Calicut India, Kozhikode
Accommodation, Travelling Around, Eating out in Calicut

Calicut India, the greatest port of Malabar, lies between the backwaters of the Kallai and Beypore rivers in North Kerala.

It was close to heres, in 1498, that Vasco da Gama first set foot in India.

When he and his fellow sailors were received at the court of the Zamorin, they were surprised.

They found themselves in the midst of a sophisticated metropolis already inhabited by Jewish, Arab and Chinese merchants. And the Christians have been there since the times of St.Thomas.

Nowadays, only a few remainings are seen around the city survived from the glorious past. Only a few travellers find their way here. They tend to be breaking longer journeys to somewhere else.

Calicut Tourism is closely related to Wayanad region also. The city is a base station for happening tourist destination Wayanad.

Calicut is strikingly upbeat, prosperous and riding high on the tide of remittance from the Gulf.

Arrival and Information


Calicut airport is 23 km southeast of the city. It is the primarily a gateway for emigrant workers flying to and from Gulf.

Its baggage claim and entry formalities can take hours if you're arriving from Dubai or Doha. But flights from domestic destinations tend to clear more quickly.

Pre-paid taxis are bookable from the hatch next to the exit.

The railway station is close to the town centre. There are slow passenger and super fast trains between Kochi and Trivandrum.

There are three bus stations: KSRTC bus stand on Mavoor Road, New Mofussil stand for long distance private buses and Palayam bus stand for local buses.

The City, Calicut India


The city was built with the Samuthiri's (Zamorin) residence and fort as its central point.

The Mananchira Square is the heart of the city. The pond and the garden in the square are testaments of Calicut's hospitality.

Kozhikode Beach

It is a relaxing place. A walk along the Kozhikode beach is a special experience. The beach is not suitable for swimming.

You can have freshly roasted peanuts and spicy fried mussels while scanning the sea for dolphins.

Palayam Market

A good place to wander around; a fresh produce market next to the Palayam bus stand.

Kuttichira / Thekkepuram

A place of descendents of wealthy Muslim merchants of Zamorin times.

It is believed that forefathers of these merchants were the migrants from Middle East.

A number of traditional wooden mosques are the sole surviving monuments from that golden age.

Few travellers ever set eye on them, but Kozhikode's old Mosques rank among some of the most handsome antique buildings in south India.

Non-Muslims are generally not allowed inside the mosques. But you can walk around them and see.

There are mainly three of them. Starting with 1100- year -old Macchandipalli Masjid. Others are Jama Masjid and Miskal Palli Masjid.

Other than the mosques this areas has preserved many of its 200- and 300- old tharavadukal, residences of major Muslim families known as Koyas.

They were responsible for managing the trade through the port in the times of Zamorins. The residences show the richness of Koyas in the past.

Sweet Meat Street

The famous Kozhikodan Halwa is available in popular colours of red, yellow, green and black. Kozhikodan banana chips are also available here.

Thali Temple

A temple built by the Samuthiris.

This was the venue for the famous Reavathi Pattathanam function. Exponents of various arts exhibited their talents in front of the Samuthiri.

The temple is still a thriving place of worship.

Pazhassi Raja Museum and V K Krishna Menon Art Gallery

The Pazhassi Raja Museum exhibits wall paintings, antique handicrafts, old coins, models of temples.

Paintings of talented artist Raja Ravi Varma are displayed at the V K Krishna Menon Art Gallery nearby.

CVN Kalari

Kerala's old martial art form kalaripayttu has close links with Kozhikode.

The brave hero of the Vadakkan Veera Gatha (Folktales of the North), Thacholi Othenan, is said to have been born in Vadakara near Kozhikode.

CVN Kalari Sangam arranges special demonstrations on request.

Shopping in Calicut India


The very sweet Kozhikodan halwa is a speciality visitors must carry home. They are made of rice flour seasoned with dry fruits and prepared in pure coconut oil.

Another speciality is Kozhikodan banana chips.

Visit the spice market at Court Road, and Chembotti Theruvu to shop for bell-metal lamps. You can also buy models of urus or yachts in Markaz Compex.

Eating in Calicut India


Kozhikode is famous for its Malabar Muslim cuisine. Malabar cuisine has its roots in the traditions of the city's former Arab traders.

Fragrant chicken biriyanis and seafood curries with Malabari spices crop up on the most non-veg menus.

Try out any of the following restaurants.

Paragon

Off the Kannur Road

Mas

First Floor of the Calicut Tower Hotel
Markaz Compex

Sagar

Mavoor Road

Sopanam

Delma Compex
Mavoor Road

Zain's

Convent Cross Road

Sanjeevanam

MN's Ave
Near 4th Railway Gate

Dakshin-The Veg

Mavoor Road

Accommodation in Calicut India


Hotels are plentiful in Kozhikode. Most hotels operate 24hr checkouts.

You can check out in to Hotels of Calicut.

The Gateway Hotel

P.T.Usha Road
Tel: 0495 6613000

Kadavu Resort and Ayurveda Centre

NH 17 Calicut Bypass Road
Tel: 0483 2830570

Hyson Heritage

Bank Road
Tel: 0495 2766423

Malabar Palace

Manuelsons Jn.
Tel: 0495 2721511

Alakapuri Guest House

Palayam
Tel: 0495 2723451

Asma Tower

Mavoor Road
Tel: 0495 4088000

Beach Heritage

Beach Road
Tel: 0495 2762055

Calicut Tower

Markaz Complex
Tel: 0495 2723202

Fortune

Kannur Road
Tel: 0495 2768888

Kaza Marina

Elathur
Tel: 0495 2462162

Metro Manor

Opp. Baby Memorial Hospital
Tel: 0495 2725811

Sea Queen

Beach Road
Tel: 0495 2366604
Calicut India


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