Kozhikode is probably the most historic in all of Kerala. That’s because it is here that Vasco da Gama first landed after his discovery of the spice route. The highlight of this town is the Kozhikode Beach; a personification of the numerous characteristics that make Kozhikode so unique.

People flock to the Kozhikode Beach in large numbers to enjoy the glorious sunset without fail. It’s a delight because you also get some amazing seafood such as Kallumekaya (mussels), a local favourite. Then there’s a Dolphins Point, from where you can catch the gorgeous dolphins at play during dawn. You will also be greeted by a majestic lighthouse and two piers opening into the sea; both of which have been around for over a hundred years. Then there’s the Lions Park and the Aquarium that you mustn’t miss if you have children along with you.

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Hailed as the ‘Jewel of the Malabar’, the old port town of Kozhikode derived its name from a 16th-century fort built by the Samoothiri rulers. It was in the limelight from the 15th-century though, when Vasco da Gama landed at nearby Kappad beach discovering a direct entry into India. It consequently marked the entry of European powers such as the Portuguese, Dutch, French and British to Kerala’s coveted spice coast. Today, the old warehouses, ancient temples, mosques and churches that dot the city, coupled with the exceptional regional cuisine, make Kozhikode a fascinating getaway.

You must explore the village of Kallayi situated on the banks of the river Kallayi. It has an archaic charm; the view from Kallayi Bridge built by the British is a perfect spot to witness a breath- taking sunset. To explore the fun side to the city; enjoy boating at Kalipoika, go to Kadalundi on a country boat to spot birds and visit the boat making centre of Beypore to pick up small souvenirs. The nearest railway station is in Kozhikode itself while the nearest airport is the Calicut International Airport, about 29 km away.