Kozhikode, also known as Calicut, is a southern Indian city on the Malabar Coast of the Arabian Sea. It is also known as the City of Sculptures. Much of its significant architectural art work is displayed along Calicut Beach. Coupled with the area's famous sunsets these designs are a stunning exhibition.
December to March this locale has wonderful mild temperatures, perfect for enjoying the beaches, touring the scenic countryside and visiting historical sites. For more entertainment attend the 5 day Malabar Mahotsavam cultural festival held in January showcasing classical Indian dances, native food and spectacular fireworks. If you happen to visit in October, go to the Thiruvangoor Sri Mahanganapathy temple's Sivarathri Utsavam festival celebrating Lord Ganapathy.
Research visa requirements as soon as you make travel reservations. British citizens may be able to obtain an online e-tourist visa. Also consult your primary physician regarding essential vaccinations and other health related issues. This should be taken care of prior to your visit to Kozhikode.
Kozhikode will be very kind to your travel budget, the cost of living is much cheaper than in London. A basic meal of Malabar or Arabic cuisine will cost about 50 INR. Dishes such as Appam rice pancakes or mutton stew are highly recommended. Fancier restaurant meals, which feature dishes such as Pindi Channa and paneer stuffed kulcha, will be slightly more expensive. Always request bottled water as drinking tap water is not recommended. Lodging near the beach is ideal for a relaxing vacation experience. Inexpensive lodgings begin at 500 INR. More luxurious accommodation begins at 4200 INR.
Travelling from Calicut International Airport to Kozhikode, a 28 kilometre trip, is usually done by airport shuttle bus. This costs around 3-4 INR per kilometre. These buses leave from the nearby Kondotty bus stand. Once you are in the city, travelling by bus is around 7 INR for 3 kilometres. More adventurous travel by auto rickshaw starts at 15 INR per kilometre.