The beauty and serenity of Kozhikode beach is not yet exploited to develop it into a tourist centre. Still people from all around gather here to enjoy the sunset and it is a popular retreat for local people. Two sea piers almost 125 years old extending well inside the sea are a speciality. Lion’s club, children’s park make evening pleasant for visiting families. Fishermen with their small rowing boats entering the sea, fighting the waves and returning with varieties of fish is worth watching.
A marine water aquarium is situated at Kozhikode beach near the light house. Varieties of marine and fresh water fish can be seen here. Opened on all days from 8 am to 8 pm.
In the early hours of the morning dolphins playing in the sea can been seen. The beach, 2 km from Kozhikode town centre is popular with the local people because of the Lion's Club park, the Light house and the two piers - and, of course, the opportunity to enjoy in the evening breeze.
A new attraction in the heart of the city, Mananchira Maithan, is the sublimation of the concept of a planned modern city. The historic maithan, adjacent to Manachira has been converted into an arcadia with beautiful trees and plants, artificial hill, shrubs, sculpture, an open air theatre and above all, a musical fountain. No doubt, locals and tourists seeking leisure and relief from the mad rush outside, find shelter here. Mananchira Maithan is managed by the Corporation of Kozhikode.
Science Centre and Planetarium
Regional Science Centre and Planetarium are at the city’s Jaffarkhan Colony offers extensive insight into the mysteries of the universe, the planets and the galaxies. Shows are at 12, 2, 4 & 6 pm.
Sweat Meat street, popularly known as S.M. Street with its cross roads, is the busiest shopping spot of Kozhikode. Old bakery shops here are known for the famous Kozhikode halwa and banana chips.
Feroke is the cradle of the tile industry in Kerala. The rapid rivers from the Western Ghats after passing through forests carry the clay which is the raw material for tiles, pottery and ceramic wares. There are more than a dozen tile factories in Feroke alone.
Art Gallery and Krishna Menon Museum
Situated adjacent to the Pazhassi Raja museum, the art gallery houses paintings of Raja Ravi Varma among other collections. The Krishna Menon museum has a section in honour of the great Indian leader V.K Krishna Menon, whose personal belongings and souvenirs gifted to this leader are exhibited here.
Pazhassi Raja museum
Pazhassi Raja museum is located at East hill, 5 km from Kozhikode. Copies of ancient mural paintings, antiques, bronzes, old coins, models of temples, megalithic monuments like dolmonoid cysts, umbrella stones etc. are displayed here.
Kallai was known as the world’s best timber trading centre. Even now, it is the place for timber trade in Malabar.
Thousands of migratory birds from all over the world gather here during the season which starts from November.
Beypore town is about 10 km from Kozhikode, at the mouth of the Beypore river. The place was formerly known as Vaypura and Vadaparappanad. Tipu Sultan named the town Sultan Pattanam. It is one of the important ports of Kerala and naturally, an important trading centre.
Beypore is famous for its boat building yard where mammoth country crafts known as Urus are being built. It is major fishing harbour of Kerala. There are two man made extensions to the sea to facilitate easy access for fishing boats. This is an ideal place for an outing.
An island in Kadalundi amsom formed by the Beypore and Kadalundi rivers, Chaliyam was formerly the terminus of the Madras Railway. The bridge at Feroke which extended the railway upto Kozhikode in 1888, reduced the importance of Chaliyam.
Cheruvannur and Feroke are predominant industrial areas. A number of tile factories, match factories etc are located here, providing employment to thousands of workers. The Steel Complex is also located here.
On 27th May 1498, Vasco Da Gama landed here with three vessels and 170 men. If you travel 16 km north of Kozhikode by Kannur road, a small road near Tiruvangoor Health centre will guide you to this beach of historical importance. A monument is here to commemorate the historical landing. An ancient temple on a hillock, facing the deep sea, is an added attraction.
This ancient place is now the headquarters of the taluk as well as the municipality of that name. There is a ruined fort in the town. Vadakara was the scene of many exploits of Tacholi Othenan, the hero of the ballads of north Malabar (Vadakkan Pattukal). Five km South-East of Vadakara in Memunda amsom, is the Lokanarkavu which has three rock-cut caves in its vicinity. Annual ceremonies are conducted in memory of Othenan, whose birth place is Manikkoth near Meppayil. Vadakara (Vadakkekara) is so called because of its location just north (Vadakku) of Kotta river. The Orkattery cattle fair is held between 25th January and 2nd February at Orkattery 7 km from Vadakara.
Thusharagiri is 48 km from Kozhikode and is one of the recently identified tourist centres. The waterfalls and streams amidst the hilly regions are really a feast to eyes.
This is a thick dense forest and is called the Chirapunchi of Kerala because of the high availability of heavy rains. It is about 44 km from Kozhikode and is the boundary to Wayanad ditrict. A journey through this Ghat section is an enjoyable experience. It is 14 km long with nine hairpin curves amidst a number of hills and thick forests. A view from the top will be a breathtaking experience.
29 km from Vadakara, Kuttiadi acknowledged the supremacy of the Kottayam Raja, whose fortified palace stands on a hill. During the Pazhassi rebellion, Kuttiadi, which commanded one of the chief passes to Wayanad was of great strategic importance. In 1957, the shafts of two golden swords supposed to have been used by Pazhassi Raja were unearthed. Overlooking Kuttiadi and other regions is the 1758 m height Banasura peak, named after the giant demon Banasura, who is supposed to have built a fort on the summit. Now the name of Kuttiadi connected with the Hydro-Electric project in Kuttiadi river basin.
Nadapuram is second only to Ponnani from the point of view of Islamic culture. It is located 18 km North-East of Vadakara.
Ibu-Btuta described Kollam as a beautiful and large place, abounding with gardens and markets. Portugese attacks were strongly rebuffed by the garrison on mayyat Kannu. In 1550, Panthalayani was burnt by the Portuguese.
The Dasara festival is celebrated with great pomp in the month of Kanni. The Zamorin had a palace here.
The Forest Dept. is maintaining a crocodile farm at Peruvannamuzhy near the dam site. There is a Forest complex, by name Vanasree, at Mathottom in Beypore panchayat just 5 km away from the city which accommodates the Regional Divisional & Range offices.
Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary
The sanctuary at Kadalundi is a haven for migratory birds. Terns, Gulls, Herons, Sand pipers, Whim brels and other such migratory birds flock from the month of November and returns only by the end of April. It is 25 km from Kozhikode. The ideal season to visit is from December to April in the early hours of the day.
Malabar House Boats
For luxury boating and exploring pristine backwaters of Kozhikode, house boats can be availed. The novel concept and excellent hospitality in this floating palace is worth enjoying, with family and friends. These are the first fully newly built houseboats of Kerala. These are stationed at Purakkattiri, close to Purakkattiri bridge on Ullery - Perambra road. 10 km from Kozhikode.
A recreational boating centre within the heart of city can be seen at Arayadathupalam. Boating in pedal boats and row boats are facilitated here. Timing 8 am - 7 pm.
A park for children is situated next to the light house at Kozhikode beach. The park is open from 3 pm onwards. It is good to enjoy the sunset from here.
Regional Science Centre
The science centre abounds with puzzles and wonders that can keep you busy for at least half a day. Floating ball, whisper being carried from one end to another with the help of parabolic reflectors and many more wonders await you at science centre. Science centre and planetarium are situated in the same compound.
A beautiful location for trekking. The trekking starts from a waterfall and pass through lush green forest. Overnight stay in tented accommodations is required, as it is not safe to trek at night. On the top of the hill it is so chill that warm clothes are required. Can be reached from Thiruvambadi.
The dam site, 60 km from Kozhikode girdled with mountains is an abode of beauty, calm & serenity. Cruise in a speed boat or leisurely walk through thick foliage. A crocodile farm run by the Forest Department is situated close to the reservoir. There exists a 'Smarakathottam' within this reservoir bearing the heroes of nation building.
A dam site of unique beauty and abundant wildlife, Kakkayam is situated 45 km from Kozhikode. Kakkayam offers a Muscle flexing and challenging trekking and rock climbing through river path, enjoying numerous waterfalls. Best seasons for a trek is from November to April.
Tellicherry and Sultan Bathery
98 km away, are important trading centres of Kozhikode. The road from Kozhikode to Sultan Bathery, though full of steep climbs and hairpin curves, offers a breath taking scenic drive. From Sultan Bathery it is only six hours to Bangalore.
A Kalari belonging to Thacholi Othenan, the legendary hero of the ballad of Malabar called "Vadakkan Pattu" can be seen at a short distance from Vadakara. A monument and Kalari still exists at this place which is 3 km away from Vadakara. Every year martial arts festival is held in the month of March or April. There is a ruined fort in the town. Vadakara was the scene of many exploits of Thacholi Othenan, the hero of the ballads of north Malabar. A cattle fair is also held during February at Vadakara.