Cheap flights to Kozhikode arrive at the Kozhikode Airport, sometimes also called the Calicut International Airport. The airport serves very few international flights (mostly from the Gulf countries where many native Keralites work) and you will have to board Kozhikode flights from nearby cities like Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad or Thiruvanathapuram. Air India, Indigo, Jet Airways, and Jet Connect are some of the prominent airlines flying from the Kozhikode airport.
You can also reach Kozhikode via train, bus or private car. Many tourists prefer to travel by train as the city is well connected to nearby metropolitan centres, including Thiruvananthapuram, Bengaluru and Chennai. Travelling by road is not recommended because of the threat of wild elephants on the road.
Once you enjoy one of the cheap flights to Kozhikode, you have several options for travelling within the city. Travelling by local train can be a cheap and enjoyable way to get around the city. Most tourists prefer to take taxis or auto-rickshaws that can be identified by yellow and black markings. Auto-rickshaws are numerous and can be found at virtually every street corner. Although they tend to be competitively priced, make sure to negotiate the fare before you get in the vehicle as drivers are known to inflate fares dramatically for tourists.
Tourists also have the option of renting private cars from one of the many travel agencies dotting the city. These cars are comfortable and supplied with a driver, making it extremely easy to get around Kozhikode and nearby areas. For travelling over short distances, cycle-rickshaws are a popular transport method. Many tourists also prefer to eschew motorized transport in favour of walking or cycling.
After Kozhikode flights land at the airport, travellers will want to take in the breathtaking scenery of this coastal town. Kozhikode Beach is a picturesque golden-shore beach. It features a marine aquarium and one of the country's few lion parks. The lighthouse and the beautiful views of the beach, especially around sunset, are perennial tourist favourites. The Kirtads Museum is a unique museum that showcases tools and other equipment used in Kerala during the ancient pre-historic days. It also has a library with books related to sociology and anthropology. For informational and exciting exhibits related to astronomy, checkout the Kozhikode Planetarium. It presents tourists with attractions related to chemistry, gravity and even some music. For a truly exhilarating experience, take a trip to Dolphin's Point, located fifteen kilometres from the main city. Each morning, dolphins come to play in the turquoise blue waters, making for a dramatic spectacle.
Mezban, located on Mavoor Road, offers visitors seafood, Indian and fusion cuisine. Here, you may start off your meal with spiced cheese that's battered and deep-fried, then have an entree like chicken tikka masala – a dish consisting of grilled cubes of chicken in a curry yogurt sauce. Located on Calicut Beach Road is Cosmopolitan Club Calicut. The kitchen at this club cooks Continental, Chinese and traditional Malabari dishes that are sure to please an adventurous palate. On the rooftop is a bar that overlooks the mirror-calm waters of the Arabian Sea.
The busiest shopping area in the city is Sweet Meat Street (S.M. Street), which has numerous shops serving traditional Kerala sweets. The shops also sell local handicrafts, including the popular Koyilandy Hookah made from copper and brass.
Nightlife in Kozhikode is largely absent with only a few bars and pubs open late at night. Captain's Cabin, Aqua Bar and Zodiac Bar are some of the few spots for night entertainment in the city.