Kozhikode (Calicut) Tourism

Kozhikode (Calicut) Tourism

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Kozhikode (Calicut) Info

  • State: Kerala
  • Famous for/as: Beach
  • District: Kozhikode
Kozhikode is a famous district in the north part of the state of Kerala in India. Often referred to by its old name of Calicut, this was a vital area in Malabar in the past. 

History of Kozhikode

The name Kozhikode derives from “Koyil”, which means Palace and “Kota”, which means Fort. Different people know this place by different names, “Kalikooth” in Arab, “Kallikkottai “in Tamil and “Kalifo” in Chinese. The city however is more commonly addressed by its Anglicized version “Calicut”.

Vasco Da Gama found the place in 1948, when his portages navigator discovered the same accidentally. This historical landing of Vasco da Gama with his team of 170 men and 3 sailors is epicted by the construction of a monument that commemorates the arrival.

Kozhikode was the capital of Zamorins and was a famous centre for trade and commerce. Even today it enjoys the same importance as far as trade is concerned. This place is known for being the first sea route discovered to reach India by the outside world. 

Things to do in Kozhikode

Kozhikode surroundings are quite breathtaking with the Arabian Sea in the west and Wayanad hills on east. The serene beaches, historical monuments and lush green environment have made Kozhikode emerge as the popular tourist destination in Southern India. What the place boasts of is beautiful beaches, which are Beypore and Kozhikode. For history lovers, Kozhikode is a home to many historical moments and museums like Krishna Menon, Pazhassirajah. The Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary is yet another treat for nature lovers. For religious people, Kozhikode has the Tali Temple and the Jama-at-palli.

Kozhikode is described as the marketing centre for many essential commodities. These majorly include coffee, coconut, pepper, lemon grass, oil and rubber amongst all others. Kozhikode can be easily addressed as the centre for international and domestic trades. Its contribution in development of the place in every aspect has made it a spectacular centre of development. 

Kozhikode links its ample fame to the famous football event that has helped this gain the name of being the Second Mecca to football lovers. The climate at this place is tropical and the best time to visit lies from September to May. Kannur is the district that borders this place in north. With Wayanad in east and Malappuram in South, Kozhikode is border by Arabian Sea on the west.

Food and shopping in Kozhikode

Tourists can shop for buffalo horn carvings, local rosewood handicrafts, coir products and miniature snake boats for souvenirs. Tourists can also shop for ‘Calico’ - a soft printed cotton variety famous in Kozhikode. Kozhikode is well known for sea food and Kerala cuisine. There are many restaurants and food joints in Kozhikode, which suits people of all tastes and budget.

Travelling to Kozhikode

Karipur International airport also known as Calicut International airport is at a distance of 22 km from the city which serves as the closest airport. There are taxi services that are available from the airport to the city and they cost about Rs 400. Karipur airport is well connected to major cities in India and abroad, specifically to gulf countries. Kozhikode railway station is the closest railhead to the city and is very well connected by trains from Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai and Bangalore. KSRTC buses of the state of Kerala and Karnataka connect Kozhikode to many cities in Kerala and the neighboring states. 

Accommodation options in Kozhikode 

Accommodation options in Kozhikode ranges from budget hotels to 5 star hotels. Tourists can avail accommodation according to their budget.

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Kozhikode (Calicut) Traveller Reviews

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Arshad Mohd

  • Tourist
  • Arshad Mohd
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review
  •  229 readers

"Best place in South India"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Most peaceful place in south India.. If the auto rickshaw guy knows that you are a stranger in the city.. Still he will be honest with you.. This hint should be enough to guess how rest of the place functions.. City is known for various eateries. Nice culture.. Excellent people.. Few good hotels
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Vijay Potluri

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  • Vijay Potluri
  • Lives in Vijayawada
  • 219 photos
  • 91 Reviews
  •  37 helpful votes
  •  22082 readers

"Very nice place in Kerala"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Kozhikode also known as Calicut in Kerala is one of the nice places to see. The city having International Airport, well connected by Railways and Roadways too.
It's a traditional culture will be more than Cochin and Trivandrum. People well educated and settled in various countries and investing back here. That's one of te reasons for good infrastructure in Kerala.
The city is less expensive and good stay.
Hope you enjoy.
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Ashish Nayak

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  • Ashish Nayak
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 4 Reviews
  •  1790 readers

"Family occasion - Food, gossip, relax, selfies, partying"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It was the best time ever in Kerala - God's own country!
We met a friend at airport and chatted all the way to our destination! It was raining at many places. Pleasant weather. Greenery everywhere! Family and friends greeted us and it was extravagant lunch ready for us! Eating, gossiping, chatting, discussing, everything happened. At night there was party time. When the family occasion came we volunteered to help our relatives, friends and family! It was great reunion !! And we will not forget it ever !!
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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Pritvi Kanchi
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 172 Reviews
  •  432 helpful votes
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"Must visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted May 1, 2016
I had been to Calicut by road in February 2016. Calicut is the spice capital of Kerala. Today, in the local language, it is called as Kozhikode. The must-visit attractions around Kozhikode include the Kappad beach, Beypore and the Thusharagiri waterfalls. Kappad beach is located 20 kilometers from Calicut and Vasco Da Gama landed here in 1498 in three ships. Beypore is located 10 kilometers from Calicut and is the busiest fishing harbour in Kerala. Beypore is a ship-building port of Kerala. Thusharagiri waterfalls is located around 50 kilometers from Calicut and entices avid nature lovers to this pristine natural beauty.
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Muhammed Shahal

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  • Muhammed Shahal
  • Lives in Kochi
  • 7 Reviews
  •  2028 readers

"Unforgettable Hospitality"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 19, 2016
Kozhikode is a place of historical importance and place for foodies. It has a great backing with history of Portugese traveller Vasco Da Gama. And the city is filled with great beaches and good cuisines. It is a place of joy and relief. The taste of Malabar is world famous. And you will feel the best shopping there. Find good hotels like Paragon Hotel etc. And the taste the blessings of Malabar. One word to say it is amazing.
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Ashwin A

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  • Ashwin A
  • Lives in Coimbatore
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  • 1 Review
  •  710 readers

"Green surroundings!"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Feb 11, 2016
I don't need to mention that Calicut has green surroundings, as all places in Kerala will be in green, but this place is little different. It offers some more joy and its lively.

Calicut has some great places like Calicut beach and Kappad beach which are highly renovated in the recent years for tourism. It offers some good food, Kozhikode biriyani is famous. Almost all hotels provide this food. Next great thing is fish, as Calicut lies in the seashore. Prawns are my delight and these are easily available. When you go to some what interior you could taste the fresh water fish which you cant get easier than this. (its tasty).

My advice is definitely go for a house boat trip on a river, you can enjoy.
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Narendran  P t

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  • Narendran P t
  • Lives in Kozhikode
  • 6 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  2353 readers

"City with a taste of Sulaimani"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 26, 2016
Kozhikode is a city with lots of fun. Kozhikode and Beypore beach is there to see the colours filled in sea. Manachira park is there which amaze me every time that how is this peaceful park is in the heart of this town. There is lots of tastes in Kozhikode. Kozhikodam banana chips, biriyani. Halwa, all are world famous. There is a number of hotel which gives you variety of foods.
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Anil kumar

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  • Anil kumar
  • Lives in Cochin
  • 9 Reviews
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"Its a great holiday spot"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 23, 2016
Overall the visit was purely personal. I had some official works also at Govt office. Body and was tied up with a tight schedule. But I made time to make a rush trip to all places available. The city seems to be very busy, and high traffic noticed. But in this time I visited the beach and had a fun time with Beer at Beach resort. Sunset was very beautiful.
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Jinoj K

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  • Jinoj K
  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 9 Reviews
  •  161 helpful votes
  •  2080 readers

"Nice food and beach"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Jan 20, 2016
If you are a non-veg lover then must visit Calicut. Calicut is famous for biriyani and also for halwa. Calicut I visited many times I love that beach it's always crowded but very neat and clean. Other than beach and food I can't find anything special in Calicut
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Hima Kaninghat

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  • Hima Kaninghat
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"Overall a nice place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 22, 2015
I visited Kozhikode as a part of my educational journey. I didn't know much about the place. But as soon as I reached there, I could feel the serenity of the divine nature distant from the town make over, beach was one of the marvellous visual treats I could have.
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