Introducing Kozhikode (Calicut)
Northern Kerala's largest city, Calicut, was always a prosperous trading town and was once the capital of the formidable Zamorin dynasty. Vasco da Gama first landed near here in 1498, on his way to snatch a share of the subcontinent for king and country (Portugal that is). These days, trade depends mostly on exporting Indian labour to the Middle East, while agriculture and the timber industry are economic mainstays. For travellers it's a jumping off point for Wayanad or for the long trip over the ghats to Mysore or Bangalore.