Kozhikode was the capital of the Zamorin Rajas. It was one of the great ports on the west coast and is a port of call for cargo steamers, even today. Vasco-da-Gama landed here in 1498. Kozhikode is also a centre of timber industry and has a busy boat building yard. The name Kozhikode comes from Koyil (Palace) & Kotta (Fortified), a reminder of the fort built in the 16th century by the Zamorin (a corruption of Swami Nambiyathiri Thirumulpad or Samuthiri) kings.
Kozhikode was once the capital of the influential Zamorins and a prominent trade and commerce centre, the winds of change have swept over this charming coastal land. It was also the most crucial region of the Malabar Coast. Vasco da Gama landed on its shores in 1498, shooting the region to global fame.
The whiff of history continues to permeate the lanes, bazaars and business hubs of Kozhikode. Lush green countryside, serene beaches, historic sites, wildlife sanctuaries, rivers and hills make Kozhikode a popular destination.
Calicut International Airport, Karipur is about 25 Km from the city centre.
Kozhikode is directly connected by rail with major cities/towns in the country.
Kozhikode is connected by road with Alappuzha 287 Km, Bekal 172 Km, Changanassery 300 Km, Guruvayoor 129 Km, Kaladi 179 Km, Kanyakumari 535 Km, Kochi 225 Km, Kollam 374 Km, etc
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