"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

Of Calicut, Camels And Kites


The first night’s stop was in Calicut, the birthplace of calico.

Calicut was founded almost 1,000 years ago. Strong links with Arab traders soon developed and the city has a sizeable Muslim community.

Vasco da Gama led a Portuguese fleet to the port at the end of the 15th century. This marked the beginning of European interest in the Malabar coast.


Having taken chai masala, we strolled along sea-front at sunset.

Inspected the camels

Then bought a kite

And flew it.


4 responses

  1. Toffeeapple

    The evening light on the sea is beautiful. I hope that wasn’t a fighting kite.

    May 1, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    • Fighting Kite? Certainly not!
      We were merely imposing a limited no-flight zone….

      May 1, 2011 at 5:26 pm

  2. What picturesque reminders to reach beyond life’s constraints and explore.

    May 1, 2011 at 7:22 pm

  3. I have also written about the Places in Calicut

    June 2, 2012 at 9:13 pm

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