With its busy shopping outlets, restaurants and museums, this thriving metropolis had humble beginnings as the ‘City of Spices’ as a spice trading route in the Middle Ages. If shopping isn’t your bag, Calicut and Kappad beaches are both ideal for a sunset stroll.
Be sure to leave room in your suitcase for a trip to Mittai Theruvu (Sweetmeat Street) where you can buy everything and anything from cosmetics and saris to sweetmeats. There are also a variety of restaurants and some of the largest shopping malls in Kerala.
Every year the Tyagaraja Aradhana Trust holds a five-day music festival in honour of Tyagaraja, a renown composer of Carnatic music. Music is performed from morning until late in the event by professional artistes and music students.