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Book a flight to Kozhikode, better known as Calicut – the City of Truth, a prosperous town where once Arab, Chinese and East African traders converged.
Once the capital of the powerful Zamorins, this charming coast has changed from time to time. The whiff of history continues to linger the lanes, bazaars and business hubs of the city. Lush green country side, serene beaches, historic sites, hills and bird sanctuaries make Kozhikode a popular destination. Why not tick Kozhikode as your travel destination this year?
Set your compass to the direction of the long and serene Kozhikode coast. The old lighthouse and the century old crumbling piers of the beautiful Calicut beach, the Dolphins you might get to see off the Beypore coast, the historic light house built on the remains of the shipwreck at Thikkodi and the rock studded Kappad beach, where Vasco Da Gama first set foot to enter India in 1498, are the spectacular beaches of Kozhikode.
The city also boasts of 14th century temples, like the one at Tali and the 1500 year old Lokanarkavu at Payyoli. The tali temple is a remarkable combination of laterite along with wood and the latter one has rock cut caves with fascinating murals and beautiful carvings.
The two museums, Pazhassi Raja and the Krishna Menon museum have good collection of historical artifacts and Raja Ravi varma paintings respectively.
The water sports at Payyoli beach, boating at Bio Park, river rafting through beautiful falls of Thusharagiri and Kozhippara are few places you can have fun with Kozhikode waters. Thusharagiri and Kakkayam offers mind blowing trekking through the greens.
You can see Herons, whimbrels, Gulls and a range of other migratory birds if you visit the Kadalundi bird sanctuary between December and April. One can also opt for a health check up and treatment in some of the best Ayurvedic Centres in the city.
Malabar cuisine is mildly flavored and delicately spiced. The flavors here are definitely more subtle than in any other parts of India. You can try Kozhikode biryani which is delicately spiced mutton or chicken with fragrant rice. It’s simply delicious. Other local specialties include spiced mussels and Alisa (chicken and husked wheat).
You will find local halwa and banana chips at bakeries across the city, available in a range of different flavors.
Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a traditional breakfast at one of the Kozhikode’s hotels. Idli, fluffy rice pancakes, and puttu, a grated coconut and rice powder dish are popular choices.
Travel to Kozhikode and you will find many local markets and shops selling hand crafted souvenirs. The replica of the large wooden boat of Beypore is a typical Kozhikode souvenir. The sweet Meat Street is a great place to find gifts. The Khadhi centres in Calicut are renowned for its rosewood carvings, buffalo horn artifacts, and silk fabrics.
Court Road market is a spice market where you can buy spices or simply soak up the fragrant atmosphere. The city is also home to several cotton factories, and you’ll find high quality cotton at reasonable pricing. Hi tech shopping malls are also mushrooming at many places in the city.
Flights to Kozhikode with Qatar Airways arrive at Kozhikode Airport, which is a major gateway to the sub continent. Your passport must be valid for 180 days before you fly to Kozhikode.
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to Kozhikode please check the visa and passport requirements.
Currency: Indian Rupee (INR)
Voltage: 230 V 50 Hz
Plugs: Type C / D
Language: Hindi / English
International dialing code: +91