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Once a prominent trade and commerce center and the land of the Malabar Mahotsav, Kozhikode was the most important region of Malabar in the days gone by. Today ancient monuments, lush green countryside, serene beaches, historic sites, wildlife sanctuaries, rivers, hills a unique culture and a warm, friendly ambience make this district a much sought after destination. Unexplored, unspoiled, the backwaters of Kozhikode hold great promises of enchanting holiday options. Elathur, the Canoli Canal and Kallai river are favourite haunts for boating. Kadalundi with its beautiful bird sanctuary is a charming site.

More popular as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, Kochi is a cluster of islands on the vast expanse of the Vembanad Lake. Some of these picturesque islands are Bolgatty, Vypeen , Gundu and Vallarpadam. The lake opens out the Arabian Sea here to form one of the finest natural harbours in the world. It is this natural advantage that has made Kochi a fascinating blend of the cultures and influences of explorers and traders who visited this wealthy land.

The Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and the British have all left their mark here. The Jewish synagogue, the Dutch palace, the Chinese fishing net and other remnants of European and Asian architecture merge smoothly into the traditional fabric of the seaport city. For more about trade and business spots of old Kerala, follow Kerala Tourism.
 
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