Calicut is also known as Kozhikode. Calicut was once the capital of the powerful Zamorins. Calicut is on the Lakshadweep Sea. It has been known throughout the history as a significant port for trade and commerce. It was here at Kappad (16km) that Vasco Da Gamma first landed in 1498. Later, the Dutch, the French, and the British came to this shore to trade. Kozhikode still maintains its commercial traditions as cargo steamers visit the port even today. The town is famous for its boat-building yard, timber industry, and historic temples, and churches.
Calicut was the most important city of Northern city as being the capital of Malabar under Samuthiri rule. Apart from the rich heritage and historical monuments, Calicut has a bracing landscape with green clad hills, dense forests, gently flowing rivers, and exotic wildlife. Famous rivers such as Mahe river, Kallai river, and Chaliyar river are flowing through Calicut.
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Spreading across three districts in Kerala and Kanyakumari, the trip offers you a wide angle view of the state.
Grand hotel combines the best in technology with traditional charm providing guests a memorable experience of God\\\'s own country kerala. It is conveniently located on the MG Road, the heart of Ernakulam city, just five minutes away from the city railway and bus stations. The Grand boasts well-appointed rooms, a spectacular restaurant and a range of thoughtful facilities passionately designed for the leisure and business traveler alike. You are sure to get enthralled by our Professional, Courteous, staff, who are ever ready to attend to the most trivial of your needs. The hotel provides you an abode that exudes warmth and gifts an ambience that knows no parallels. Our age-old penchant for hospitality still reverberates from the personalized services you get at the grand, which is synonymous with our hotel. Dining and wining - the Grand way At our restaurant, sampling the exotic variety of Kerala cuisine is surely going to be a wonderful experience for the food lover in you. Savor our variety of seafood and fresh water fish delicacies. Our speciality Karimeen delicacies are wonderfully tasty. The shrimp are simply divine either in curries or simply with different spices. A wide variety of fish curries and meat delicacies are part of Grand\\\'s cuisine. The Grand hotel present\\\'s umpteen choices of delicacies of the Chinese and Continental varieties, traditional Indian cuisine and exotic local preparations that will titillate your taste buds. This well laid out restaurant, exudes an atmosphere of elegance and luxury, which is sure to make each meal a memorable event .This culinary journey will take you on a delectable trail peppered with a choice of authentic cuisines, enjoyable dining experiences, from traditional to International cuisine. The restaurant at Grand Hotel offers an eclectic combination that is hard to resist. Food served here are prepared with a dynamic blend of the best techniques and ingredients all, the traditional way. You can always trust the delightful seafood served here to work its magic on you, ever so slowly and ever so surely,. With a warm, spacious ambiance, guests can choose delicacies or even enjoy a full course meal. The menu has been constantly reviewed, innovated and tailored to suit customers tastes and has made a sincere attempt to keep it as authentic as possible. Welcome to a soul stirring experience with an exclusive collection of Spirits. A perfect way to unwind and lighten the night away at our trendy bar -CouchŸn, get set for the perfect evening, after a tiring work day. Sip your favorite alcoholic beverages with mouth-watering food enjoying the soothing ambience that is sure to appeal to your senses.
The Aranmula Boat Race is the oldest river boat fiesta in Kerala, the south western State of India is held during Onam (August-September). It takes place at Aranmula, near a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Krishna and Arjuna. The snake boats move in pairs to the rhythm of full-throated singing and shouting watched by an exciting crowd. In 1972, snake boat races were also added to the program of the festival. Thousands of people gather on the banks of the river Pampa to watch the snake boat races. In 2009, forty one snake boats or chundan vallams had participated in the festival. The oarsmen sing traditional boat songs and wear white mundu and turbans. The golden lace at the head of the boat, the flag and the ornamental umbrella at the center make it a show of pageantry too.
The Parthasarathi Temple (dedicated to Sree Krishna) on the banks of the holy River Pamba attracts large crowds of devotees. The famed Aranmula boat race is held on the last day of the week-long Onam festival.
The Vijnana Kalavedi at Aranmula imparts training in the traditional arts like Kathakali, classical dances, classical music, as well as Kalaripayattu. Foreign tourists stay here for long periods to get a first hand knowledge of the culture of Kerala. The Parthasarathi Temple here has fine murals from the 18th century.
Aranmula is also famous for its metal mirrors - Aranmula Kannadi, a unique craft which is not found anywhere else in the world.
Nearest railway station: Chengannur, which is about 10 km away.
Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 115 km away.