Kozhikode was once the capital of the powerful Zamorins and a prominent trade and commerce center. Kozhikode city continues to be a center of flourishing domestic and international trade. Kozhikode city is the marketing center for commodities like pepper coconut, coffee, rubber, lemon grass oil etc. produced in Kozhikode and the neighboring districts of Wayanad, Malappuram and Kannur.
The town is known for its beautiful countryside, pristine beaches, historic sites, calm backwaters, wildlife sanctuaries, rivers, timber industry and ayurvedic medicines & ship building. Kappad Beach, Pazhassirajah Museum, Dolphin's Point, Tali Temple, the Jama-at-palli, Beypore, Vadakara, Thusharagiri, Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary are the important tourist places in Kozhikode.
Calicut International airport at Karipur, 26 km from the city, is the closest airport to Kozhikode. Calicut airport is well connected with Mumbai, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Kochi, Goa, Tiruchirapalli and abroad, specifically gulf countries. Kozhikode Railway Station is very well connected with cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai and Bangalore. Kozhikode is well connected by bus to many cities in Kerala, Bangalore, Chennai and Coimbatore.
Best time to visit Kozhikode is from November to May. It usually takes 1-2 full days to explore this area.
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