The coastal city of Kozhikode, located to the north of Kerala, is a popular tourist destination blessed with a lush green countryside, serene beaches, historic temples and churches, wildlife sanctuaries, a varied landscape and soothing environs.
Interestingly, there are quite a few options for tourists to indulge in shopping in Kozhikode. Make shopping a pleasure at the variety of shops that sell numerous items and are scattered throughout Kozhikode town.
Sweat Meat Street, popularly known as S.M. Street, is considered the busiest shopping area in Kozhikode. The ever-so-popular 'Kozhikodan Halwa' is available in almost all shops here. The varied colored halwa and banana chips are supposedly the most sought after items for tourists shopping in Kozhikode.
The wholesale spice market at the Big Bazaar Road, selling an irresistible variety of Kerala spices, is another popular shopping destination.
Shopping in Kozhikode can also feature fancy cloth items from the shops on S M Street and Mavoor Road. The Comtrust Store off Town Hall Road specializes in handloom fabrics produced locally.
Kozhikode is also popular for local handicraft products like rosewood and buffalo horn carvings, coir products and miniature snake boats. While shopping in Kozhikode, visit the supermarket on Mavoor Road and CSI at Mananchira and Big Bazaar at SM Street for a wide variety of such products.
Kozhikode is famous for being home to 'Calico' - a soft printed cotton variety, available by the roll on SM Road.
The Touring Book Shop next to the Malabar Palace Hotel on SM Street and Pai's at Kallai Road are good venues for buying some books of your choice.
The traditional boats of Kerala are sold at Beypore, which lies at about half an hour's journey from Kozhikode.