Kozhikode in One DayKozhikode has been ranked the second best city to reside in India. Not only has it attracted tourists from across the globe, it has also seen a rise in the number of out-station people who have started residing here. The reason for this is that Kozhikode offers a lot of things to everybody.
Beaches, monuments, museums, parks, gardens, markets, malls, waterfalls, backwaters, etc. are few of the things that attract people the most. Apart from all this, the local people of Kozhikode are also very kind and loving. They can sweep your heart away with their traditional values and their charm. Though some people here might be old-fashioned, many people (especially youngsters), have started adopting the modern lifestyle. This has also given a bit of a benefit to the foreign tourists as they can find food joints and spots which they feel more comfortable with. Kozhikode has been very famous ever since the year 1498 when Vasco Da Gama had first set foot here.
Apart from the historical significance that this beautiful city has, Kozhikode is also famous for spices and its festivals. This city is also known as the ‘city of spices’, mainly because of the best-in-class and quality spices that it exports to even the foreign countries. It has many beautiful and famous temples, churches and mosques, which also give proof of the rich architecture of the city. Though there are many areas and localities in Kozhikode that are a must-visit, you can spend an entire day by taking a tour of the main places which are close to each other. Thus, you can enjoy some of the best things that this city has to offer in just one day.
Suggested One Day Itinerary for Kozhikode9 am: Head to the Tali Temple, which is one of the most famous temples in Kozhikode. Every year it hosts a festival in which there are numerous intellectual and cultural events. It is a unique temple because it is made from the combination of laterite and wood, which is truly remarkable.
10 am: Head towards the Krishna Menon Museum, which is around 13 kilometers from the Tali Temple and a taxi will take around 25 minutes to reach there. The Pazhassi Raja Museum is also located right next to the Krishna Menon Museum and is also worth a check out. Both museums have entry fees. The Krishna Menon Museum displays paintings, woodcarvings, ivory objects etc., while the Pazhassi Raja Museum houses artifacts like gold coins, ancient stones, antique items made of bronze etc.
12 pm: After attending both the museums, head towards the markets. The S.M. Street is a very famous street to shop and is around 5.5 kilometers from the museums. It is just a 12-minute ride in a taxi. Try the banana chips and the ‘Kozhikodam Halwa’, which is a speciality of Kozhikode. Not very far from the S.M. Street is the Big Bazaar, which is also a famous market in Kozhikode. From cosmetics to sarees, from spices to the street food, you can find everything in these markets.
3 pm: After you finish shopping to your heart’s content, head to the Mananchira Square. The Mananchira Square is just a 5-minute walk from the S.M.Street. There are many temples, churches and mosques here. It is a beautiful place as it is carpeted with green grass and the walls are sculpted with laterite. Apart from this, you can also enjoy the musical fountain over here, along with the trees, the artificial stream, the artificial hills, the shrubs, the open-air theatre and the musical stage.
4 pm: Head to the Lion’s Park on the Beach Road, which is just 2.5 kilometers from the Mananchira Square. This Park is an amusement park for children and is open from 3 pm to 6 pm. It has many rides for children. Even elderly people can enjoy themselves in this park.
6 pm: Come outside of the Lion’s Park and relax at the Kozhikode Beach. This beach offers one of the best views of the sunset. This beach is one of the most beautiful and serene beaches of Kozhikode. Help yourself to coconut water or a few other food items here, while relaxing during the sunset.
8 pm: Head to any of the restaurants nearby like Zain's, Paragon, Nalanda Hotel, etc. for a nice and delicious dinner. After the hectic one-day tour of the city, get a good night sleep at your hotel.