Calicut has one of the longest sandy beachs in the country.Crowds throng the shoreline all day round.A lot of snack and ice cream shops dot the main stretch,A wonderful promenade has been built on the Southern side of the main beach.
A wonderful church in town The Matre de Deo’s Church of Calicut dates back the early Catholics of the Region, and emerged as a result of evangelization work done by Portuguese Missionariesitual gatherings. In 1513 A.D., a treaty was concluded between the Portuguese and the Zamorin of Calicut by which the Raja allowed the Portuguese to erect a factory at Calicut. To this factory was attached a chapel dedicated to Matre de Deo. It is believed to have housed a stone Cross in bas relief on granite with a Portuguese inscription. This stone Cross, worshiped by the thousands everyday, was installed in the Holy Cross Chapel, attached to the Matre de Deo’s Church, established more than hundred years ago.
The visit of Archbishop of Goa, Dom Alexis de Menezes, to Calicut Jesuit Mission in 1599 was a turning point in the progress of Christian Faith at Calicut. Dom Menezes met Zamorin and agreed to send more Jesuits to Calicut and rebuild the Matre de Deo’s church to a larger dimension with the help of Zamorin. The new Church was built and handed over to the Fathers of the Jesuit Society in the beginning of 17th Century.
Traditional seafaring boats called Dhows are made by master carpenters in the boatyard at Beypore.The craftsmanship is passed on from one generation to the next.No drawings are made and no nails are used in making these huge boats ! These traditional boats are very popular in the countries in the Arabian Gulf .
The Sunset at Calicut beach provides a breath-taking view to the onlookers. It is indeed a beautiful sight. Whenever you go to Calicut, be sure you reach the beach before sunset and do watch the sunset. You will never forget the moments you spend watching this marvelous celestial show.
Thers is a beach with abundant trees at Kappad. It is an ideal place to spend some time there during hot summer or pleasent evening. It is an ideal place for lovers and newly wed couples to spend some memmorable moments together.
Whenever you travel to Calicut in India, there are many beaches there that are perfect for a romantic setting. Kozhikode Beach is one of these beaches and you can be sure that the romantic scene will be coupled with the beautiful sunsets on the piers of Kozhikode Beach. In the Kozhikode Beach, there are two piers that stand toward the middle of the sea. These piers are more than 150 years old but they still reminisce with the power of the old times. Kozhikode Beach is very much near the city and it is a “must be see place”.
The beach might be a bit crowded in the evenings, but is well-worth a visit. A spot not to be missed here is the two piers which are reputed to be more than a century old. There is an aquarium, a towering light house as well as a lion’s park in the beach.
Kappad (Kappakadavu) is a famous tourist destination in India, where the Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama landed on May 27, 1498. A small stone monument there commemorates the landing with the inscription, "Vasco da Gama landed here, Kappakadavu, in the year 1498." His expedition gave the Europeans a sea route to reach the wealth of India. This resulted in European colonization of India for about 450 years. During that period Malabar was ruled by the Zamorins (Samoothiris) who gave a warm welcome to Vasco da Gama. Malabar region in India was abundant in spices, and was a major producer of calico textile.
There is a beautiful beach with lot of trees around. You feel fresh and energetic if you take a stroll among the whispering trees.
Kappad is a pleasant stretch of rock studded beach around 20 kilometers from the heart of Calicut City. This is one of the most charming of Kerala's beaches. Kappad was the Gateway to India through the Malabar coast. Here, 511 years ago, 170 Portuguese sailors led by the famous explorer Vasco da Gama (1460-1524) sailed in and landed on this beach in Kerala. This event created a new chapter in history of the world. This laid the foundation to a long and tumultuous social, political and economic relationship between India and Europe. It was the spices and wealth of Malabar that first brought the Arabs to India. The Phoenicians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Portuguese, the Dutch and the English followed. Kappad beach is a witness to many such landings.
Even today the landscape is not very different from what Vasco da Gama might have seen. The beach is unpolluted and clean and not much crowed.
One of the many premier management institutes in India under the banner of IIM is situated in Calicut.The vast campus is situated on a hill and the architecture of the campus is amazing.
A state of the art art-gallery has been recently commissioned in calicut.There are five separate galleries to accommodate both large and small art exhibitions.
A wonderful Scottish steam engine has been installed at the Calicut Railway Station to mark of the 125th anniversary of the station in December 2012.