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Calicut City GuideCalicut one of the prominent city situated on the south west shores of Arabian sea in Kerala. There is not much known about the origin of this city of Calicut. Except for the prehistoric rock-cut caves that have been found at many places. What is known about the city is that it came into existence in the 13th century when Udaiyavar, the maharaja (king) of Ernad, conquered the area and built a fort at a place called Velapuram which is now called Calicut.

Calicut is also famous as in 1498 Vasco da Gama came to Calicut and discovered the sea route to India and also obtained permission to carry out trade to India. Basked in the idyllic serene of the Arabian Sea on the west and with the mesmerising peaks of the Wayanad hills on the east, this district has all the required ingredients to fascinate a tourist.

Due to its closeness to sea, the place has a humid climate. Summer begins from March and continues till May. Maximum temperature is recorded in the month of May and is around 36°C and minimum temperature recorded in the month of December is around 14°C.

Places of Tourist Interests:

Is the place where Vasco da Gama set foot for the first time when he came to India. There is a small stone monument at the beach in remembrance of that event.

Pazhassirajah Museum:
Is located on the East Hill. On display is ancient mural paintings, antique bronzes, old coins, models of temples, and megalithic structures found while digging of this ancient city.

Dolphin’s Point:
Is a good place to watch dolphins playing in the sea early in the morning. On this beach are also situated Calicut Town Center, Lions Club, and a lighthouse.

Crumbling Piers:
Said to be more than hundred years old are standing tall in the sea at Kozhikode beach. The beach is easily accessible from the city and provides a romantic view of the setting sun. The place also has a Marine Life Aquarium open whole day.

Was the palace of King Mana Vikrama, has been now turned into a traditional architectural splendor with carpeted green grass and is surrounded by ethnic buildings. The place also has a musical fountain.