Kozhikode Makes History As India’s First UNESCO City Of Literature; 8 Best Things To Do Here!

Explore literary landmarks, pristine beaches, and savour Malabar cuisine.

by Mallika Khurana
Kozhikode Makes History As India’s First UNESCO City Of Literature; 8 Best Things To Do Here!

Kozhikode, a vibrant city in Kerala, has marked a historic milestone, becoming India’s first UNESCO City of Literature. This prestigious recognition, announced on October 31, 2023, acknowledges the city’s rich literary heritage and cements its status as a cultural hub. The official celebration occurred at the Kandamkulam Muhammad Abdu Rahiman Memorial Jubilee Hall in Tali, Kozhikode, marking a new chapter in the city’s storied past.

Celebrating Literary Excellence

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The UNESCO designation is a testament to Kozhikode’s deep literary roots and its significant contributions to Malayalam literature. The city is home to numerous literary landmarks and has a long-standing tradition of celebrating its literary icons. 

Over the next four years, Kozhikode plans to host a variety of literary and cultural activities. Iconic locations such as Mananchira, Tali, and Kuttichira will be transformed into vibrant centres for literary events, fostering a dynamic environment for literary exchange and creativity. 

One of the exciting developments on the horizon is the expansion of the literary circuit, connecting significant literary landmarks from Thunjath Ezhuthachan’s Tirur to Vaikom Muhammad Basheer’s Beypore. This initiative will highlight Kozhikode’s literary heritage and promote the region’s historical and cultural significance.

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Top Things To Do In Kozhikode

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From pristine beaches to culinary delights, Kozhikode has something for everyone. Here are eight things you must do when you visit this enchanting city:

1. Explore Kozhikode Beach

Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the scenic coastline, witness stunning sunsets, and savour local snacks from beachside vendors.

2. Visit Beypore Beach

Famous for its traditional wooden boat craftsmanship, Beypore Beach offers a glimpse into the region’s maritime heritage.

3. Savour Malabar Cuisine

Indulge in Kozhikode’s culinary delights, especially its aromatic Malabar cuisine known for its rich spices and seafood delicacies.

4. Discover Mananchira Square

This historic park, surrounded by traditional architecture and a beautiful pond, is a perfect spot to relax and enjoy the city’s ambiance.

5. Tour Tali Temple

One of the oldest temples in Kozhikode, Tali Temple is a fine example of Kerala’s architectural brilliance and spiritual heritage.

6. Visit Kuttichira

Known for its ancient mosques, Kuttichira reflects Kozhikode’s cultural diversity and rich history.

7. Explore SM Street

Also known as Sweet Meat Street, this bustling shopping area is perfect for buying local crafts, spices, and sweets.

8. Experience Local Festivals

Time your visit to coincide with local festivals like Malabar Mahotsavam or the annual literary festivals to witness the city’s vibrant culture and traditions.

Kozhikode’s designation as a UNESCO City of Literature not only honours its past contributions to literature but also sets the stage for future growth and international collaboration in the literary arts. 

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