Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Kerala Lit Fest: Top 10 experiences in Kozhikode

Kerala Literature Festival hosts the biggest, brightest and most celebrated minds in the world every year to discuss the ever-changing tonalities of the contemporary world. Kerala Lit Fest is the biggest multilingual literature festival and the second largest cultural gathering in the subcontinent. Set along the shores of the Arabian Sea by the beaches of Calicut, the KLF offers something for just about every age and interest, bringing readers and writers together for inspiration, entertainment, and discussion. Speakers include Ramachandra Guha, Shashi Tharoor, William Dalrymple, Shiv Khera and many more.

Date: 16-19 January 2020

Venue: Kozhikode Beach

While you’re in Kozhikode to attend the festival, here are some unmissable experiences:

Kozhikode Beach

Kozhikode Beach entices with its glorious sunsets today. Back in the 15th century the shores of Kappad Beach were witness to the most famous international traveller of the times, Vasco da Gama. Called the gateway to the Malabar region of north Kerala, the spices of Kozhikode brought Arab, Chinese and African traders to its seaport. Today Kozhikode (the Anglo tongue called it Calicut) is a mix of bustling bazaars, trading hubs, calm beaches and backwaters and an emerald countryside.

Mananchira Square

This large central park, was the former courtyard of the Zamorins or coastal rulers of Kozhikode and preserves the original springfed tank. South of the centre, the 650-year-old Kuttichira Mosque is in an attractive wooden four-storey building painted brilliant aquamarine, blue and white.

Church of South India

The central Church of South India was established in 1842 by Swiss missionaries and has unique Euro-Keralite architecture.

Boat Building Yards of Beypore

via Lonely Planet India

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