Kerala is now the only state in India to boast of having 4 international airports, the latest addition being Kannur International Airport, which was commissioned on 9th December 2018. The airport is situated at Mattannur, 25 kilometers from Kannur, which is a beautiful city located in the northern part of Kerala.  

The Kannur International Airport (KIAL), the second Greenfield airport set up in the public-private partnership (PPP) model in Kerala spans an area of about 2,300 acres. This state of the art airport is equipped with one of the most modern facilities, which is unique of its kind the “Swing Facility”, which means the terminal could be either operated as a domestic/international terminal or both, because of the presence of sliding glass partitions in between. The terminal also has self-check-in counters and self-baggage dropping machines.

So, whether you are into adventure, pilgrimage, history or just want to relax, a holiday in Kannur has it all. Take a look at the top things to do in Kannur!

1. Go Kayaking, Rock-Climbing or Bird Watching

Wayanad and Kodagu (Coorg), renowned locations for adventure and wildlife tourism with great scenic beauty, are quite close to the airport.

2. Explore its pristine beaches

What attracts tourist to this beautiful place are its stunning and pristine beaches. European visitors highly value Meenkunnu beach in Azhikode. There is a drive-in beach at Muzhappilangad which is the longest in Asia where sand is solid enough to drive for kilometers.

3. Shop for your favourites

In the Kannur handloom societies, weavers, renowned for their skills, hold the reputation of being one of the best-skilled cadres in the country. The export products include home furnishings and made-ups including bed linen, kitchen linen, curtains, table mat, pillow covers, napkins, aprons etc. Products for local markets include lungi, mundu, shirting, bedspreads, towels etc.

4. Feel Blessed

The riverside temple at Parassinikkadavu is one of the most famous temples. Mridanga Saileswari temple, the closest to the new airport is one among the 108 Durga temples of ancient Kerala. It is believed to have been installed by Parashurama, the sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu. You can also check out Kerala holiday packages for a memorable holiday.

5. Experience its rich culture

A large number of folk plays and dances are prevalent among the scheduled castes and tribes here. Godamuri, Vedan Pattu, Kathakali, Theyyam are a few of the folk dance forms peculiar to the region.

Thanks to the new Kannur International Airport, Kerala is sure to see a boom in tourism. This will not only aid the textile industry but also help students/research-scholars apart from ‘non-resident’ Indians, expatriates, business travelers, IT professionals and corporates, thus enhancing the region’s position as an international tourist destination.

So what are you waiting for?? Go On! Explore and experience this gorgeous place in God’s own country and book cheap flight tickets only with Akbar Travels.

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