Fondly referred to as the Gateway to India, Calicut is the city that welcomed the arrival of the Portuguese explorer, Vasco Da Gama, some 500 years back. Located at the Malabar coast, the city has been renamed to Kozhikode.
From the mouth-watering Malabari cuisine to the grand monuments, serene beaches and an aura of spirituality, Calicut will leave you enchanted in its spell. The city has been the favorite of tourists from all around the world.
What Calicut Has to Offer?
Whether it is beaches that excite you, or you are an animal lover or maybe you are looking for some adventure, the city has in bucket enough to take care of all your needs. Some of the major attractions in Calicut are:
The city accommodates some of the most magnificent monuments and buildings from the older times. Calicut knows that the best way to explore history is by going on a heritage walk and so it has been already designed for you. It covers old pier, Cosmopolitan Club, old Municipal Offices, old Dutch weaving factory and the mosques at Kuttichira.
The city embraces the traditional Malbari culture coupled with the European traditions. It presents to you its cultural glory in the form of Kathakali dance shows, classical music and traditional theatre.
The Malabari cuisine will make you stuff your stomach and still leave you craving for more. The mussels are a favorite in the city. The famous Calicut Halwa is a delight for your sweet tooth.
Just a 15 minutes drive away from Calicut is Kerala’s famous Dolphin Point where you can catch the heart-warming sight of dolphins playing in the sea, early in the morning.
The coastal city houses a number of beaches known for their beautiful sunsets. Kozhikode Beach is the most popular beach.
Boating is quite popular in Calicut and it is reflected in the number of boating destinations that the city houses. These include Elathur lake, Conolly Canal, Kallai river and the Kadalundi bird sanctuary. If you are one for sunsets, boating around the Conolly Canal is a must.
keeping pace with the ever-changing world, the city has a community of gamers who meet together at the gaming center, Lambda Gaming and discuss about various video games. If you are a big-time gamer, this place is a must-visit.