Away from the noisy, fast moving metropolitan cities, is one such place, in the form of Kozhikode, which is beautiful and a peaceful place to stay at. Travelling and exploring Kozhikode is amazing. It is would be like heaven to most of the nature lovers. Kozhikode is an exotic destination. Popular for the Indian spices, this city is a commercial hub for the export of spices in India. Kozhikode is also known by another name Calicut and is the third largest city in Kerala in terms of the area. This city lies in the Southern part of India.
This small and serene city of Kozhikode is quite rich and classy in terms of its history. From the very beginning the city has always attracted people for many reasons, first being its spices and second being cotton cloth. Ibn Battuat was among the first few who explored this small city for spices. According to him this was one place where they could find merchants from all other ports, as this was the hub for spices. Vasco Da Gama also visited this small city as the leader of a trade mission from Portugal, at the time when Kozhikode was under the control of Zamorin. Kozhikode has had many different rulers during the passage of time. Once it was under the control of Arabs and Portuguese. It was also a part of the British Empire and earlier was also a part of the colonial empires.
|Time Zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Population (2011 census)||2,030,519|
|Area||128 sq km|
|Main Languages||English and Malayalam|
|Elevation||1 m (3 ft)|
Best time to visit Kozhikode
Though the climate of Kozhikode is amazing and refreshing through out the year, but the best time to visit Kozhikode is from September to May, during these months the weather is extremely favorable for the travelers to travel.
Kozhikode Travel Tips
Things to be taken care of while traveling in the Kozhikode
- Sanitation is not a problem in Kozhikode; public toilets are easily available in the market areas at reasonable distances.
- Food is easily available, traditional as well as all other types of cuisines are easily accessible.
- One must always carry a water bottle in case of an emergency; otherwise sealed bottled water is easily available at any local shop.
- One must carry some sort of identity proof all the time while they are traveling in Kozhikode, though there is no as such problem but just to be on a safer side.
- Accommodation is never a problem in Kozhikode; hotels are easily available varying different ranges.
This city is connected to all the major states and towns in India. Kozhikode is very well connected through roadways, railways and airways, also there is one special transport that will soon be available to travel within the city and that is, monorail service.
Traveling by air adds convenience to one's traveling experience. Kozhikode's nearest airport is Calicut international airport. Flights are easily available from Kozhikode to all the major states. People do not mind spending a little more for the convenience they get through traveling by airways.
Kozhikode is well connected to major cities in India like New Delhi, Mumbai and many such states. Frequent trains are available from the Kozhikode railway station. The nearest railway station Kozhikode railway station which is close to the main city area.
The transport infrastructure is quite developed; this small town is well versed with national highways. National Highway number 17, 212, 213 are all important highways that connect this small city to various metropolitan cities like Mumbai and Bangalore. The journey through these highways is pleasurable and relaxing, as all the roads are in good condition, so this adds convenience to one's traveling experience.
Shopping in Kozikhode
Though there is not much to shop in Kozhikode, there are small street markets and bazaars for shopping of traditional products.
One can shop for soft cotton printed clothes as this place is famous for cotton cloth and also attracts people with its hand woven textiles. Handicraft craved out of sandalwood and rosewood is the main specialties of Kozhikode.
Mini Snake boats, coir products and similar handicrafts can be bought while shopping in Kozhikode (Calicut).
Popular shopping areas in Kozhikode
- Sweet Meat Street
- Wholesale Spice Market
- Mavoor Road
- Comtrust Store
Last Updated on : September 18, 2013