A fascinating coastal city
Kozhikode enjoys a delightful location on the Malabar coast of Kerala in southern India. Visitors can explore impressive architecture or try boating on Conolly Canal.
When is it best to visit Kozhikode?
Travellers may prefer to visit from December till March. The weather is milder then as the city gets very hot from March to May. The climate is tropical and hot and the monsoon seasons are from June until September and October to November.
Plan a holiday during the Diwali festivities at the end of October or for other Hindu festivals such as Holi. Other festivals that attract visitors to Kozhikode include Shivarathri Utsavam in the Mahaganapathy temple each October and Malabar Mahotsavam a festival of music, drama and dance for 5 days each January.
Useful travel facts for the Kozhikode region
Malabar cuisine enjoys an excellent reputation and visitors should be sure to sample Malabar Biriyani and Calicut Halwa.
Kozhikode is cheap in comparison to Delhi. Visitors might expect to pay about 50 rupees for a basic meal when dining out - half of what it would cost in Delhi.
Local information to help with your arrival in Kozhikode
Most flights arrive at Calicut International Airport which is in Karipur and is approximately 28km from the centre of Kozhikode.
Travellers can board the 747 airport bus at the Kondotty bus stand which can be found about 2 km from the airport. A typical journey might cost about 3 to 4 rupees per person.
There is accommodation to suit all tastes and every budget in the city. Traffic can be heavy in the city centre so hotel rooms near the beach are the most attractive option.
Visitors to Kozhikode can expect to pay around 500 rupees for budget accommodation or approximately 4,200 rupees per night for a room in one of the city's luxury hotels.
The city is large but there are several ways to get around. Buses charge about 7 rupees for a 3 km journey while the prices charged by rickshaw drivers start at about 15 rupees for each kilometre. Taxis in the city charge a flat rate fare.