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Airports in Kerala

Kerala, prevalently known as the “God’s own Country” is one of the most-visited places offering a lot of attractions for voyagers to partake in a stunning excursion. This wonderful heaven is additionally alluded to as the ‘Place that is known for Spices’ and is a favored focal point for foodies. 

In the event that such tempting components strengthen you to fly into the National Geographic Traveler’s one of the thirteen heavens on the planet, then, at that point, here’s all the data concerning where to land in Kerala and which objections to make a beeline for from subsequently!

4 International Airports In Kerala

Kerala is the main Indian state to highlight four international airports.

  • Cochin Airport 
  • Trivandrum International Airport 
  • Calicut International Airport 
  • Kannur International Airport 
Cochin International Airport

Cochin International Airport is an international airport serving the city of Kochi, in the state of Kerala, India. Located at Nedumbassery, about 25 kilometres  northeast of the city centre, Cochin International Airport is first of its kind which is developed under a public-private partnership (PPP) model in India. This project was funded by nearly 10,000 non-resident Indians from 30 countries.

It is the busiest and the largest airport in the state of Kerala. As of 2019, the Cochin International Airport caters to 61.8% of the total air passenger movement in Kerala.It is the eighth busiest airport in India in terms of international traffic and also eighth busiest overall. In fiscal year 2018–19, the airport handled more than 10.2 million passengers with a total of 71,871 aircraft movements

The airport operates three passenger terminals and one cargo terminal with a total area of over 225,000 square metres . In 2015, Cochin International Airport became the world’s first fully solar powered airport with the inauguration of a dedicated solar plant. For this entrepreneurial vision, the airport won the coveted Champion of the Earth award in 2018, the highest environmental honour instituted by the United Nations. The airport was awarded The Best Airport in Asia-Pacific in 2020 (5 to 15 million passengers per annum) by Airports Council International.

The tourist destination that can be reached from Cochin International airport are

Athirappily waterfalls

Athirappilly Falls, is situated in Athirappilly Panchayat in Chalakudy Taluk of Thrissur District in Kerala, India on the Chalakudy River, which originates from the upper reaches of the Western Ghats at the entrance to the Sholayar ranges.
It is the largest waterfall in Kerala, which stands tall at 80 feet. Just a short drive from Athirappilly to the Vazhachal falls, which is close to dense green forests that are home to many endangered and endemic species of flora and fauna.
There is another waterfall on the way from Athirappilly to Vazhachal Falls, in close proximity to the road, which is locally called “Charpa Falls”. Athirappilly Falls is the largest waterfall in Kerala and is nicknamed “The Niagara of South India”.It is situated 38 km away from the airport.

Cherai Beach

Cherai Beach is a beach located in Cherai in the northern side of Vypin Island,
a suburb of the city Kochi in the state of Kerala, India. One of the most visited beaches in the state,
it is situated at around 25 km from downtown Kochi and 20 km from Cochin International Airport.

Fort Kochi

Fort Kochi, the western part of the Kochi city of Ernakulam district in Kerala. It is about 12 km away from Ernakulam Town. Fort Kochi has played an important role in the history of Kerala. Fort Kochi also has several attractions like the Santa Cruz Basilica. Fort Kochi also houses many historical monuments such as the St. Francis Church, the first church of Vasco da Gama, the Dutch Seminary, the China Vela and many others. The Indian Navy’s ship, Dronacharya, is located in Fort Kochi.

Munnar

Munnar rises as three mountain streams merge  – Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. 1,600 m above sea level, this hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. One of the most sought after honeymoon destinations in Kerala, Munnar is replete with resorts and logding facilities that fit a wide rage of budgets. Sprawling tea plantations, picturesque towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji. This flower which bathes the hills in blue once in every twelve years, will bloom next in 2030. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India, Anamudi, which towers over 2,695 m. 

Backwaters of Kochi

Well known as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, Kochi is considered one of the finest harbors in the world. Cochin is a destination where tradition and modernity meet. What could be better than enjoying a backwater cruise at this beautiful place?

Nothing can be fascinating than cruising through the serene lakes of Cochin that are lined up with coconut trees. The backwaters make one enjoy beautiful sights of the local and migratory birds, giant Chinese fishing nets, local villages and more. The beauty of Kochi is something that leaves you amazed at once. A captivating landscape and lush greenery is what adds to the beauty of the backwaters of Kochi.

While the entire state of Kerala is well-known for its backwaters, Cochin backwaters are among the most visited backwaters of Kerala. A number of backwater cruises of the state begin and end at Cochin. 

 

Trivandrum International airport

Trivandrum International airport is the first airport in the state of Kerala established in 1932 by Colnl Goda Varma Raja, consort prince of HRH Queen Karthika Thirunal of Travancore Kingdom. The first flight took off on 1 November 1935, carrying mails of Royal Anchal to Mumbai. After Independence, the airstrip was used for domestic flights with construction of a domestic terminal T1.  

International operations were initiated by Air India to Middle Eastern countries in the late 1970s. The first International Flight was operated in 1977.It is the fifth international airport of India declared by then Prime Minister of India V P Singh in 1991.

The terminal 1, domestic terminal with an area of 99,000 Sq. ft. can handle around 400 passengers at a time. Terminal 2, with passenger handling capacity of 1600, is for international operations and also handles domestic operations of Air India. Annual passenger handling capacity of the new international terminal (T2) which was inaugurated by then Prime Minister Shri Manmohan Singh in 2011, is around 1.8 million.

International operations are mostly to Middle Eastern and south eastern countries. T2 is at a distance of around 3.7 k from the city center. Kovalam Beach, one of the favorite tourist spots in Kerala, Techno Park, the software business hub and the proposed Vizhinjam seaport, are all in the vicinity of the airport.

To enable the passengers to check in at any counter, a Common Users Terminal Equipment (CUTE) is installed in the New International Terminal, i.e. Terminal 2.  X-ray machines are attached to the side of the conveyor belts for faster clearance of baggage.  The new terminal has a car park area that can accommodate about 600 cars. Pre-paid taxi service counter and foreign exchange (Thomas Cook India) counter are there on arrival area.  Visa on Arrival facility (VOA) service is available and allows citizens of 44 countries to obtain tourist visas on arrival.

The cargo activities at the Trivandrum Airport are carried out through the Kerala State Industrial Enterprises (KSIE), a government of Kerala undertaking). The cargo warehouse is on the airport premises. It has a capacity to import 21000 MT and export 27000 MT per annum. In 2010-11 (up to December 2010), the airport achieved MT of import cargo and MT of export cargo

Kovalam

Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach with three adjacent crescent beaches. It has been a favourite haunt of tourists since the 1930s. A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing.The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse. Sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programmes and catamaran cruising are some of them. The tropical sun acts so fast that one can see the faint blush of coppery tan on the skin in a matter of minutes. Life on the beach begins late in the day and carries on well into the night. The beach complex includes a string of budget cottages, Ayurvedic health resorts, convention facilities, shopping zones, swimming pools, Yoga, water sports and Ayurvedic massage centres.

Shangumukham Beach

 Shanghumukham beach has long been amongst the favorite place for travelers. Not just because of its close proximity with the airport but also because of its beautiful mermaid structure called Sagarakanyaka by the locally renowned artist Kanai Kunjiraman. It is a perfect place to spend a calm day amidst the charming Take-A-Break restaurant and classic Old Coffee House.The closest airport to Shanghumukham Beach is Thiruvananthapuram Airport at a walk able distance and the closest railway station is Thiruvananthapuram Central at a distance of 9 kilometers.

Kanyakumari

Kanniyakumari district is the smallest district in Tamil Nadu. Even though it is the smallest in terms of area (1672/Sq.Km), the density of population is the highest 1119/Sq.Km in Tamil Nadu next to Chennai. In literacy it stands first.  It is the only place in the entire world where one can witness both the rising and setting of the sun.It has a coastal line of 71.5 kms stretched on the three sides. This small district is famous on its vast green stretches of paddy fields, coconut groves, Rubber garden and luxurious forests and the rare earth of the western sea shore and stretched valley mountain of the Western Ghats.

Calicut International Airport

Calicut International Airport also known as Karipur Airport, is an international airport located in Karipur,
Malappuram district of Kerala, India. It serves the Malabar region of Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad and Palakkad.
It is situated 28 kilometres away from Kozhikode city and 25 kilometres away from Malappuram city.
It serves two of the seven metropolitan areas in the state- Kozhikode metropolitan area and Malappuram metropolitan area.
The airport opened on 13 April 1988. The airport serves as an operating base for Air India Express and operates Hajj Pilgrimage services to Medina and Jeddah from Kerala. It was the eleventh-busiest airport in India in terms of overall passenger traffic.
It is the third-busiest airport in Kerala after Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram.

Kappad Beach

Kappad Beach has historically played an important role in the history of Kerala. On these shores, over 500 years ago in 1498, 170 men led by Vasco- da-Gama first stepped onto Kerala. The entire State, especially the Malabar Coast, would never be the same again.A visit to Kozhikode is incomplete without a visit to this legendary site. The spice route flourished through this Beach. A walk in and around the place gives one an idea of itshistorical relevance. The rocks and small hills add to its charm. The nearby shacks are always stocked with excellent local delicacies and tea. Migratory birds can be spotted occasionally as well. Kappad Beach is a truly majestic destination, which will always hold an important place in our history.

Beypore beach

Beypore beach is an ideal beach destination for tourists as well as of historians. Located at the mouth of river Chaliyar about 10 kilometres away from Kozhikode town (Calicut) in Kerala, Beypore was a port of trade and maritime centre in the olden ages. This ancient port had witnessed much trade and transactions of the Arabian merchants from West Asia, Chinese travellers and later Europeans with the local dealers here. One of the major attractions of this place is the existence of the 1,500 years old tradition of shipbuilding industry.

Wayanad

Wayanad, the green paradise is nestled among the mountains of the Western Ghats, forming the border world of the greener part of Kerala. Clean and pristine, enchanting and hypnotizing, this land is filled with history and culture. Located at a distance of 76 km. from the sea shores of Kozhikode, this verdant hill station is full of plantations, forests and wildlife.

Kannur Airport

Kannur International Airport is serving the North Malabar region of Kerala, Kodagu and Mysore districts of Karnataka and Mahé district of Puducherry in India. It is located 28 km (17 mi) east of Kannur town, and 24 km (15 mi) east of Thalassery town, near the municipality of Mattannur in Thalassery taluk of Kannur district in Kerala. It is owned and operated by Kannur International Airport Limited (KIAL), a public–private consortium. The airport opened for commercial operations on 9 December 2018.

The airport could serve one million passengers in just nine months since commercial operations began. Amidst the COVID-19 crisis the greenfield airport could maintain stable growth and it achieved the milestone of two million passengers in the twenty-third month of operations in November 2020.

The first aircraft to land was an IAF (Indian Air Force) aircraft that touched down at the airport on 29 February 2016

Thallasery

Thalassery formerly Tellicherry,is a municipality on the Malabar Coast in Kannur district, in the state of Kerala, India,bordered by the districts of Mahé (Pondicherry), Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kasaragod and Kodagu (Karnataka).
Thalassery municipality has a population just under 100,000. Thalassery Heritage City has an area of 23.98 square kilometres . It is 22 km south of the District HQ Kannur city.
Thalassery is situated in an altitude ranging from 2.5m to 30m above mean sea-level.

Kasargod

Kasaragod formerly known in English as Kassergodeand Malayalam as Kanhirakode,is a municipal town and administrative headquarters of Kasaragod district of Kerala state in India. Established in the year 1966, Kasaragod was the first municipal town in Kasaragod district. It is the northernmost district of Kerala and is also known as Saptha Bhasha Sangama Bhoomi.Situated in the rich biodiversity of Western Ghats, it is known for the Chandragiri and Bekal Forts,Chandragiri River, historic Kolathiri Rajas, natural environment of Ranipuram and Kottancheri Hills, historical and religious sites like the Madiyan Kulom temple, Madhur Temple, Ananthapuram Lake Temple and Malik Deenar Mosque. The historic hill of Ezhimala is located on the southern portion of Kavvayi Backwaters of Nileshwaram.

Coorg

Coorg, officially called Kodagu, is the most sought after and popular hill station of Karnataka. Lying serenely amidst high mountains, Coorg’s landscape stays misty throughout the year. The aboriginals of the place are Kodavas. Apart from Kannada, the other two main languages of this hill station are Kodagu and Kodava.The best time to visit Kodagu is between October to May and the peak season for this hill station is within February to May. Kodagu is the largest producer of Coffee in India. Also, it is one of the places with highest rainfall across the nation. Undulating hills covered in lush green forests and a landscape dotted with coffee plantations, tea gardens and orange groves, this hill station has breathtakingly stunning scenic beauty.The popular tourist attractions in Kodagu include Bhagamandala, Talakaveri, Nisargadhama, Dubare, Abbey Falls, Iruppu Falls and Nagarahole National Park. Pushpagiri and Brahmagiri in Coorg are ideal for trekking

Mysore

Mysore, previously known as Mysuru, is the third largest and second most populated city of Karnataka. Situated right at the foot of Chamundi Hills, Mysore was once the capital of the Kingdom of Mysore. The rich cultural environment of Mysore has earned it the moniker of Cultural Capital of Karnataka.

Mysore Dasara is celebrated with great pomp and grandeur for ten days and people from every corner of the globe visit this city during the festival. There are some notable heritage structures in Mysore like the famous Mysore Palace and the Jaganmohana Palace. Other significant tourist spots in Mysore include Somanthapura, Karanji Lake & Park, Chamundi Hill, Brindavan Garden and Rail Museum.

 

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