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.
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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.
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.
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|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|
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
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.
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
How is the jungle camp in Thekkady? What all does it include?
Adventure seekers can enjoy a thrilling jungle camp at Thekkady. You can opt for the night camp programme of Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and experience the dense forest around. The programme offers comfortable tents for visitors in the middle of evergreen dense forests. The camping takes place in the midst of Cardamom Hills and Pandalam Hills; where one can experience trekking and even taste the tribal cuisine prepared by the local tribe (Urali). You can even get to interact with the local tribal people and get to spot some rare species of wildlife.
WIll the houseboat experience include all meals and cruise from which destination?
We offer Premium or Deluxe Houseboat in this Package
The rates quoted by Premium and Deluxe Houseboats is very different in Kerala. What is the difference between Premium and Deluxe Houseboats
There are multiple differences with respect to interiors and service. Premium house boats is similar to 4 star resorts and will be having better interiors and furnishing, food menu with more options and cruise time will be slightly more. However deluxe houseboat will be similar to 3 star resorts and will have standard interiors and furnishing. In deluxe house boats, AC will be usually operated only at night from 9 PM to 6 AM , whereas in premium houseboats AC will be operated for 24 hours . The cost difference is there , however if you are not on a show string budget, then we recommend premium houseboats
Is Varkala a good option for swimming lovers?
Yes Varkala is a great place to swim in non monsoon seasons . It is a Cliff Beach and cleaner than Kovalam
Munnar, Thekkady, Alleppey, Kochi, Alappuzha, Calicut, Wayanad, Coorg, Kovalam, Kanyakumari, Mararikulam, Athirapally Arriving 13th Jan Departing 26th Jan. Please advise good itinerary and price.
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