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Kozhikode ( Calicut ) Tourism

Kozhikode, formerly called Calicut was the traditional capital of Northern Kerala under the Samuthiri rule. Calicut, the most important city of Malabar region of Kerala, was a leading trading centre for spices on the West Coast of India during the medieval period. The place is historically famous as the Portuguese led by Vasco da Gama first landed in India, at Kappad near Kozhikode in 1498 AD. He was the first European to reach India via the sea route, around the southern cape of Africa. The major tourist destinations include Pazhassirajah Museum, Art Gallery, Kozhikode Beach, Thikkoti Lighthouse, and Dolphin's point.

Pazhassirajah Museum

Pazhassirajah Museum is located in East Hill, 5 Km from Kozhikode city. This rich Museum displays the historical past of Kozhikode and displays the ancient Mural painting,antique bronzes,old coins,models of temples, and megalithic structures.

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Kozhikode Art Gallery

The Art gallery holds an important position in the Indian art circle because of its association with Raja Ravi Varma, the first Indian painter to make use of oil colours. The paintings of this great artist generally revolve around the portrayal of mythological events, royal portraits and day-to-day life.

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Dolphin's Point

At the Dolphin's point one can see in the early hours of the morning dolphins playing in the sea. The beach, 2kms from Kozhikode town center is a along stretch of tree lined sand, popular with the local people because of the lions club park(Children's Park), the lighthouse and the two piers. People love taking long walks here in the evenings, because of the lovely evening breeze.

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Kappad Beach

Kappad beach is 16kms from Kozhikode, and is where Vasco-da-Gama landed on 27th May 1498, with 170 men in three vessels.

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