Located on the Malabar Coast in the southern region of India, Kozhikode was popular for spice trade in the past and is now known for its gorgeous shores, picturesque landscapes and pristine beaches. Tourists flock from far and beyond to explore the vast landscape, mesmerising sunrise and sunset views, and the enchanting beaches in Kozhikode. Some of these beaches are located in remote locations far from the chaos of the city so you can visit these to spend some moments of solitude with your loved ones. Kappad Beach, Kozhikode Beach and Beypore Beach are the most popular hangout places of the localities. Besides, there are several others to capture your attention and interest.
Kozhikode Beach is also known as the Calicut Beach and is situated on the Malabar Coast. The beach road was named as ‘Gandhi Road’ after Mahatma Gandhi paid a visit to Calicut in 1934. The place has always been prominent for hosting public meetings. It has a long drive from Beypore in the south to Kappad in the north. The beach is ideal for witnessing the orange sunsets in Calicut. Also, the market near is a large shopping spot and attracts a lot of tourists.
It is the most visited beach in Calicut as it is the central beach of the place. As a result of the 28 km long drive; Beypore, Payyanakkal, and Marad; Kallayi, Kuttichira and Thekkeppuram; Vellayil, South Beach and Valiyangadi; Kamburam, Putiyappa and Elathur, all beaches are a part of the Calicut Beach or the Kozhikode Beach. This entire stretch is known as the Beach Road. Located on the western side of Kozhikode town, the beach is easily accessible through 4 roads over bridges in the city. Kozhikode beach has ample illumination and paving stones.
The other attractions here include a Lion’s Park and an aquarium, which serve as excellent spots for children visiting the beach. It is open on all days of the week from 8:00 AM till 8:00 PM. The gorgeous beach is also home to two piers, situated towards the middle of the sea. Each of these piers dates back to a century ago. The evenings spent here are delightful as one can witness the giant tides engulfing the orange-hued sky during sunset. The tranquil atmosphere during sunrise and sunset attracts a lot of locals as well as travellers. In the early hours of the morning, people can even spot some real-life dolphin shows. It is a great spot for food lovers and photography enthusiasts. The rhythmic flow of the Arabian Sea is a delight to the eyes and soul.
The city of Kozhikode is known for its old world charm and natural beauty. About a hundred years ago, this beach area was the centre of the town along with Valiyangadi. Valiyangadi was the place where the foreign traders like the Europeans and the Arabs brushed shoulders, a few centuries ago. Further, during the 1970s, Mananchira became the downtown which was then followed by the Mavoor Road in the 1980s. Finally later in the 2010s till the present day, Palazhi on the Airport Road and Thondayad Bypass Area became the centre and the ultimate spot to enjoy the nightlife. The Kozhikode beach has a prominent position in the history of Calicut as it functioned as a major trading port of the city. The old crumbling piers have stood here since the 19th century against the crashing waves, still withholding their strength. It is also known as the port where Vasco Da Gama first landed, and the legendary spice route came into existence.
Beypore Beach is a beautiful beach on the western coastline of India. It is located about 10 kilometres from Kozhikode in God’s Own Country, Kerala. The beach is located at the mouth of River Chaliyar and is a famous beach destination all across the world. The beautiful skies over the pristine sea and the long stretch of golden sand and the tall coconut trees make for a fabulous vacation destination in Kerala.
Sunsets are a special treat to the eyes here after a long stroll. Morning people can go jogging on the smooth golden sand and follow it by a variety of activities by the seashore like water sports, local breakfast or laze in the sand till day calls for a scrumptious Kerala Lunch. There is something for everyone here.
Pondicherry is not the only seashore with European history, the Kappad Beach in Kerala is infamous for being the destination of Vasco Da Gama, the famous Portuguese explorer. It is the shore that made the explorer the first to reach India by sea. Today, Kappad is one of the most scenic beaches India has to offer. It is lined with palm trees and sedimentary rocks that decorate the shore and give any visitor a serene feeling. The idyllic beach is apt for rejuvenation of body and soul.
Another idyllic village off Calicut, Payyoli is famous for its beach that passes through the sea. During December, thousands of Olive Ridley Turtles crawl onto the beach and lay eggs! Many tourists visit Payyoli especially during the hatching season to witness the incredible phenomenon of birth taking place in the picturesque environs of this serene beach. The beach is also very close to an estuary of the Moorad River which is an absolute haven for bird watchers.
Located at a distance of 27 km from Kozhikode, Parapally Beach is a popular local beach destination. Lined with palm trees and golden sands, the beach offers mesmerising views of the orange sunset.
Located almost on the outskirts of Kozhikode, the Chaliyam beach is located where the Chaliyar River drains into the Arabian Sea. The beach has a viewpoint, where people can drive into and onto one side of it, there are large rocks resting on the wall. People often come down here to visit the sunset and spend about half an hour. The beach is well connected by road and the nearest railway station is Beypore Railway Station.
Located near Thangassery village, the beach has silver-coloured sands and it is a magnificent sight to the eyes. The beach holds historic importance due to its vicinity to the Kollam port, where the Portuguese and Dutch often came to Mainland India for trade purposes. The beach also has the lighthouse at the end of it, atop which one can get a panoramic view of the landscape
Tucked in between a rocky topography in the shape of a crescent, the Meenkunnu Beach is quaint and comforting in its own way. It is located near Kannur on the western coast towards the Northern part of the state. While most of the crowd wail
their time at the Payyambalam Beach, the Meenkunnu Beach is less populated and peaceful.
Kozhikode in Kerala is the best spot to enjoy your vaccination with your family. At Least once keep visiting.