Krishna Menon Museum, one of the popular attractions of Calicut, is located at a distance of 5 km from the city. It is situated in a place named East Hill and lies close to the Pazhassi Raja Museum.
The museum was built in 1975 in memory of Inida’s great nationalist leader V. K. Krishna Menon. The museum showcases the personal belongings of this great diplomat and statesman. The museum has a separate section for art in which paintings and carvings are displayed.
This spot is well connected by road and travellers can take buses or hire rickshaws to reach the museum. Krishna Menon Museum is open to the public on all days but Mondays. Visitors are allowed from 10 AM to 5 PM. This is a must-see attraction for all those who are interested in the cultural, nationalistic and artistic history of India.
Lion's Park, situated very close to Calicut Beach, is a great place where children can spend their evenings. This amusement park has got many interesting rides and entertainments for the children who visit here. The much famed lighthouse of Calicut Beach can be spotted in proximity to the park.
The park is an ideal place to spend leisurely evenings as it is located close to the beach. Travellers can enjoy the serenity and beauty of the sunset sitting in this park. Entry to the park is permitted on all days from 3 PM.
There are a number of shops nearby that sell ice creams and other food items. Small shops selling salted mangoes and gooseberries can also be spotted. Travellers can club their trip to the beach with a visit to the Lion’s Park. An evening spent in the park will make one feel relaxed.
Manachira Square is a popular hangout spot in Calicut constructed around a man-made water tank named Manachira. This tank spreads over around 3.5 acres and is replenished by a natural water spring. People come to the square to spend their evenings in leisure enjoying the buzzing activities of the city.
The tank was originally constructed during the 14th century by the then ruler of Calicut, Zamorin Mana Vikrama. It was built to serve as the bathing pool of the King and according to history the laterite stones excavated during the construction of the tank were used to build two palaces.
All human activities such as bathing and washing were prohibited in the latter part of the 19th century when the tank was reserved exclusively to cater to the drinking water requirements of the city. Today the tank has an adjoining park which was built in 1994 and is under the administration of the Calicut Corporation.
The landscaping of the Square delights the visitors with lawns, green carpeted ground, a musical fountain and plenty of trees. A magnificent arch with Tipu Sultan’s canons placed next to it and a traditionally styled public library add to the architectural elegance of Manachira square. Mithai Theruvu aka SM Street is located close to the square.
Beypore, situated at a distance of 10 km from Calicut town, is an ancient port with a vibrant history. It was a chief harbour as well as a commercial hub which had established trade links with several Arab, Asian and Europeans cities. According to history, it served as a major trading centre on the silk route and had commercial connections with Mesopotamia as well.
Located on the banks of Chaliyar river, this port town is best known for its shipbuilding yards. Wooden ships, known by the name of Uru, were constructed in Beypore shipyard and these ships were extremely popular during ancient times. The shipbuilding in Beypore has a tradition of about 1500 years and the ships built here exhibited excellent skill and craftsmanship.
Today Beypore port is Kerala’s biggest port next to Kochi. It was the birthplace of the Malayalam literary legend Vaikom Muhammad Basheer who was known as Beypore Sultan. The prominent attractions of Beypore include its port, shipbuilding yards, a stone bridge that stretches into the ocean, a light house, fishing harbours and the bird sanctuary situated in Kadalundi (7 km from Beypore).
Kappad Beach, situated at a distance of 18 km from Calicut city, is best known for its sandy shores and historical significance. The beach is marked in the pages of history as the place where Vasco da Gama, a Portuguese navigator landed in the year of 1498.
With the landing of Gama in Kappad, a series of trade links were established and the historical events that followed eventually led to the colonization of the region. A monument is installed in the beach to honour this historical moment which contains an inscription that reads “Vasco da Gama landed here, Kappakadavu, in the year 1498".
The beach is a pleasingly tranquil spot surrounded by rocks. There is a small temple situated on a rock that stretches into the sea. This temple, which is believed to be over 800 years old, is one of the major tourist attractions in Kappad Beach.
Kappad is frequented by tourists as well as people who come here for Ayurvedic treatments. There are a number of good resorts located in the region and this is an ideal spot for summer holidaying and monsoons are best if avoided.
Tali Temple, one of the oldest temples of Kerala, is located at the centre of the Calicut city. The temple occupies a special position in the history of Calicut and Malabar. The temple was built during the reign of the Zamorins and hosted Revathi Pattathanam- the ancient assembly of scholars held annually under the patronage of the King.
The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Shiva and thousands of devotees and pilgrims visit this place. The temple complex comprises of the sanctum-sanctorum, pillars for lighting, a colossal entrance gate, a platform for elephants and idols of sub deities. The sanctum of the temple is constructed in the shape of a chariot and is adorned with several mural paintings.
The temple is built with wood and stones in an architectural style that is unique to Kerala. Various ceremonies are conducted in the temple daily which is attended by large numbers of local people.
The most celebrated festival of the temple is held during the time of Malayalam New Year (known by the name Vishu) and the festivities last for 7 days. The prayers and the air of divinity around the temple are sure to provide spiritual relaxation to those who visit the temple.
Pazhassiraja Museum, situated in East Hill at a distance of 5 km from the city of Calicut, is a must-see spot for practitioners of art and lovers of history. The museum houses a number of valuable articles that take spectators back to the bygone centuries.
There is an Art Gallery next to the museum which elegantly showcases several renowned paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, Kerala’s most admired painter. The works of his uncle are also displayed in the museum. The museum is under the administration of the State Archaeology Department and the items displayed there are sure to kindle the interest of historians, archaeologists and backpackers.
The collection of the museum includes several mural painting, ancient coins, antique bronzes, models of temples, umbrella stones, burial chambers and other monumental wonders. The museum and the art gallery are easily accessible by road. It is open to public on all days except Mondays and public holidays. Visitors are allowed in the museum from 9 AM till 4.30 PM.
Thikkoti Lighthouse, one of the most amusing monuments of Calicut, is situated in a small village named Thikkoti. Located at a distance of about 30 km from the city of Calicut, this historical monument attracts tourists and visitors around the year.
The area around the lighthouse is rocky and offers an excellent view of Velliyamkallu, a colossal rock formation in the Arabian Sea. Velliyamkallu, situated in the foaming waves of water, is a breathtaking sight and it acts as a seasonal home to many varieties of migrant birds.
The lighthouse was constructed in 1847 and a story goes that the construction was triggered by a shipwreck that happened near the rocky shores of the beach.
The lighthouse is 33.5 m high and visitors can go up to the top of the lighthouse to enjoy the awesome view of the surroundings. However, travellers need to take permission from authorities to climb the winding stairs of the lighthouse.
Kalipoyika is a leisure spot in Calicut and a major tourist attraction. About 2 km away from the heart of the city, this spot is situated in a place named Arayidathupalam and attracts hundreds of visitors every day.
Kalipoyika is a recreational hotspot where travellers can engage in boating. Row boats and pedals boats are available for travellers to hire. Cruising on the waters in leisurely evenings can be a pleasurable activity. Boating facilities are available from 8 AM to 7 PM.
Kalipoyika is part of Sarovaram Bio Park, a project carried out under the government to preserve wetlands and promote eco-friendly tourism. The area around Kalipoyika comes under the National Wetland Conservation Programme. The project is still under progress and the completed phase of the project includes a canal walkway, boating facilities in Kalipoyika and an open air theatre.
Kakkayam is a scenic damsite situated at a distance of 45 km from Calicut city. The region, best known for its wide range of plant and animal life, attracts tourists and trekkers alike. Adventure activities such as rock climbing and trekking can be carried out in Kakkayam.
Located along the Western Ghats, this spot is surrounded by thick forest. The region has excellent trekking trails and is under the administration of the forest police. Kakkayam Reservoir is located in the region which attracts picnickers and adventure enthusiasts.
The area offers a picturesque panorama to the spectator and serves as a perfect spot for family tours, adventure trips and one-day picnics. Kakkayam can be reached by road from Calicut. There are frequent buses available from Calicut city bus stand also known as Mofussil Bus Stand. Travellers can hire a private taxi as well from the city to reach this spot.
Peruvannamuzhi Dam, located at a distance of 43 km from Calicut city, is a picturesque damsite. It is situated in a small and scenic village named Peruvannamuzhi and there are frequent bus services to the place. The journey from Calicut city to this spot will take about 2 h by bus.
There are several attractions attached to the damsite which draws hundreds of tourists and travellers. This spot has an artificial lake where travellers can avail boating facilities. Smaraka Thottam, a garden made to honour freedom fighters, is yet another recreational space where visitors can spend their time strolling through.
The crocodile farm and the bird sanctuary located closer to the damsite are worth visiting. The sanctuary is a real delight for birdwatchers for it is home to over 90 species of birds.
The region of Peruvannamuzhi is part of the Malabar Wildlife Sanctuary and excites visitors with its animal and plant life. The spot is rich with a wide variety of spices and Indian Institute of Spice Research is located here.
The reservoir is open till 6 PM on all days except Sundays and national holidays. A visit to this place during summer is recommended and monsoons should be preferably avoided.