Calicut also known as Kozhikode is situated in the south Indian state of Kerala on the southwest coast of the Arabian Sea. This busy coastal city holds an important place in the history of Kerala. The place is historically famous as the Portuguese led by Vasco da Gama was the first European to reach India via the sea route . It was later that the Dutch, French and British also came for trade to the shores of Calicut. Kozhikode was the capital of the powerful Zamorins and it still maintains its commercial traditions.
Places to visit
There are number of places to be seen in Calicut including the Pazhassirajah Museum. This rich museum located on the East hill - 5 kms from the city displays the historic past of Kozhikode. The museum is run by the State Archeological Department and is famous for the ancient mural paintings, antique bronzes, old coins, models of temples, and megalithic structures . Art Gallery at Calicut is known for its treasured collection of paintings made by Raja Ravi Varma and Raja Raja Varma . Due to its association with Raja Ravi Verma - the first Indian painter to make use of old colors - this gallery holds an important position in the Indian art circle . The paintings displayed portray mythological events, royal portraits and day-to-day life.
Kozhikode Beach offers the leisure-seekers a long stretch of endless sandy beach. The spectacle of the setting sun from this beach is most glorious to see. Other attractions here are The Lighthouse, the Lions Park (children's park) and the Aquarium . Dolphin's Point is where one can see dolphins playing in the sea of an early morning. Thikkoti Lighthouse - overlooks Velliyamkallu of Moodadi coast and was built after a shipwreck, the remains of which can still be seen here. The region around the Velliyamkallu rock is the transit home to migratory birds.
One can also enjoy various excursions from Calicut and to name a few are of Beypore Beach, Kadalindi bird Sanctuary, The Kappad beach, Lakkidi, The famous Lokanrakayu Bhagavati Temple, Thusharagiri waterfalls and Wayanad wildlife sanctyary, The Beypore beach located around 11 kilometers from Calicut is also a commercial center . The beach is famous for its ship-building center and the Arabs still come to Beypore for buying large boats and ships. This place is famous for its ancient style of martial arts known as 'Kalaripayattu'. Other excusrions are that of
Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary - located around 19 kilometers from Kozhikode. This sanctuary houses a variety of native birds. During the migrating season one can find over 50 species of migratory birds flocking over here in large numbers.
Kappad Beach is the one where Vasco da Game landed on the 27th of May hence finding a sea route to India . This beach is very well maintained and is worth visiting . Lakkidi is a beautiful hill-station located at the top of Thamaraserri Ghat pass, which is 700 meters above sea level. This beautiful hill station is covered with lush green forests and the softly cascading streams here give a typical paradise look. The Lokanarkavu Bhagavati Temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga. The two adjacent shrines here dedicate to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. And this temple is often mentioned in the traditional ballads of Kerala.
Thusharagiri Waterfalls are nestled in the hilly regions of the Western Ghats. The gurgling waters that cascade down the mountains present a very picturesque scene and is an deal place to relax and unwind. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary established in 1973 is located adjoining the protected area network of Nagarhole and Bandipore and is home to many species of birds and animals.
How to reach Calicut
By Air : Kozhikode airport is located at a distance of about 25 km from the center of the city and is well connected by air to Mumbai, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Goa, Madurai and Chennai.
By Rail : Calicut is connected to all the major cities of India through rail link. The station is around 2 km southof Mananchira Square. The city is well connected by train with important places like Mangalore, Ernakulam, Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai, Coimbatore, Goa and Mumbai.
By Road : Calicut is well linked with various destinations in Kerala and beyond. National Highway-17 links Calicut with the rest of the cities in Kerala and neighboring states.
When to visit Calicut
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October to March is considered to the best time to travel Calicut / Kozhikode
Basic Inclusions of the package :
- Assisted transfers from airport to hotel and back
- Accommodation in Hotels (as per the category selected)
- Daily Breakfast Buffet
- City tour + Drives by private car
- An English / Language speaking well mannered guide during sightseeing trips
- All currently applicable taxes
- Any meal unless mentioned above, personal expenses like telephone /laundry bills etc.
- Entrance fees and still camera or video camera charges at various monuments and museums.
- Tips and gratuities to drivers, guides, and bellboys at hotels
- Departure taxes or Visa handling fees (A Visa is required to visit India)
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- Anything not mentioned in inclusions.
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