Things To Do in KozhikodeKozhikode is known as a very famous tourist destination. It offers adventure, natural beauty, fun, relaxation, entertainment and many other things to the tourists as well as the locals. It has many famous beaches, amusement parks, shopping malls, markets, museums, etc. and visiting these places is a must thing to do. Buying local handicrafts, souvenirs, spices etc. is another thing that a tourist has to borne in mind. Listed below are the things that are a must to do when in Kozhikode.
Sightseeing in KozhikodeKozhikode is full of sightseeing options. The Kadalundi Widlife Sanctuary is one of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries in not only the city, but the state as well. This bird sanctuary is full of animals as well and hillocks enclose it. The Kadalundi River also flows through this and makes it all the more beautiful. The Krishna Menon Museum is definitely a must-visit for the historians and people who are interested in looking at the artifacts from the city’s past, which the Museum has kept safely. The beaches are amazing and offer a great view of the sunset. Many adventure sports can also be done at beaches like the Kappad Beach, the Kozhikode Beach and the Beypore Beach. The Mananchira Square has a beautiful park and a musical fountain. There are numerous temples, mosques and churches in the city which are definitely worth visiting.
They not only offer a place to worship, they bind you with their architectural genius and the heritage of the city. The Ettumanoor Temple and the Tali Temple are very famous temples in this city and great places to worship. Various waterfalls are there in the city like the Tusharagiri Falls, Kozhippara Falls etc. which cast a spell on you. You can also participate in the various adventure sports here like rock climbing and trekking. The Lion’s Park is another good place for sightseeing. It is close to the beach as well, so it offers a good scenic view. The Peruvannamuzhi Dam offers an amazing scenic view as it has lush green surroundings and is full of natural beauty. You can also enjoy a picnic here as boating facilities are also provided here. There is a garden here as well known as ‘Thottam Smarak’. A crocodile farm and a bird sanctuary are also established here. The Thikkoti Light House is an amazing sightseeing option and is popular for the history attached to it.
River Trips in KozhikodeKozhikode also offers numerous lakes and rivers where one can enjoy a few restful hours or indulge in some activities. The Pookot Lake is mesmerizing. The backwaters of Kozhikode are simply beautiful and a ride in a boat through the backwaters is definitely not worth a miss. Actually the backwaters of Kozhikode as well as the Kerala are the most sought-after attractions. Rivers like the Kallai River and a few other rivers offer boating trips which is enjoyed by one and all. Another good thing about the river trips in Kozhikode is that you can enjoy the beautiful sunset while you are enjoying the relaxing boat ride in the beautiful waters of Kozhikode.
Photography in KozhikodeKozhikode offers a variety of options for photographers and for tourists who want to capture every moment that they have cherished in this city. Since Kozhikode is on the West Coast of India, Sunsets are more clearly visible than the sunrise. People can head out to the beaches in the evenings to get a clear picture of the beautiful sunset. The Western Ghats, the beautiful waterfalls and the bird-cum-wildlife sanctuaries are nature’s gift to mankind, the essence of which you can capture in your cameras. Apart from the natural beauty, the ancient temples, churches, museums, monuments, mosques etc. are also worth capturing. Even capturing the daily life of a local of Kozhikode in your camera will also remind you of the culture and tradition that the people of Kozhikode follow.
Shopping in Kozhikode
There are a lot of things that are unique to Kozhikode. These things are a must to buy when you come to Kozhikode. People can go on a shopping spree since Kozhikode houses numerous shopping malls and local markets which have all the major brands as well as the local-made stuff. Such malls and markets are spread throughout the city. The S.M. Street is the busiest area for shopping in Kozhikode. You must try the ‘Kozhikodam Halwa’, which is available on almost every other shop on this street. The Halwa, along with the famous banana chips are very famous in this city and the taste of these two things is very unique. The Big Bazaar Road is a market which sells spices at a wholesale price. The city of Kozhikode is also known as the ‘city of spices’, which is a proof that this city offers the best spices in the world. So you should definitely shop for spices and condiments from Kozhikode.
Fancy Cloth Items are popular in this city which can be bought from the shops on Mavoor Road and S.M.Street. Handloom products that are manufactured locally are made from the finest fabric and are definitely worth buying. These are unique to the city of Kozhikode and you will not find such quality handloom products anywhere else.
The Comtrust Store on the Town Hall Road is one such store which specializes in this. Coir Products, Buffalo Horn Carvings, rosewood and miniature snake boats are few of the many handicraft products that are manufactured locally and have gained a lot of popularity over the years. Another unique thing in Kozhikode is ‘Calico’. It is a soft and printed cotton variety. ‘Calicut’, the other name for Kozhikode has been derived from this cotton product ‘Calico’, since Calico was very famous in the ancient years as well and was unique to this place. The Aysha Textiles and Readymades is a mall which is very famous for readymade garments and has many retailors for blankets etc.
Walking Tour in KozhikodeThe best way to enjoy this beautiful city to take a walk around the famous places in this city. An intimate glimpse of the cultural heritage and the historical significance is offered if you plan to do the sightseeing by foot. Walking around the busy lanes and by-lanes can help you explore more interesting things that this city has to offer. Make your way on foot along the roads of Kozhikode and pause whenever you want to witness a monument, a market, a park etc., or just indulge yourself in a snack or shopping. Taking a long walk on the beach can help you relax. Even taking long walks on the beaches will not get you tired as the natural beauty surrounding the beaches will keep your mind off everything else.
Snacking in KozhikodeKozhikode offers everyone a variety of cuisines and street food. Some of the food items that are unique to this city as the ‘Kozhikodam Halwa’ and the banana chips. So these are definitely worth a try. A variety of sweets, drinks, chaats etc. are available on the road-side and shops at almost every lane in Kozhikode. Food vendors on the streets offer scrumptious delicacies which are hard to resist. They go easy on the pocket as well, which proves to be a big attraction for the youngsters looking to spend an evening of fun with friends. Biryanis, Barrotas, Chicken Chettinad, chicken 65 are few of the food items that are quite famous in the city. But apart from the local cuisines, Kozhikode offers a variety of international cuisines as well which is much appreciated by everyone specially the tourists. The people are adopting the American kind of lifestyle and that is why fast-food is gaining popularity in Kozhikode day by day.
Watching Craftsmen at Work in KozhikodeCraftsmen in Kozhikode are known for their hard work and dedication, but above all, their talent. People and tourists can see craftsmen working in their workshops and showcasing their talents in their respective fields. Kozhikode is known for ship building, jewelry, silk sarees, local handicrafts like wooden snake-boats, rosewood etc. Each of these require a level of expertise and talent. The silk sarees are very famous, which is a result of the hard work of the craftsmen in the industry. Even in the ancient time, the craftsmen in Kozhikode were so good that Arab Merchants had started placing orders for constructing ships to the craftsmen of the Malabar region in Kerala. The tradition continues till date. Such is the level of craftsmanship that the people in Kozhikode have. At Beypore, you can witness craftsmen showcasing their talent at the ship yard, which will surely give you an idea about the amazing talent of the people here.
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