a treat in this area of the city.
The Malabar Biryanis, which are cooked gently and mildly flavored, are something no food lover should miss out on, when in Beypore. It offers good seafood as well, especially mussels.
The area of Beypore has a beautiful beach, a harbor, a light house, a boat building yard, a bird sanctuary and a place called the Dolphin’s point. The sight of dolphins playing in the sea is definitely worth it. Chaliyar Puzha, which is the fourth longest river in Kerala State, flows through this village.
S.M. StreetIt derives its name from the time it was lined with sweet meat and halwa stalls.
‘Anjuman’, a parsi cemetery built in the 17th century which is now abandoned, is also located here. This area offers you a grand shopping experience without making a big hole in your pocket. From saris to cosmetics, from halwa to banana chips, you will find everything. Kozhikode is known for spices like black pepper, cardamom, etc and this area gives you the best in class spices as well.
is a large tank in the heart of the city. Mananchira (the Coronation
name of the Zamorins) seems to have been the drinking water source for
the entire Palace complex. The area of Mananchira is highly developed,
thanks to the Kozhikode Development Authority. Example of this
development is the Mananchira Square.
The Mananchira Square is named
after the Mananchira Pond that spans an area of a square kilometer. The
Mananchira Square is surrounded by temples, churches, mosques and
several traditional houses.
The whole area is carpeted with green grass
and encircled by laterite-sculpted walls. Surrounding the Mananchira
are several important institutions like the Town Hall, Public Library
and the Commonwealth Trust.
The Mananchira area of the city also
has temples, churches and a park. This park is the Mananchira Square
and it was once the main courtyard of the Zamorin ruler’s Palace. The
‘Square’ has an artificial stream, a musical fountain, an open-air
theatre and a music stage.
Local handicraft stuff like
rosewood items and carvings, artifacts made out of buffalo horn
carvings, coir products and small models of snake boats are easily
available here, and these are the things for which Kozhikode is quite
One of the most beautiful areas of Kozhikode is the Vellari Mala. This area offers adventure and relaxation to the tourists. People can simply come with their family or friends and enjoy a nice picnic. On the other hand, they could just tighten their shoe laces and head off for trekking.
Veliyangadi functions as one of the main commercial centres of Kozhikode and boasts of history which is over 600 years old.
This area also has a legend related to it. According to this legend, Mangat Achan, who was the first secretary to the Zamorin, had Goddess Lakshmi (the Goddess of wealth) appear before him in this area, after a long penance.
He made Goddess Lakshmi promise him to wait for him in this area till he returned. But Mangat Achan went home and committed suicide. Goddess Lakshmi was unable to break her promise and so it is said that Goddess Lakshmi had to stay permanently in Veliyangadi.
Arayidathupalam is a locality in Kozhikode. It belongs to the North Kerala division. The unique thing about this locality is that the famous colleges and educational institutes of Kozhikode are from or near this locality. This locality is also close to the Arabian Sea. It also has a shopping mall. There are many schools and colleges in this area.
This area of the city of Kozhikode is also unique. Though it does not boast of beautiful beaches or lush green surroundings, this area is famous for growing tea and coffee. This includes Black Tea, Green Tea and Oolong Tea, but is not limited to these. Vilangakunnu Village in Kozhikode is well-known for tea and coffee plantations.
Residential areas like Nadakkavu and Vellayil are the major residential areas located close to the Velayil Railway Station. In spite of that, this area is home to the famous “lion’s park” of Kozhikode.
The Lion’s Park is situated next to the famous light house that is on the Kozhikode Beach. Lion’s Park is a great theme park with many rides for children. It also offers great views of the sunset. The park opens at 3 pm every day and that is why it is an ideal way to spend a relaxed evening.
It is small town on the banks of the Kallayi river. It is in the Kozhikode District of Kerala and is noted for timber trading. Once a beautiful and serene river of Kozhikode, the Kallai river offers house boat cruises to the tourists which should not be missed. If you are not up to it, you can also view this river from the Bridge of a highway close to it.
Other popular localities are:
Kozhikode Beach: This is a popular beachfront area known for its scenic beauty and the historic lighthouse. It's a great place for a leisurely stroll and enjoying the sea breeze.
Mavoor Road: Mavoor Road is a major commercial and shopping hub in Kozhikode, with numerous shops, restaurants, and businesses.
Kallai: Located along the Kallai River, this area is known for its timber industry and is famous for the historic Kallai Bridge.
Vellimadukunnu: A residential locality known for its peaceful atmosphere and educational institutions.
East Hill: This is a prominent residential area with good connectivity and access to schools and colleges.
Puthiyara: It is a central locality in Kozhikode, known for its markets, shops, and cultural diversity.
Nadakkavu: Another central area with shopping centers, educational institutions, and healthcare facilities.
Kovoor: A residential area with various housing options and amenities.
Panniyankara: This locality is famous for its educational institutions and has a mix of residential and commercial establishments.
Koduvally: Located to the northeast of Kozhikode, Koduvally is known for its spice trade and markets.
Kallayi: This area is historically significant and known for its heritage sites, such as the Kallayi Bridge and Kallayi Puzha.
Kuttichira: A central locality with a mix of residential and commercial spaces, as well as historical landmarks.
Palayam: Known for its religious diversity, Palayam is home to several temples, churches, and mosques.
Feroke: Located along the Arabian Sea, Feroke is known for its railway division and the historic Feroke Bridge.
Thondayad: A developing area with various residential projects and amenities.
Kakkodi: This locality is situated on the outskirts of Kozhikode and is known for its peaceful environment and residential communities.