Calicut: the city of spices
Calicut is the second largest city in Kerala and is also known by the name of Kozhikode. The city has a unique classical antiquity that gives it a distinctive old world charm. It has been known as the City of Spice for a long time and is still called that due to its role as the main trading point for oriental spices. It has been the capital of an independent kingdom that was ruled by the Zamorins, also called Samoothiris, during the Middle Ages. Later he served in the Malabar district under colonial rule. The city also got the title of “City of Sculptures” in the year 2012 due to the presence of numerous architectural sculptures located in various parts of Calicut.
The city also saw the arrival of Arab merchants who had been trading in this area since the 7th century, while the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama also landed here during the year 1498. Currently, Kozhikode (Calicut) serves as a trading center for basic commodities and products such as coffee, lemongrass oil, pepper coconut, rubber, etc. which occur in the city as well as in the neighboring districts of Kannur, Wayanad and Malappuram.
One of the most prominent attractions in the city of Calicut is the Mananchira Square, which is a beautiful and well-maintained park in the center of the city of Calicut. The park also has the historically significant Maithan next to it, which has recently been converted into an arcade with an artificial hill, sculptures, plants and shrubs, a musical fountain and an open-air theatre. This place is named after the Mananchira artificial lake. It is the lake around which this park has been located. The lake itself is named after Manadevan Samoothiri who was the former ruler of the city. It is close to several hotels in Calicut.
The name Kozhikode is derived from the word “koyil” meaning palace and “kota” meaning fort. therefore, the name refers to a “fortified palace”. The commercial heart of the city is located on Mittai Theruvu, which means Sweet Meat Street in English. It’s a long street, but don’t let the name make you believe it’s just a destination for foodies. It is full of shops selling everything from cosmetics to clothing. There are also a large number of sweet shops here, as well as several restaurants. Apart from this, the city of Calicut is full of shopping malls that have recently sprung up all over the city.
If you’re looking for adventure, you can head to the famous Kozhikode Beach, known for its distinctive old-world charm and natural beauty. The beach also has a lighthouse and two dilapidated piers that are over a hundred years old. The beach receives a large number of visitors and tourists daily. Also, the area surrounding the beach has a large number of cheap Calicut hotels that will give you a location advantage. So plan a visit soon to this beautiful and historic city.