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Kozhikode or Calicut as it was earlier called is a culturally rich, third largest city in the Indian state of Kerala. The capital of Malbar before the British,Kozhikode is a blissful city bestowed with natural beauty, a big coastal area,amazing cuisine and friendly locals – all signs that you should have taken a Calicut trip yesterday!

Dubbed as the city of spices by westerners in the olden days, Calicut became a part of World History when the Portuguese traveller Vasco De Gama found discovered the port.

It was called the Gateway to the golden Land of India by him. A sea route was established between Europe and India after his discovery. A monument in the city still recalls this amusing yet historically important landing.

Kozhikode was the capital of the Zamorins who ruled the Malabar area before British captured this area. It was an important trade and commerce centre at that time. Merchants from all over the world travelled to the port for trade.

Other prominent travellers like Ibn-Batuta, Ma huan, Abur Razzak and Nicole Conti visited Calicut and were mesmerized by the riches of the city. They have recorded the culture and commerce of the city in their travelogues.

Kozhikode continues to be an important commerce centre in Kerala. The economy of the city is mainly business oriented. It is also known for having one of the highest literacy rates in the country at 96.6 percent.

Although famous for a boat building yard and its timber building, Kozhikode has a rich cultural environment. It is notable for a having a notable multi religious, diverse background.

Based on the coast of the serene Arabic sea, the city not only has clean beautiful beaches but it is also bestowed by lush green countryside and Wayanand hills on the east.

A city tour of Calicut won’t be complete without the Kozhikode beach with its breathtaking old world charm, finds itself full of hordes of visitors everyday. A huge Aquarium, Water Park and lions park is situated on the beach.

Tourism in Kozhikode is made richer by the city’s huge football fan base. After Kolkata, it is the second mecca of Football in India. It is the town of sportspersons and cricket lovers as well.

An interesting blend of Kerali culture, typically south Indian intricately designed Calicut temples, amazing south Indian vegetarian food and seafood and a city that loves its Carnatic music and films, Kozhikode is your perfect beach destination in Kerala.

Calicut Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Calicut tips for your visit


  • Choose a hotel closer to the beach and book it in advance – The TripHobo itinerary planner to Calicut can help you with this.
  • Always carry a mosquito spray with you in this region.
  • Negotiate the Rickshaw price before you travel.
  • Knowing a few words in Malyalam, the native language of Kerala is the best way to get to know the locals.
  • Wear conservative clothes while visiting the temples.
  • Try the local cuisine.
  • Carry sun block and headgear with you during day time.
  • Buy local crafts directly from the artists.


  • Do not litter anywhere.
  • Ask permission before taking photographs in a temple.
  • Do not waste energy resources.
  • Do not consume alcohol or any other intoxicants on the beach.
  • Do not harm the environment and be considerate towards sea life.
  • Do not insult the local culture or language.
  • Respect and read a little about South Indian culture before visiting the state.

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Facts and Stats for Calicut*

  • Pollution Statistics in Calicut

    Know the pollution level of Calicut before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 48.53 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 68.75 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 52.78 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 37.5 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 37.5 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 52.5 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 52.27 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 47.22 (Moderate)
  • Calicut: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Calicut for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Calicut.

    • Burglary and Theft 38.46 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 29.17 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 19.23 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 55.77 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 23.08 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 29.17 (Low)
    • Attacks 26.92 (Low)
    • Drug offense 30.77 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 92.31 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 60.42 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 25 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 7.69 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 32.69 (Low)
  • Living in Calicut - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Calicut is 126.69 (High)

    • Safety Index 70.92 (High)
    • Climate Index 68.97 (High)
    • Pollution Index 58.4 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 55.5 (High)
    • Cost of Living Index 20.89 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 82.64 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 12.14 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 40.24 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Calicut

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Calicut

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.01 USD
    • International Movie per seat 2.09 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 26.5 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 36.24 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 28.62 USD

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