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 Calicut (Kerala)

Kozhikode also known as Calicut, is situated in the south Indian state of Kerala on the southwest coast of the Arabian Sea with serene beaches, emerald green countryside. It is the third largest city in Kerala and the headquarters of Kozhikode district. Kozhikode was once the capital of an independent kingdom, and later of the erstwhile Malabar district.
According to data compiled by economics research firm Indicus analytics on residences, earnings and investments, Kozhikode ranked as the second best city in India to reside in. Indicus considered six parameters - health, education, environment, safety, public facilities and entertainment - for preparing their reside-in index of livability. Portuguese navigator Vasco Da Gama , who landed at the Kappad, near Kozhikode in 1498 was the first in the country to receive a force from a Western country.

Calicut Quick facts

  • Calicut Geography and Climate

    Due to its nearness to sea, the place has a hot and humid climate. Summer starts from March and continues until May. Maximum temperature recorded in the mSend Online Queryonth of May is 36°C and minimum temperature recorded in the month of December is 14°C. Southwest monsoon arrives in the first week of June and average annual rainfall is 254 cm.

  • Best time to visit Calicut

    Kozhikode can be visited all through the year, but best during August to March.

  • Calicut Near Getaways

    Quick Getaways from  Kozhikode (Calicut)
    Payyoli Beach  (24 km)
    Payyoli is such a refreshing spot of uninhabited seafront (save for the fisherfolk), remote and secluded, that you"ll find yourself lingering there far longer than you intended. You won?t be able to resist wetting your toes, but don?t go far into the water, especially at high tide. If you get there really early in the day, you may see the "Payyoli Express", or India's "Golden Girl", PT Usha sprinting as she trains on the wet sand. In her heyday, she used to be accompanied by her coach OT Nambiar, stopwatch in hand. But Usha doesn't run much anymore. Payyoli is 22 km from Kozhikode via the NH17 towards Kannur; then turn left to the beach (2 km).

    Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary  (20 km)      

    The sanctuary is a haven for migratory birds such as terns, gulls, herons, sandpipers and whimbrels. The ideal season to visit the sanctuary is between December and April, but go early in the day if you hope to spot birds. There also are private cruises available at Kadalundi. You can get to the sanctuary by driving along NH17. Timings 8 am to 6 pm.
    Velliyamkalu  (50 km)

    About 50 km from Kozhikode is Velliyamkalu, a huge rock structure that emerges from the sea. It's dreaded by navigators, but believed to have been the secret weapon of the Kunhali Marakkars, the valiant warriors in the service of the Zamorin of Calicut. The Marakkars are believed to have launched attacks against invading Portuguese from the cover of this massive rock formation, once killing the entire crew of a Portuguese ship. If you'd like to learn more about the intrepid Kunhali Marakkars, head for Kottakkal, which is on the NH17, 5 km before Badagara. A small hut that belonged to Kunhali Marakkars has been preserved, along with a collection of ancient swords, cannon balls and knives. Timings 10 am-6 pm; Sunday closed. 

  • Calicut Distance(s)

    Important Distances :      223 km N of Kochi, 224 km S of Mangalore, 210 km W of Mysore, 350 km SW of Bangalore.

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  • How to reach Calicut by Road

    The district is connected with all major cities in India by luxury buses.

  • How to reach Calicut by Rail

    Calicut is connected to all the major cities of India through rail link. The station is around 2 km south of Mananchira Square.

  • How to reach Calicut by Air

     Access through air is quite easy as Indian Airlines and Jet Air connect Calicut with the Gulf countries, Mumbai, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Kochi, Goa, and Tiruchirapalli.

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    Calicut Festivals and culture

  • Calicut Festivals

    The most important festivals of the district are Pooram Festival (March/April), Memunda (March/April), Vadakara (November/December), Kaliatta Mahotasavam (March), and Shivratri (February/March).

  • Calicut Culture

    Kerala is the only state in India that has such myriad forms of performing arts that are grand spectacle of colors and costumes.

    Kozhikode town itself has many temples, the most important of which are the Tali Temple, the Trivannur temple, Azhakodi temple, Varakkal temple, Bilathikulam temple amd Bhairagimadom temple. Some of these temples contain sculptures and paintings of very high artistic order. The Thiruvilangad temple contains many ancient sculptures. Its gateway is interesting because it is built in the same style as the Jain Bastis.

    During temple festivals and improtant social functions entertainments like Koothu, Kathakali, Ottanthullal and Kaikottikali are performed. There are also ritual dances such as Thira and Theyyam. This is their Culture

    One of the favourite pastimes of the Muslims of this district is the singing of the Mappilapattu and Oppana. These songs are sung in a distinctive tune and cover a wide range of themes.

  • Calicut Religious Places

    The city of Calicut (Kozhikode) has a number of important religious places belonging to different faiths. The tolerant nature of the erstwhile rulers of this city allowed the peaceful coexistence of people belonging to different religions, which resulted in the building of a number of religious monuments throughout the city. The Tali Temple was built by the Zamorin dynasty in the 14th century. It is an excellent example of the traditional Keralite School of temple architecture. During the reign of the Zamorins, this temple hosted a weeklong gathering of literary-minded people who congregated here from different parts of the kingdom. The Mother of God Church is another important place of religious interest in Kozhikode. The church is built in accordance with the principles of the Roman architectural style. This church houses a 200-year-old portrait of St Mary. The St Mary's Church is a place worth visiting in Kozhikode. It was built by the British to cater to the spiritual needs of their Christian subjects. Other religious places worth visiting are the Fire Temple (built by the Paris community of Kozhikode) located on SM Street, the Buddhist Vihar located on Customs Road, and the Mishkal Masjid located at Kuttichira.

  • Calicut Monuments

    There is a small stone monument at the beach to commemorate that event.  Situated next to Pazhassirajah Museum is an art gallery displaying paintings of Raja Ravi Varma. 

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    Calicut Entertainment and Night Life

  • Calicut Adventure

    Kakkayam is actually a very nice trekking site and one of the few natural habitats that must be seen when traveling to India. Kakkayam also has a dam in the area, but the general area has been conserved by the Forest Police so that you can enjoy a good hike or trekking there within the nature. Kakkayam also has a very good rock climbing opportunity and many people come there just for that purpose. If you especially travel between April and the month of November, you can get more enjoyment from the area. In addition, there is a 3 km trail that you can trek in Kakkayam.

  • Calicut Shopping

    S.M. Street is the busiest shopping area in the city of Calicut and famous for its innumerable sweetshops. Those willing to see or buy the traditional boats of Kerala should go to Beypore, which is barely half an hour's journey from Calicut.

  • Famous To Eat at Calicut

    Kozhikodan Halwa Seasoned with Dry Fruits, Kozhikode Banana Chips, Spice Market at Court Road – Spices.

  • Calicut Museum and Hill Stations

    Pazhassiraja Museum - The museum displays the acclaimed paintings of Kerala's cherished artists, Raja Ravi Varma (1848 - 1906) whose works brought international repute to the State and his uncle Raja Raja Varma. It also displays mural paintings, antique bronzes, ancient coins, models of temples, umbrella stones, dolmenoid cists (quadrangular burial chambers with capstones), and similar megalithic monuments.

  • Gardens and Parks at Calicut

     Established in 1971 in the lush green panoramic, undulating, lateritic hummocky land of the Calicut University Campus, the Calicut University Botanical   Garden  (CUBG),
    founded by Prof. (Dr.) B.K. Nayar, the then Head of the Department of Botony , has developed into an excellent centre of biodiversity and ex-situ conservation of tropical Indian flora and exotic species.The Garden, inaugurated in 1972 by Prof. R. E. Holttum, thethen Director, Singapore Botanical Garden.
    In 1985 the CUBG has achieved international status when it was recognized by the International Consortium of Botanic Garden and Centre for    World  Conservation Strategy.
    At the entrance on the western side, the visitors are greeted by a display map and two Krishna’s buttercup trees (Ficus krishnae). Next is the Garden reception office & Museum where the details of the garden are available to the visiting folk.
    The Garden sprawls over 19.5 ha with a shallow basin encompassed by the slopping terrains except a narrow gap on the southern side where it slides down to a small transitory reservoir, providing  diverse  habitat  and niche for a variety of plants.The central shallow region is provided with a graceful, placid pool and an octagonal green house and avenues of Royal palms and Oil palms The motorable ring road from the main entrance on the western side touching the green house, ginger zone, northern gate, bamboosetum and rockery provides extension to the arboretum, and
    medicinal plant conservatory enabling a quick walk/journey though the exquisite and luxuriant vegetation of myriads of hues and fragrance.
    Ex situ conservation of the Rare, Endangered and Threatened (RET) plants of South India is the major thrust area of the garden.

  • Lake at Calicut

    With its own dream-like serenity, this natural fresh water lake surrounded by meadows and trees on all sides is a haven for peace-loving travellers. It is located half way from Calicut, half an hour ahead of Kalpetta.
    Pookot Lake, about 13 kms from Kalpetta, is undoubtedly the most beautiful tourist spot in the whole of Wayanad. The lake nestles in the lap of mountains surrounding it. Boating in the Pookot Lake is a memorable experience. Tall trees and dense forests that line along the pathway around the lake provide a visual treat. A freshwater acquarium with a large variety of fish is an added attraction.
    This is a beautiful natural fresh water lake surrounded by evergreen forest and wooded hills. Boating facilities, Children's Park and shopping centre for handicrafts and spices of Wyanad are arranged by District Tourism Promotion Council. These provides recreational facilities to the visitors. A fresh water aquarium with wide varieties of fishes is managed by the Fisheries Department.

  • Calicut Seasonals

    Calicut (Kozhikode) a destination which can be visited all through the year. Summers have warm climate and winters have pleasant atmosphere. Heavy rainfalls occur during the monsoons in June to September. Summers (March to May) have a maximum temperature around 37°C to 39°C and a minimum of around 30°C. Winters during December to February have a temperature range of 18°C to 32°C. Kozhikode can be visited all through the year, but best during August to March.

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    Calicut Tips

  • Calicut Tourist Offices

    Tourist office(s):
    Tourism Information Counter
    Kozhikode Railway Station
    4/ 1075, Calicut Beach Aquarium Beach Road, Kozhikode
    Department of Tourism Government of Kerala
    Kappad Beach Resort Kappad
     2683706, 2683760
    Kerala Tourism Development Corp
    Malabar Mansion SM Street, Kozhikode
     0495-2722391-92, 2721221

  • Calicut ATM's

    Axis Bank Ltd
    Riya Arcade, Calicut Railway Station,
    Calicut 673 001
    Calicut India.

  • Must do at Calicut

    Boat Cruise in Backwaters of Kozhikode.

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