Often overshadowed by the more bustling Kozhikode town, Beypore is itself a place worth exploring once you know the rich history of this ancient port. If north Kerala was the hub of international trade in the ancient times, then Beypore port was the gateway.
It is historically famous for building 'urus' or huge wooden boats that the Arabs used to trade and fish within the past. Now these architectural marvels are used as a tourist attraction.
This estuarine port town is only 11 kilometres from Kozhikode and offers a much more laid back beach retreat. It is currently the second largest port in Kerala following the Cochin port in Ernakulam district.
One of the most popular attractions of the place is a one-kilometre stone walkway that stretches into the sea. A sunset from its end is worth beholding. Do not forget to spend at least two days in this town and we have a list of places for your to explore here.
Where to go
Apart from a relaxing beach experience and a walk into the sea, Beypore has some historic places to offer like a lighthouse and mosques and more.
Beypore Beach and the sea bridge
The 1-kilometre promenade at the scenic Beypore beach stretches into the sea and an evening stroll here is a must-have experience. You will be rewarded by a breathtaking view of the sunset that will drown out any crowd around you.
TASARA weaving centre
Frequented by fashion designers and students, this international centre promotes traditional textile weaving as contemporary art by giving local artisans a platform to thrive. You can attend workshops here or even stay as part of a retreat package offered by the centre.
The Beypore lighthouse has been guiding trade ships to the busy Beypore port since 1977. It is situated at Feroke, Kozhikode, on the south shore of Chaliyam River.
Just half-an-hour drive away from Beypore town, the Kadalundi bird sanctuary is a must visit during the migratory season – October to March. It is scenic getaway surrounded by hillocks where an early morning boat ride will make you forget about the world outside. There is a small homestay and a kitchen in the sanctuary premise if you decide on staying longer.
Where to eat
Trade with Arabs definitely left its Persian influence on the cuisine here. You can enjoy Malabari preparation of seafood like prawns and fish and also the famous Kozhikode biryani. Although you will be met with more options in Kozhikode town, in case you are not in the mood to drive or take the bus, here are a couple of options. Also do not forget to try aval milk and Suleimani tea from the street vendors you will find pedalling near the beach.
You do not have to go till Kozhikode town to enjoy some traditional Malabar biryani in Beypore. Eettikkan Biryani will give just that and at Rs 100 per plate!
It is right opposite the Beypore bus stand and can be easily missed so make sure you let the locals guide you here.
For a lighter food and snacking you can go to the Cornish restaurant for some chicken shawarma rolls.
Where to stay
Since Beypore is not a central tourist spot, there are not many stay options to choose from but here are a few unique places to stay you should check out.
This luxury houseboat is the perfect way to spend the holidays with your loved ones, taking in the scenic views of the Malabar. The houseboat takes you along the Chaliyar river, also known as the Beypore river. You can also take a kayak ride and visit a nearby farm during your stay on the boat.
Gotheeswaram Beach Gardens
A tranquil stay near the sea, this beach resort is an old, traditional Kerala home 'tharavadu' and is a retreat in itself. You will get home-cooked meals here served with a great view.
How to reach
Beypore is well-connected to Kozhikode town, where you have an airport, a railway station and multiple, scenic road route.
The nearest airport is the Karipur International Airport just 21 kilometres away. But you can also fly to the Cochin International Airport and take a taxi or the local bus to Kozhikode and then Beypore.
The nearest railway station is Feroke which is 4 kilometres away. The main train station is Kozhikode is 9 kilometres away. Beypore is accessible from Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Coimbatore, Chennai, Mangalore, Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi and Kolkata by train.
The Bangalore-Mysore-Gundulpet-Sultan Battery-Kalpetta-Kozhikode route is a favourite of riders and drivers travelling to Kerala from northern states. Beypore is well-connected to major towns in Kerala, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu.