Calicut, now known as Kozhikode is one of the prominent cities in Kerala, a southern state of India. It is host to the premier educational institutes. Also, the government is trying to turn it as another Informational Technology hub of Kerala. Just like Bangalore, you may find Kozhikode a common name in future. The city attracts many students from different corners of India to its premier institutes.
Kozhikode beach is one of the beautiful attractions of the city. Come evening, you will find a sea of people walking and sitting on the beach side. While walking, you may find a lot of people having great discussions. Kerala is a state with the highest literacy rate in India. So it is a common sight in Kerala to see people discussing about wide variety of topics from politics to environmental issues. If you prefer to be in midst of crowd, evening time is the best for visit.
It’s a very usual sight to see people eating on the beach side. There are a lot of street vendors selling groundnuts and spicy mango slices. And if you haven’t tasted salty almonds, then you can find a lot of small shops called thattukada selling them. A scene you would not like to miss is when the vendors take out those salty almonds from the water and hand them over to you, you can see the water dripping from those almonds. You will sense the taste even before actually tasting them. Salt and sour tastes…
There are both crowded and secluded places in the beach. There are rides to take. And sometimes, if you are lucky, you can even see the bungee-jumps.
A major difference you will find about Kozhikode as compared to other Indian cities is that the youth here prefer football to cricket. Cricket is one of the major sports in India. Go to any corner of India, you will find children and youth of different ages playing cricket with hand-made bats and variety of balls (plastic balls, tennis balls). But Kozhikode is little different. You will find pictures of Football world cup and the banners of foreign football teams in almost every street. People eagerly wait for the Football world cup and the League matches.
Even in the beach, you can find men playing football
Another major attraction is the lighthouse. It remains a secluded place and you don’t find many people coming and visiting this site. The lighthouse will have its own story to tell, but not many are aware of it.