Kerala Literature Festival
Calicut, Kerala

Kerala Literature Festival

Kerala Literature Festival

The Kerala Literature Festival is a grand celebration of “words, ideas, and [the] coming together of a global community”. The events at the festival cover a vast array of interests ranging from history and architecture to science and cinema. One of the largest cultural gatherings in the country and India’s second biggest literature festival, it has received over 3 lakh attendees in recent editions. A non-exclusive and non-aligned event, it is open to the public – registration is free. Noam Chomsky, Ramachandra Guha, TM Krishna, Arundhati Roy and Shobaa De are only some of the prominent personalities to have participated in past editions of the festival.

Organised by the DC Kizhakemuri Foundation with the support of the Kerala Culture and Tourism departments, the Kerala Literature Festival was launched in 2016. The sixth edition, scheduled for January 2023, will take place in Calicut (Kozhikode), Kerala. A four-day event, the festival will see five different venues simultaneously host a number of programmes.

The forthcoming edition will host Nobel Laureates Abhijit Banerjee and Ada Yonath, 2022 Booker Prize winner Shehan Karunatilaka and International Booker Prize winner Geetanjali Shree among key speakers. Besides, one of the prominent events at the festival would include a showcase by PEN Presents—a partnership between English PEN and the British Council, as part of India-UK Together, a Season of Culture. The showcase accommodates translations by the PEN Presents winners Deepa Bhasthi, Kartikeya Jain, Shabnam Nadiya, Nikhil Pandhi and V. Ramaswamy.

Some of the events from the festival will also be live-streamed.

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How To Get There

How to reach Calicut (Kozhikode)

By Air: Karipur airport, also known as Calicut International Airport, is located around 23 km away from the main Kozhikode town. Daily flights from cities like Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Kochi, Hyderabad, Delhi as well as Middle Eastern countries serve Kozhikode. Passengers can avail local vehicles to travel to Kozhikode city from the airport.

By Rail: Kozhikode has its own railway station (code: CLT). The railway station connects the city to other important Indian destinations like Mumbai, Delhi, Mangalore, Chennai, Bangalore, Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Hyderabad amongst others with a good number of mail and express trains.

By Road: Kozhikode is well connected to other cities Mangalore, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai, Bangalore, Coimbatore by road. It is actually a pleasure to drive from Bangalore to Calicut through Gundulpet and Sulthan Battery. But be cautioned that the small stretch of jungle you have to pass through may have wild elephants and moving in late hours in small vehicle is not advised. Kerala State Road Transport Corporation as well as a large number of private buses connect Kozhikode to important cities of the south. Day and night bus service is available.

Source: District Administration Kozhikode


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About DC Kizhakemuri Foundation

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Contact Details
Phone No 9072351755
Address DC Kizhakemuri Edam
Good Shepherd Street
Kottayam, Kerala


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