Visitors to Calicut will certainly not face problems finding a roof over their heads when visiting this busy city: it has plenty of options for tourist accommodation, all the way from plush five-star luxury to thin-mattresses-and-dusty-corners budget hotels!
The Gateway Hotel
At the upper end is The Gateway Hotel of Taj Group, facing the beach on PT Usha Rd, with highly reputed Ayurvedic centre.
Harivihar Ayurvedic Heritage Home
In northern Calicut, the ancestral home of the Kadathanadu royal family is as serene as it gets a traditional Kerala family compound with pristine lawns. Rooms are large and furnished with dark- wood antiques. There is an ayurvedic centre, with packages available. The food is delicious.
Harivihar is situated in Calicut's Brahminical suburbs, this immaculate former royal home is surrounded by lawns with giant mango and jackfruit trees and a beautiful green water tank where you can undertake Ayurveda or study Indian philosophy, Sanskrit, vasthu and yoga in a small guesthouse setting run by conventional medics.
You can also stay on a B and B basis, in one of 5 doubles and 3 singles. Gentle Sivananda yoga, Ayurveda from Coimbatore Arya vaidya Pharmacy, no alcohol.
A weaving centre amid a garden of mango and jackfruit trees. Rooms with fan and basic bath. Vasudevan, Balakrishnan and their sisters have been running textile workshops here since 1979.
The guests come to take courses in weaving, block-printing, batik, silkscreen and natural dyeing. Price includes all meals, tuition and activities. Good discounts for monthly stays, reservations essential.
52 a/c rooms, excellent a/c restaurant, bar, very helpful reception.
Hotel Asma Tower
44 a/c and non a/c rooms in gleaming new tower. Inside, expect 2-tone mint green decor, frosty a/c system, perfumed air, TV and telephone in every room. Good value.
A breezy, efficient and well-maintained business hotel, with 89 spotless, smallish rooms with phone, cable TV, bath, 47 a/c, set around a large courtyard. Ayurvedic treatments available.
At this business- focused, friendly place you get a fair bit of swank for your rupee. All rooms are spic and span, large, comfortable and with inoffensive decor, while the massive deluxe rooms have views over town too.
Alakapuri Guest House
Moulana Mohammed Ali Rd
40 rooms set around a charming garden brimming with plants and trees and lotus pond. Simple, spacious, with old furniture, phone, tubs and TV. Dates from 1958, and easily Calicut's most characterful mid-range option. Bar 10am-10pm, dining hall.
Built motel-style around a green lawn (complete with fountain!) this place is off the road and quieter than most. Rooms come in different sizes and prices and, while a little scuffed, are tidy and reasonable values.
Metro Tourist Home
Mavoor Rd Juncton
42 pleasing rooms in bustling hotel, some with TV, a bit noisy, South lndian restaurant. Gloomy with grubby paintwork but clean sheets, big mirrors and good fans.
Arora Tourist Home
Railway Station Rd
Not as ship-shape as the outside and ground floor suggest, but the huge rooms here are clean enough for just want to dump your bags after a train ride. Street noise dies down overnight, but mosquitoes don't rest.
Built in 1890 to house the Malabar British Club, this place is now a delightful 10- room hotel. Some rooms have bathtubs and secluded verandas; others have original polished wooden floors and private balconies. All are tastefully furnished and drip with character. Dinner is often served in the little garden.
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