Kozhikode tourism is a rich blend of history, culture, and culinary experiences intertwined with the irresistible scent of cardamom, cinnamon, and black pepper plantations and historic landmarks like the grand Tali Temple and Kozhikode Beach

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About Kozhikode


Beach, Heritage

Best Season

August to March

Ideal Duration

2 days



Kozhikode, formerly called Calicut, was the traditional capital of Northern Kerala under the Samuthiri rule. Calicut, the most important city of the Malabar region of Kerala, was a leading trading center for spices on the West Coast of India during the medieval period.


Kappad near Kozhikode is historically famous as the place where the Portuguese, led by Vasco da Gama, first landed in India in 1498 AD. He was the first European to reach India via the sea route around the southern cape of Africa.


The major tourist places to visit in Kozhikode tourism include the Pazhassirajah Museum, Art Gallery, Kozhikode Beach, Thikkoti Lighthouse, and Dolphin's Point.


There are several things to do in Kozhikode. Whether you're traveling with family, taking a solo vacation, holidaying with your friends, or enjoying a romantic honeymoon with your better half, Kozhikode tourism won't disappoint!

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You can revel in activities like:

  • Swimming in the Kozhikode Beach
  • Boating in the Kozhikode backwaters
  • Picnicking at the Lion's Park
  • Exploring the Pazhassiraja Archeological Museum
  • Watching a gorgeous sunset at the secluded Beypore Beach
  • Relaxing at the Mananchira Square

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Best time to visit Kozhikode

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

Best time to visit
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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. 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 to the fullest!

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 is 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 low, 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, a tradition dating back to the time when paddy-field workers used to show 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, you can avoid it during these months. The Vadakara and Shivatri festivals are celebrated during this season with much enthusiasm and zest.


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

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, the Arab, Portuguese, British, French, and Danish used the ports of Kozhikode to control and monitor textile trade. Influences of its trade routes are still a major driving factor for Kozhikode tourism.


Kozhikode is well connected to all the major cities in India and abroad by frequent traffic of flights, trains, and buses.

By Flight

Kozhikode has a well-equipped international airport. Calicut International Airport has regular flights that connects it to the Gulf countries as well as major cities in India like Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Coimbatore, and Hyderabad. From the airport, you can jump on a bus, avail of pre-booked taxi services, or hail a cab to your final destination.

By Bus

The train station at Kozhikode, enjoying a conveniently central location near the famous Mananchira Square, is well-connected to most major cities throughout India including Chennai, Bangalore, and Mumbai. 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 a scenic trip through the breathtaking landscapes of Kerala and Kozhikode.

By Train

Kozhikode also has a 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. Traveling by state-run buses and local transport is the most economical and convenient way to get around Kerala. The flip side is that buses tend to get crowded and uncomfortable if you’re traveling with a lot of luggage in Kerala's tropical weather.

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