Kozhikode has a rich culture tradition.there is a harmonious blend of art religion and philosophy in the culture,calicut has a rich culture where people of more than one religious culture live together. it is the land of various culture and tradition.
Many prominent Malayalam literature writers hail from Kozhikode, including S. K. Pottekkatt, the most celebrated writer of the city. His award-winning work “Oru Theruvinte Katha” is set in S. M. Street. Vaikom Muhammad Basheer and M. T. Vasudevan Nair, the literary stalwarts had spent most of their life in the city. The Kozhikode Public Library and Research Centre at Mananchira was established in 1996. There are several leading Malayalam publishing houses in the city, which includes Poorna, Mathrubhumi, Mulberry, Lipi and Olive. Several libraries are also located in and around the city. Some other famous writers include Thikkodiyan, P. Valsala Sanjayan, U. A. Khader, M.P. Veerendra Kumar K. T. Muhammed, N. N. Kakkad, Akbar Kakkattil, N. V. Krishna Warrier and M. N. Karassery.
Revathi Pattathanam is a week long annual cultural and intellectual event of Kerala. This event first began in the 14th century at the ancient Thali Mahadeva temple. Revathi Pattathanam is organized in memory of the scholars’ meet that was held during the reign of the Zamorins, traditional rulers of Kozhikode. The event concludes with the selected scholar being conferred with the title of 'Bhatta' along with a 'panakizhi' (sachet of money).
Kerala is known for its spices from the time of Vasco da Gama and prominently for its high grade pepper. Malabar Pepper Fest is a yearly event for spice traders. During this fest, the spice coast of Kozhikode is visited by gastronomic experts and gourmets. This unique festival is celebrated during the month of October in Kozhikode.
Jalotsavam is one of the most prominent festivals of Kozhikode. It is also a major part of the Onam festival. This big festival is held during the months of August and September. Three water fiestas are presented in Korapuzha, Pangilodippara and Moorad. The festival involves water sports that are conducted by the various water sports clubs. Snake boats are another major attraction of this festival.
Malabar Mahotsavam is the primary festival of Kozhikode district. It is a five day festival organized by the Kozhikode District Tourism Promotion Council and is held in the month of January. Being a part of this festival, allows one to witness traditional and folk art, classical music, drama and dance while exploring the cultural heritage of the state from close quarters.
Thidambu Nritham , is a popular ritualistic dance performed in temples of North Malabar. It involves a main dancer accompanied by a group of artists playing drums and men holding traditional brass lamps. The name comes from the practice of the dancer carrying the decorated image of the presiding deity (Thidambu). They wear frilled skirts, silk tops, ornaments and a decorated head gear called Ushnapeetam.
An uru is an extremely large, well-built vessel, made by manually putting together teak planks. Uru making is a tremendous task which demands the skill and efforts of more than forty Khalasis (shipwrights) over a period of at least four years. During medieval times, they were built using the teak from the Nilambur forest and they had a large market in the Middle East.Though the Uru lost its past glory, Beypore port of Kozhikode has not bid farewell to the industry yet.
One of the favourite pastimes of Malabar region is the singing of Mappillapattu by the males and Oppana sung by the females on the eve of Muslim wedding ceremonies. The foot tapping, hand clapping music starts off slowly, gradually increasing its speed towards the end. These songs are sung in a very distinctive tune and cover a wide range of themes from patriotism to romance.
Kalaripayattu is one of the oldest and prominent art forms of Kerala . It is a form of martial art which is used as self defense and is also a cultural legacy of Keralites. The training of Kalaripayattu incorporates the study of Ayurveda and Kalarichikitsa which are majorly used as body healing treatments. Kalarippayattu has different styles for different regions which are distinguished by their attacking and defensive patterns.
Kozhikode is known as the second Mecca of football. Cricket, basketball, football, volleyball and badminton are other most popular games in Kozhikode. Many international football matches of major football teams were hosted in the E. M. S Stadium in the past. Several international footballers are from Kozhikode including K.P. Sethu Madhavan, Muhamad Najeeb, Premnath Phillips, M Prasannan, Sudheer etc. Indian Olympian footballer, T. Abdul Rahman, popularly known as Olympian Rahman, is from Kozhikode. The Indian team in which Rahman played had reached the semi-final in 1956 Melbourne Olympics The most famous form of football in the city is the seven-a-side form.
P T Usha, the greatest athlete of India hails from Kozhikode. She is often called the "Queen of the Indian track and field". She is also nicknamed as the Payyoli Express for her remarkable speed. The Usha School of Athletics at Koyilandy is currently run by her. Other sports personalities include Tom Joseph , Premnath Phillips and Jimmy George. The other international badminton players that belong to the city are Jaseel P. Ismail, V. Diju, Aparna Balan and Arun Vishnu.
To promote sports development in India with focus on football the Sports and Education Promotion Trust (SEPT) was established. It commenced operations in 2004 and is based in Kozhikode. The trust has set up fifty centres called "football nurseries" which is spread across thirteen districts of Kerala. Since 2010, Mini Marathon runs have also been organized in Kozhikode and has seen an increase in popularity and participation of around 7000 people every year.