Kozhikode was once dubbed the "City of Spices" for its role as the major trading point of eastern spices in the Middle Ages and also recently tagged as the “City of Sculptures" for its various architectural sculptures located in various parts of the city. Also more commonly known as Calicut to the rest of the world, Kozhikode has been a multi-ethnic and multi-religious town since the early medieval period and citizens have an average literacy rate of almost 97 percent, much higher than the national average. Calicut International Airport is 26 kilometres from the city at Karipur in Malappuram. Regular domestic services are operated to major Indian cities and frequent international flights to the Middle East are available. Getting to the airport can be easily done by hiring a taxi or an auto rickshaw.
Where to go
Visit Bangalore, well-known for its pleasant climate throughout the year due to its being at 914.4 m above sea level. Visit the Shiva Temple. Made of cement concrete, it stands at 65 feet tall and depicts Lord Shiva in Padmasana or the lotus pose. Lord Krishna devotees will not want to miss ISKCON, a famous Vaishnava temple located in Hare Krishna Hills in North Bangalore.
Otherwise, hop on a flight headed for Delhi, the largest city in India by land area and population and also the second most populous city in the world. Sights include the Lotus temple, Humayun's Tomb, Connaught Place, Akshardham temple and India Gate. Don’t forget to dine at a dhaba (street food outlet), and you might just find some delicacies that doesn’t exist in Kozhikode or in your hometown! Fly to the most visited city in India, Chennai, which is located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal. Have a fun tour of the UNESCO Heritage Site of Mahabalipuram, the Marina Beach that runs for 6 km and the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, one of the premier cricket venues in India!
Alternatively, visit Hyderabad, which is also known as the City of Pearls. Visit the city's traditional bazaars, including Laad Bazaar, Begum Bazaar and Sultan Bazaar, and be transported back in time. The Charminar, Mecca Masjid, Charkaman and Qutb Shahi Tombs are also sights not to be missed.
Thinking of getting out of the country? Calicut International Airport also offers international destinations that might be of interest. Fly over the Gulf of Oman into the most expensive city in the Middle East -- Dubai. Many modern interpretations of Islamic architecture can be found in Dubai with new levels in skyscraper building design and technology. Notable buildings include the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest man-made structure and the Burj Al Arab, the only 7-star hotel and the most expensive hotel in the world.
You can also fly to Sharjah which is located in the United Arab Emirates. Also known as a UNESCO Cultural Capital of the Arab World, the Sharjah Art Museum is the largest in the gulf with both temporary and permanent exhibitions. Be sure to visit its souks – especially the Blue Souk, and the Arabian Wildlife Centre which houses the largest collection of Arabian wildlife.
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