Pazhassiraja Museum and Art Gallery (5 km from Kozhikode):
On display here are copies of ancient murals, antique bronzes, old coins, excavated earthenware, models of temples, megalithic monuments like dolmonoid cysts, umbrella stones etc. Adjacent to the museum is the Art Gallery which exhibits an excellent collection of paintings by Raja Ravi Varma and Raja Raja Varma.
Krishna Menon Museum:
This museum has an exclusive wing dedicated to the late
V K Krishna Menon, renowned statesman. His personal belongings and souvenirs are displayed here.
S M Street:
Sweet Meat Street is the busiest street in Kozhikode and derives its name from the times when the street was lined with sweetmeat stalls.
Kirtads (7 km from Kozhikode):
This unique museum houses the tools and devices used by the ancient tribal communities of Kerala. A good library with books on Anthropology and Sociology is an added attraction.
The Kozhikode Planetarium at the city's Jaffarkhan colony offers extensive insight into the mysteries of the universe, the planets and the galaxies. There are daily shows at 1200, 1400, 1600 & 1800 hrs.
Regional Science Centre:
Situated on the same compound as the planetarium, the Regional Science Centre is an eye opener into the amazing and exciting dimensions of Science.
Vadakara (48 km from Kozhikode):
The birth place of Thacholi Othenan - the legendary hero of the Vadakkanpattu (ballads of North Malabar), Vadakara boasts a great martial tradition and was a flourishing trade and commerce centre in ancient times. Thacholi Manikkoth, the kalari where Thacholi Othenan practised his martial feats and spent long days in deep meditation before every poythu (duel), is a place worth visiting.
Mishkal Masjid, Kuttichira:
One of the oldest mosques in the city, this four storeyed structure supported by wooden pillars proudly proclaims the architectural splendour of yester years. In 1510 the Portuguese burnt down some parts of it, but the charred portions still remain. The mosque is named after the rich trader who built it.
This temple is dedicated to goddess Bhagavathy. Elephant pageants during the festival season here (March/April) are a special attraction.
This temple, associated with the heroes and heroines of the Vadakkanpattu combines an arresting simplicity and a legendary aura. The candid murals and carvings here are a delight to art lovers.
Built in the 14th century by Swamy Thirumulpad, the Zamorin, within his palace complex, this temple was the venue of Revathy Pattathanam, the annual cultural and intellectual event. The Tali Temple is a fine example of the total integration that can exist between wood and laterite, which is a remarkable feature of the Kerala style of architecture.
Mannur Temple (12 km from Kozhikode):
Modelled like the Siva Temple at Tiruvannur, this exquisitely carved Gajaprathista styled laterite structure is more than two centuries old. It is believed that Sree Parashuraman starts his Siva Linga prathista at Tiruvannur and completes it here every noon. The noon pujas here are therefore considered very special. The annual Sivaratri festival is celebrated in a big way.
The Sree Krishna Temple at Karatt and the Shiva Temple at Ponmeri have flamboyant paintings depicting Palazhimathanam (the story of the churning of the ocean of milk) from the Puranas.
Varakkal Devi Temple:
This is considered to be the 108th and the last Devi temple built by Sree Parasurama, the legendary founder of Kerala. It is believed that Parasurama ploughed this area in order to make Devi (the goddess) appear. The main festival here is the Vavu Bali when thousands congregate to perform the ancestral obsequies. On this day the sea is found to be surprisingly calm as if facilitating the religious observances.
The two temples in this compound at Trikkovil lane have exquisitely painted interiors and elaborately carved porticos.
Parsi Anju Amman Baug:
This Fire Temple on S M Street dates back to the period when the Parsis, lured by the trade opportunities, settled in Kozhikode about 200 years ago.
This temple houses a good collection of writings on the Buddha.
Built in the traditional Kerala architectural style, this mosque enshrines a 13th century Vattezhuthu (inscription on stone slab). The inscription proclaims the donation of the property to the mosque by a Zamorin.
Mother of God Church:
This church built in the Roman architectural style dates back to 1513 AD and is the only one of its kind in Kerala. A portrait of St. Mary, more than 200 years old, makes it a famous pilgrim centre.
St. Mary's Church:
The Church was founded in 1860 for the civil members of the collectorate and the English military. In the cemetery adjacent to the church, there is a tomb dated 1717.
Malabar Mahotsavam (Jan-Feb):
A grand festival of the Malabar region where one can see a kaleidoscope of the traditional and cultural art forms that make it a spectacular cultural extravaganza
Utsavam at Sreekanteswara Temple (February/March)
As part of the Onam festivals three Jalotsavams (water fiestas) are held every year by sports clubs at Korappuzha, Moorad and Pongilodippara. These are colourful cultural pageants that precede the boat races on Onam day (August/September)
Malabar Pepper Fest:
An annual event for spice traders when gourmets and gastronomic experts explore the spice coast (February)
Kondotti Nercha at Kondotti Mosque:
The Valia Nercha (great vow) festival attracts large crowds of devotees. (March)