Kozhikode

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Kozhikode (Malayalam: കോഴിക്കോട്), formerly Calicut, is one of the major cities in Kerala, India.

Calicut Beach

Understand[edit]

Kozhikode was the capital of Malabar during the time of Zamorins who ruled before the British arrival in India. It was a major port on the Maritime Silk Road trading in spices like black pepper and cardamom with the outside world with the Jews, Arabs, Phoenicians, and Chinese for centuries before Europeans arrived.

Portuguese were the first Europeans to find this land, the gateway to Kerala, famous for spices. This city is famous for receiving Vasco da Gama in 1498. He landed on the remote beach of Kappad which is 18 km away from the city. After that there was much trade with Portuguese and a bit later with the Dutch, British and French.

The English word calico, a cotton textile, originated from this city's name "Calicut".

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

By train[edit]

Direct trains are available to Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and Thiruvananthapuram.

By bus[edit]

Buses are available to all South Indian cities.

By road[edit]

Good roads connect Kozhikode to the rest of the country. Bangalore road is closed during night time.

Get around[edit]

Many places of attractions are near by one another so you could walk between them.

By bus[edit]

Kozhikode has an excellent local bus service system and it is cheap. Your first choice should be travelling by Bus. Be aware that the buses can travel at neck-breaking speeds, but they are fairly safe. Air Conditioned city buses are available from the Railway Station to the Airport and the University.

By auto rickshaw[edit]

This is cheap way of transport between attractions. Auto rickshaw in Calicut are the most honest and safest in India. They hold a reputation of being truthful and are charged right to the kilometer(using digital/analog meters) similar to the ones in Bombay (Mumbai) and Pune.

By taxi[edit]

Local taxi are also available at good rates. Normally, taxis are not needed unless you plan to go way out of the city. If you want to move around in City, auto rickshaw and buses are good enough. Taxi usually charge a flat charge and do not operate on meter.

By car[edit]

There are many rental companies offering cars with drivers or self-drive.

See[edit]

  • Valiyangadi (Behind the Railway Station). Enjoy a walk in the ancient market.
  • Beypore Port. One k.m. long walkway into the sea, Jankar service to the fishing village of Chaliyam.
  • Wayanad Hills (Take a bus to Kalpetta). Beautiufl scenes on nine hairpin bends.
  • Art Gallery. paintings of Raja Ravi Varma and Raja Raja Varma
  • Conolly Canal. for boating
  • Elathur. Beautiful riverside village.
  • PlanetoriumNear New Bus Stand.
  • Bird Sanctuaryat Kadalundy 30 k.m..
  • Kappad Beach. Vasco Da Gamma landed here in 1498 from Europe.
  • KirtadsChevarambalam. Tribal Museum
  • Kozhippara Waterfalls. for trekking and swimming
  • Krishna Menon MuseumEast Hill.
  • Lions ParkBeach. rides for children
  • Mananchira Pond (near the Railway Station). A sprawling park with many beautiful statues.
  • Pazhassiraja Museum. Copies of megalithic monuments.
  • Peruvannamuzhi Dam. Boating facilities, birds sanctuary, crocodile farm.
  • Tali TemplePalayam. Very ancient temple near a pond
  • Tusharagiri. for trekking, with waterfall inside evergreen dense forests
  • Vellari Mala. waterfalls, velvet green landscapes, place for trekking.
  • Chaliyam. Fishing village, lighthouse, jankar service.
  • Elamaram Jetty. Ferry service across River Chaliyar for only Rs.5 per head. Take a bus to Mavoor. Get down at Elamaram jetty. Cross the river and come back the same route.
  • Thangal KubbaKondotty. Location of an ancient festival called The Kondotty Nercha.
  • Arimbra HillsNear Kondotty (Ask for 'Mini Ooty'). Trekking to a mountain 1,000 metres above sea level.

Do[edit]

  • Rock ClimbingKakkayam village.
  • Walking by the Seaat Calicut Beach, very crowded place..
  • Eat the Halwanear the Palayam Bus Stand.
  • Stroll in the Mitayi TheruvuNear the Railway Station. Very crowded and famous market.
  • South Beach Stroll. Start from the Gujarathi Street. Very peaceful walk by the sea. Many ancient buildings. Walk upto 'Francis Road Flyover'.

Buy[edit]

Water pipe enthusiasts should look out for the Koyilandy Hookah, made in the nearby town of Koyilandy. Preparation of an average hookah requires up to 1.5 kg of copper, 1.5 kg of zinc and half kg silver. It takes a week to prepare a Hookah.Available in different sizes (12 to 24 inches), these Hookah are sold anywhere around rupees 500 to 1500. Specially crafted Hookah come at rupees 15,000.

To procure one of these, you may contact the Kozhikode District Handicrafts Artisans Co-operative society. They have several pieces ready and can polish it and sell it to you within an hour. These range from Rs. 1200 to Rs. 2500 depending on the size. They can also ship it to you in India at a price(not sure if they have international shipping). Their contact number is +91 496-2623151.

  • Pai and CompanyNear the Railway Station. Old bookstall
  • Touring Book StallMuthalakkulam. Books, gifts and toys. Very spacious showroom in four stories.

Eat[edit]

Malabar cuisine is quite popular among gourmands. The mild flavored, gently cooked Malabar Biriyani are a must eat when visiting Calicut.

  • Gates RestaurantMalabar Gate Hotel (Ram Mohan Road),  +91 495-4088999. 0730 - 2230. Serving buffet breakfast, À la carte lunch, and dinner. During Ramzan, an Ifthar buffet is also available.
  • Paragon Restaurant, near railway station. Famous for mutton biriyani.
  • Sana RestaurantDevagiri College Road, Near Medical College..
  • Indian Coffee HouseBranches at Palayam, Mavoor Road and Medical College..
  • Pure South RestaurantBranches at Medical College and Bypass Road. Kerala Lunch. Rs. 60.

Drink[edit]

Budget[edit]

Several low-end bars can be found in Kozhikode.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Amrutha, Mavoor Road, near Poothiya (New) Bus Stand.
  • Hotel Sasthapuri, M.M. Ali Road, near Palayam Bus Stand. Sasthapuri has a roof garden which opens from 5PM and is the only decent place (other than Sea Queen) that allows you to smoke while seated.
  • Park Residency
  • Sea Queen, Beach Road. Has a separate smoking area and is the one of the only decent places that lets you smoke while seated.

Splurge[edit]

Sleep[edit]

Budget[edit]

  • Hibra LodgeKamath Jewellery Road, near Railway Station 2701293. Rs.200.
  • Imperial LodgePalayam 04952701293. British building. Indian Coffee House inside. Rs.200.
  • Arya Bhavan Lodge 04952720746. Rs.300.
  • Komal Lodge 04952703932. Rs.300.
  • Midtown Lodge 04952722077. Rs.300.
  • Hotel Marwa 04952700109. Rs. 400.
  • N.C.K.LodgeMavoor Road 04952723530. Rs.400.
  • Safa LodgeNear New Bus Stand 04952725730. Rs. 400.
  • Saudi Lodge 04952722826. Rs. 400.
  • Srinivas Lodge 04952722451. Rs. 400.
  • Sasthapuri Lodge 04952723281. Rs.500.
  • Western Lodge 04952722752. Rs. 500.
  • Citizen Lodge 04952722352. Rs. 600.
  • Udupi Lodge 04952722901. Rs. 600.
  • Hotel White Castle 04952721124. Rs. 600.
  • Hotel Gulf Star 04952727018. Rs. 600.
  • Metro Tourist HomeMavoor Road 04952766029. Rs. 600.
  • Asha Lodge 04952725002. Rs. 700.
  • Aradhana Tourist HomeNear Railway Station 04952302021. Indian Coffee House inside. Rs. 800.
  • Homlet Hotel 04952727535. Rs. 800.
  • Hotel Rennaissance 04952722339. Rs. 800.
  • Hotel Royal Palace 04952701610. Rs. 800.
  • Hotel Apex InnOpp. Tagore Cent Hall, Red Cross Road near League House 04952360555. Rs. 500.
  • Easwari LodgeNear Beach Hospital, P.T.Usha Road 04952369039, 9447137177. Rs. 300.
  • Jaya LodgeTali 04952701557, 04952702286. Rs. 500.
  • Hotel NalandaNear the Town Hall 04952366169. Rs. 340.
  • Hotel Select ResidencyNear Railway Station, Oyitti Road 04952725525. Rs. 550.
  • Shanthi Tourist HomeTali 04952702246 8089624022 8592022669. Rs.200.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Hotel Sea QueenBeach Road 04952366604, 04952366804, 04952361710. Mr. Sinu, Manager
  • Metro TowersBehind Arya Vaidya Shala. Rs.300 for single rooms, Rs. 170 for dormitories, Rs. 1,500 for suite..
  • Hotel Calicut TowerOpp New Bus Stand 04952723202, e-mail: . Rs. 1,500.

Splurge[edit]

  • Hotel West WayWest Nadakkavu 04952768888. Rs.4,200.

Go next[edit]

  • Kannur
  • Palakkad – a number of tourist attractions such as the Malampuzha gardens; 140 km away by road
  • Ramanattukara – a quickly developing village-town 16 km south of Calicut city, serving more and more as a suburb of Calicut
  • Vadagara – a city on the Kuttiyadi river, famous 1500 year old Lokanarkavu Bhagavathi Temple, rock cut caves with murals and carvings
  • Wayanad District – famous for scenic locations is nearby with District Headquarters Kalpetta 68 km away and Sulthan Bathery 90 km away
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