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Introduction to Beypore

Beypore in KeralaBeypore, is otherwise known as Beypur, is a municipality as well as port town which dates back to the ancient times; it is situated in the Kozhikode district of Kerala. This place was previously called as Vadaparapanad or Vaypura. It is believed that Tipu Sultan christened this town as “Sultan Pattanam”. Beypore also comes with beautiful beach and is the oldest port of Kerala. From here trading was done to the Middle East during ancient times. The town is renowned for the building of wooden ships that are called as Urus or Dhows in Malayalam. These wooden ships are bought by the Arabs for trading as well as for fishing. Nowadays, these are used for tourist purpose. Captain Iwata, the founder member of Sumerian ships in Japan, feels that Sumerian ships were built in Beypore. Evidences were also found which prove that Beypore was directly linked with Mesopotamia. It was also an important link found on the silk route.

Brief History of Beypore

Four Kovilakams ruled Beypore and they were Nediyaal Kovilakam, Manayat Kovilakam, Panagad Kovilakam and Karipa Puthiyakovilakam. They all belonged to the Parappanad family of the Beypore branch. Thus, we have factions of north as well as south Parappanad which branched off into the lordship of Parappur. Beypore, Cheruvannor and Panniyankara Kovilakams formed the north faction. It is assumed that Raja Ravi Varma as well as his brother were the forerunners of current Manayyat Kovilakam.

As stated in Raja Raja Varma’s diary, there was the temple of hunter God or Vettukaruman which is also acknowledged by the present owners of Manayam Rajahs. It is to be noted that Manayam Rajahs belonged to Tattari Kovilakam. Based on the above, it is assumed that original Parappanad rajas named their home after Tattari Kovilakam. This home is also linked to Kolathunad Rajas (Kolathiris)  and various rulers (such as Marthanda Varma), consorts as well as adoptees to the Travancore kingdom originated from this home.

The belief is that the Siva Temple in Beypore protects the entire kingdom. Beypore was first thronged by Romans followed by Arabs, Syrians, Chinese, and  recently Europeans for trade. The town was also renowned for centre of ship-building right from 1st Century AD. During 19th century it was under the rule of East India Company and was further expanded. The trade started during ancient times was strengthened in the medieval period. It is to be noted that Malabar also had trade links with Romans and Greeks during ancient times. The exchange of goods also resulted in the transfer of people. Though Beypore had trade contracts with various African and Egypts but the Arabs migrated to Malabar coasts. Beypore was a free port and only import-export duty was levied by the Zamorins who were ruling then. The intermingling of Arab men with local women formed Moplah community from ancient times. The cloth manufactured in Kerala was bought by the Malays. It is in 19th century, that the Malays started buying British cloth and stopped buying Kerala cloth. For the southeast Asian Hajj pilgrims, it served as a stopover. During this period, the Arabs settled in Malabar also had Africans as slaves.

Geography of Beypore

Beypore is located at 11.18oN 75.82oE and has an average elevation of 1 metres (3 feet).

Climate of Beypore

The tropical climate prevails in Beypore. Most of the months, Beypore gets significant rainfall and the short dry season has little impact. The average temperature of Beypore is 27.3oC and the average precipitation is 3160 mm.

Tourism in Beypore

Some of the places of attraction in Beypore are pulimuttu bridge, Beypore light house, Kadalundi bird sanctuary, Beypore Shipping yard, Beypore backwaters, etc.

Shopping in Beypore

When you are in Beypore, it is ideal to buy model vessel which is called as Uru. Today though not many vessels are launched from Beypore, however, they make little wooden model of their gigantic masterpieces. These are crafted out of the teak wood and would cost anything from $2 to 700 $. From the marine shops, the tourists can get a fresh and used marine vessel parts.

Food in Beypore

In Beypore, Malabar cuisine is quite popular and should not be missed out. The mildly flavored and gently cooked Malabar Biryanis are must eat during your stay here. Other than that, chicken, seafood, mussels are quite delicious. The influence of Arab in local cuisine is visible from the meat curries as well as desserts. For the travelers from abroad, definitely should try the extra spiciness of food. In most of the dishes coconut is the main ingredient. Sharjah Shake, Sulaimani Tea and Avil Milk Shake should also be tried during your stay here.

How to Reach Beypore

Beypore is some 11 Km from Kozhikode and is well connected by road to other parts of the state.  Beypore is 10 Km from the Kozhikode railway station and 4 Km from the Feroke. From their many public and private buses connect to Beypore. The tourists also can hire the taxi or cab to reach Beypore. The nearest airport to the Beypore is Calicut international airport which is located in Karipur and is 23 Kms away from the centre of the city.

Quick Facts about Beypore

Government – Municipal Councillor 

Area
Elevation - 1 m (3 ft)

Population as per the 2001 census- 66,883

Time zone - IST
Postal Index Number – 673 015
STD Code - 0495
Official Languages – Malayalam, English

Utilities in Beypore

Beypore is a small town which is governed by the municipality. Though it is a small town, it comes with many public utility services which help in the growth of business and at the same time provide the people with peaceful life. Let’s see here about some of the important utilities and services that are available in Beypore.

Electricity Services

The Kerala State Electricity Board takes care of the electricity supply of the Beypore. The KSEB started functioning in 1957 and the official website of the electricity board is www.kseb.in. Beypore falls under Kozhikode district and the address of the electricity board office in Beypore is

Kerala State Electricity Board
Achuthan Memorial Building, Beypore, Calicut – 673 015
Tel: 0495-2414292
Website: www.kseboard.in

Water Services

Water supply in Kerala is regulated by the Kerala Water Authority who also manages the sewage water. The head office is located at Kerala Water Authority, Head Office ‘Jalabhavan’, Vellayambalam, Thiruvananthapuram 695 033. The KWA was founded in 1984 and it serves as an autonomous body of Kerala State Government. The official website of Kerala Water Authority is www.kwa.kerala.gov.in.

Banking Services

Beypore consists of several public as well as private banks and let’s see here some of the banks in Beypore.

Bank of India
Beypore
Kozhikode 673 015
Tel: 0495-2414009

Beypore Service Cooperative Bank Ltd
Arakinar, Beypore
Kozhikode 673 015
Tel: 0495-2414028, 2418675

State Bank of India
Post Box 1303, Calicut Road
Beypore
Kozhikode 673 015
Tel: 0495-2414040, 2416322
Website: www.sbi.co.in

State Bank of Travancore
No 1301 Alankar Building, Main Road
Beypore
Kozhikode 673 015
Tel: 0495-2414210
Website: www.sbt.co.in

Calicut Coop Arban Bank
Calicut Coop Arban Bank
Beypore
Kozhikode 673 015
Tel: 0495-2416835

Kozhikode District Coop Bank Ltd
Beypore
Kozhikode 673 015
Tel: 0495-2418580

Fire Services in Beypore

Since Beypore comes under Calicut, the Calicut fire station takes care of the fire services need of the town and the address of Calicut fire station is 

Fire Station
Calicut HO
Kozhikode 673 001
Tel: 0495-2304654

Postal and Courier Services

The address of Beypore post office is:

Beypore Post Office
Bunglow Building
Near Coir Factory, Beypore
Kozhikode 673 015
Tel: 0495-2414052
Website: www.indiapost.gov.in
 
Some of the courier services available in Beypore are

DTDC
1/85 Blue Diamond Building
Meenchanda, Opp Apco Automobiles
Kozhikode 673 018
Tel: 0495-3067268

TNT India Pvt Ltd
No 20/26 Fathima Building
Near Mangalam Press
M S Baburaj Road, Kallai
Kozhikode 673 003
Tel: 18004259999
Website: www.tnt.com

Sangeetha Electronics Universal Courier
Vattampoil Gate, Kallai Road
Kallai,
Kozhikode 673 003
Tel: 0495-2703764

Professional Couriers
Feroke
Kozhikode 673 631

Telecom and Broadband Services in Beypore

The address of the BSNL office in Beypore is

BSNL Office
Manchira
Kozhikode 673 001
Tel: 0495-2723500

Private telecom companies also operate in Beypore.

Creche in Beypore

There is only one creche in Beypore:

Sim Kids
Kuruvithadam Road, Calicut HO,
Kozhikode – 673 001,  
Tel: 0495-2742581

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