Calicut ( Also known as Kozhikkode) once the capital of the powerful Zamorins and a prominent trade and commerce center, Calicut was the most important region of Malabar in the days gone by. Today, lush green countryside, serene beaches, historic sites, wildlife sanctuaries, rivers, hills, a unique culture and a warm, friendly ambience make Calicut a popular destination.
Tourist Spots
Pazhassiraja Museum and Art Gallery (5 km from Calicut): On display here are copies of ancient murals, antique bronzes, old coins, excavated earthenware, models of temples, megalithic monuments like dolmonoid cysts, umbrella stones etc. Adjacent to the museum is the Art Gallery, which exhibits an excellent collection of paintings by Raja Ravi Varma and Raja Raja Varma.

Krishna Menon Museum: This museum has an exclusive wing dedicated to the late V K Krishna Menon, renowned statesman. His personal belongings and souvenirs are displayed here.
Kalipoika (2 km from Calicut): One can leisurely cruise on the dappled waters at Kalipoika in both pedal and row boats.
Kallai: This was once the second largest timber-trading centre in Asia. A steel bridge built by the British is still intact here.
S M Street: Sweet Meat Street is the busiest street in Calicut and derives its name from the times when the street was lined with sweetmeat stalls.
Kirtads (7 km from Calicut): This unique museum houses the tools and devices used by the ancient tribal communities of Kerala. A good library with books on Anthropology and Sociology is an added attraction.
Beypore (10 km south of Calicut): Located at the mouth of the Chaliyar river, Beypore, one of the prominent ports and fishing harbors of ancient Kerala was an important trade and maritime centre. Ancient Beypore was much sought after by merchants from Western Asia, for its shipbuilding industry. The boat-building yard here, famous for the construction of the Uru (the Arabian trading vessel), boasts a tradition of almost 1500 years.
Kappad (16 km from Calicut): This is the historic beach where Vasco da Gama landed on the 27th of May 1498, with 170 men in three vessels. A monument on the beach commemorates this historic event. The rock-studded beach is locally known as Kappakadavu. An interesting feature of the landscape is the sprawling rock that protrudes into the sea. The temple on the rock is believed to be 800 years old.
Calicut Beach: This beach is a favorite haunt of sunset viewers. Adding to its natural beauty is the old world charm retained in the old lighthouse and the two crumbling piers, each more than a hundred years old, that run into the sea. Entertainment facilities such as the Lions Park for children and the marine water aquarium are added attractions.
ConveyanceAir: Nearest airport: Karipur (23 km from Calicut town): Daily flights to Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and the Middle East. The Madras flight also touches Coimbatore and Madurai.
Rail: Links to all the major cities and tourist centers in India.
Road: Well connected to the entire major cities and tourist centers in India.

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