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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Off the Kannur Road
First Floor of the Calicut Tower Hotel
Convent Cross 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
Kadavu Resort and Ayurveda Centre
NH 17 Calicut Bypass Road
Alakapuri Guest House
Opp. Baby Memorial Hospital
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