CALICUT – Facts and Figures
||30.61 sq km (city area)
||Malayali, English, Hindi
|Best time to visit
||October to March
Calicut or Kozhikode is situated in the south Indian state of Kerala on the southwest coast of the Arabian Sea. The district extends from latitude 11°15' N to 75°49' E. Basking in the 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 a tourist.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Due to its nearness to sea, the place has a hot and humid climate. Summer starts from March and continues until May. Maximum temperature recorded in the month of May is 36°C and minimum temperature recorded in the month of December is 14°C. Southwest monsoon arrives in the first week of June and average annual rainfall is 254 cm.
PLACES AROUND CALICUT
Beypore (11 km) is a small coastal town known for its shipbuilding industry for centuries. It is still a favorite destination to buy large boats.
Vadakara (48 km) is a commercial center of martial arts and the birthplace of Tacholi Othenan, a legendry hero of North Malabar.
Ninety-eight kilometers away from Calicut is Tellicherry and Sultan Battery famous for their breathtaking scenery.
Thusharagiri is famous for its waterfalls and lush green forests. It is at a distance of 11 km from Kodenchery, a place abounding in rubber plantations, coconut, pepper, ginger, and spices of all sorts.
There is a dam at Kakkayam, located around 45 km from Calicut. The place offers challenging trekking and rock-climbing through river path and numerous waterfalls.
There is another dam at Peruvannamoozhy, 60 km from Calicut. It is a place of beauty, calm, and serenity. The place has a crocodile farm run by the state forest department.
Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary (25 km) is a heaven for migratory birds. Terns, gulls, herons, sandpipers, whimbrels, and other migratory birds flock the place from the month of November and returns only by the end of April. The ideal season to visit is from December to April in the early hours of the day.
Other places worth visiting are Velleri Mala, a beautiful location for trekking and Velliyamkallu.
FAIRS & FESTIVALS
The most important festivals of the district are Pooram Festival (March/April), Memunda (March/April), Vadakara (November/December), Kaliatta Mahotasavam (March), and Shivratri (February/March).
HOW TO REACH
BY AIR - Access through air is quite easy as Indian Airlines and Jet Air connect Calicut with the Gulf countries, Mumbai, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Kochi, Goa, and Tiruchirapalli.
BY RAIL - Calicut is connected to all the major cities of India through rail link. The station is around 2 km south of Mananchira Square.
We would provide you all India tourist permit vehicles for the local transportations and also for the intercity drives too.