Kozhikode as an important travel destination in Kerala offers a number of experiences to relish and several must see places. The city and its surrounding areas provide visitors with several places to see and things to do options. Amongst the prime experiences is the visit to Iringa Crafts Village. Here artisans and craftsmen are encouraged to show their skills and sell their products to visiting tourists. Workshops are also available to learn more about Kerala’s art and craft. Another great reasons to visit Kozhikode for birdwatchers is Kalalundi bird sanctuary, which is home to more than 60 varieties of birds, fishes, crabs and mussels as well. The city also offers one of its kind Institute of research and development of Schedule caste and schedule tribes from where one can get detailed information about schedule tribes, their lifestyle, traditions, etc.
Those with great interest in learning about rich history of the place can also visit Bypore, which is a small port located nearby Kozhikode. This ancient port is in news since the time Arabs, Chinese and European invaded Kerala. There is a 15, 000-year-old shipping yard here and the craftsmanship of the workers here is exceptional. An experience worth savouring in Kozhikode is its scrumptious delicacy, of which the 'Kozhikodian Halwa' is of prime importance. From Kozhikode, don't forget to purchase souvenirs, spices, banana chips ( an Indian snack), Calico (a soft printed cotton variety), coir products, miniature snake boats, etc. Kozhikode, erstwhile Calicut was known as the city of spices. So, don't forget to purchase spices including pepper, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom from here.