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The coastal city of Kozhikode, which was a major centre for spice trading, is located close to Kappad Beach. This is where Vasco da Gama, a Portuguese explorer, landed in 1498. The Kozhikode Beach that overlooks an old lighthouse is one of the favourite spots for viewing the sunset. At the centre of the city, there is a tree-lined artificial pond called Mananchira Tank with a musical fountain. The central area of the city is referred to as Mananchira Square. Dubbed as the “City of Spices” for being the Indian spices trading centre, Kozhikode was the capital of the kingdom that was ruled by the Zamorins (Samoothiris) during the Middle Ages. Later, the city became the capital of the Malabar District under the rule of the British. Arab merchants used to trade with the people in the region since the seventh century.
The best time to visit Kozhikode is from October to March as the weather remains pleasant during the winter time. Summer season (April-June) is quite hot and sultry and heavy rains can be expected during the Monsoon season (July-September). Malabar Mahotsav organized by the department of tourism, Mahavishnu Festival, and Shivrathri, are some of the events that take place during this time. If you are planning to travel to this city, this is the best time to book flight tickets from Toronto Kozhikode.