Kozhikode or Calicut situated in the south Indian state of Kerala on the southwest coast of the Arabian Sea was erstwhile know as Malabar. The district extends from latitude 1115′ N to 7549′ E. Calicut boast of real idyllic setting of the serene Arabian Sea on the west and mesmeric peaks of the Wayanad hills on the east, this district has all the required ingredients to fascinate any medical tourist.
Calicut or Kozhikode enjoys a equitable climate mainly due to its nearness to sea. The place has high humidity most of the time. Summer starts from March and continues until May. Maximum temperature recorded in the month of May is 36C and minimum temperature recorded in the month of December is 14C. Southwest monsoon arrives in the first week of June and average annual rainfall is 254 cm. Calicut.
HISTORY OF KOZHIKODE
Calicut has a history of being world famous for spice trade, historic ship building and timber industry and a major center of trade between Kerala and the outside world. The city of Calicut came into existence in the 13th century when Udaiyavar, the king of Ernad, conquered the area around Ponniankar and built a fort at a place called Velapuram, now known as Calicut. Interestingly, the name Calicut is derived from ‘calico,’ the fine variety of hand-woven cotton cloth said to have originated from this place.
The Past: In northern Kerala lies the area, which the legendary traveller Marco Polo described in 1320 A.D. as the ”great province of Malabar.” Much of this richness today lies buried in the glory of a past grandeur, a past replete with the trading visits of European voyagers calling on the ancient port of Calicut (Kozhikode) on their regular journeys of commerce, lured by timber, ivory, pepper, ginger, cinnamon and other spices.
The Arab Traveller Abdur Razzak also praised Calicut (Kozhikode) commercial glory in 1443 A.D.: ”Calicut (Kozhikode) is a perfectly secured harbour, which, like that of Ormuz, brings together merchants from every city and from every country.”
Once the capital of the powerful Zamorins and a prominent trade and commerce center, Calicut (Kozhikode) was the most important region of Malabar in the days gone by. Today, lush green country sides, serene beaches, historic sites, wildlife sanctuaries, rivers, hills, a unique culture and a warm, friendly ambience make Calicut (Kozhikode) a popular destination.
The outer world came to know about India in 1498 when Vasco da Gama came to Calicut and obtained permission to carry out trade from here. Vasco Da Gama found the place in 1498, when his portages navigator discovered the same accidentally. This historical landing of Vasco da Gama with his team of 170 men and 3 sailors is epicted by the construction of a monument that commemorates the arrival. Quickly in succession came the English and Dutch. Disputes over the control of Calicut continued for a long time until 1792, when the East India Company went into an agreement with the local Zamori rulers to directly administer this area. Kerala was declared a state in 1956, and Calicut today is one of the most important centers of trade and business in this progressive state.
Kozhikode today boasts of is beautiful beaches, which are Beypore and Kozhikode. For history lovers, Kozhikode is a home to many historical moments and museums like Krishna Menon, Pazhassirajah. The Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary is yet another treat for nature lovers. For religious people, Kozhikode has the Tali Temple and the Jama-at-palli.
Kozhikode is described as the trading centre for many spices and commodities. These majorly include coffee, coconut, pepper, lemon grass, oil and rubber amongst all others.
Krishna Menon Museum
Krishna Menon Museum situated at East Hill is five km by bus from the Railway station / city bus station. Lying adjacent to pazhassi raja Museum, a store house of knowledge.
1.5 Km from the city. A place to spend your evening. The sea piers almost 125 years old extending well inside the sea are specialty. The Lions Club Childrens Park along with the nearby ice-cream parlours make evenings pleasant for visiting families. Fishermen with their small rowing boats entering the sea, fighting the waves and returning with varieties of fish is worth watching.
Situated 11 Km from the city, off Kallayi road. City buses ply form the city bus station and Palayam terminals. The hall mark of Beypore is its traditional ship building yard where the world famous “URU” is build, which has been a mode of transportation on the high seas for ages.
Situated 16 km from the city. Buses are readily available from city bus station(New Bus Stand) you have to get down at Thiruvangure three KM away from beach, a stroll along the stretch takes you to the beach where, Vasco Da Gama the famous Portughese traveller alighted four centuries back, in search of the land of fantasy – India. Beach accommodation at Kappad Beach Resort.
Situated 60 KM from Calicut city. Buses are available from the central bus station. Places of interest are the dam site, Crocodile farm, bird sanctuary and facility for boating.
78 km from calicut city. The oorakuzhi water falls and dam site are places of interest. Direct buses limited from calicut city. no accommodation facility available.
Thusharagiri water falls
68 km from calicut city via kodancheri brilliant for the famous eye catching water falls which exhilarates you. Accommodation not available. Buses to kodancheri are available from calicut bus station.
Well known for its serene water falls and nearby lush streams. you have to catch a bus from calicut to valanthod or koyilpara.
Here one can see in the early hours of the morning dolphins playing in the sea. The beach, 2 km from Calicut town centre is along stretch of tree lined sand popular with the local people because of the Lions Club park, the Light House and the two piers – and, of course, the opportunity to enjoy in the evening breeze.
Malabar House Boats
For luxury boating and exploring pristine back waters of Kozhikode, House Boats can be availed. The novel concept and excellent hospitality in this floating palace is worth enjoying, with family and friends. These are the first fully newly built House Boats of Kerala. These are stationed at Purakkattiri, close to Purakkattiri Bridge on Ullery – Perambra road. 10 kms. from Kozhikode.
Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary
The sanctuary at Kadalundi is a Haven for migratory birds. Terns, Gulls, Herons, Sand pipers, Whimbrels and other such migratory birds flock from the month of November and returns only by the end of April. It is 25 kms. from Kozhikode. The ideal season to visit is from December to April in the early hours of the day. BEYPORE It is one of the important ports and fishing harbor. Ancient Beypore had been the centre of ship building industry where merchants from West Asia and Middle East regularly placed orders for huge wooden crafts, locally called as URU’s. This art is a mnemonic tradition of almost 1500 yrs old. It is 15 kms. from Kozhikode, City buses are available.
The Lokanarkavu Temple is 5km from vbatakara, 20km south of Mahe. This serene temple complex has three temples; one to Durga-the main diety, one to Siva and the other to Vishnu. All the temples are open to Hindus only. The Siva Temple contains vivid paintings, which are replicated wooden carvings at the entrance.
??In regards to Healthcare Kozhikode has JCI approved hospitals and boast of medical establishments that are of National and International repute.We are one of the best dental clinic in the city of Calicut.We facilitate local sight seeing for our patients through our Travel Partner “Tours2Health”.For more details regarding sight seeing while you are being treated please get in touch with us.