at the mouth of the Chaliyar River in Kozhikode district, Beypore, one of
the prominent ports and fishing harbours of ancient Kerala was an important
trade and maritime centre. The Beypore Beach has a bridge built nearly 2 kms
into the sea. It is actually made up of huge stones piled together, making a
pathway into the sea.
The boat building yard here is famous for the construction of the Uru, the
traditional Arabian trading vessel. Khalasis, who are the traditional
shipbuilders here, are amazing with their ship building knowledge and craft.
The client, often an Arab, gives the specifications and his needs. No design
is drawn, and the plan of the Uru is conceptualized wholly in the mind of
the master craftsmen. And to think that nothing was planned on paper, but
the whole designing and intricate measurements and calculations were done
entirely in the mind is truly astounding.
A fledging wood industry thrived in Beypore ship building activity. Now,
past its prime, the wood industry is just a shadow of its former self. Still
huge logs can be found floating down the river and is reminiscent of its