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Kozhikode ( Calicut ) Tourism

  • AttractionsBeach, Heritage
  • Best SeasonAugust to March
  • Ideal Duration2 Days
  • LanguagesMalayalam

Kozhikode, formerly called Calicut was the traditional capital of Northern Kerala under the Samuthiri rule. Calicut, the most important city of Malabar region of Kerala, was a leading trading centre for spices on the West Coast of India during the medieval period. The place is historically famous as the Portuguese led by Vasco da Gama first landed in India, at Kappad near Kozhikode in 1498 AD. He was the first European to reach India via the sea route, around the southern cape of Africa. The major tourist destinations include Pazhassirajah Museum, Art Gallery, Kozhikode Beach, Thikkoti Lighthouse, and Dolphin's point.

Best Time To Kozhikode ( Calicut )

Plan your trip during best season to experience the best of this stunning destination

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Kozhikode is the best of all worlds, with beach glamour, cultural and historical landmarks, and bountiful nature in and around the city.  As such, it is undoubtedly an all-weather destination, whether you want to sightsee, lounge at the beach or engage in outdoor adventures. Choose your timing based on the type of holiday you’re after, and enjoy this historical city!

 

The monsoon season spans from June through to October. Torrential rain and widespread flooding make this an imprudent time to undertake outdoor adventure activities, but it’s the perfect period to take advantage of off-season prices and explore the cultural delights of Kozhikode. The city will be teeming with vibrant hues of green, thriving flowers and vociferous wildlife.

 

September, at the tail end of the monsoon season, is the ideal time to visit. Prices are still off-season, but the mountains, forests and waterfalls are at the peak of their luscious green beauty. Furthermore, around the August/September period Keralites celebrate the Onam Harvest Festival with Snake Boat Races, in a tradition dating back to paddy-field workers showing off their skills in the water as they harvested the rice. Today, villagers emulate them by competing against each other in beautifully handcrafted boats.  

 

The weather is cooler and drier between October and February. While this is the perfect time to visit beaches, beware of the peak season prices from December to January, as well as larger crowds. If Kozhikode is not your principal beach destination, I would avoid it during these months. The Vadakara and Shivatri festivals are celebrated within this season.

 

Between March and May, Kerala’s summer hits its peak, but the weather remains mild and humid in Kozhikode. Touring around the city visiting the many sites will probably still be comfortable, and this is the ideal time for bird watching in the many parks. The Pooram, Kaliatta Mahotasavam and Memunda festivals are celebrated in this period.

 

How to reach Kozhikode ( Calicut )

Despite being the largest city in northern Kerala, Kozhikode remains a serene coastal port overflowing with verdant greenery, languid beaches and vibrant cultural history.  A locus of trade since the 7th century, Arabic, Portuguese, British, French and Danish traders have vied for control of the textile trade for all they’re worth. It is well connected to all the major cities in India and abroad by Flights, Trains and Buses.

Distance By Air By Road By Train
Kozhikode to Wayanad 86 KMs NA NA 145
Kozhikode to Kochi 183 KMs 5 Hours 5 Hours 6 Hours
Kozhikode to Bengaluru 358 KMs 8 Hours 8 Hours 9 Hours
Kozhikode to Mysore 210 KMs 6 Hours 6 Hours 5 Hours
By Flight

Kozhikode comes well-equipped with its own international airport. Calicut International Airport has regular flights connecting it to the Gulf countries, as well as services to major cities in India like Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Coimbatore and Hyderabad. From the airport, jump on a bus, pre-booked taxi or cab to your final destination

By Train

The train station at Kozhikode, located quite centrally to the famous Mananchira Square, is well-connected to most major cities throughout India. Trains are one of the most convenient and comfortable ways to travel around Kerala, and India in general. Buy your tickets online or at the train station, sit back, and enjoy the scenic trip through breathtaking landscapes.

By Bus

Kozhikode also has its own long-distance bus station, connecting the city to local towns and villages as well as major cities throughout the country. The state-owned KSRTC buses run regularly to and from Kozhikode, and private coaches can also be arranged. While buses are inexpensive and convenient, they are likely to get very crowded and can be uncomfortable if you’re travelling with a lot of luggage

Pazhassirajah Museum

Pazhassirajah Museum is located in East Hill, 5 Km from Kozhikode city. This rich Museum displays the historical past of Kozhikode and displays the ancient Mural painting,antique bronzes,old coins,models of temples, and megalithic structures.

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Kozhikode Art Gallery

The Art gallery holds an important position in the Indian art circle because of its association with Raja Ravi Varma, the first Indian painter to make use of oil colours. The paintings of this great artist generally revolve around the portrayal of mythological events, royal portraits and day-to-day life.

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Dolphin's Point

At the Dolphin's point one can see in the early hours of the morning dolphins playing in the sea. The beach, 2kms from Kozhikode town center is a along stretch of tree lined sand, popular with the local people because of the lions club park(Children's Park), the lighthouse and the two piers. People love taking long walks here in the evenings, because of the lovely evening breeze.

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Kappad Beach

Kappad beach is 16kms from Kozhikode, and is where Vasco-da-Gama landed on 27th May 1498, with 170 men in three vessels.

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Kozhikode Travel Guide- Detailed information on Kozhikode tourism, tourist attractions like Mananchira Square, Kappad Beach, Dolphin's Point, Kozhikode Art Gallery and Pazhassirajah Museum

Kozhikode ( Calicut ) Photos

Photos and Images of Kozhikode including Kozhikode Beach, Mananchira Square, Beypore, Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary, Thali Temple

Kozhikode ( Calicut ) Tourist Map

Here is a Tourist Destination Map of Kozhikode with complete information about Kozhikode travel.Download the Kozhikode Tourist Map of Kozhikode tourist destinations on map and plan your tour to Kozhikode.

Kozhikode Travel Guide- Detailed information on Kozhikode tourism, tourist attractions like Mananchira Square, Kappad Beach, Dolphin's Point, Kozhikode Art Gallery and Pazhassirajah Museum

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