On May 20, 1498, the coastal town of Kozhikode took its place on the world map when Vasco Da Gama for the very first time stepped on the shores. Kozhikode on the Malabar Coast served as an important center of trade and commerce in the yesteryear. Kozhikode gained historical importance with the discovery of sea route to India. Surrounded by lush green hills and golden beaches, Kozhikode gained historical importance over time. Kozhikode is popularly known as Calicut. It is famous all over as the land of immaculate beaches, fragrant spice gardens, scenic country sides and generous people.
The city’s old name Calicut gives birth to the word Calico which is a hand woven cloth. Its generous hills, rippling streams, significant ancient sites, wildlife sanctuaries, charming villages and busy marketplace entice tourists year after year. This sea town has an active port with flourishing trade and commercial center. The best places to get a sight into its history and natural beauty are the Kappad Beach and Beypore port. A visit to the Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary is an awesome experience for the bird watchers. It is a house to more than 100 species of birds. For nature lovers, the Thusharagiri waterfall, which is located at a distance of 50 km from Kozhikode, is a perfect place for a day outing or for picnic. Adventure buffs can also trek this area among spice plantations and thick evergreen forests.
Summers in Kozhikode are warm and humid. The maximum temperature during the season is around 37°C and 39°C. June to September is the monsoon season. The city experiences heavy rainfall in the season. From October to early February is the winter season. The climate becomes very pleasant during this time. The minimum temperature reaches to 15°C. It is the best time to visit Kozhikode for sightseeing.
How to Reach
The city enjoys excellent road, rail and air connectivity with rest of India. Karipur airport, also known as Calicut International Airport, located around 23 km away from the main Kozhikode town serves the coastal city. Daily flights from cities like Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Kochi, Hyderabad, Delhi as well as Middle Eastern countries serve Kozhikode.
Kozhikode is well connected to other cities like Mangalore, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai, Bangalore, Coimbatore etc. by road. Though road network is fairly extensive, yet the road trip is quite comfortable.
Kozhikode has its own railway station. The railway station connects the city to other important Indian destinations like Mumbai, Delhi, Mangalore, Chennai, Bangalore, Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Hyderabad amongst others with a good number of mail and express trains.
Beypore: Situated in the Kozhikode district of Kerala, at the mouth of Chaliyar River, this coastal hamlet Beypore quietly rests as one of the oldest ports in Kerala that once played an active role in maritime trade and history. As time graduated, Beypore attained the status of an important ship building center. The traditional construction of Uru, an Arabian trading vessel portrays 1,500 years old art of shipbuilding and the craftsmanship of Beypore workers. It gives tourists a chance to enjoy the art of shipbuilding, interact with the locals and imbibe their artistic skills. The port today is no more a mere shipping hub, but a major attraction in Kozhikode that is frequented by tourists round the year.
Thikkoti Light House: Thikkoti Light House is one among the most attractive monuments of Kozhikode. There is a very exciting history related to the Thikkoti Light House. Myth has it that the Thikkoti Light House was constructed on the remnants of a shipwreck that crashed close to the coast. Therefore, Thikkoti Light House is a terrifying reminder of that mishap. The area around the Velliyamkallu Rock is also an abode to nomadic birds.
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