Kozhikode also known as Calicut is the third largest city in Kerala. The name Kozhikode is sourced from the words koyil (palace) and kota (fort), with a combined meaning of ‘fortified palace’. The English name ‘Calicut’ is derived from the word calico which means a hand-woven cotton cloth that was routinely exported from the Kozhikode port. Various national and state highways connect Kozhikode to key cities in India. Kozhikode is known for its music, cuisine, media, education and research. It enjoys good rail, road and air connectivity.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Kozhikode. Some of them are Sana Tower Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700 to Rs. 1250), Hotel Saravana (Tariff – up to Rs. 500), and Malabar Mansion (Tariff – up to Rs. 500).
The official language of Kozhikode is Malayalam. The other language spoken here is English.
The important event of Kozhikode is Malabar Mahotsavam held each year in January.
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attraction in Kozhikode. Some of the places include SM Street (1 km), Tali Siva Temple (2.1 km), Mishkal Mosque (2.1 km), Kozhikode Beach (2.2 km), Sarovaram BioPark (3 km), Krishna Menon Museum (5 km), Beypore (11.1 km), and Kappad Beach (16 km).
How to Get There
The closest airport to this place is the Calicut International Airport, which is approximately 26 km away.
Kozhikode railway station in the city connects Kozhikode to several nearby cities.
From Kozhikode travellers can reach cities such as Pondicherry, Ernakulam, Bangalore and Salem amongst others. There are several bus operators offering good services, including Kallada Travels and Golden Travels. Avail of bus ticket offer when you book your tickets through Ticketgoose.com.
A panchayat town in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, Ankola is a small coastal town. A town, which has many beaches, Ankola is famous for its unique breed of mango, which is called ishaad and is also known for its cashews. Belekeri beach in Ankola town is a natural port rich in iron ore, which is exported to China and Europe. Ankola is surrounded by temple towns and villages on all sides. Yakshagan and Suggi, a form of tribal folk dance has its roots in this town.
Places to Stay
Being a beach town there are many places to stay in Ankola. Hotels like Estuary View Resort (Tariff- Rs.1000) offer affordable accommodation options.
The annual Mela 'Bandihabba', is celebrated for nine days during the Buddha Poornima (May) and 'Karthik' (November) when the five temple deities are taken on a procession, the whole town celebrates with fireworks.
Kannada is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
The temples, churches and beaches Baskal Gudda, Nadibag, Shedikuli, Keni, and Belekeri attract tourists from across the state. Being a very small town, every place of interest is located within 2-3kms of the bus stand
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Dabolim Airport (133kms).
Ankola has its own Railway Station.
Ankola Bus Stand and Kelagina Manjaguni Bus Stop in the town run regular bus service that connects the place to neighbouring towns. Private bus operators like SRS Travels, Sugama Tourist, Sea Bird Tourist and VRL Travels run regular buses to and from the village. Online bus booking site like Ticketgoose.com provides tickets with best deals.