Calicut, also known as Kozhikode, was dubbed as the 'City of Spices'. In the 14th century Kozhikode was actually planned according to traditional Hindu city building guidelines. Modelled on the image of cosmic man with a meticulous grid system, little evidence remains that someone actually opened his books to design this city, let alone put anything down in blue ink!
How to Reach Calicut?
By Air : The Kozhikode International Airport (Calicut Airport) is placed in the Malappuram district close to Kozhikode (Calicut) kerala. Well linked to other Indian and International cities, the airport is served by quite a few leading carriers such as Air India, Jet Airways, Air India Express, Saudi Airlines, Etihad Airways, Emirates and Oman Airways.
By Rail : The Kozhikode Railway Station is connected to most Indian cities and regulates a significant share of rail traffic heading to Kerala. Trains from Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata make a stop at this station.
By Road : There are buses to Kozhikode from many places in Kerala, and Bangalore. State-run transport will be cheaper and more rugged. The privately operated buses are slightly expensive but much more comfortable.
Best Time to Visit Calicut
The best time to visit Kozhikode would be during the winter months from October to February when the temperature ranges between 14°C to 18°C making it an ideal time for sightseeing and relaxing at the beach. In the month of December, the Malabar Shopping festival is held. So, plan your trip accordingly to enjoy up to the brim.
Summer months are hot and humid with temperature soaring up to a maximum of 36°C. So, avoid visiting this place from March to May. During monsoon months, this place experiences heavy rainfall.
Things to do in Calicut
Visit some of the old churches and temples in the town and the venture out to the nearby Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary to get a look at some rare species of birds especially in the migratory season. The spiritually inclined can make trip to the famed Guruvayur temple. Kozhikode or Calicut is known as the city of spices – so buy some fresh spices to take back home.
Places Near Calicut
Mahe, Thalasseri, Kannur, Bekal, Kasaragod are the places near Kozhikode. Up north past the big city of Kozhikode is a string of small seaside towns no longer anything big in their own right but pleasant enough to drive through. Old forts from the days of the Company, the French, the Portuguese and relics from the times of local rulers pepper the countryside. The coastal road to the northern extreme of the state winds along these charming towns having already come through others like Aluva, Kodungallur and the important temple town of Guruvayur.
Hotels in Calicut – Choice is Yours
There are numerous hotels in Calicut ranging from 3-star, 4-star and 5-star deluxe to budget hotels.