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Kozhikode

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Explore the Hidden Marvels of Kozhikode with a Stay at Taj Hotels

It was on Kozhikode’s shores that Vasco da Gama and the Portuguese first set foot on the subcontinent. The City of Spices is more than just your gateway to the state and hides quite a few surprises within its environs. Spend some time in this seaside destination to discover its many charms.

Kozhikode (calicut), India. 22nd August 2012 -- The old sea bridge at Calicut beach, built by the British in 1880, was destroyed. All that remains of the 300-metre bridge are a few piers that were not washed away in the tsunami. -- Calicut beach is slowly regaining its past glory after losing most of its sea face to the December 26, 2004 tsunami. The Kerala government had soon after put in place a rehabilitation plan for the beach, which is one of its few recreational areas.

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Bring Back Snacks
Open :10:00 AM-8:00 PM
Buy signature local snacks from Sankaran Bakery that will become teatime favourites. Options include banana chips – which come in wafer-thin, wedge-like and jaggery-coated versions, Mysore Pak for your sweet tooth and the famous Calicut halwa.
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Immerse Yourself In Art And History
Open :10:00 AM-5:00 PM
The Pazhassi Raja Museum & Art Gallery holds gorgeous paintings by one of Kerala’s most acclaimed artists, Raja Ravi Varma. It also has a stunning collection of antique bronzes, ancient coins and magnificent models of temples and megalithic monuments.
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Indulge In Beautiful Antiques
Sweetmeat Street gets its name from the sweetmeat and halva stalls that once could be found all along it. It is reputedly the busiest street in Kozhikode, and you will find not just sweets, but also a variety of clothes, household goods, antiques, spices and snacks here.
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Buy Some Natural Treats
The Khadi Gramudyog Emporium is a haven for organic and natural products like pure honey, curry powders and ayurvedic medicines. You will also find elegant saris, shirts and ethnic wear crafted from the finest khadi.
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Kappad Beach
Visit this beach to picture what Vasco da Gama saw when he first arrived in India. A memorial on the beach commemorates this event. There is also on ancient temple believed to be over eight hundred years old on Kappad Beach.
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Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary
Open :5:00 AM-7:00 PM
This serene sanctuary, just 20km outside the city, is home to over a hundred indigenous species and sixty migratory varieties of birds. The best time to lay your eyes on these gorgeous creatures is at dawn
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Learn Kalaripayattu
One of the world’s oldest martial art forms, kalaripayattu helps you build strength, stamina, flexibility and balance all at once. A two-day workshop includes morning and evening sessions, during which you can train yourself in kicks, leaps, jumps and various stances that are key facets of the art.
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Mananchira Square
The Mananchira Square Park is surrounded by the city’s landmark buildings like the Public Library, the Town Hall and, one of Kozhikode’s oldest structures, the Commonwealth Trust office. The best way to orient yourself to the surroundings of this quiet space is on foot.
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Log Out On The Backwaters
Kozhikode boasts serene backwaters, and the ideal way to enjoy it is aboard a beautiful houseboat. Rent one for the day and drift down tranquil interconnecting water bodies to switch-off from the rushed pace of your everyday life.
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