Kozhikode, also known as Calicut, is a place replete with hidden beaches; owing to its location on the Malabar Coast. While Kerala is known for its natural beauty, this particular coastal town has always been in the limelight for its spices and legendary temples. In fact, this is the city where the famous Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama landed first when he entered India. However, a visit to all these beaches is highly recommended when in Kozhikode, along with the many sightseeing options offered by this gorgeous coastal town.
Kozhikode beach is the most frequented owing to its close proximity to the town. If you want a lively and buzzing beach scene, this ones highly recommended. Whether its during sunset or sunrise, the beauty of this beach is unparalleled. However, to catch resident dolphins in action, you must go there early morning. The old lighthouse at the beach is a great attraction, lending it an old world charm.
For the simple pleasures of life such as walking barefoot on sand, Beypore beach is the perfect choice. The striking golden sands of this beach are also great for sunbathing. Adventure enthusiasts can indulge in a couple of water-sports here such as swimming, skiing, parasailing and kayaking. Don’t forget to sample the delicious ‘Kozhikodan Halwa’ which is sold on this beach.
Arguably the best beach of Kozhikode, taking a backwater ride in the Korappuzha river to reach Kappad beach is an experience in itself. The beauty of this place is unmatched; thanks to the azure sky seamlessly merging with the Arabian Sea, and the cleanliness and candour of this beach. The beach is where Vasco da Gama first entered India with his sailors. An ancient stone temple located nearby is a great attraction for history lovers.