Vasco da Gama landed in Kozhikode in 1498, thus putting it on the world map. Today, this great port of yesteryears is popular for its historical sites, unique culture, and warm and friendly ambience. Despite the urban sprawl, this charming coastal city is awash in glorious history. The Arabs, who were the earliest traders to visit the shores of Kozhikode, called it `Kalikut’, a name later anglicised to `Calicue by the Europeans. The Italian explorer, Marco Polo, eulogised its virtues, whereas the Arab traveller and chronicler, Ibn Batuta, called it ‘one of the great ports of the Malabar District where traders from all parts are found’. In the wake of the Portuguese, followed the Dutch, French and the British, who waged ceaseless war against the Zamorin kings, and later, among themselves, to gain control over this ‘Jewel of the Malabar’. Adding to the sizeable Muslim population of Kozhikode today, are two other communities the Hindus and the Christians. Ancient temples, mosques and churches are found all over, keeping alive rituals and traditions that go back a long *time. The legacy of the broadminded, tolerant Zamorin kings, once the town’s rulers, lives on in the lanes and by lanes, in the bazaars and business hubs, through myriad events and festivals, and in the attitude of the ever accommodating local populace.
A stretch of nearly 3 km skirting the beach, portrait of St Mary adorning its walls. The
this boulevard is quiet during the heat of day, shrine stands as a tribute to Italian
except for the marine aquarium at the northern end, which draws a few visitors. At sundown, people wander on to the promenade, and pushcarts, vending an assortment of snacks The adjoining cemetery holds old gravestones and eatables, emerge from the adjoining streets. Scattered beachfront eateries and ice ,stir to life.
The heart of the city and the hub of king, Manavikraman, on the site of an shopping and local transport, this square earlier temple, this shrine is located about one is surrounded by important landmarks and a half kilometres east of Mananchira such as the bust of the renowned Malayalam Square close to Palayam market. It has writer, SK Pottekkad, the popular SM Street, swarming with shoppers, and the intricate bas-relief on the walls of the pleasing brick-and-tile public library.
An architectural and historical landmark, the mosque was constructed by the rich .Arab businessman and ship-owner, The architecture is a mix of European and Nakhooda Mishkal, nearly 700 years ago. Built extensively out of wood, it is supported on 24 carved pillars and sports 47 doors. The intricate carvings on the ceilings and doors, gopuram style entrance arches, and the absence of minarets is reminiscent of Kerala’s temple architecture.
The Thusharagiri Waterfalls:
This is famous for its trekking tracks This falls snuggled cosily in the Western Ghats, are the gurgling waterfalls of Thusharagiri. Meaning the snow capped mountains. The place also abounds in rubber, arecanut, pepper, ginger and spice plantations.
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