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About Kannur

About Kannur

Kannur or Cannanore is a lovely city on the Malabar Coast of Kerala state, located in southwestern India. Kannur stands out with its significant history, culture, beautiful landmarks, numerous monuments, temples, beaches, forests, and other sightseeing options. Apart from being a part of the Chera dynasty that ruled Kerala, since the 12th century, Kannur is also an important trade center where major forces like Dutch, Portuguese, and British ruled and continued the trade channels of the city throughout centuries, as it was a strategic location both militarily and financially. Even today, Asia’s largest and the world’s third-largest naval academy, The Indian Naval Academy, is located nearby Kannur. Due to the influence of Soviet Socialism in the region, Kannur is one of the most politically active and charged cities to this day.

Apart from its history, Kannur is notorious for its multicultural significance.  Different ethnicities, castes, and creeds live in harmony, with the liberty of practicing different religious practices. The visual mixture of ancient structures such as Parassinikkadavu, with those of European descent, like Angelo or Kannur Fort, makes this city an exceptionally beautiful place to visit.  

Among the must-visit places are; the pristine Payyambalam Beach which is ideal for relaxation and picnics, St. Angelo or Kannur Fort, which was built in 1505 by Dom Francisco de Almeida, Munderi Bird Sanctuary, Arakkal Museum, which includes Arakkal Palace and museum, dedicated to Arakkal family, Parassinikkadavu, which is the temple dedicated to Sree Muthappan, Parassinikkadavu Snake Park, and more.

Besides, Kannur is one of the best destinations for a culinary experience, as it offers a variety of vegan, vegetarian, and non-vegan dishes, as well as is rich in seafood due to being a coastal city. Kallumakkaya Nirachathu, Mutton Korma, and Unnakkaya are some of the must-try delicacies in Kannur.

Transportation to Kannur City Center from Airport

Transportation from Kannur International Airport to Kannur City Center

Kannur International Airport

Kannur International Airport (IATA: CNN) is located 28 kilometers from the Kannur city center, in the state of Kerala. Besides Kannur, this airport serves the North Malabar region and the Mahe district as well. There are several transportation options from the Kannur International Airport to the city center, such as buses, taxis, autorickshaws, hotel shuttles, and rental cars. Overall, the road and railway network of Kannur is good,  so the best transportation method is a taxi or rented car, as you can either head to the city center, or to the railway station easily, which the railway is connected to the rest of India. Kannur airport has also an open parking lot with a capacity of up to 700 cars, 200 taxis, and 25 buses.


Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) operates buses from and to the Kannur Airport. Currently, the routes start operating from 05:00 to 20:00. Besides Kannur, there are routes to Iritty, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Thalassery, and other locations. Bus fares are INR 24 to Kannur city, but due to Covid-19 restrictions, the availability may vary.


Taxis are the easiest, and perhaps the most luxurious option of transportation from Kannur International Airport to the city center and get around the city as well. Calicut Tours& Travels provides pre-paid taxi services at their counters on both domestic and international arrival terminals. The taxi fares start from INR 750, which is roughly 9-10 USD, but keep in mind that fares may change. Otherwise, outside the airport, you can find taxis as well. It takes about 35-45 minutes from the airport to the city center.

Rental Car

Rent-A-Car services are available at several counters in the Kannur International Airport. You can either rent from one of them, or book online in advance. Well-known companies like Hertz, Avis, and Enterprise provide services and the prices vary according to your preference of cars, dates, availabilities, etc.

Auto Rickshaw

Auto rickshaws are one of the versions of rickshaws and it is quite common in several Asian cities, including India. These auto rickshaws are motorized, and if you want to use this as a transportation method from Kannur International Airport to the city center, you can find them outside the airport.

Hotel Shuttles

Hotel shuttles are ideal for larger groups, and when you do not want to arrange your transportation separately, you can easily book a hotel that provides shuttle services, and demand to get picked up from Kannur International Airport around the time of your landing. 

Last Updated: 21 Mar 2023

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