The name 'Kozhikode' translates to fortified palace (koyil means palace and kudu means fortified) and today it is considered a veritable bastion of Kerala's ancient trade relations, culture and cuisine. The reference is said to have come from the fort built by the former rulers of the place, the legendary Zamorins of Calicut. Today its terrain of coastal belts, laterite midlands and rocky highlands is considered a wonderful vantage point to observe and understand the past and future of God's Own Country.

Kozhikode was put on the world map by the Arabian, Chinese and African traders who came to this port town, with the historic Spice Route being established here. The Zamorins came to power at the fall of the Chera kingdom in the 12th century and were a major influence on the aura that surrounds this place to this day. Traders were welcomed with open arms during this time and that led to the development of a very interesting cultural vibe in the place. The Portuguese arrived with Vasco da Gama at the helm, and went from seeking trade relations to outright invasion. Other European powers, including the Dutch and the British, would arrive later to participate in an all-out struggle for supremacy over the place. The Mysore Kings, Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan, would fight for control over the place with the British until the 18th century.

Kozhikode officially became a part of Kerala in 1956, andwas named a district in 1957. Certain more divisions led to the formation of the districts of Wayanad and Malappuram. Today, NH17 connects it to the rest of Kerala. Kozhikode Railway Station and Calicut International Airport at Karipur have ensured it is well connected to the rest of country and the world as well.

Sights and places in Kozhikode town
Other centres of worship in and around Kozhikode town
Sights around Kozhikode

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