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Thali Temple Kozhikode, Kerala
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Where Is Calicut

The busy coastal city of Kozhikode or Calicut (as it was earlier known), is located to the north of Kerala and 225 kms from Kochi holds an important postion in the legend and history of Kerala. It is said that there is a magic in the Kozhikode weather that makes you fall in love with this place. But before you go there check out Calicut India map for easy access through the city streets.

Kozhikode History

Kozhikode was earlier known as Calicut which was an angilised form of Kalikut. According to some scholars, prominently K V Krishnan Iyer, the name implies koyil (palace) Kodu (fortified). Also, the quality cotton, calico (origin of the name Calicut) is believed to have originated here.

By this time, Calicut was established as a leading spice trading centre on the western coast. It was the Zamorin ruler himself who received the famous Portugese sailor, Vasco da gama as he set his feet in Kozhikode in May 1498. With his arrival, Calicut was thrown open to the world as an important spice trading centre. There were traders - Russian, Chinese, Dutch and finally the British from all over the world coming to Calicut for a profitable deal.

Calicut was designated its capital. Post independence, the Madras Presidency was turned into Madras state. It was only in 1956, when the Indian states were being reorganized on the basis of language ,that Kerala (consisting of Malabar district and Travancore-Cochin) came into existence. The Malabar district was segregated into separate district of Kannur, Kozhikode and Palakkad a year later.

Today, Kozhikode is a progressive trade centre of India and a famous tourists destination as well.

Shopping In Kozhikode

Interestingly, tourists in Kozhikode have been known to carry back the varied coloured Kozhikode halwa and banana chips more than anything else. The, there is the spice market with its irresistible variety of Kerala spices, almost ready to season your food.

Other items that make for a good buy include bell metal artefacts, models of urs or yatch, muslin and handloom cloth (the last two were the pride of Kozhikode at one point of time). Main shopping street of the city is the SM Street where the sweet halwa is sold.

How To Reach Calicut (Kozhikode)

By Air- Reaching Kozhikode (Calicut) Airport

Although Calicut international airport is excatly not like other cities but still the closest airport from Kozhikode lies at a distance of 26 km, Karipur Airport. Flights to Kozhikode from here fly daily to Delhi, Coiambatore, Mumbai, Kochi and Chennai. There are flights to Calicut thrice a week. Twice to Trichy and just once to Trivandrum. From Karipur, prepaid taxis are available to take you to Kozhikode.

By Rail

The nearest Kozhikode railway station is at Calicut. Trains from here run to and from Ernakulam, Trivandrum, Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai. The Cannanore, Netravati and Partshuram Express run daily to Ernakulam and Delhi. The Netravati Express along with the Mangla Lakshwadeep Express trains connects to Mumbai. The Mangala Lakshwadeep Express originates in Delhi which is also connected to Kozhikode by another train by the name of Trivandrum Rajdhani. The Mangalore Mail runs daily between Calicut and Chennai.

By Road

Kozhikode is linked with many other places by National and State Highways. For example, the NH-17 connects it to places like Kannur (86 km), Kasodgarh (175 km), Mangalore (224 km), Panjim (619 km) and Mumbai (1212 km). Kochi lies at a distance of 223 km from Kozhikode Bus services from Kozhikode run to Kochi, Thrissur, Kannur, Perinthalamanna, Bangalore, Mangalore and Madurai.

Distance of Kozhikode From Other Cities

Bangalore to Palakkad - 373 KM

Bangalore to Kozhikode - 349.3 KM

Mumbai to Calicut - 1162 KM

Delhi to Calicut - 2564 KM

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