Kozhikode Becomes India’s First UNESCO City of Literature; 5 Best Things to Do Here!

Kozhikode in Kerala has made history by being named India’s first UNESCO City of Literature.

This UNESCO recognition highlights Kozhikode’s rich literary heritage and its notable contributions to Malayalam literature. The city boasts several literary landmarks and has a longstanding tradition of honoring its literary figures.

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Over the next four years, Kozhikode is set to organize a range of literary and cultural events. Iconic sites like Mananchira, Tali, and Kuttichira will become lively hubs for literary gatherings, creating a vibrant atmosphere for creative exchange and literary innovation.


Looking forward, Kozhikode aims to use its UNESCO status to gain international recognition and boost cultural tourism. Efforts are being made to enhance the literary circuit, linking major literary landmarks from Thunjath Ezhuthachan’s Tirur to Vaikom Muhammad Basheer’s Beypore.

5 Best Things To Do in Kozhikode:

1. Stroll Along the Kozhikode Beach

Take a relaxing walk along the picturesque coastline, enjoy breathtaking sunsets, and indulge in local treats from beachside stalls.

2.  Savor the Flavours of Malabar Cuisine

Delight in the culinary treasures of Kozhikode, particularly its fragrant Malabar cuisine, celebrated for its rich spices and exquisite seafood dishes.

3. Witness the Kozhippara Falls

Want to experience nature at its best? If so, this is THE place to be! Trek your way to this wonderful waterfall and witness the stunning sight of cascading water surrounded by lush greenery.

4. Spend Time in Mananchira Square

From churches and temples to a man-made pond, Mananchira Square in Kozhikode has something for everyone. If you’re looking to spend some leisure time, don’t forget to explore this main attraction of the city.

5. Shop the Day Away at SM Street

If retail therapy soothes your soul, then SM Street is sure to enchant you. From renowned Halwa to exclusive textiles, this market offers a wide array of shopping delights.

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