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Calicut (Kozhikode), Kerala
In the Middle Ages the coastal city of Calicut (Kozhikode) was known as the ‘City of Spices’, as it’s here that the Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama first landed and established a spice trading route. Despite being suffused with history, the Calicut of today is a thriving modern metropolis with plenty of malls, restaurants and museums. Calicut also boasts several beaches, Calicut Beach and Kappad Beach, both of which are perfect for an evening promenade.