Transport in ThrissurThrissur being one of the thriving economic hub for the entire region it has a dynamic, versatile and efficient transport system. It has a well-established network of metalled roads that connect to several important areas and locations within and outside Thrissur. It is also well connected with other cities in the region through the presence and maintenance of excellent state and national highways.
Connectivity in ThrissurThe government transport system is the Kerala state owned KSRTC or the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation. Besides these buses there is also the presence of the private bus operators, taxi pliers as well as auto rickshaws. The other facets of the transportation provisions of Thrissur are the railways which place the district prominently on the railway map of the country.
The bus service is very efficient as well as inter-city connections are dependent upon the bus routes. The private bus services are operational with two bus terminals called the Thampuran private bus terminus and the Priyadarshini. The latter bus terminus is also called the Vadakke bus stand.
The Thrissur city and the metropolitan area are both served by an efficient railways network. The former has four railway stations. Their locations are at Poonkunnam area, the Mulankunnathukavu area as well as Ollur the location. The Thrissur railway terminus has been considered among the busiest in South India with about 20,000 footfalls almost everyday. The railway stations located in the Thrissur Metropolitan area at the Guruvayaur, Irinjalakhuda, Pudukad, Wadakkanchery, Chalakudi, Vallathol Nagar Divine Nagar, Koratty, Mullurkara and Nellayi Railway Station.
Air Transportation in ThrissurThere are three airports that serve Thrissur. These are the airports of Cochin, Calicut and Coimbatore. All of these are international airports. The Cochin airport is located at Nadumbassy which is at a distance of fifty kilometers from Thrissur. The Calicut airport is situated in Karipur which falls in the Mallapuram district and is located at a distance of eighty kilometers from Thrissur city. Then there is the farthest airport which is the Coimbatore international airport and which falls at a distance of one hundered and fourteen kilometers from the city of Thrissur. There are international travelers from various locations like Doha, Muscat, Bahrain, Jeddah, Sharja Riyadh in the Middle East as well as Kuala Lumpur and Singapore in the South East who frequently visit Thrissur for business and other purposes.
An interesting feature of Thrissur which is the Cultural Capital of the South is approachable through four helipads or the specially constructed areas for the landing and takeoff of helicopters. There are four heliports located firstly at the Shri C. Achutha Menon Government College ground, in the Kuttanellur area, and which is called the Kuttanellur heliport. The second heliport is located at the Lulu Convention Centre area and known as such. The third heliport is situated atop the Sobha Topaz building in the Sobha city area. The fourth helipad and which is the privately-owned helipad of the Kalyan Jewellers group is located in six acres land area on their complex. It is known as the Kalyan heliport. Thus, the transportation of Thrissur is a smooth and efficient networking of various forms of traveler whether surface or air. They afford transportation of personnel, goods and services within and outside the Thrissur district.