Kozhikode railway station
|Express train and Passenger train Station|
|Location||Railway Station Road, near Apsara Theatre, Kozhikode, Kerala,|
|Elevation||11 m (36 ft)|
|Owned by||Indian Railway|
|Operated by||Southern Railway zone|
|Connections||Bus stand, Taxicab stand, Auto rickshaw stand|
|Structure type||Standard (on ground station)|
|Zone(s)||Southern Railway zone|
|Opened||2 January 1888|
|Passengers (2016–17)||28,463 per day|
|Rank||3 (in Kerala)|
1 (in Palakkad division)
Kozhikode Railway Station also known as Calicut Railway Station is the largest railway station in the city of Calicut, India. The station has four platforms, two terminals and a total number of six tracks. The first platform has a capacity to accommodate trains with 24 coaches and second & third platform has the capacity to accommodate 20 coaches; and the fourth one has the capacity to accommodate 24 coaches. It heralds as the only A1 graded station in Palaghat Railway Division with a daily turnout exceeding 25,000 passengers. It is one of the major railway stations in Kerala with trains connecting the city to other major cities in India such as Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai, Bangalore, New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Visakhapatnam, Mangalore, Jammu Tawi, Goa, Ernakulam and so forth. The other railway stations in the city include Feroke railway station (Code: FK), Kallayi Kozhikode South (Code:KUL), Vellayil (Code:VLL) and West Hill (Code:WH).
|Railways in Kerala cities|
The railway line to Calicut (now Kozhikode) was opened to traffic on 2 January 1888 and at that time was western terminus of the Madras Railway. The first line in Malabar was laid between Beypore and Tirur, the former an important port town, back then. With the arrival of the new line to Calicut and its growth as an administrative centre, Beypore diminished in significance and the railway line to it was subsequently abandoned.
The station houses several vintage fixtures including a recreation club named the Railway Institute built by the British adjacent to the station in 1888 to serve as a venue for the social life of the Railways' employees, and a cast iron mechanical pump set that was imported from England to pump water into steam locomotives. The 125th anniversary of the station was celebrated on 2 January 2013. It has been ranked as "The Cleanest Railway Station of India" in January 2018 .
The station has four platforms and two terminals. The first platform has a capacity to accommodate trains with 24 coaches and the third platform 20 coaches. The fourth one has the capacity to accommodate 24 coaches. It heralds as the only A–1 graded station in Palakkad railway division with a daily turnout exceeding 25,000 passengers.
It is one of the major railway stations in Kerala with trains connecting the city to other major cities in India such as Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai, Bangalore, New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Visakhapatnam, Mangalore, Jammu Tawi, Goa, Ernakulam and so forth. Other railway stations in the city include Feroke railway station (Code: FK), Kallayi Kozhikode South (Code: KUL), Vellayil railway station (Code: VLL) and West Hill railway station (Code: WH).
- Reservation counters are open between 6:00 am to 8:00 pm
- Retirement Rooms (transit lodging facility)
- Cyber cafe
- Parcel booking Office
- Railway Mailing service (RMS) office
- Railway Protection Force - Circle office
- IRCTC Restaurants
- Pre-Paid autorikshaw counters
- Pre-paid parking space
- Escalator and elevator systems
- Battery operated car facility for differently abled persons and senior citizens
The following bank-ATMs are available at the railway station:
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