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                   HISTORY OF THE DISTRICT

 

   Calicut is the anglicised form of Kalikut.  It is also called the Cock Fort.According to the historian, K.V Krishnan Iyer, the term means Koyil (Palace) Kodu (Fortified). Anyhow, it is a historical town with a hoary past. From time immemorial, the city attracted travellers, with its charming physical features and prosperity. Even today , the glory that was Calicut has not faded.  The political history of Kozhikode is a story of treacherous and ill conceived conspiracies hatched by the Western powers. Vasco De Gama landed at Kappad  in May 1498, as the leaders of a trade mission from Portugal and was received by the Zamorin himself.

The history of  Kozhikode district as an administrative unit begins from JANUARY 1957. When the states of the Indian Union were reorganised on linguistic basis on 1st November, 1956, the erstwhile Malabar district was separated from Madras state (Tamil Nadu) and added to the new unilingual state of Kerala. But Malabar district was found  to be too unwieldy for administrative purposes.

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