- Malabar Cuisine
Formerly known as Calicut, Kozhikode is located in Kerala. It was the Capital of Malabar during the Zamorin rule 500 years ago and is famous for its centuries-old trade in cotton and spices with Jews, Arabs, Phoenicians and Chinese, where Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama had set his foot on the remote beach of Kappad in Kozhikode in 1498 and ‘Discovered India’ and established spice trade routes with the west.
Kozhikode is a coastal city in the north of Kerala. It was a significant spice trade center and is close to Kappad Beach, The central Kozhikode Beach, overlooked by an old lighthouse, is a popular spot for watching the sunset. Inland, tree-lined Mananchira Square, with its musical fountain, surrounds the massive Mananchira Tank.
Though Calicut is also famous for its Malabar cuisine, for travellers it’s mainly a jumping-off point for Wayanad or for the long trip over the ghats to Mysuru or Bengaluru.