Kozhikode District is a district of Kerala state, situated on the southwest coast of India. The city of Kozhikode, also known as Calicut, is the district headquarters. The district is 38.25% urbanised.Kozhikode district is bordered by the districts of Kannur to the north, Wayanad to the east, and Malappuram to the south.The Arabian Sea lies to the west. It is situated between latitudes 11° 08'N and 11° 50'N and longitudes 75° 30'E and 76° 8'E.The district is divided into three taluks; Vadakara, Koyilandy, and Kozhikode.Kozhikode is also known as Cock Fort.The Malabar coastal region and the third largest city in Kerala, Kozhikode formerly called Calicut, is situated on the northern part of the state. Kozhikode, also known as Calicut, is a city in the southern Indian state of Kerala. It is the third largest city in Kerala and the headquarters of Kozhikode district. During the Middle Ages, Calicut was dubbed the "City of Spices" for its role as the major trading point of eastern spices.Having great cultural traditions and jargon of its own, the city is a major trading center for spices and tiles and sometimes known as the 'land of spices'.
From time immemorial, the city attracted travelers, with its charming physical features and prosperity. Even today, the glory that was Calicut has not faded. The political history of Kozhikode is a story of treacherous and ill conceived conspiracies hatched by the Western powers. Vasco De Gama landed at Kappad in May 1498, as the leaders of a trade mission from Portugal and was received by the Zamorin himself . The name Kozhikode is derived from the words Koyil (palace) and Kodu ( fortified). The city found its place in world history when Portuguese navigator Vasco De Gama discovered this as a sea route to India in 1498. Kozhikode is know by various names; Arabs called it Kalikat and Chinese Kalifo. During the conquest of Malabar, Tippu Sulthan tried to change the name of the city to Ferozabad. The city is popular for its Kozhikodan Halwas, a sweet dish made by flour and jaggery and the traditional Muslim food especially seafood cuisines made out of prawns, crabs, lobster and shell creature known as kallummekkaya or kadukka. Today, ancient monuments,Mananchira Square,serene beaches, historic sites, wildlife sanctuaries, rivers, hills, a unique culture and a warm, friendly ambience make Kozhikode a much sought after destination.
Basking in the idyllic setting of the serene Arabian Sea on the west and the proud peaks of the Wayanad hills on the east, this district with the serene beaches, lush green countryside, historic sites, all combine to make Kozhikode a popular tourist destination filled with a warm ambience to fascinate a visitor Innumerable versions of how Kozhikode acquired its name abound among the local populace. Another version says that Kozhikode derived its name from Koyil Kotu or Kotta, which means a fortified palace.The district is famous for its educational institutions. The Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kozhikode and National Institute of Technology (NIT), Kozhikode are institutes of international repute.
Kozhikode has a population of 436,556 as per 2001 census, with an extended metropolitan population of about 0.9 million, making it the third largest urban agglomeration and the third largest city in Kerala. According to data compiled by economics research firm Indicus Analytics on residences, earnings and investments, Kozhikode ranked as the second best city in India to reside in. Indicus considered six parameters – health, education, environment, safety, public facilities and entertainment – for preparing their 'reside-in' index of liveability.Kozhikode city continues to be a centre of flourishing domestic and international trade. Its contribution to all round development of the district in trade, commerce and economic development over the years is spectacular. Kozhikode city is the marketing centre for commodities like pepper coconut, coffee, rubber, lemon grass oil etc., produced in Kozhikode and the neighbouring districts of Wayanad, Malappuram and Kannur.
|Kozhikode formerly called Calicut, is situated on the northern part of the state|
Climate/Weather of Kozhikkod Districts :
|The district has a generally humid climate with a very hot season extending from March to May. The rainy season is during the South West Monsoon, which sets in the first week of June and extends up to September. The North East Monsoon extends from the second half of October through November. The average annual rainfall is 3266 mm. The best weather is found in towards the end of the year, in December and January — the skies are clear, and the air is crisp.|
History of Kozhikkod Districts :
|In 1498 Portuguese Navigator Vasco Da Gama discovered Sea Route to India in Kozhikode District. Thus in this way Kozhikode found a place in the World History. Vasco Da Gama landed at the Kappad seashore with three vessels and 170 men. A monument is constructed here to commemorate the historical landing.
Kozhikode city continues to be a center of flourishing domestic and international trade. Its contribution to all round development of the district in trade, commerce and economic development over the years is amazing. The development is remarkable and impressive. Kozhikode city is the marketing center for commodities like pepper coconut, coffee, rubber, lemon grass oil etc. These are produced in Kozhikode and the neighboring districts of Wayanad, Malappuram and Kannur.
Educational Institutions of Kozhikkod Districts :
AWH Engineering College
Janatha Arts College
Calicut Medical College Canteen
Nirmala Hospital And Nursing College
Malabar Christian College
Govt. Law College
Government Arts & Science CollegeMeenchanda 1 review
Govt. Homeopathic Medical College
Govt. Engineering College Temporary Block
MES Womens college
Government Engineering College Kozhikode
Medical College Helipad
Calicut Medical College
Christ Hall Jesuit Training College
Med.College Campus GHSS
St Joseph's College Devagiri
KMCT College of Engineering
Manappuram -Medical College
Zamorin's Guruvayurappan College 1 review
|The local language spoken here is Malayalam the mother tongue of the people of Kerala known as keralites or Malayalees|
In the field of Malayalam Language and literature Kozhikode has made significant contributions. The district is famous for folk songs or ballads known as Vadakkan Pattukal. The most popular songs among them are those which celebrate the exploits of Thacholi Othenan. Mappilapattu and Oppana are cultural heritages of the Muslims. The songs are composed in a composite language of Arabic and Malayalam.Kozhikode also has strong associations with ghazals and football.
The city has a strong mercantile streak to it, with the major hub of commerce being the Mithai Theruvu.The name Mithai Theruvu or SM Street comes from the sweet Kozhikode Halwa which was often called as Sweetmeat by European traders. The multi cultural mix of Kozhikode ensures that Onam, Christmas, and Id-ul-Fitr are celebrated with equal pomp.
Kozhikode also offers a fare for every palate. Vegetarian fare includes the sadya (the full-fledged feast with rice, sambhar, papadum, and seven different curries).The non-vegetarian food offered in the city is a unique mix of Muslim and Christian preparations. Some popular dishes include the Biriyani, Ghee Rice with meat curry, a whole host of seafood preparations (prawns, mussels, mackerel, sea-fish) and paper thin Pathiris to provide accompaniment to spicy gravy. Other well known Kozhikodan snacks are the banana chips and the Kozhikodan Halwa.
How to reach?
|Nearest Railway Station:Kozhikode is served by a handful of costal expresses and several passenger trains.|
|Nearest Airport:Kozhikode has an airport at Karipur.|
|Road Transport:The KSRTC buses ply regularly to Bangalore, Mangalore, Mysore, Ooty, Madurai, Coimbatore, Pondicherry, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Palakkad, Kannur Alappuzha, Kochi and Kottayam. NH 17 connects Kozhikode to Kannur, Kasaraod, Mangalore, Panjim and Mumbai. Tourists prefer taking the bus route to Ooty and Mysore due to the breathtaking views presented as the bus ascends the Western Ghats.|
Tourist Attraction of Kozhikkod Districts
Krishna Menon Museum:
Kozhippara Water Falls
S M Street:
Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary:
Hotels/Lodge/Accommodation in Kozhikkod Districts :
Fortune Hotel Calicut Rated 2.4 out of 5.0 47
Hotel Kadavu Resort 25
Beach Heritage Inn Hotel Rated 3.2 out of 5.0 6
Hotel Asma Tower
The Gateway Hotel Beach Road Rated 3.4 out of 5.0 33
Taj Residency Hotel
|Beypore Beach Located about 10 kms south of Kozhikode town at the mouth of the Chaliyar River, is Beypore beach,Kozhikode District, Beypore, is a beautiful expanse of vast land and turquoise blue sea. Nature will embrace you in its arms on the calm shore shores of this beach. The endless Arabian Sea laps at your feet as you stand on the soft sands watching the sunset. The Kozhikode Beypore Beach is a commercial center for ship building and has existed here for more than 1000 years. This boatyard is famous for making a distinctive ship vessel known as 'Uru'. The Beypore Beach in Kerala is a must visit if you want to enjoy the calm and tranquil environment as well as take a look at how the ancient business of ship business is thriving even today.....more|
|Kappad Beach is Located at a distance of 16 km from the Kozikode town, the Kappad beach is wrapped in a sheet of history. Uncover it to know that this was the land where the famous Portuguese sailor, Vasco da Gama set his feet in the year 1498 along with 170 men. This marked the beginning of a new era and new relationship between the Indians and the Portuguese which lasted for 4 to 5 centuries later.Kappad is where Vasco da Gama is believed to have landed in 1498 with 170 sailors. The beach is gentle and partly. For the ultimate beach experience, plan your holiday at the Kappad Beach Resort. Set amidst pleasant surroundings, the resort is the ideal place where one can combine relaxation with rejuvenating Ayurveda therapies.Kappad Beach Resort's circular restaurant specialises in the regional cuisine of North Malabar. Eat your fill of fresh seafood.....more|
|Chaliyar River is 10 kms south of Kozhikode town, Kerala.It is also popular as the Beypore river, can conveniently form a major river of the state. It boasts of its origination from the Ilambalari hills in Gudalur Taluk of the Nilagiri district in Tamil Nadu. Its important tributaries comprise of Chalipuzha, Punnapuzha, Pandiyar, Karimpuzha, Vadapurampuzha, Iringipuzha and Iruthilpuzha. It is an inter-state river covering an area of 2923 sq. kms, of which 2535 sq kms lie in Kerala. The length of this river is 169 kms. The river cascades merrily through Nilambur, Mambad, Edavanna, Areacode, Vazhakkad in Malappuram district and Feroke in Kozhikode district to join the Arabian Sea near Beypore. Thus the river gets the names Chaliyar and Beyporepuzha. Chaliyar and Feroke Bridge.....more|
|Kozhikode District Backwater|
|The backwaters of Kozhikode are Unexplored,unspoiled, the backwaters of Kozhikode hold great promises of enchanting holiday options. Elathur , the Canoil Canal and the Kallai river are favourite destinations for boating , Kadalundi with its beautiful bird sanctuary is a charming site. Korapuzha , the venue of the Korapuzha Jalotsavam is fast becoming a populat watersport destination.The Kozhikode backwaters are a promise to the tourist; the promise of a holiday on historic lands, on serene waters, with a view of the plush blue green landscape and the exotic flora and fauna of the region. .....more|
|The Malabar coastal region and the third largest city in Kerala, Kozhikode formerly called Calicut, is situated on the northern part of the state. Kozhikode, also known as Calicut, is a city in the southern Indian state of Kerala. It is the third largest city in Kerala and the headquarters of Kozhikode district. During the Middle Ages, Calicut was dubbed the "City of Spices" for its role as the major trading point of eastern spices.Having great cultural traditions and jargon of its own, the city is a major trading center for spices and tiles and sometimes known as the 'land of spices'. The name Kozhikode is derived from the words Koyil (palace) and Kodu ( fortified). The city found its place in world history when Portuguese navigator Vasco De Gama discovered this as a sea route to India in 1498. Kozhikode is know by various names; Arabs called it Kalikat and Chinese Kalifo. During the conquest of Malabar, Tippu Sulthan tried to change the name of the city to Ferozabad.....more|
|Pazhassiraja Museum and Art Gallery is situated about 5 km from Kozhikode town at East Hill, Kozhikode district, north Kerala. It has been named after the famous Pazhassiraja Kerala Varma of the Kottayam royal family. Pazhassiraja led the famous 'Pazhassi Revolt' against the East India Company during the 1700's. Pazhassiraja was nicknamed the Lion of Kerala and is also accredited with starting guerilla war in the hills of Wayanad to give a blow to the unbearable British rule. An absolute treasure trove for historians and connoisseurs of art, the Pazhassiraja Museum is located in the land of spices, which lured navigators from time immemorial. The Art Gallery adjacent to the museum displays the paintings of Kerala's esteemed artists, Raja Ravi Varma, whose works brought international repute to the State.....more|
|The Kallai river has its origin from Cherukulathur village, Kozhikode District, Kerala and is connected to the Chaliyar on the south by a man-made canal. The river passes through Cherukulathur, Kovur, Olavanna, Manava and Kallai before finally joining the Arabian Sea at Kozhikode. The length of the river is 22 kms. and it has a drainage area of 96 sq. kms, it forms an important river taking into consideration the commercialization part. Kallai, situated on the banks of the river, is the core centre of timber trade Though small in size, the Kallai is one of the most important rivers in the entire State from the commercial point of view. Kallai, a main centre of timber trade, is situated on its banks.....more|
|Korapuzha River is one of the famous rivers of India and it is situated 16km from Kozhikode, this river is known for its cleanliness and pureness. This riveris filled with natural inhabitants and many other things. People love its stillness that calms the mood, mind and body.Korapuzha also known as Elathur River is a short river of 40 km , with a drainage area of 624 km .There is heavy boat traffic over the last 25 km of its course. It is formed by the confluence of two streams, Agalapuzha and Punnoorpuzha which originate in the mountains of Wayanad district. The Korapuzha empties into the Arabian Sea at Elathur. It forms part of the West Coast Inland Navigation System. The Korapuzha is generally considered as the boundary between the North Malabar and South Malabar in the erstwhile district of Malabar.....more|
|Kuttiadi river originates from Narikotta ranges in the Western Ghats, at an elevation of 1220 m above MSL and joins the Arabian Sea at Kottackal, after traversing 74 km across the State.This river flows through Vadakara, Koyilandy and Kozhikode taluks. It empties into the Arabian Seal at the historical kottakkal fort, 7 kms, South of Vadakara. This river has a length of 74kms.It passes through Oorakuzhi, Kuttiadyl, Tiruvallur, Muyipoth, Maniyur and Karuvancheri. A storage dam built across the Kuttiadi River at Peruvannamuzhi is the nearby attraction. And along with its tributaries it flows through an area of 583 sq.kms. The Onipuzha, the Thottilpalam puzha, the Kadiyangad puzha, the Vamathil puzha and the Madapalli puzha are the major tributaries of Murad river.....more|
|Lokanarkavu Bhagvathi Temple|
|Lokanarkavu Bhagavathi Temple is situated at Memunda, around 5 km from Vadakara, Kozhikode district. The temple is dedicated to goddess Durga. It also has two adjacent shrines dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva. There are three rock cut caves in the temple premises which are artfully engraved with beautiful carvings and fascinating murals.Lokanarkavu is a short form of Lokamalayarkavu which means lokam made of mala, aaru and kavu. It is the official family temple of the five hundres Nagariks who had migrated to kerala and their successors.....more|
|Thusharagiri Falls which is 50kms east of Kozhikode in Kerala is the best holiday destination of Thusharagiri, a small tribal village. Two streams originating from the verdant Western Ghats converge here to form the River Challipuzha. The gushing river diverges into three waterfalls, throwing up a fine snowy spray of water giving it a snowy effect. Thus the name ' ‘Thusharagiri', which means 'snowy peak'.Trekkers alert: Get an early morning start from the second waterfalls in the hills. The air is invigorating. Pick your way through the dense evergreen forests full of exotic birds and fauna and time your arrival to be at Vythiri by evening.If you are in the mood for some challenging trekking and rock-climbing through shallow streams, river paths and numerous waterfalls, head for this region. You see Nature here in all her glory......more|