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.