Malabar River Festival, Kerala

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Malabar River Festival is a thrilling whitewater kayaking championship[1] held in the Kozhikode district of Kerala, South India. This event, organized by the Kerala Tourism Department, District Tourism Promotion Council, and Kozhikode District Panchayat, attracts international players from various countries. The championship, which began in 2013, is the only one of its kind in South India and is considered one of Asia’s largest[2] whitewater kayaking competitions.

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Malabar river festival

How to Reach

By Air The nearest airport to Kozhikode is Calicut International Airport, which is well-connected with major cities in India and abroad.

By Train Kozhikode has its railway station, Kozhikode Railway Station, which is well-connected to all major cities in India.

By Road Kozhikode is well connected by road with other parts of Kerala[3] and neighboring states. Regular bus services are available from various cities to Kozhikode.

2 Days Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in Kozhikode, visit the local attractions, and rest for the day.
  • Day 2: Attend the Malabar River Festival, participate in the events, and enjoy the local cuisine.

Get Around

Local transportation in Kozhikode includes auto-rickshaws, taxis, and buses. You can also rent a car or a bike for a more convenient travel experience.

Things to Do

Apart from the Malabar River Festival, you can explore the local attractions, visit the famous Thusharagiri Waterfall, and enjoy the local cuisine.

Offbeat Places

Visit the serene beaches of Kozhikode, explore the local markets, and take a boat ride in the Chaliyar River.


Participate in the kayaking championship, attend the local slalom competitions, and try whitewater rafting.

Fairs and Festivals

Apart from the Malabar River Festival, Kozhikode hosts several other cultural and religious festivals throughout the year.


Kozhikode is famous for its spices, silk, and handicrafts. Don’t forget to visit the local markets for a unique shopping experience.


Try the local cuisine of Kozhikode, which includes a variety of seafood dishes, traditional Kerala meals, and sweet delicacies.


There are several hotels and homestays available in Kozhikode that cater to different budgets. Choose one that suits your needs and enjoy your stay.

Go Next

After Kozhikode, you can visit other beautiful places in Kerala like Kochi, Alleppey, and Munnar. Enjoy the backwaters, beaches, and hills of this beautiful state.


External links

Kerala Tourism Offical website