Located in the north of Kerala and 225 km from Kochi, Kozhikode, also known as Calicut, is a busy coastal city. It holds an important position in the legend and history of Kerala. Kozhikode city is historically famous as the Portuguese led by Vasco Da Gama first landed in India, at Kappad near Kozhikode in 1498 AD. Vasco Da Gama was the first European to reach India via the sea route, around the southern cape of Africa. Later, the Dutch, French, and British followed and arrived at the shores of Kerala. Soon after, began a period of conflict of foreign powers for domination of trade in the Malabar region. It also served as the capital of the powerful Zamorins. Today, Kozhikode "The Jewel of Malabar" has Hindus, Muslims, and Christians living in harmony while keeping their beliefs and traditions alive and continues to be the centre for domestic and international trade.
The district constitutes three distinct features - the sandy coastal belt (362.85 sq km), the rocky highlands formed by the hilly portions of the beautified Western Ghats (637.65 sq km), and the lateritic midlands (1343.50 sq km). The setting is pitch-perfect, with Arabian Sea to its west and peaks of Wayanad hills to its east. The city of Kozhikode basks in the glory of tranquil beaches, green countryside, wildlife sanctuaries, peaky hills, and historical sites that welcome visitors with calming warmth, the memory of which gets engraved in their hearts and minds. Apart from beaches, hills, and wildlife, Kozhikode is a known pilgrim destination with many temples and mosques, some of which contain sculptures and paintings of the highest order. The place is an absolute tourist's delight and is sure to thrill the senses of one and all. This city guide explores and highlights various cultural, historical and tourist attractions of Kozhikode city.
Whether it's watching a bunch of dolphins coming up and playing on the surface of the sea or observing the personal belongings and souvenirs presented to the great Indian leader V.K. Krishnan; Kozhikode offers a diverse range of attractions to see with a lot more between the latter and the former mentioned above. Read all about what attractions are there to see in Kozhikode and fall into the must-see tourist spots.
Cruising silently on the naturally drenched backwaters in Kozhikode, one can sink into the atmosphere, retune the rusted senses, and start to think afresh. And just when you know that the cruise is about to get over and you begin to get all choked up again, know this that it's not over yet and you can begin to plan out the next set of excursions because there's still lots, whose bewitching ambience will transport you back in the state of Zen. Read below to know more about the excursions in Kozhikode.
How to Reach Kozhikode
Kozhikode, also called Calicut, best known for being the place where Vasco Da Gama stepped foot after discovering the sea route to India, is located about 410 km north of Thiruvananthapuram, the state capital of Kerala. Kozhikode is a flourishing centre for domestic and international trade and is thoroughly connected to rest of the major towns across Kerala and rest of India via road, rail, and air.
The Kozhikode Travel guide highlights various travel and tourism attractions of Kozhikode/Calicut city.