Thursday, October 21, 2010

Kozhikode

Kozhikode or Calicut has great historical importance. The great explorer Vasco-Da-Gama landed here in 1498 AD. This city was once the capital of the great Zamorins. The district is gifted with natural wonders and artificial splendours. The museum and art Gallery here is a treasure of antique furniture and objects. The importance given to science, engineering and technology is apparent from the 'Regional Science Centre'. The beach resorts attract both the locals and the visitors. It is an industrially developed district. It is well-known for timber industry.

Nearby Interesting Places of Kozhikode


Pazhassiraja Museum and Art Gallery

It is located at east hill, 5 kms. from Kozhikode. The museum includes copies of ancient mural paintings, stone umbrellas, antique bronzes, temple models and an awesome pictures of a glorious past.

Beypore

This place about 10km South of Kozhikode, at Chaliyar river mouth was an important harbour of the olden times. The 'Uru' or the 'Arabian Trading Vessel' here is one of the by-products of a 1500 years old tradition.

Kozhikode Beach

It is a pleasure to watch the Sunset from here. The old lighthouse and the two piers leaping into the sea each of which is over a hundred years old, the lions park for kids adn the marine aquarium for the kids and the grown ups alike, all add to the pleasure.

Kallai

The beautiful bridge if steel built by the British here, stood the weather. this was once an important trading centre of Timber.

Kappad

This place, 16 km from Kozhikode, commands a place in the pages of history as it is here that the great explorer Vasco-Da-Gama set foot on Indian soil along with 170 assistants in three vessels on the 27th of May, 1498. The local name of the rocky beach is Kappakadavu. The temple on a rock which protrudes into the sea, is believed to have been built about 800 years ago.

Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary

Exotic species of birds make their homes, between November and April at this river - mouth region

Velliyamkallu

The massive rock here forbade the portugese invaders as it offered the ideal footage to the Marrakas to counter attack the intrudes. Once, the entire crew of a Portugese warship was annihilated here. The rock with natural engraving is a real excitement.

Payyoli

This is also a beautiful beach, a favourite haunt of solitude seekers, near Velliyamkallu. This is the native place of Indias 'Payyoli Express' ie. the famous athlet Smt.P. T. Usha.

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