On 12th March 1861 the Madras Railway Company first opened the Railway line connecting Kadalundi and Tirur for traffic. This was extended to Kuttippuram on 1st May 1861. The Shoranur-Nilambur section was opened for traffic in February 1927. The total length of railways in this district is about 91 km. Angadippuram, Nilambur, Kuttippuram, Tirunavaya, Tirur, Tanur and Parappanangadi are the important stations of which Tirur and Tanur are important fish exporting stations.
The Calicut airport is one of the most beautifully designed airports in India, which is situated at Karippur in Malappuram District. It is 26 Km away from Malappuram and 28 Km away from Kozhikode. It has a runway of 6000 x I 50 feet with night landing facilities. A huge project of extending the runway by 3000 feet with a view to facilitate landing of airbuses is under completion. Regular flights to Bombay, Bangalore, Madura, Coimbatore, Madras and gulf countries are operated presently. From 2002 onwards Calicut airport in Malappuram district has been recognised as the embarkation point for Haj pilgrims.
A well-developed helipad at Kottakunnu is available for safe landing of all types of helicopters in all seasons through out the year. It is placed at 12 Nautical miles from Calicut VOR.
Ponnani is the only port at the mouth of the river Bharathapuzha that is tidal and very shallow. The ships have to anchor far off in the sea and traffic of this port will have to be improved. The important places connected by waterways are Ponnani, Tirur and Tirurangadi. They are mainly used for transporting timber.
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