UNESCO Creative City Kozhikode: A historic place that satisfies mind and palate in equal measure

Kozhikode beach at night. Photo: iStock/Pankaj Madhu

Historic north Kerala city Kozhikode recently found a place in UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN), as one among 55 cities from across the world. It was recognized in the creative field of literature and for anyone who loves the city, it's an achievement that the city deserves as much as any other historic spot in the world. The place that derives its name from the ancient usage 'koyil kota' aka 'fortified palace,' according to many history experts, is a storehouse of centuries-old historic stories, temples, churches, palaces, roads and all things that make a city rich. 

Ana pathiri
Ana pathiri and sulaimani. Photo: Onmanorama

Kozhikode provides an enviable mix of delectable cuisines and spellbinding sights to tourists. This beautiful city is more appealing to travellers as it churns out mouth-watering dishes that can satisfy anyone’s palate. The aromatic Kozhikodan biriyani and the sweet ‘halwa’ are popular everywhere and the delicacies of Kozhikode are indeed the dream of gourmets. The cultural uniqueness of Kozhikode plays a pivotal role in defining the culinary diversity of the bustling city. The warm reception and smiling faces all around make Kozhikode a favourite destination for travellers.

The ghee rice, fish curry, ‘pathiri’ and chicken curry
Kozhikode is the cultural capital of the Malabar region and when it comes to food, the city is the gastronomic capital of Kerala. The cuisine of Kozhikode is diverse and varied as it had links with many countries since time immemorial. As soon as you enter the portals of Kozhikode, make it a point to taste the saccharine Kozhikodan ‘halwa’ and have a plate of yummy Malabar biriyani. The lip-smacking dishes of Kozhikode include ghee rice and fish curry, banana chips, ‘pathiri’ (a kind of pancake), chicken curry, and seafood delights.

A popular tourist spot
Kozhikode with its warmth, tasty food and out-of-the-world beauty of nature has been enthralling travellers for a long time. It is noteworthy that every traveller should enjoy the charm of a city that goes a notch higher in the evenings. No one will return empty-handed from Kozhikode where a robust history and rich culture entwine. While beach lovers will be in awe of Kappad and Beypore beaches, the birdwatchers will have a great time at Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary.

Breathtaking Vayalada
More tourists started visiting the tourist centre of Vayalada in recent times after they came to know about this enchanting spot through social media. Vayalada is nearly 40km away from Balussery in Kozhikode. The Mullanpara viewpoint provides a stunning view of the incredible Vayalada. Vayalada, which has earned the sobriquet Malabar’s Gavi, is 2,300ft above sea level.

Kozhikode beach. Photo: iStock/Favas Kalathil

Peruvannamuzhi Dam and the Thusharagiri waterfalls are ideal spots for you to spend quality time with your family and friends. The Kozhikode beach is apposite to enjoy the sunset and give a soothing touch to your evenings. The numerous eateries and restaurants will provide the perfect opportunity to satisfy your palate while soaking in the spectacular charm of the beach.  

Kozhikode's Vayalada is a paradise for trekkers
Kozhikode derives its name from the ancient usage 'koyil kota' which means 'fortified palace.' File Photo
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