Kozhikode (Calicut) Tourism
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Kozhikode (Calicut) Tourism

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Kozhikode (Calicut) Info

  • State: Kerala
  • Famous for/as: Beach
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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Somol Somol
  • Somol Somol
  • Lives in Adoor
  • 3 Reviews

"An excellent place to visit" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
Kozhikode is an excellent place to visit. Visit the beach, the temples, churches, mosques. Experience the local Kerala cuisine, which is excellent, and so is the Arabian cuisine. The food is inexpensive too. Travel to the outskirts to stay at resorts.
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Rijesh Mukundan
  • Rijesh Mukundan
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 Reviews

"A place to relax"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
kozhikode is always a nice place, as you can visit a lot of traditional temples and see the shore and taste amazing seafood and the traditional flavor. Wayanad is near kozhikode which is the excellent mountainous place to visit. Its for them, who like traditional and relaxing place. They will love this place for sure.
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Nirmal Sasilatha
  • Nirmal Sasilatha
  • Lives in Thiruvananthapuram
  • 5 Reviews

"Best place to spend time in"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Kozhikode is historically a heritage city. The city has many attractions within and nearby. Beach lovers can visit Kozhikode beach. Kappad beach which are within few miles from city centre. Thusharagiri waterfall is around 50-55 km from the city. Many famous temples like Thali shiva temple are within the city limits. For those who want to explore the malabar region kozhikode is the best city to base. The famous Kozhikode halwa is widely available especially in SM street. Kozhikode railway station is the best and comfortable way to reach with connections from almost all cities.Kozhikode airport is quiet far from the city,located in Kondotty 24 Km from the city centre.
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Faisel Nilgiris
  • Faisel Nilgiris
  • 1 Review

"The city of truth"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Oct 8, 2014
City of truth, were the truthful people are living and the city of sweets as well. Calicut halva is very famous, lots of sightseeing places are there,like the beach, manachira square, kappad, gardens etc. Calicut is my favourite city ever in Kerala, I tasted so many traditional foods in Calicut, especially sweets.
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Nitish Kumar
  • Nitish Kumar
  • Lives in Hazaribag
  • 1 Review

"So much to see"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Oct 1, 2014
Liked the place. It is really a beautiful place. Places like Calicut beach and other beaches really good. Panjabi Dhaba was the best place to eat. Crown theatre was good. Lots of spas were there, here we can relax our mind. Really it is different place compare to other place because here the climate was very cool always. The pure vegetarian hotels are good.
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Govind Lal
  • Govind Lal
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 Review

"Beautiful beach but no activities"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Sep 29, 2014
A very good beach in respect of silence. Only one limitation is water sports are not available here but all other things are very good. The nature of people is very helpful. Most important thing is that the auto rickshaw driver is very honest they can't take more money for your travel. They travel according to the meter and they take always shortest route so this saves money and time both.
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Muhesh Vijay
  • Muhesh Vijay
  • 3 Reviews

"It is a nice place to visit"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Aug 28, 2014
Here we can relax our mind. Really it is different place compare to other place because here the climate was very cool always.here pure vegetarian hotels are very rare to find. We can go for shopping in fun mall, mall has all the entertainments. You can travel by train.
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Aman Kartikeya
  • Aman Kartikeya
  • Lives in Lucknow
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  • 2 Reviews

"Trip to Calicut via Waynad"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Aug 23, 2014
The over all trip was worth the money spent. we were 5 people and it came to 4100 per person. Google tells you all the places to visit and you must visit all of it. It's beautiful Bellandur being the pick-up point and covering all the major places on the way total it came to be 950kms (round trip).
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Sajeer ali Cp
  • Sajeer ali Cp
  • 1 Review

"Delicious sea food will make you happy"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Aug 12, 2014
Calicut is the only place where I saw the kind people and the spicy sweet foods. Food, especially beach food, that is like rice urathy, kadukka nirachath and parippuvada are famous here. This is the only place where we can find good auto drivers who won't loot you. If you need special biriyani, go to Rahmath/Paragon hotel. If you need refreshment go to the Kozhikode beach. I love this place more than any place in India.
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Amal Baby paul
  • Amal Baby paul
  • Beachbum
  • Lives in Pangkalan Kerinci
  • 5 Reviews

"Amazing backwaters to relax and enjoy"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Aug 7, 2014
We went to Poovar where the backwaters are amazing and the experience is one of its kind. Monsoons were on but even then it was quite pleasant. Must visit during winter season else the places are sultry. Kumarakom backwater boating is a must to relax and enjoy the beauty of Kerala's landscapes and water world.
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