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"A colonial city of trade and tourism"

Kozhikode Tourism

Formerly known as Calicut, Kozhikode is located in Kerala. It was the Capital of Malabar during the Zamorin rule 500 years ago and is famous for its centuries-old trade in cotton and spices with Jews, Arabs, Phoenicians and Chinese.

Vasco da Gama had set his foot on the remote beach of Kappad in Kozhikode in 1498 and 'Discovered India' and established spice trade routes with the west. 

Basking in the idyllic setting of the serene Arabian Sea on the west and the proud peaks of the Wayanad hills on the east, this district with the serene beaches, lush green countryside, historic sites, all combine to make Kozhikode a popular tourist destination.

Kozhikode city is the marketing centre for commodities like pepper coconut, coffee, rubber, lemongrass oil etc., produced in Kozhikode and the neighbouring districts of Wayanad, Malappuram and Kannur.  Being the major trade centre in Malabar and major exporter to foreign countries, the international travellers christened this district as ‘the noble emporium of India’. Kozhikode is famous for its co-existence among all forms of religious faith. Mappilas, the Muslims residing in Kozhikode, have played a significant role in shaping the socio-political ideas of this district. They celebrate ‘Malabar Mahotsavam’ in January to cherish and revive the culture and tradition of the past by hosting various trade fairs, exhibitions, classical and folk arts.

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History of Kozhikode

Initially being part of Madras state (Tamil Nadu), Kozhikode was later added to Kerala based on linguistics. Physiography under the hegemonic rule of Zamorins or Samuthiris contributed to various socio-political changes in this region. The prosperity of Kozhikode was at its zenith under the administration of Zamorins. Located to the right bank of river Kallayi in the South-West coast of India this district is bounded by Nilgiris and Wayanad Hills in the East. Vikramapuram, the original name of Kozhikode was later changed to Kozhikode under the rule of Zamorins. There have been a lot of folk stories about this transition of the name of the district. But it is mostly believed to have got its name from the fortified palace of Zamorins- ‘Kozhikottu’. Later, Kozhikode was anglicised to Calicut, as the district is famous for its unique ‘Calicut cotton’ and Calico cloths. In the year 1498, Vasco da Gama arrived in the city of Kappad of Kozhikode, and this kindled the bilateral trade relationship with Portuguese. Kozhikode became the hot trade centre in Malabar in trading pepper and other spices with Arabs, Chinese and Portuguese. In the memoirs of foreign travellers, they used to state that merchants from all parts of the world are found in the ports of Kozhikode. Kozhikode was also the prime reason for the four Anglo-Mysore war 1766 between Hyder Ali of Mysore and the British.

The City of Spices

During the colonial and pre-colonial times, the city was top ranked in spice production and trade. A huge variety of premium quality spices is sold here even today. A mercantile city since the ancient times, Kozhikode is a metro with lots of shopping and dining options. The city also has a few beautiful places of worship and is located close to the stunning Tusharagiri waterfalls.

Restaurants and Local Food in Kozhikode

With a blend of Arab and Malabar cuisine, Kozhikode is famous for its meat dishes and desserts. A connoisseur of food should never miss, Erachi Pathiri (soft rice bread with meat fillings) and Erachi/Meat curry, Kuzhi Mandhi (prawns, mutton, chicken and fish), Kozhikode pav bhaji(special chicken gravy fillings) and Aradika (rice flour and mussel). If you are a vegetarian, you could always opt for the option of traditional Kerala Sadhya. A concoction of mussels in rice flour cooked in the shell called Arikadaka is equally special. Another thing that should make it to your list of desserts is Calicut Halwa available across many bakeries. Biryanis are cooked delicately, and Kozhikode famous for its Malabar style recipe. 

Aval milk(beaten rice, nuts, fruits and milk), Sulaimani( black tea with a punch of lemon) and kulukki sarbath(special lemonade with fruit flavour and khus khus) are the unique renowned drinks. Kozhikode is also famous for its snacks varieties like Adda(wheat or rice roll with coconut and sugar filling) and Pazham nirachathu( banana fry coconut filling), Mutta Mala and Mutta Surka (sweets made of egg) and chatti pathiri(soft rice bread with sweet nut fillings).
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 - Reach Kozhikode by morning. Sample an authentic Kerala style breakfast. Visit Kappad Beach and then the Tali temple. Check out the shopping areas in the evening.
Day 2 - Visit the Beypore beach. Make sure to check out Sargaalaya Handicrafts village. Then, visit the Tusharagiri Waterfalls. Wind up the trip with a bit of shopping at S.M street.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Great cuisine. Pleasant weather throughout the year.

What's Not So Great?

Highly congested. Transport system is not very efficient .

For Whom?

Kozhikode is ideal for people looking to experience a complete holiday package of shopping, sightseeing and relaxing.

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How To Reach Kozhikode

Kozhikode has its own airport 25 km away from the main city. There are trains and overnight buses from every major South Indian city and trains also connect it to most of the North Indian cities.

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