Kozhikode Beach is also known as the Calicut Beach and is situated on the Malabar Coast. The beach road was named as 'Gandhi Road' after Mahatma Gandhi paid a visit to Calicut in 1934. The place has always been prominent for hosting public meetings. It has a long drive from Beypore in the south to Kappad in the north.
Located at the mouth of the Chaliyar River, 10 km from Kozhikode, Beypore Beach is famous for its shipbuilding yard more than 1500 years old. During the trading days of Arabs and Chinese, and later the Europeans, this was one of the most important fishing harbours.
Kappad or locally known as Kappakadavu, it is the famous beach in Kozhikode (Calicut), where the Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama landed on 20 May 1498. His voyage established the sea route from Europe to India. This heralded the arrival and permanent route from Europe to India. This heralded the arrival and permanent presence of various European merchant companies, leading to eventual domination and rule by the East India Company and later the period of British colonial rule.
Another idyllic village off Calicut, Payyoli is famous for its beach that passes through the sea. During December, thousands of Olive Ridley Turtles crawl onto the beach and lay eggs! Many tourists visit Payyoli especially during the hatching season to witness the incredible phenomenon of birth taking place in the picturesque environs of this serene beach. The beach is also very close to an estuary of the Moorad River which is an absolute haven for bird watchers.
Located at a distance of 27 km from Kozhikode, Parapally Beach is a popular local beach destination. Lined with palm trees and golden sands, the beach offers mesmerising views of the orange sunset.
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