Srikandeswara Swamy Temple
This temple is situated in the heart of the city. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Shivaratri festival is very famous here and it is celebrated for seven days.
Thacholi Manikkoth Temple
This temple is situated about 48 km from Kozhikode. It is dedicated to Thacholi Othenan, the epitome of martial arts. This is also the birth place of the legend.
Thali Siva Temple
This is situated about 2 km from Vadakara. It is dedicated to Lord Siva and was built by the Zamorian Swamy Thirumulpad. It is an excellent 14th century architectural structure. Every year, an eight day festival is celebrated in this temple.
Lokarnarkavu Bhagawathy Temple
This temple is situated in Memunda, which is about 6 km on the east of Vadakara. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Badrakali, the Goddess of bravery. Lots of paintings and carvings can be seen on the temple walls. The 41 day Mandala Vilakku festival is famous in this temple.
Pazhassiraja Museum and Art Gallery
It is about 5 km from Kozhikode. Several ancient murals, antique bronzes, ancient coins excavated earthenware, temple models, stone umbrellas are exquisite collections of the museum. The Art Gallery contains many paintings of Raja Ravi Varma and Raja Raja Varma.
Krishna Menon Museum
It is a wing of the Pazhassiraja museum. It is embellished by the evergreen paintings of Raja Ravi Varma and Raja Raja Varma.
It is situated about 2 km from Kozhikode. An exciting boating experience can be enjoyed here from 08:00 to 19:00 hrs. Kallai:
It is a beautiful bridge of steel, which was built by the British here. It has survived all kinds of weather till then. This was once an important trading centre of Timber.
It is situated about 7 km from Kozhikode. The Museum here contains ancient tools and devices of the tribal ancestors of Kerala. Anthropology and Sociology books are predominant in the library here.
It is about 10 km South of Kozhikode at Chaliyar river mouth. It was an important port and fishing harbour of the olden times. The 'Uru' or the 'Arabian Trading Vessel' here is one of the by-products of a 1500 years old tradition.
It is situated 16 km from Kozhikode. This is said to be that historical place, where the great explorer Vasco-da-Gama set foot on Indian soil along with his 170 assistants in three vessels on the 27th of May, 1498. The beach here is known by the local name Kappakadavu. There is a temple on a rock here which projects into the sea. It is believed to have been built about 800 years ago.
The Sunset from here looks very beautiful. There is an old lighthouse and two docks leaping into the sea and each of them is over a hundred years old. One can see a lion's park for kids and the marine aquarium for the kids.
Once, this was built as a ship. The tragic remains of the shipwreck can still be found. Migratory birds often visit this place.
This is a beautiful beach. One can enjoy peace and solitude here.
Kadalaudi Bird Sanctuary
This sanctuary houses various exotic species of birds. These birds make their homes between November and April at this river-mouth region. Terns, whimbrels, etc. are among those birds.
It is located at Jaffarkhan Colony. The visitors can get lost to a utopian state of being in the mysteries of the Universe here. The shows are run at 12:00, 14:00, 16:00 and 18:00 hrs everyday.
It is about 45 km from Kozhikode. This beautiful dam is situated amid an enthralling landscape engulfed with rare flora and fauna. These appeal not only to common tourists, but also to trekkers and rock climbers. The best season to visit this dam is from November to April.
It is situated about 50 km from Kozhikode. This place is rich in rubber, arecanut, pepper and spice productions. Different varieties and species flora and fauna can be seen here. The Challipuzha River is formed here from the meeting of two streams originating from the Western Ghats. The river diverges here into three waterfalls forming a snowy spray which gives the name Thusharagiri or the 'Snowy Peak'. Among them, the highest waterfall is the Thenpara that drops from 75 meters.
Thiruvangoor Sree Mahaganapathy Temple
This temple is dedicated to Lord Ganapathy, the elephant-headed son of Lord Siva. It is located 18 km from Kozhikode. The annual festival 'Shivaratri Utsavam' of the Temple continues for two days. On the second day of the festival, Theyyam ritual spectacle is performed. A large number of devotees watch this ritual and at the end each of them gets blessings in persons from the 'Theyyam'.
The dolphins can be seen playing in the sea here in the early hours of the morning. The beach is 2 km from Kozhikode town.
It is a commercial centre of martial arts called Kalaripayattu. It is situated 48 km from Kozhikode and is also the birthplace of Tacholi Othenan.
It is situated 60 km from Kozhikode. This beautiful dam is surrounded by picturesque hills, the serene reservoir with boating facilities, the tranquil islands free of inhabitants, the bird sanctuary with migratory birds, a crocodile farm. There is also a garden named 'Samarakathottam' built in the memory of the freedom-fighters of the region.
This is a lush landscape with a beauty of its own. A sparkling waterfall can be seen here. Trekkers are easily attracted here.
It has an archaeological importance. Kunjali Marikkar, the commander of Zamorians Naval was born here on the banks of the river 'Moorad' and the site is now under preservation by the Dept. of Archaeology.
This place is famous for different mosques. The Maccunthi Mosque here and other old mosques in Kozhikode have a striking similarity in construction and architecture with that of the Hindu temples.
It is one of the oldest mosques of Kuttichira. There are four storeys and sturdy wooden pillars in it. These mosques are rich in architecture and some parts of it were burnt down by the Portuguese in 1510. Now, the charred remains of it can still be seen.
The presiding deity of this temple is Goddess Bhagavathy. Elephant pageants are part of the celebrations of the annual festival during the months March-April.
This temple is situated 12 km from Kozhikode. It looks like the one dedicated to Lord Shiva at Thiruvannur. The 'Gajaprathishta' of laterite structure here is over 200 years old. As per the legends, it is said that Sri Parasuraman starts his 'Siva Linga Prathishta' at Thirvannur and finishes it here. Therefore, the pujas at noon are of particular importance. Shivaratri is the annual festival of this temple and it is very famous here.
The glamorous paintings of the Siva temple here in Ponneri portray the incidences from the Turanas.
Varakkal Devi Temple
It is said as per the legends that Parasurama, the creator of Kerala, ploughed this area out of divine intuition when Goddess Devi with all her mercy appeared before him.
This is regarded to be the last of the 108 temples built by Sri Parasurama. Here, the main festival is 'Vavu Bali' during which thousands of devotees perform ancestral obsequies.
The two temples at the Trikkovil lane are known for their beautiful paintings and wonderful porticos.
Parsi Anju Amman Bang temple
This is a 'Fire Temple'. It is situated on the S.M. Street. It is a two centuries old temple and was built during the early Parsi settlements.
Buddha Vihar temple
This temple has both historic and religious interest. It has a number of books on the birth, life and teachings of 'The Buddha'.
Muchunthi Palli Mosque
Muchunthi Palli is a beautiful mosque. It was built in the grand traditional style of Kerala architecture. From the 13th century inscription on a stone slab 'Vattezhuthu', it is known that a Zamorian donated a lot to this mosque.
Mother of God Church
This is a church built in 1513 AD. It is an architectural splendour of the grand Roman style. Similar of it can hardly be found elsewhere in Kerala. The church also has a two-century-old portrait of St.Mary. It is a well-known pilgrim centre.
The lagoons of Kozhikode
The backwaters of Kozhikode are exciting holiday resorts. The estuaries are very fascinating as they provide the boating facilities, which attract a large number of tourists. There are exciting boat house cruises, which can be availed by the tourists.
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