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Kozhikode (Calicut), the most important region of Malabar in yesteryears, was the capital of the powerful Zamorins and also a prominent trade and commerce center. 

Kozhikode District found a place in the World History with the discovery of Sea Route to India in 1498 by the Portuguese Navigator Vasco Da Gama. Vasco Da Gama landed at the Kappad sea shore with three vessels and 170 men. A monument is constucted here to commemorate the historical landing.

Kozhikode city continues to be a centre of flourishing domestic and international trade. Its contribution to all round development of the district in trade, commerce and economic development over the years is spectacular. Kozhikode city is the marketing centre for commodities like pepper coconut, coffee, rubber, lemon grass oil etc., produced in Kozhikode and the neighbouring districts of Wayanad, Malappuram and Kannur.

Basking in the idyllic setting of the serene Arabian Sea on the west and the proud peaks of the Wayanad hills on the east, this district with the serene beaches, lush green countryside, historic sites, all combine to make Kozhikode a popular tourist destination filled with a warm ambience to fascinate a visitor

 Location :Northern Kerala
 What To See :Beaches-Kozhikode, Beypore 
Museums- Pazhassirajah,Krishna Menon Waterfalls-Thusharagiri 
Religious stuctures-Jama-at-palli,Tali Temple 
Sanctuary - Kadalundi Bird Sanctury etc.
 Must Taste :Kozhikodan Halwa
 Fame :-The Second Mecca of football lovers 
 -The land of Kalaripayyattu
 Climate :Tropical
 STD Code :0495
 Best Time To Visit :September To May
 Topography :Sandy coastal belt, the rocky highlands,lateritic midland
 Borders :Kannur district in North, Wayanad, district in East, Malappuram district in South, Arabian Sea on West.

Names of Kozhikode:

Kozhikode had a high order of cosmopolitanism and cultural variety and so, not surprisingly, it has many names such as Kalicut and Calicut. Some have even given it the peculiar name — The Cock Fort. It is said that the name Calicut is derived from the Malayalam word Koyil Kotta, 'a fortified place'. While others think Kalicut is an Arabic version of Kozhikode, which the colonisers morphed to Calicut, which in turn gave the name Calico to the hand-woven cloth that originated here.

Importance of Kozhikode: 
Kozhikode has played an important role in the field of education, agriculture, spice trade, fishing, ship building, sea trade, media, heritage stuctures, cultural arts and festivals, tourism, personalities like V. K. Krishna Menon, P.T. Usha and much moreto become a well known district of Kerala.