This was once the second largest timber-trading centre in Asia. A steel bridge built by the British is still intact here.
Beypore (10 km south of Kozhikode):
Located at the mouth of the Chaliyar River, Beypore, one of the prominent ports and fishing harbours of ancient Kerala was an important trade and maritime centre. Ancient Beypore was much sought-after by merchants from Western Asia, for its shipbuilding industry. The boat-building yard here, famous for the construction of the Uru (the Arabian trading vessel), boasts a tradition of almost 1500 years.
This is the historic beach where Vasco da Gama landed on the 27th of May 1498, with 170 men in three vessels. <br>A monument on the beach commemorates this historic event. The rock-studded beach is locally known as Kappakadavu. An interesting feature of the landscape is the sprawling rock that protrudes into the sea. The temple on the rock is believed to be 800 years old.
Kappad (16 km from Kozhikode):
This is the birthplace of Kunjali Marakkar, who commanded the Zamorin's fleet and held the Portuguese vessels at bay for a long period. The birthplace of this valiant admiral of the Zamorin, on the southern bank of the Moorad River, is today preserved by the Department of Archaeology.
The palace tank of King Mana-Vikrama is an architectural wonder. The musical fountain inside the maidan and the meticulously landscaped lawns surrounded by traditional buildings in the Kerala style, fascinate visitors.
The stone inscriptions found in the Muccunti Mosque at Kuttichira reveal an interesting aspect in the history of the Zamorins of Kozhikode and their patronage of Islam in Kerala. The architecture of this and other old mosques in Kozhikode bear great resemblance to the typical Hindu temple complex with pillars, ventilators and huge tanks, as well as decorative features such as stylised floral carvings and geometric designs.