Kozhikode Backwaters

Backwaters in Kozhikode

Kozhikode Backwaters



In 1498, the famous Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama arrived in Kappad Beach, near Kozhikode. When the British became an important trading power here, Kozhikode Backwaters later named as Calicut turned into a foremost trading outpost for the British. The most popular export item here is the local made checked cloth called Calico.

In the bygone era, Kozhikode served as the capital of the powerful Zamorins. It is also an important trade and commerce center and also the venue of the Malabar Mahotsavam. Today, this district has become an important tourist location because of its immense natural beauty which is very evident in its beautiful countryside greenery, heritage sites, wildlife sanctuaries, beautiful rivers and majestic hills. It has a unique cultural charm and warm hospitality which make a trip here unforgettable.


The backwaters of Kozhikode are prime unspoiled areas that offer a lot of exciting holiday options. The most important locations for boating are Elathur, the Canolly Canal and the Kallai River. An important tourist location here is Kadalundi, which is a beautiful bird sanctuary, located close to Korapuzha, Jalotsavam, located in the backwaters here is a famous for offering opportunities for thrilling water sports.

Tourist Attractions Kadalundi This is a lovely bird sanctuary which attracts thousands of tourists every year. It is located 25 kilometers from Kozhikode and is an excellent habitat for water birds. There are many exotic birds found here such as herons, gulls, terns and sandpipers. The ideal time to come here is from the months of November and April.

Kozhikode Backwaters The backwaters offer the perfect venue for water sport adventures and Kozhikode Jalotsavam.

Kozhikode Beach The beaches here are wonderful to visit, offering lovely views of sunsets and the majestic Arabian Sea.

Pazhassirajah Museum This museum is located 5 km from Kozhikode and has an amazing collection of ancient coins, bronze sculptures, paintings, exotic frescoes and temple models.

Art Gallery The Art Gallery has a wonderful collection of paintings from famous painters such as Raja Ravi Varma and his brother Raja Raja Varma of Kerala. It is situated in close proximity to the Pazhassirajah Museum.

Travel Means The Backwaters of Kozhikode can be reached by air through the Karipur International Airport, which is located 23 kms from the town. The Kozhikode railway station is at a distance of 16kms from the town.

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