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Calicut is one among the most exquisitely sited district in the whole state. With the Arabian Sea on the west and Wayanad hills on to the east, this place offers great scenic views to the tourists. In the olden days, Calicut was the hub of trade and commerce and hence, was the most important region of Malabar. It was also the capital city in the time of the Zamorins due to its strategic location. While all of the above are extremely notable, the most important development in the history is that Vasco da Gama discovered India in 1498 when he landed at a port (Kapad) located in this area. Presently, this is the district full of idyllic beaches, serene countryside, royal and beautiful architecture and thus an ideal escape into a tourist’s dream world. In addition to being a famous tourist attraction, this district is the second largest producer of timber in the World. It also houses numerous fishing harbours of the state, beautiful museums and galleries that retain the tools and devices used by the ancient Kerala tribes along with their antiquated mural paintings, bronzes, old coins, souvenirs etc. While all of the above offer an insight into the ancient tribal Kerala, the present beauty of the State can be witnessed by paying a visit to the dams, bird sanctuaries, beautiful waterfalls etc.

Krishna Menon Museum

Calicut is one among the most exquisitely sited district in the whole state. With the Arabian Sea on the west and Wayanad hills on to the east, this place offers great scenic views to the tourists. In the olden days, Calicut was the hub of trade and commerce and hence, was the most important region of Malabar. It was also the capital city in the time of the Zamorins due to its strategic location. While all of the above are extremely notable, the most important development in the history is that Vasco da Gama discovered India in 1498 when he landed at a port (Kapad) located in this area. Presently, this is the district full of idyllic beaches, serene countryside, royal and beautiful architecture and thus an ideal escape into a tourist’s dream world. In addition to being a famous tourist attraction, this district is the second largest producer of timber in the World. It also houses numerous fishing harbours of the state, beautiful museums and galleries that retain the tools and devices used by the ancient Kerala tribes along with their antiquated mural paintings, bronzes, old coins, souvenirs etc. While all of the above offer an insight into the ancient tribal Kerala, the present beauty of the State can be witnessed by paying a visit to the dams, bird sanctuaries, beautiful waterfalls etc.

Kappad

This place is located at a distance of sixteen kilometres from the city and is probably the most important location in the State. This is where the Portuguese traveller Vasco da Gama set his foot for the first time in India. This route, so discovered by him later became one of the most important routes for spices and made India well known as the Land of Spices. This site has been marked with a stone structure in the shape of an obelisk. On the border of this beach, an ancient temple is located on the rocks which is worth paying a visit to.

Beypore

This place is located eleven kilometres from the city off the Kallayi road. It is most famous for the shipyard located here as the special sea vessels called the ‘Uru’ are constructed here. Made from wooden planks, these sea vessels are a kind of Arabian vessels and have been used for over fifteen hundred years. Even in the olden days, this was the main centre of the State’s trade. Another popular tourist spot in the Beypore area of the district is the ‘breakwater’ at Pulimoodu. Though, now used by tourists, this long path heading into the sea was built for aiding the landing of ships.

Vadakara

This place is located at a distance of about forty-eight kilometres from the city. Famous for its own culture and traditions, this place in the past, has been the centre of extensive trade. It is also the birthplace of many legendary families of Kerala. There are also many ballads called Vadakkanpaattukal that the native people often sing in the honour of the Kadathanadu family. One of the renowned members of this family who was a well-known name in the field of martial arts was Thacholi Othenan.

Lokanaarkaavu

You may visit this place when you are out to visit Vadakara for it is only five more kilometres from here. This is a religious place dedicated to the Hindu deities and houses three temples in all, each dedicated to a different deity. The three temple belong to Goddess Durga, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. The temples display great skill of the architects and contain many sculptures of the deities, beautiful etchings, murals and rock cut caves located in the premises. It has been reported that Thacholi Othenan used to pay frequent visits to the temple to offer his prayers that has also added the fame of the temples.

Peruvannamuzhi

This place covers a very small area as compared to the other places in the district but has a lot to offer to the tourists. Located at a distance of about sixty kilometres from Calicut city, it is the site of a dam and a water purification centre. As a pastime, you may opt for the boating facility or visit rather interesting places around the area such as the crocodile farms and the bird sanctuaries here. Dolphin’s point: This is located at a mere distance of two kilometres from the town and is very much worth your time. This is the only place in the state where you can befriend some playful dolphins and lighten up your mood. To fully enjoy what this place has to offer to you, ensure that you visit this point in the early hours of the morning to witness dolphins playing by the side of the sea. Malabar House boats: These cruises take you around the most beautiful and serene backwaters of Kerala. While you must take any chance you get to discover the pleasantness of backwaters, utilize your time to relax on the cruise and explore the lush green forests. You may take the voyage from Purakkattiri, close to Purakkattiri Bridge on Ullery - Perambra road that is only ten kilometres away from Calicut. In addition to the above, various other tourist attractions are Kakkadam Poyil waterfalls, Science Planetarium at Jaffarkhan Colony and The Kadalundi bird sanctuary.

Malabar House boats

These cruises take you around the most beautiful and serene backwaters of Kerala. While you must take any chance you get to discover the pleasantness of backwaters, utilize your time to relax on the cruise and explore the lush green forests. You may take the voyage from Purakkattiri, close to Purakkattiri Bridge on Ullery - Perambra road that is only ten kilometres away from Calicut. In addition to the above, various other tourist attractions are Kakkadam Poyil waterfalls, Science Planetarium at Jaffarkhan Colony and The Kadalundi bird sanctuary.

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