Calicut

Calicut (also known as Kozhikode) is the third largest city in Kerala with a population of over 4 and a half lakhs. Fringed by the sparkling blue of the Arabian Sea on the west and the rugged peaks of the Wayanad hills on the east, Calicut’s natural beauty is unparalleled.

It derives its name from Kalikooth, the name given to the city by Arabs. Calicut was a port of immense historical significance and traded in spices, silk, and other goods. Under King Zamorin, it emerged as the leading centre of trade and commerce.

Today, Calicut is one of the best cities to stay in India on several parametres – infrastructure, health, standard of living (as per the research conducted by Indicus Analytics). It has a very high literacy rate, around 92% and has the distinction of being India’s first litter-free city. Plans are on the anvil to make it an IT hub with an IT park scheduled to come up by next year.

As for the weather, Calicut is hot and humid like the rest of the State. The hottest months are March, April and May. Though the weather cools down with the onset of the South West monsoons in June. The rainy seasons lasts for a couple of months and you can expect clear skies in December and January.

Sightseeing
Calicut Beach – The best part about this beach is that it is unspoiled. If you would like a stunning view of the sunset, this is the place to be. Walk along the golden sands, check out the 125 year old sea piers or just watch the fishermen go about their daily routine; time stands still at this beach.

Temples – If you are in search of the divine, make sure you visit one of the many temples dotting this city. Tali Temple, Thiruvannur Temple, Azhakodi Temple, Sree Valayanad Temple to name a few.

Mananchira Square - Managed by the Corporation o Calicut, this is an arcadia with beautiful trees and plants, an artificial hill, sculptures, an open air theatre as well as a musical fountain. On a hot sweltering day, you can see many tourists relaxing or taking shelter here!

Thusharagiri Falls - At about 55 kms away from Calicut, are Thushagiri falls Railway Station. There is a hotel run by KTDC (Kerala Tourism Development Corporation) in Thushagiri so feel free to make a trip to these majestic falls.

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The Best of the Classic Run 2018 (Part 1)

The Best of the Classic Run 2018 (Part 1)

The Classic Run Rickshaw Challenge 2018 was a great success!     We can't believe it's already been a month since the end of the Classic Run Rickshaw Challenge 2018. It's always a great way to start the year, and this event was as good as ever. With two months till the next Rickshaw Challenge (the Malabar...
13 Feb, 2018 by David 
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Day 10 was the final day of the Classic Run Rickshaw Challenge 2018.     It had been great fun but sadly the Rickshaw Challenge Classic Run 2018 had to end eventually! After heading south on Day 9, the final day saw teams briefly travel north again. The final destination was Trivandrum, capital of Kerala, ...
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Pongal Day is always a highlight of the Classic Run.     By Day 7, the Classic Run teams had trained, learned to cope with Indian roads, and had their fair share of adventures. Now it was time for something different: a test of how well they could cook (and look) in traditional local style. It's an event ...
11 Jan, 2018 by David 
The Classic Run 2018: The Fun Continues

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After a day exploring Madurai, it was time to visit Tuticorin.     The Rickshaw Challenge Classic Run began with training in Chennai then a great first few days on the road, but the wasn't even halfway done! The fifth day of our event was a chance to explore Madurai, the magnificent temple city famous for...
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The Classic Run 2018: On the Road

The Classic Run 2018: On the Road

The Classic Run is on the road!     After a training day in Chennai, it was time for teams on the Rickshaw Challenge Classic Run to hit the road! There were lots of cities to see, states to explore, and excitement to be had! Here is Princely's report from the first few days of Classic Run chaos, from Chen...
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The Classic Run 2018: Training Day

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Tamil Nadu has everything.     The Classic Run Rickshaw Challenge begins on 28th December in Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu. Soon, teams will be exploring the best that the state has to offer, on their journey to the southern tip of India. Incredible nature and fascinating history awaits the teams, not...
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