From the time of Middle Ages Kozhikode has been famous by the name of the City of Spices for its role as the major trading point of Indian spices. Kozhikode which is now known as Calicut was the capital of an independent kingdom ruled by the Zamorins (Samoothiris) in the Middle Ages before it was under the rule of British. Arab merchants had traded with Calicut from the early 7th century, and a Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama had landed at Kozhikode on 20 May 1498, which opened the trade route between Europe and Malabar.
Main Attractions in Calicut: Kappad Beach, Beypore, Thusharagiri Falls, Mananchira Square, Veliyangadi (big bazaar) and S.M. Street (Mittayi Theruvu) which is famous for the Kozhikoden Halwa