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Tour tropical Kozhikode

Explore intricate architecture, luscious greenery and beautiful shorelines with flights to Kozhikode – where blazing sunsets, tranquil temples and verdant forests await.

Also known as Calicut, it’s the largest city in northern Kerala and is a bustling hub of activity.

mountain and sea in kozhikode

Once a major trading port for spices, Kozhikode is found on the Silk Road and is renowned for its fragrant aromas and delicious cuisine.

Indulge in brilliant biryanis, feast on fresh fish curries and devour melt-in-your-mouth samosas. Then, witness exotic wildlife at the Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary.

On the Kozhikode coast, you can glimpse heron, sandpipers, turtles and even crocodiles amid the reeds. Visit from October to April to see vast flocks of birds in migration.

Experience all these treasures for yourself by booking plane tickets to Kozhikode with Etihad Airways.

What’s the weather like in Kozhikode?

What’s the weather like in Kozhikode?

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Kerala has a very warm climate throughout the year. For the hottest weather, visit during the summer. This lasts from April to July, when average temperatures range from 28°C to 31°C.

The rainy season runs from June to September in Kozhikode. October is the start of winter, bringing colder conditions and lasting until March. These months are the driest too.

Reasons to visit Kozhikode

view of the mother of god cathedral at calicut in india

Mananchira Square

Fly to Kozhikode to experience the peaceful and relaxing atmosphere of Mananchira Square. Tranquil and filled with plant life, this man-made park is the perfect place for an afternoon of blissful meditation.

Built around a beautiful lake fed by a natural spring in Kozhikode city centre, this is the former courtyard of the past rulers of the city, the Zamorins. It’s a popular spot to listen to local musicians and there’s some stunning architecture to admire, too – including the bright white columns of the Mother of God Cathedral.

kallai river bank kozhikode india

Take to the water

Glide along the cool waterways, admiring the serenity of Kozhikode from the water. A houseboat cruise along the city’s rivers provides plenty of opportunities to spot exotic wildlife and relax while you drift by.

In peaceful contrast to the pace of life in larger Indian cities, Kozhikode boat trips allow you to sail along the still waters, taking in shorelines, sacred heritage sights and enchanting beaches.

view of kozhikode beach at night india

Enchanting sunsets on the beach

Tuck into delicious, fresh seafood as you join the crowds who gather at night to watch the famous Kozhikode beach sunsets over the Arabian Sea.

Locals and tourists alike head to the serene shores to see the sky blur from fuchsia pink to copper orange, as the sun disappears behind the horizon. Many hotels and restaurants surround the beach, providing the perfect place to relax and enjoy the spectacle over some traditional tea.

Things to know before you fly to Kozhikode

plane Airport transfers

Calicut International Airport (CCJ), Kozhikode’s airport, is around 17 miles away from the city centre, a 50-minute drive in normal traffic conditions. Book an airport transfer with Etihad to have a driver waiting for you in arrivals when you land. You can also catch a bus from the airport. There are no direct trains from Kozhikode Airport to the city centre.

bus Getting around

Buses, taxis and rickshaws are the best ways to get around the city. The bus network is extensive and buses are good value and typically run on time. Both taxis and rickshaws are metered so fares are standardised. You can also rent a car, but driving conditions can be challenging: road blocks are common and traffic is heavy.

charities Cultural considerations

When visiting the temples and mosques of Kozhikode, always remove shoes and cover your shoulders. Most temples provide appropriate clothing on arrival, but it’s a good idea to come prepared.

accommodation Where to stay

Most visitors to Kozhikode tend to stay by the beach, where there are a number of very good hotels and restaurants. You’ll find most of the upmarket hotels on Bank Road and Usha Road.

Flying to Kozhikode: FAQs

How many days should I spend in Kozhikode?

Five days is enough time to see most of the main sights. If you plan on spending some time relaxing by the beach as well, a week may be better. If you’re using Kozhikode to explore wider Kerala, we recommend two weeks.

What is Kozhikode famous for?

Kozhikode has been famous for the spice trade since the 14th century. With the city located so close to the water, it was in a prime position for trading spices like pepper, cinnamon and ginger. The Portuguese came to Kozhikode in the 15th century, introducing these flavours from the west to the eastern world.

Why is Kozhikode also known as Calicut?

Kozhikode is sometimes referred to as Calicut. This is the Anglican name for Kozhikode and is derived from the city once being popular for trading calico – a type of soft cotton. Sometimes the names are used interchangeably, but Kozhikode is the official name for the city.

Why we love Kozhikode

“Kozhikode is a peaceful, serene city that offers a different sort of holiday break. Relaxing on Kozhikode Beach and grabbing some local seafood in the evening is a great way to spend a day.”

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Weather in Kozhikode

29 °C
Saturday26 Sep 2020
29 °C
Sunday27 Sep 2020
28 °C
Monday28 Sep 2020
28 °C
Tuesday29 Sep 2020
28 °C
Wednesday30 Sep 2020
28 °C
Thursday1 Oct 2020
28 °C
Friday2 Oct 2020
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