Vasco da Gama landed in Kozhikode in 1498, thus putting it on the world map. Today, this great port of yesteryears is popular for its historical sites, unique culture, and warm and friendly ambience. Despite the urban sprawl, this charming coastal city is awash in glorious history. The Arabs, who were the earliest traders to visit the shores of Kozhikode, called it 'Kalikut', a name later anglicised to 'Calicut' by the Europeans. The Italian explorer, Marco Polo, eulogised its virtues, whereas the Arab traveller and chronicler, Ibn Batuta, called it 'one of the great ports of the Malabar District where traders from all parts are found'. In the wake of the Portuguese, followed the Dutch, French and the British, who waged ceaseless war against the Zamorin kings, and later, among themselves, to gain control over this 'Jewel of the Malabar'

Basic information

Established 1 Jan 1957
Area 2344 Sq.Km.
Population 28,78,498
Language Malayalam
Temperature 20 – 28 Degree Celsius
STD Code 0495
Best time to visit September to March

Places to Visit

Beypore and its ‘Urus’, Beach Road, CSI Church, Kallai, Lokanarkavu of Vadakkanpattu, Mananchira Square, Mishkal Mosque, Mother of God Cathedral, Muchundipalli, Pazhassiraja Museum and Art Gallery, Planetarium and Science Centre, Tali Temple, Valayanadu Devi Kshetram,

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