Flights to Kozhikode (CCJ)

Not only will flights to Kozhikode land you at the gateway to Kerala, the city itself is also a pleasant spot to visit.
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Kozhikode, India

What to do in Kozhikode

Watch a Theyyam ritual

Theyyam is an art form with traditions that go back thousands of years. Performances are in tribute to ancient deities and are said to ward off bad luck and illness. They are also extremely colourful, with intricate costumes and headdresses. The Sri Muthappan Temple in Kannur is renowned for its performances.

Parassinikadavu
Kerala
670563
facebook.com/ParassinikadavuMuthappan

Visit Thusharagiri Waterfalls

These impressive falls are located around 50km from Kozhikode in the Western Ghats. Thusharagiri means ‘snow-capped mountain’, but while there’s no snow here, there are plenty of mountains and jungle trails to explore. You can also visit rubber, pepper and ginger plantations in the area, plus a crocodile farm.

673001
keralatourism.org/destination/thuusharagiri-waterfalls-kozhikode

Take a seafront stroll

As evening descends on Kozhikode, it feels like the whole town strolls down to the seafront to admire the sunset. The promenade and beach come alive with stalls selling everything from coconuts and cold drinks, to fresh fruit and spicy pickles.

Kozhikode Beach
Customs Road
673032
keralatourism.org/destination/kozhikode-beach

Take a backwater tour

Kozhikode’s quiet waterways are still relatively unspoiled. Luxurious houseboats lazily float past green paddy fields and spice plantations along the Canoly Canal and Kallayi River, as kingfishers dart and fish jump. Try Kerala Backwaters for a tour you won’t forget.

Kallayi River
Kallayi
Payyanakkal
673003
+91 112 568 6868
keralabackwater.com/kozhikode-backwaters

Learn about Ayurveda

The traditional Hindu medicine system of Ayurveda is a popular wellness philosophy and form of alternative medicine. Lots of people use it to treat illnesses, stress or simply to detox and relax through massage and healthy vegetarian food. Kozhikode has plenty of places to learn more about it, such as the Rishi Ayurveda Hospital & Research Centre.

Opposite Salafi Masjid
Mankavu
Kerala
673007
+91 944 773 6000
rishihospital.com

Follow in the footsteps of Vasco da Gama

See the spot where Kerala’s history changed forever. In 1498, the Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama landed on Kappad Beach, opening up a vital sea route between Europe and South India. The stone monument commemorating his arrival is somewhat less impressive than India’s subsequent transformation, but the site is still hugely significant in world history.

Vasco da Gama Memorial
Thiruvangoor Kappad Road
673304
facebook.com/pages/Kappad

Where to eat in Kozhikode

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Paragon (Indian)

Clean and contemporary, Mezban’s white and grey decor couldn’t be more modern, but its food is warm, welcoming and traditional. The Malabar chemmeen (prawn) curry could have been made in the chef’s mother’s kitchen. You can also try Thai, Chinese and European cuisine.

Asma Tower Hotel
Mavoor Road
Arayidathupalam
673004
+91 495 408 8000
asmatower.com/restaurant

Paragon (Indian)

Ask any local to name their favourite restaurant in town, and chances are they’ll point you in the direction of Paragon. Since 1939 it has been packed to the rafters with families enjoying its fine South Indian food, from fish curry to the famous Kozhikodan biryani. Be sure to book.

Kannur Road
673011
+91 495 276 7020
paragonrestaurant.net

Oottupura (Seafood)

With al fresco seating on a charming terrace overlooking the backwaters, this all-day dining restaurant is a nice spot to while away the hours. There’s a buffet, and a choice of fresh Keralan seafood dishes, but it’s the serene location and relaxing vibe that will keep you coming back for more.

NH 17, Calicut Bypass Road
Malappuram District
673632
+91 495 241 1111
itchotels.in/oottupura-restaurant

M-Grill (International)

Brought to you by the people behind Paragon, M-Grill is popular for dinner in Kozhikode. It’s a bright, stylish and modern restaurant offering specialty dishes from the Malabar Coast, as well as a selection of Middle Eastern kebabs, Chinese dishes and European classics, including fish and chips.

3rd Floor
Focus Mall
Off Mavoor Road
Rajaji Road
673004
+91 495 414 0000
mgrill.net

Kingsbay (Indian/International)

Occupying a charming bungalow owned by a local rubber planter, this welcoming family restaurant that has expanded across the country, offers an international menu. There are heavy Portuguese influences as well as the usual Indian classics, including a host of Malabar Coast specialties.

1414 Customs Road
Vellayil
673032
+91 755 987 7877
kingsbay.co

Aalibhai's Thattukada (Street food)

In Kerala, a typical thattukada is a cheap roadside joint specialising in simple but delicious South Indian food. Aalibhai's is beachside as well as roadside, and it offers a lot of Malabari meat specialties. There are no vegetarian options, but if you eat fish, the catch of the day is worth ordering.

South Beach Road
Kuttichira
673001
+91 984 612 2823
facebook.com/aalibhais

Places to stay in Kozhikode

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WelcomHotel Raviz Kadavu Resort & Ayurveda Spa

Sat on the banks of the Chaliyar River, this hotel is less than 15km from Kozhikode Airport. The serene setting is perfect for a treatment at the on-site Ayurvedic spa, which offers yoga and meditation classes as well as various wellness programmes.

NH17
Calicut Bypass Road
Azhinjilam PO
Malappuram District
673632
+91 495 241 1111
itchotels.in/welcomhotelravizkadavu

The Gateway

This striking modernist beachfront hotel in Kozhikode is part of the Taj group of hotels. As well as a large outdoor pool, there’s an Ayurvedic spa and wellness centre and three restaurants, which cater for guests undergoing specialist detox programmes.

Beach Road
PT Usha Road
Vellayil
673032
+91 495 661 3000
thegatewayhotels.com/beach-road-calicut

Nath Condominium

This grand self-catering hotel is a short taxi ride from Kozhikode Airport, and offers air-conditioned apartments with outdoor terraces and gardens. There’s free Wi-Fi and a fitness centre, and each apartment has a kitchenette, so you can make your own packed lunches if you’re preparing for a trip to the Thusharagiri Falls nearby.

28/309A Nath
Thondayad Kottooli Road
Chevarambalam PO
673016
+91 954 406 7776
nathcondominium.com

Harivihar Ayurvedic Heritage Home

This delightful heritage homestay is set in a royal manor house built in 1850. In 2001 it was restored to offer seven rooms with a focus on yoga and Ayurveda. All treatments are supervised by doctors, who live on-site, and the restaurant provides healthy vegetarian South Indian cuisine that’s tuned to your dietary requirements.

Bilathikulam
673006
+91 495 276 5865
harivihar.com

Copper Folia

If you’re looking for a good mid-range hotel in Kozhikode, Copper Folia will fit the bill. Set in serene, green grounds, the rooms are comfortable and clean with free Wi-Fi, and the hotel facilities include an on-site restaurant and bar as well as a rooftop pool.

Thondayad Bypass Road
Nellikkode
673008
+91 495 243 6300
copperfolia.com

Hotel Asma Tower

Occupying a central spot on the buzzing Mavoor Road, the Asma Tower is a boutique hotel that combines contemporary styling with friendly service. It has a great location for exploring the city, but you’ll find it hard to resist the allure of the hotel’s excellent Mezban restaurant.

Mavoor Road
Arayidathupalam
673004
+91 495 408 8000
asmatower.com