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Mananchira Square

History

The Mananchira Square is a park located in the centre of the Kozhikode town in Kerala. The entire area adjacent to Mananchira has been converted into an arcade, complete with towering trees and plants, shrubs, sculpture, an open air theatre, an artificial hill, and a musical fountain.

Mananchira Square derives its name from the man-made lake ‘Mananchira’ around which it is situated. The square has been named after the erstwhile ruler Manadevan Samoothiri, and was earlier known as Mana-vedan Chira (pond), before being later transformed to Mana-an-Chira. The architecture of the Mananchira Square takes its visitor to the master craftsmanship of olden times. The arch at the entrance of the park is guarded by the cannons of Tipu Sultan, while the ethnic buildings that surround the Square lend it an old-world charm. There has been a recent addition of a public library, also built in the traditional style, inside the area of the maidan that blends well with the place. Mananchira Square is a must visit for anyone planning to go to lake Manachira, or even to Kozhikode.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Kozhikode and the Mananchira Square is between the months of September and March.

Trivia

The park owes its current status and upkeep to Amithabh Kanth, the former district collector of Calicut, who was responsible for its complete renovation.

Timing

The park remains open from 3:00 pm till 8:00 pm every day.


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