Kozhikode which also goes by the name Calicut is 410 kilometers north of the State Capital Thiruvananthapuram. It is the third largest city in Kerala. As per a research conducted by economics research firm Indicus Analytics, Kozhikode is the second best Indian city to live in. The research looked for indicators like residences, earnings, and investments. It was also the first Indian city to be declared litter-free in 2004.
Digging into the history of Kozhikode
According to Prof. K.V.Krishna Ayyer, the name Kozhikode means 'Fortified Palace' (derived from Koyil (Palace) + Kota (Fort)). The city was founded in 1043 AD on the marshy tract adjacent to the Arabian Seashore. A longtime before its split from Malabar district on January 01, 1957, Calicut was once a capital of an independent state that had the same name.
In ancient times and also during the middle ages, the city was famous for spices. It played a very critical role as a trading point of eastern spices, which also brought it the name of “City of Spices”. The city finds its name mentioned in all its glory in the tales of ancient travelers like Ibn Battuta.
Climate of Kozhikode
The culturally rich Kozhikode falls into a tropical monsoon climate of Koppen climate zone. It has highly humid tropical climate. The summer here starts in March and stays here till May, during which the temperature is pretty high. Summers is followed by cool rainfall of south-west monsoon that hits the city in June and stays here till September, another phase of rainfall begins when north-east monsoon hits the city in the second half of October that stays till November.
It is best to visit Kozhikode towards the end of the year, as the weather is ideal, sky is clearer, and the wind is crisper. Months between December and March are ideal to hit the Kozhikode Beach or stroll through the boisterous Veliyangadi.