The Portugese led by Vasco da Gama first landed in India at Kappad near Kozhikode in 1498. He was the first European to reach India via the sea route around the Southern cape of Africa. Later the Dutch, French and British came to its shores. Thus began a period of continous conflict of foreign powers for domination of trade in Malabar. Kozhikode was capital of the powerful Zamorins. This sge old town still maintains its commercial traditions.
How to reach
By Air - The airport is 23 kms from Kozhikode town
By Rail - Kozhikode has its own railway station linked with all important cities and tourist centres in the region.
By Road - Well connected to all major centres of the state with bus services.
Wayanad with its peculiar and unique geogrophical position is blessed with mistclad mountains and sylvan valleys. It is situated at a height of 700 - 2,100 metres above sea level bound in the east by the Nilgris and Mysore districts of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka respectively. On the North by the coorg district of Karnataka, on the south by Malappuram district and on the west by Calicut and Cannore districts.
Kozhikode holds some of the best unspoiled backwaters in Kerala. Malabar house boat cruises are available for different tours here.
In 1498 Vasco Da Gama landed in Kappad Beach. A monument is here to commemorate the historical landing. An ancient temple on a hillock, facing the deep sea, is an added attraction.
Beypore is a port city situated 10 km south of Calicut at the mouth of Chaliyar river. Beypore is famous for its ancient shipbuilding industry, which constructed uru, the traditional trading vessels of Arabs.
Winters in December to March and monsoons in May are the best time to go to Kerala. The day time temperature is about 32 degrees and night temperature drops to the lowest of 20 degrees. The hottest months are April, May and June, where the temperature soars above 36 degrees with high humidity.