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The City of Spices
Spice up your vacation by visiting the city of Calicut, get acquainted with its fascinating culture by tasting Northern Kerala dishes, and spend relaxing afternoons at its beaches
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Top sights in Calicut

In 1498, Vasco da Gama set foot on Calicut, also known as Kozhikode, a trading town best known for its spices. Fast forward to the 21st century and the city is now home to delicious seafood, animal conservatories, and cultural heritage sites. Discover the extensive history of the attractions in Calicut with this helpful travel guide!

Kozhikode Beach

The sandy western side of Calicut is Kozhikode Beach, a popular sunset viewing location in the city. It’s also famous for its seafood street food, with mussels or ‘kallummakaya’ being the crowd favorite. Both locals and tourists flock to the Dolphin’s Point at dawn to catch a glimpse of the underwater mammals, while some watch the sunset from the lighthouse or piers that overlook the sea. The Lion’s Park and the nearby children’s playground is a common spot for families.
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Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary

Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary is a nature reserve spread overa cluster of islands in the Kadalundipuzha River. The wildlife sanctuary regularly sees over 60 species of migratory birds throughout the year, as well as native birds around the hundred mark. Marine life also thrives in its waters that flow into the Arabian Sea, such as fish, mussels, and crabs. For an extraordinary bird watching experience, go boating and keep your eyes peeled for sandpipers, brahminy kite, and whimbrels amidst the surrounding mangroves.
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Pazhassiraja Archaeological Museum

The Pazhassiraja Archaeological Museum is home to ancient relics, historical artefacts, and art collections dating back to 1,000BC. It’s best known for its collection of archaeology materials from the megalithic age and Indus Valley Civilization, which includes coins, bronze statues and sculptures made from stone and metal. The museum also exhibits several mural paintings and an art gallery of paintings by Raja Ravi Varma, a famous painter from Kerala.
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Sarovaram Bio Park

Lush mangrove forests thrive in Sarovaram Bio Park, a wetlands conservatory that doubles as an eco-friendly park. Its biodiverse water body is home to 7 mangrove species and 34 types of birds from all over the world. Its traditional Kerala architecture is surrounded by a wide range of flora, a beautiful sight appreciated by families and college sweethearts. The best way to explore the park is either by boating in the 11-kilometer long canal, or through the many walking trails circling its expanse.
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