Located in the northern part of Kerala, Kozhikode was extremely popular as a commerce and trading center for spice trade and locally-made cloth- Calico in the earlier times. It was Kappad beach near Kozhikode where the famous Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama landed his foot as the first European. The British called the place Calicut and used it is a trading post. In the present times, Kozhikode is one of the best backwater destinations in Kerala. These backwaters have been blessed by abundant natural beauty, exotic flora and fauna, heritage sites, verdant surroundings, and more.
The backwaters of Kozhikode boast of unspoilt scenic beauty and thus is an ideal place to have a peaceful and memorable vacation. Though the place has to offer unforgettable experience all around the year but the best time to visit Calicut/Kozhikode backwater is between the months of September to May.
Kozhikode Backwater Cruise Experiences
As the boat slowly cruises on the placid waters of Kozhikode backwaters, you have a lovely sailing experience along the Canoli River and Kallai River. Planning a vacation aboard a luxurious houseboat will be a thing always to be cherished. Treat your eyes to the lovely views of enchanting beaches, cloudy skies and the beauty of the nature. If you like boating, you can visit the Kallai River, Elathur, Kalipoika and the Canolly Canal. Get a chance to float on the serene Ashtamudi Lake, a complex intermingle of waterways and canals. There are a number of canals here, famed for bird watching and scenic beauty.
Bird watching experiences
If you are a love bird watching, visit the very well-known, Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary, just 25 km from Kozhikode. At this place, you can spot a large number of domestic and migratory birds such as Grey Herons, Whimbrels, Sand pipers, Gulls, Terns and more. Do not forget to carry binoculars for spotting chirpy colorful birds.
Kappad Beach- Kappad beach is that very popular beach where the famous Portuguese explorer, Vasco De Gama, first landed in India. Here you can interact with the locals and can also partake in fishing. Even after 500 years, this beach still is a pristine one and one of the popular beaches in Kerala.
Payyoli Beach- A tranquil patch of crystal-clear waters and golden sands, bordering Velliyamkallu, Payyoli beach is the perfect place for indulge in water activities.
Dolphin Point- Just 2 km from Kozhikode, Dolphin point can be identified with twin piers and a light house. This is the place where you can enjoy dolphin viewing. The place is equally popular amidst locals and tourists.
Pazhassirajah Museum- Just 5 km from Kozhikode, Pazhassirajah Museum has a wonderful collection of exquisite frescos, bronze sculptures, ancient coins, various models of temples, murals and paintings, etc.
Kozhikode Beach- A favorite hangout of the sunset viewers, Kozhikode beach is a majestic attraction. Enjoy long leisure walks here.
Art Gallery- The Art Gallery here boasts of an interesting collection of paintings of the very popular painters of Kerala including Raja Ravi Varma and his brother Raja Raja Varma of Kerala.