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.