Multiple beaches along the 28km coastline of this historic town make up Kozhikode Beach. An important centre of trade and commerce, this is where some of the world’s greatest voyagers docked in India. From Moroccan scholar Ibn Batuta to Chinese historian Ma Huan and Persian merchant Abdul Razak, all have written about their first glimpse of the city in great detail. But the city of spices became exceedingly popular after Vasco da Gama landed here in the summer of 149, opening the spice trade route between Europe and India. Eventhough continues to be a commercial centre, its beach remains a hidden treasure. Accessible by four bridges from the city, it is one of the best places to watch the sun set. The lighthouse in the background and the two abandoned century old piers that extend into the sea give it a haunting appeal. At dawn head to Dolphin point and you might see pods of playful bottlenose dolphins.
A short distance distance from Kozhikode is Beypore, a historic maritime centre, which is famous ship building area now. Watch the tradition of building urus or wooden ships that are built based on the art and science that came from the Arab world, which has been in use for over 1500 years now.