Calicut, also known as Kozhikode is a city in the state of Kerala in southern India on the Malabar Coast. Calicut is the third largest city in Kerala and is part of the second largest urban agglomeration in Kerala with a metropolitan population of 2,030,519 as per 2011 census. It is the headquarters of the Kozhikode district. During classical antiquity and the Middle Ages, Calicut was dubbed the "City of Spices" for its role as the major trading point of eastern spices.
Two IT "cyber parks" are under construction in Calicut. One is the UL cyber park (constructed and operated by ULCCSC, a Calicut-based company). UL cyber park began operation in 2012 and will complete its first phase in 2013. The other park is run by the government, and will complete its first construction phase in 2014. Cyberpark, is a Government of Kerala organization planned to build, operate and manage IT parks for the promotion and development of investment in IT and ITES industries in Malabar region of Kerala and will be the third IT hub in the state of Kerala.
The two IT park will create a total 1 lakh(100000) direct job opportunities. It is in the process of setting up IT parks at Calicut, at the SEZs approved at Kannur and Kasargod. Its first project is the development of Cyberpark hub in Calicut with its spokes at Kannur and Kazargode IT parks. Other planned projects include the Birla IT park (at Mavoor) and Malaysian satellite city (at Kinaloor) where KINFRA has plans to set up a 400-acre (1.6 km2) industrial park.
In addition to the Malabar Mahotsavam, every year since 1981 the Tyagaraja Aradhana Trust has been conducting a five-day music festival in honour of Sri Tyagaraja. The festival is complete with the Uncchavritti, rendering of Divyanama kritis, Pancharatna Kritis, concerts by professional artistes and students of music from morning to late in the evening.
Shopping,Retail & entertainment:
Calicut which is the capital of the Malabar,also has a vital role in the entertainment segment as well.City has currently available with more than 10 theatres and 1 Multiplex which encourages the entertainment segment to its top.City presently runs with two shopping malls 1.Focus Mall(Located in Rajaji road) and 2.RP Mall (Located on Mavoor road),Focus mall is one of the oldest mall in the state which has 2.5 lakh sq.ft of shopping area,On the other end RP Mall is around 2 Lakh sq.ft shopping area which covers mall,multiplex and a 4-star Hotel.Some more Retail Mall projects under construction which includes Mall of Joy,Gokulam Galleria(3 multiplex),Hilite Mall(8 multiplex),Confident Mall(multiplex),Hillwood Ebonade and Orbit Mall.By 2016 Calicut will provide an immence amount of shopping experience through the development of retail secrtor as well as entertainment sector.
The Kozhikode Beach is situated near the town of Kozhikode and is known for its old World charm and natural beauty. The beach has two crumbling piers that stand toward the middle of the sea and each of them are them are more than hundred years old. The beach also houses a lighthouse, Marine Water Aquarium and Lions Park. The beach is a perfect setting for tourists wanting to enjoy the sunrise or sunset.
The coastal area is about 1.2 m above sea level, whereas the eastern part of the city is at about 15 m above sea level. The city has a long seashore of 15 kilometres (9.3 mi). Small hills dot the city terrain in the eastern and central portions. In the city nearly 5500 Hectares of land is used for cultivation and nearly 321 Hectares are waterlogged area.
Places of interest and historical significance:
Kozhikode is famous for its boat-building yard, timber industry and historic temples and churches. There are a large number of tourist locations in the district while tourists visiting Calicut are attracted more towards leisure tourism including beaches and historical monuments. Calicut functions mostly as a transit point for domestic and foreign tourists. There are 148 classified hotels in Kerala, as listed by the Tourism Department, 22 hotels are located in Calicut city and constitute 15% of the state’s total classified hotels.
Some of the popular places of interest are Kozhikode Beach, Veliyangadi (big bazaar), Mananchira, S.M. Street, Regional Science Centre and Planetarium, Sarovaram Biopark, Tali Siva Temple, Mishkal Mosque, Panniyankara Bhagavati Temple, Thiruvannur Siva Temple, Kappad Beach, Beypore, Thusharagiri Falls.