Calicut

The Portuguese led by Vasco-Da-Gama first landed in India at Kappad, near Calicut in 1498 AD. He was the first European to reach India via the sea route around the southern cape of Africa. Later the Dutch, the French and the British came to its shores. Thus began a period of continuous conflict of foreign powers for domination of trade in Malabar. Calicut was the capital of the powerful Zamorins. This age-old commercial town still maintains its commercial traditions.

Sightseeing

Pazhassiraja Museum: 5 km from Calicut, the Pazhassiraja Museum of the state Archaeological Department is located at East Hill.

The Art Gallery & Krishna Menon Museum: is adjacent to the Pazhassiraja Museum. A fine collection of the paintings of Raja Ravi Varma and Raja Raja Varma are available here. The museum has a section dedicated to the personal belongings of V.K. Krishna Menon. Timings: 10 .00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Closed on Monday and Wednesday in the noon.

Excursions

Malampuzha Tour : A two-day tour, which leaves at 7.00 a.m. on the second Saturday of every month. Tour covers: Guruvayoor, Punnathur, Kotta, Trichur, Palghat Fort, Peechi Dam and Malampuzha Gardens.

Kakkayam - Peruvannamuzhi: A one-day tour, starts daily at 8.00 a.m. and returns at 7.00 p.m. Tour covers: Kuttiadi Power Station, Kuttiadi Dam, Kakkayam, Urakuzhi Waterfalls, Peruvannamuzhi Dam and Kappad beach.

A one-day tour, leaves at 8.0 a.m. every Saturday and returns at 7.00 p.m. Tour covers: Lakkadi, Pookote and Kappad Beach.

Beypore - Peruvannamuzhi: A one-day tour, leaves every Sunday at 8.00 a.m. and returns at 7.00 p.m. Tour covers: Beypore, Museum, Peruvanamuzhi Dam, Lokanarkkavu and Kappad beaches.

Guruvayoor Tour: A one-day tour, leaves at 6.00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays and returns at 8.00 p.m. Tour covers: Kadampuzha and Guruvayoor.

Booking for the above can be done at Tourist Reception Center, S.M. Street, Calicut. Tel: (0495) 76101.

Accomodation

Paramount Tower
P.B. No. 204
Town Hall Road
Calicut 673001
Tel: (0495) 62731

Seaqueen
Facing Sea
Beach Road
Calicut 673001
Tel: (0495) 366604
Fax: (0495) 365854

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