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Kozhikode

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Also known as Harbor of Honesty, there is a very interesting legend attached. Once upon a time, two Arab Prince from Muskeeyat set out in search of a place to establish trade links. At each port where the royal yacht moored, they left behind three jars of date pickle for safekeeping, saying they would collect it on their way back. On their return, a few months later , they went to each of the places to reclaim their jars. The jars were full of dates but as the princes had filled one of them with gold coins, the third one was not to be found. Lastly, they reached a very remote port where they had dropped in earlier. To their surprise, it was the only place where they could find their gold coins intact. Impressed, the Princes dropped their anchor and till today the island is known as Harbor of Honesty.

It is the same beach where Vasco Di Gama landed in 1498. Previously known as Calicut, Kozhikode is a important sceneric destination. For the Britishers, it was an important trading port.


Fast Facts :
  • Location : Kozhikode, Calicut
  • How to Reach : Kozhikode is the greatest port of Malabar. It lies between the backwaters of the Kallai and Beypore rivers in North Kerala , 224 kms south of Mangalore and 210 kms of Mysore.
  • Distance : 223 kms north of Kochi, 350 kms south - west of Bangalore, 5 1/2 hrs from Kochi and 8 hrs from Bangalore by road. NH47 to Edapally; NH 17 to Kozhikode via Kodungaloor, Ponnani and Feroke.
  • Price for Houseboats : Rs 10,000 - 15000 /-
  • Best Time to Go : Indian Winters - September to February end
Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary
Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary
This Bird Sanctuary has one of the most endangered and rare species in its womb. See here the rare of the rarest species of birds flowing from place to another, making nests, feeding their little ones or even mating. And to hire binoculours to see the little world of birds.

Kappad Beach
Kappad Beach
See the serene beauty of Kappad Beach with the lighthouse which can be seen from the sea shore. The tranquility of the beach makes it more pleasant to be here. Take a water, do some water sports activities or just lie down the beach , the choice is yours.



KozhikodeThe Place :
Kozhikode is a small town with big attractions. As you take on the backwater cruise you will pass across some of the most known attractions of Kozhikode. The Boat water cruise will cross through the Kozhikode beach which is known for its serenity. This beach has two piers and a light house which offers stunning views. Then you will cross the Pazhassirajah Museum. Here the Houseboat will stop for an hour so that you can land down and see this beautiful Museum. The Museum has a rare collection of Gold and Silver coins used by Vaso Di Gama and the Britishers. There are also the Bronze Sculptures, paintings and murals to see.

The Kettuvallom moves slowly on the backwaters so that you can enjoy the cool breeze and the coconut laden trees on the shores. Enjoy the daily life of the common folk as the houseboat passes through the Kerala Villages. You will have a excellent view of this side of life. You can also take pictures of this lively and beautiful scenery. If you take a two to three days package then the houseboat will take you Beypore which is 10 kms from Kozhikode. Bypore is a famous fishing harbor, port and boat building centre. Boats are being built in Beypore for over 1500 years. Here you will be taken to see how the famous Kettuvalloms are being build here. Further from here you will be taken to Kappad Beach where Vasco Di Gama stepped on 27th May 1498. Here you can see the landmark of this Historical Event.

Some of the one day houseboats trips are very famous like the Kayal Pradikshana Cruise which takes you along Munroe Island, formed by the Ashtamudi and Kallada River. This one day trip takes Rs 500 per individual; children below 12 years are not ticketed. Another is the Sayanathum Sunset Cruise which is a half day cruise and takes Rs 100 per individual. But both of the cruise do not include night stay in the houseboat. Here you have the option of ending your tour or go back to the starting point by houseboat itself. If you continue further then you will have to travel overnight to reach destination which is 25 kms from here.

From here you will be taken a little further towards Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary. Here you can see the Khozhikode Bird Sanctuary where thousands of water birds can be seen. Birds found here include herons, gulls, terns and sandpipers. The winter and spring time are the best to see birds. Here your journey ends on the back of houseboats.


The Houseboat

Some of the Houseboats known as Soma Houseboats are just like mini cottages, only that they are mobile. Most of them have two cabins, including a sit out, sundeck, bedroom and a private bath. Interior of the Soma Houseboats are build of wooden panels. The houseboats have a crew of two to three people which include the Chef, the Captain of the Boat and the Assistant. Once on the Houseboat you can enjoy the soft breeze while sipping tea or coffee. There are halts in between the cruise for sight-seeing. In these breaks you can pick a bottle of toddy or the breeze or coconut water as per your taste. You can also try climbing a Coconut tree with assistance but only at your own risk.

The food prepared on the deck will be purely south Indian which would include non - vegetarian food. However, if you need to have only vegetarian food or are looking for Continental food, then you will have to tell it at the time of booking of the houseboat cruise. Any changes in the Menu while on the deck will not be entertained.


Suggestions
  • The fare includes living in houseboats for the stipulated time, with meals and sight-seeing. Anything extra than this will incur extra charges.
  • Sight-seeing of near by villages will be in Air Conditioned coaches. If you do not need Air Conditioned coaches then you have to tell in advance as Air Condition coaches attract extra charges.
  • The food prepared in the Kitchen of the Houseboat will be South Indian Delicacies. If you are purely vegetarian then you need to tell at the time of booking the Houseboats. Continental food can also be prepared but the variety will be limited.
  • Try to keep cotton clothes or Chiffon. The weather of Kerala is usually damp, so lighter the cloths, the better you will feel.
  • Keep your own mosquito repellent ointment as there can be mosquitoes around the water.
  • If you require some basic First Aid, ask the crew. The houseboats have the first aid box. If you suffer from some ailment, tell it to the crew, so that if need arises, they can help.
  • Though the houseboats run throughout the year, its better to avoid the monsoon season of July - August. In these months the Captains avoid to move their houseboats.
  • In Kerala the rain drains on its own at any point of time . So its better to keep an umbrella handy.
  • The Houseboat tour begins from a particular place but it is not important that the tour ends at that particular place. You can also end your tour in some other place as per your ease. For this you will have to ask for One Way HouseBoat Tour.
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