Areas and Localities in KozhikodeKozhikode 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. This city fulfills all the desires of the tourists. Different people like and prefer different things. Some like history and some like sightseeing. Men like adventurous sports and women prefer shopping. All these preferences or demands are fulfilled by the areas or localities of Kozhikode. Different areas and localities are famous for different things. These areas have made Kozhikode the second best place in India to reside in. The whiff of history continues to permeate the lanes, bazaars and business hubs of this great port of yesteryears. Some of the areas and localities which offer quite a lot to tourists are mentioned below.
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 would cost you anything from 2$ to 700$. 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. Right amount of condiments, the tender cooked chicken and the flaky rice create a long lasting taste in the mouth. 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. Though you will have to walk for 2 kilometers from the main road to 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.
Mananchira SquareMananchira 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. Malabar Palace, one of the first five star hotels of the city, is also located in this area. The CSI at the Mananchira is a famous place for shopping. 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 famous for.
Vellari MalaOne of the most beautiful areas of Kozhikode is the Vellari Mala. This area offers adventure and relaxation to the tourists. It has the most beautiful landscapes. 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. This area has many trekking routes.
VeliyangadiVeliyangadi is not your typical ‘place of interest’ to visit. It is a narrow lane and is filled with noise, heat and rush which could and would test any visitor’s capacity to beat them. But in spite of this, 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.
Whether it actually happened or not, we cannot deny the fact that this area is full of moneylenders and rich businessmen. Muslim, Jain and Hindu businessmen, Gujarati and Marwari moneylenders can be seen busy with their businesses, as they have been doing for centuries. Though signs of modernity have been creeping in over centuries, the crowded area of Veliyangadi gives tourists the best chance to see and feel the daily life at a commercial hub in medieval Kozhikode.