Calicut - Kozhikode famed as the Land of Zamorins welcomes you to a green haven with serene beaches, rivers, hills, green country side & historic sites. Set in the picturesque panorama of the serene Arabian Sea on the west and the proud peaks of the Wayanad hills on the east, Kozhikode is a popular tourist destination filled with a warm & a warm and friendly ambience to fascinate and tempt a visitor.
As a prominent trade and commerce centre in Malabar, Kozhikode has been a popular destination for any trade and attracted spice traders from far and wide. Calicut was known as the 'City of Spices' & Phoenicians, Arabs and Chinese headed for its shores lured by the spice trade. With the discovery of sea route to India by Portuguese Navigator Vasco Da Gama who landed in Calicut in 1498, he paved the way for the Dutch, the French and later the English. Thus Kozhikode made its mark in the world history.
Calicut has a pleasant climate. Rain begins to shower from May till August. The winter begins to cool from October till January forcing mercury to dip down. Temperature gradually increases from February to reach the maximum in May.
A place full of vibrancy and life, Calicut is enriched with a well deep rooted history and culture of its own. As it's one amongst most fast paced developing business and tourism metro, people from different states and countries flock into it. Calicut hosts several cultural activities all year round like the Malabar Mahotsavam, the annual tourism festival organised by Kozhikode District Tourism Promotion Council in January displaying Classical dance, music and traditional arts performances showcases the rich cultural heritage of Kerala.
Calicut derived its name from Calico, hand-woven cotton cloth that was exported from Kozhikode. Calicut city is the marketing centre in Malabar for commodities like Pepper, Coconut, Tea, Coffee, Rubber, Lemon Grass Oil etc., produced in Kozhikode and the neighbouring districts of Wayanad, Malappuram and Kannur.
The good hospitality and friendly ambience of the people of Calicut makes it a place not to be missed in your itinerary. Being an acclaimed educational destination Calicut stands proud with the presence of major educational institutions like the Indian Institute of Management, National Institute of Technology, Calicut Medical College, University of Calicut and more.
Calicut is famous for its south Indian delicacies served in many combinations, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. Calicut Halwa, Banana Chips and Biriyani are something that tantalise your taste buds and no one would ever want to miss it!
With many options to stay to suit every budget Calicut has many Lodges, homestays and five-star luxury hotels to its credit. Hotel Copper Folia is the luxury hotel of your choice when you visit Calicut. It's advisable to make your reservations in advance.
Check out the places to see in Calicut.
It is a historic beach in Kozhikode on which Vasco-da-Gama landed in 1498 A.D., with 170 men in three vessels. Locally known as Kappakadavu, the rock-studded beach has a sprawling rock that protrudes into the sea. The temple on the rock is believed to be 800 years old.
Peruvannamuzhi reservoir situated 74 km from Calicut is a place of spectacular beauty. There is a crocodile farm run by the forest Department close to the reservoir.
Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary is the look-out place for bird watching. The sanctuary is a haven for migratory birds like Terns, Gulls, Herons, Sand pipers and other birds which flock from the month of November and returns only by the end of April. The ideal season to visit is from December to April in the early hours of the day.
Located at East Hill, the Pazhassirajah Museum, run by the State Archaeological Department displays ancient mural paintings, antique bronzes and old coins as well as models of temples, megalithic monuments like dolmonoid cysts and the umbrella stones. The Art Gallery adjacent to the museum exhibits an excellent collection of paintings by Raja Ravi Varma and Raja Raja Varma.
Kallai, was once the second largest timber-trading centre in Asia and was noted for woods of superlative strength and durability like teak, rosewood etc. Today it is a centre reputed for wooden furniture.
The Muchunthi Mosque at Kuttichira is one of the earliest mosques in Kerala and has stone inscriptions which reveal the patronage of Islam in Kerala by the Zamorins of Kozhikode. The Architecture of this old Mosque has decorative features like floral carvings and geometric designs.
Beypore is a famous ship building centre in Calicut famed for building Urus - the Arabian trading vessels. The small coastal town is still a favourite destination among the Arabs shopping for the large boats.
Sarovaram, is an eco-friendly bio-park in Kozhikode meant for conservation of the wetlands through eco-friendly tourism. The wetlands are rich with 7 mangrove spices, 29 mangrove associates and various animals. It is also a congenial habitat for 30 types of water birds.
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