Calicut, also known as Kozhikode, is a prominent city in Kerala and one of the most important commercial regions in the Malabar Coast. It was once a powerful seaport where Chinese, East African and Arab traders had converged. If you are a history buff and wish to find out more about this amazing place, besides enjoying its various attractions, you must plan a vacation to Calicut. It serves as an important commerce and trade centre and a huge business hub. Flourishing countryside, tranquil beaches, historical monuments, lofty hills and serene rivers, wildlife sanctuaries form Kozhikode will surely enthral you. The unique, diverse culture and warm and friendly people of this region add to its legacy.
Places to Visit
There are a great number of first-class hotels in Calicut so a tourist can spend some of the days visiting the attractive destinations. Below are some of the attractive tourist places around the city which are included in all the tour packages.
This place shapes the heart of Calicut city. The park in this region is elegantly kept with the various types of trees, shrubs and palms. It also contains a musical fountain and an open air theatre which attracts tourists in large numbers. The sight of Calicut city from one of the corner places of Mananchira square is definitely striking and enhances its beauty!
It is a beautiful beach located about 20 km from the city. The legendary Portuguese sailor Vasco Da Gama has landed at this place in 1498 with his prudent sailors in three ships. Definitely, you can quench your thirst with the healthy and nature flavoured warm and tender coconut waters.
It is a ship building seaport which is located about 12 km away from the city. It is considered to be the busiest fishing ports in Kerala city. Excellent quality of wood is used by the skilled craftsmen to build gigantic “Uru” for the orders received. Tourists can see the construction process of Uru and the final product and further they can visit Lakshadweep from this port. Beypore has a tremendously beautiful beach and aisle that stretches into the Arabian Sea.
For the nature lovers, a vacation at the Thusharagiri Waterfalls, which is around 23 km away from Calicut city, is lucrative. This place is calm, serene and composed, with waterfall springing from the lofty hills amid the immature emerald forests. The tourists can go for trekking, bathing in the pool and feel fresh and cool.
When to Visit
Although Kozhikode is a year round tourist destination, tourists should arrive at Calicut from the months between January to May, or during August-September, to taste the diverse cultural activities, temple festivals, visit concerts and to watch mega cultural events like Malabar Mahotsavam.Enquire Now
The nearest airport is Karipur Airport, which is 10 km away from Kozhikode city. The air travel supports daily flights from all the major cities such as Chennai, Mumbai, and Bangalore etc.
Calicut can be reached by road through NH17. It is located at 165 kms North to Kochi and is well connected to all South Indian cities.
Kozhikode Railway Station is one of the prominent stations in Kerala.