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Kozhikode is a city located in southern India. It is rich in culture and natural beauty and makes an interesting destination for adventurous tourists, those looking for something different or unusual as opposed to the ordinary tourist locations. Once known as the City of Spices, the cuisine at Kozhikode is, as one can imagine, spicy. One of the most sought after dishes unique to the area is Kozhikode halwa (also spelled halva), a lush Indian flour-based sweet dish, usually the consistency of a pudding. There are many varieties of halwa and it is a must-try dish for anyone visiting the region.
Taking a jaunt on the train to Kozhikode is an adventure in itself, as travel writer David Justin Smith reveals in his travelogue, Kozhikode (India) Impressions: Travelogue and Travel Guide. The book is presented as a memoir or a journal, depicting the author’s experience, his introduction to the art, culture, and cuisine of the area, and his view of various picturesque and historic sites and festivals. It is written in journal style, almost at times in point form, and in first person narrative. The book is laid out logically so that a would-be tourist could follow this guide and make good use of it on his or her visit to Kozhikode. There are some illustrations, but certainly this guide would benefit from the inclusion of more photos of the area, the food, the cultural events, and so on. A good start to an interesting travel guide to a fascinating region in India.