KERAPEX- 2012: 12th Kerala State Philatelic Exhibition of Kerala State will be held from Feb 14-17, 2012 at Calicut, Jubilee Memorial Hall of Calicut Corporation, Tali. This is the third time Calicut is hoisting the State Philatelic Exhibition . Images of all earlier Special covers released at Calicut. Kozhikode, formerly called Calicut was the traditional capital of Northern Kerala under the Samuthiri rule. Calicut, the most important city of Malabar region of Kerala, was a leading trading centre for spices on the West Coast of India during the medieval period.
The name Kozhikode is thought to be derived, according to Prof. K.V. Krishna Ayyer, from koyil (palace) + kota (fort), meaning \”fortified palace.\” The place was also referred to as Chullikkad, meaning \”shrubby jungle,\” probably referring to the marshy nature of the land.Kozhikode is a historical town with a hoary past. From time immemorial, the city attracted travelers, with its charming physical features and prosperity. Even today, the glory of Kozhikode (Calicut) has not faded. Kozhikode was the capital of Malabar during the time of Zamorins who were ruling before the British in India. It was trading in spices like black pepper and cardamom with the Jews, Arabs, Phoenicians, Chinese, Dutch and Portuguese more than 500 years ago.
Calicut, is the most important coastal city of Malabar the north region of state of Kerala. It was a leading trading centre for spices on the West Coast of India during the medieval period. Ruled by the Zamorin dynasty, Calicut found a place in World History with the discovery of sea route to India in 1498 by the Portuguese navigator Vasco Da Gama. He landed at Kappad a coastal fishing village and history was changed with the political scanario of India ultimately ending with it\’s colonization by the British. It remained under the Madras Presidency till the formation of Kerala in 1956 after independence.