Formerly known as Calicut, Kozhikode is one of Kerala's best cities and its pristine beaches and authentic Malabar cuisine have made it a popular tourist site. Kappad Beach is one of the most popular attractions in Kozhikode. Tourists can indulge in various water sports at the beach, which has a stone monument to commemorate the arrival of Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese explorer, to India on May 27, 1498.


Another popular site is Kozhikode Beach, which is visited by a large number tourists who enjoy taking morning and evening strolls at the well-maintained walkway. The pristine beach is lined with vendors selling snacks, ice creams and locally made beverages. If you are looking for a quieter experience, head to Beypore Beach where you can enjoy long nature walks.


For birdwatchers, the Kalalundi Bird Sanctuary, which is home to a wide variety of avifauna and fishes, is an appealing option. One of the best experiences to take in Kozhikode is a visit to the Iringa Crafts Village, where you can see skilled artisans and craftsmen at work and buy exquisite handicrafts.


To get a glimpse of the city's rich cultural heritage, visit the Pazhassirajah Museum located on East Hill. Run by the State Archeological Department, the museum houses a great collection of ancient murals, antique bronzes, old coins and megalithic structures. Right next to the museum is an art gallery that displays some of the finest works of the eminent painter Raja Ravi Varma.



Kozhikode is also popular for its majestic waterfalls. Located at a distance of 46 km from the city, the Arrippara Waterfall is a paradise for nature lovers and also draws a large number of adventure enthusiasts with opportunities for white water rafting.


Apart from its spices, the city is also popular for the scrumptious Kozhikodian halwa, banana chips and attractive souvenirs like miniature snake boats. The city's SM Street Market is one of the oldest markets of the Malabar region and provides a great shopping experience for tourists. Kozhikode is located at a distance of 170 km from Bekal and makes for a great one-day excursion.

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