Azhikal, with a thriving timber trade, lies on the S bank of the river, about 1 mile within the entrance. Boundary pillars, NW and SE of the river entrance, define the limits of the port.
Presently the port has only one wharf, 50m in length, that can accomodate one vessel up to 2,000 dwt, with a maximum length of 30m, a maximum beam of 10m, and a maximum draft of 3m.
Pilotage is not available.
Vessels should advise the Port Officer Kozhikode of their ETA 24 hours in advance and then confirm their ETA 2 hours in advance to the Port Officer in Azhikal on VHF channel 16.
Anchorage can be taken, in a depth of 9m, sand and mud, good holding ground, about 2.5 miles WSW of the river entrance.