Beypore

Beypore

Beypore or Beypur is a small coastal village in Kozhikode district in the state of Kerala, India. The place was formerly known as Vaypura / Vadaparappanad. Tippu Sultan named the town “Sultan Pattanam”.This place also has a small port and a beautiful beach. Beypore port is one of the oldest ports in Kerala from where trading was done to the Middle East. Beypore is also famous for building wooden ship, it is called Dhows or Urus in Malayalam language. These ships are usually bought by arab merchants for trading, fishing and now used as a tourist ships. TASARA creative hand weaving centre in north beypore attracts visitors and students from all around the world. Chaliyar Puzha which is the fourth longest river in the Kerala state flows through this village.The Indian Coast Guard has commisioned a station here in 2006.

Geography

Beypore is located at . It has an average elevation of 1 metres (3 feet).

History

Beypore has long history of being a centre for shipbuilding since the first century AD, and it was further expanded under the East India Company during the early nineteenth century.

Travel Information

By road : Beypore is well connected by road and is just 11 km from Calicut.

By air : Calicut airport, is at Karipur and is 23 km from Calicut city centre

By rail : Kozhikode station 10 km apart and Feroke 3 km apart

Demographics

As of 2001 India census, Beypore had a population of 66,883. Males constitute 49% of the population and females 51%. Beypore has an average literacy rate of 81%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with 50% of the males and 50% of females literate. 13% of the population is under 6 years of age.

80% of the population related with fishing industry here. Fishermen using modern boats and devices for fishing here, including wireless, echo sounder and GPS. But the un-scientific approach towards fishing causes the amount of fish catched reduce year by year.

This small village contains one customs office, two police stations and coast guard office.

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Places of Attraction

TASARA Creative hand weaving centre and gallery of contemporary hand wovern Tapesteries and Textiles in North Beypore

Pulimuttu - Pulimuttu is the local name of the 1 km long bridge made of stone stretching in to sea. It is made by piling stones like a pathway to sea. Beypore light house is situated at the south bank of chaliyar,

Uru (Big boat) - The boat building yard here is famous for the construction of the Uru, the traditional Arabian trading vessel. Its build using teak from Malaysia nowadays, but before it was using indigenous teak from Nilambure forest which was transported through water channels (called 'therppan').

Food stalls offering Kerala Cuisines - Famous for traditional Muslim food items, mainly sea food items (crab, prawns, lobster and shell creature called - kallummukkaya)

Nearby attractions in Beypore include the fishing harbour, hardly a kilometer from the shipbuilding yard and Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary, which is about 7 km from Beypore. The Kadalundi estuary is considered as a birdwatchers paradise, due to the variety of local as well as migratory bird life. Migratory birds flock here in large numbers during February-March.

The sanctuary is spread over a group of islands in a scenic area surrounded by hillocks where the Kadalundi River flows into the Arabian Sea. The place is locally known as Kadalundi Nagaram.

Sea Mammals

The 'pulimuttu' 1 km long bridge made of stone stretching in to sea is a perfect place to watch the Bottlenose Dolphin. During the flood time Pinniped also visible in the nearby chaliyar river.

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