Malappuram is a city in Kerala state, India. It is the administrative headquarters of Malappuram District.
Malappuram is situated on the Kozhikode (Calicut) - Chennai road, 12 km southwest of Manjeri and 52 km southwest of Kozhikode. In earlier times, Malappuram was the headquarters of European and British troops and later it became the headquarters of the Malabar Special Police. This place has still the ruins of an ancient fort built by Tipu Sultan. This district has played a significant role in our freedom struggle because of the famous Mappila revolts that took place between 1792 and 1921. The three great rivers like Chaliyar, the Kadalundi and the Bharathapuzha flows through this district. The architectural styles of temples and mosques and also the cultural and ritual art forms add more value to this district.
¤¤ Facts and Figures
Facts and Figures
Area : 3350 sq km.
Altitude : Above Sea Level.
Eranadu, Tirur, Perinthelmanna, Ponnani, Nilambur, Tirurangadi
Malappuram, Tirur, Ponnani, Manjeri, Perinthelmanna
¤¤ Tourist Season
September to March
¤¤ Tourist Attractions
Thirunavaya (8 km south of Tirur) Situated on the bank of the Bharathapuzha, this is a place of great historical importance. The Mamangam, a grand assembly of the rulers of Kerala, was held here once every 12 years in olden times. This extravagant festival was conducted for the last time in 1755. Today Thirunavaya is the venue for the annual Sarvodaya Mela. The Thirunavaya Navamukunda temple is also a famous pilgrim centre.
Thali temple, Perinthalmanna The temple is located about 3 km west of Angadipuram on the way to Malappuram from Perinthalmanna.
Thirumandhamkunnu temple, Angadipuram Dedicated to Goddess Durga, this is an important pilgrim centre in Malappuram. The annual Pooram festival celebrated in March/ April attracts large numbers of devotees.
Jama-at Mosqur, Malappuram This is an important centre of the Muslims of Kerala. The four day annual festival at the mosque (nercha) is celebrated in April. Adjoining the mosque is the mausoleum of the Malppuram Shaheeds (martyrs) whose brave exploits have been immortalised in the Mappila ballads.
Pazhayangadi Mosque, Kondotti (18 km east of Manjeri, on the way to Malappuram): The three day long Valia Nercha feast at this 500 year old Muslim pilgrim centre, celebrated in February/ March, is a local cultural event.
Nilambur This is the original home of the Cholainaickans, the oldest aboriginal tribe of Kerala. The extensively forested land is well known for Canoli's Plot the world's oldest teak plantation and bamboo woods.
Tirur The birth place of Thunchath Ezuthachan, the father of the Malayalam language, now called Thunchan Parambu, is in Tirur. It is the hallowed ground where hundreds of children are initiated into the wonders of writing when they first trace the letters of the Malayalam alphabet in sand taken from that revered spot which was Ezhuthachan's home.
Tanur The small coastal fishing town of Tanur was one of the earliest settlements of the Portuguese. It is believed that St. Francis Xavier visited the place in 1546. About 3 km south of Tanur town is Keraladeshpuram Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu and believed to be one of the oldest temples in Kerala.
Kottakkal (12 km southwest of Malappuram) This small town is home to the famed Kottakkal Arya Vaidyasala, one of the pioneer institutions of Ayurveda, the traditional system of health and medicine, in Kerala. Founded in 1902 by Vaidyaratnam P.S.Warrier, Kottakkal Arya Vaidyasala has branches all over the State as well as in Delhi and Madras. One of the best Ayurvedic centres in the State, the Arya Vaidyasala runs and Ayurvedic research centre, a nursing home and a hospital. The chief physician can be consulted only by appointment made at least 10 days in advance. Accommodation options at the nursing home include family blocks, double rooms, single rooms and suites.
Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary (19 km from Kozhikode and 7 km from Beypore port) The sanctuary is spread over a cluster of islands in a scenic area surrounded by hillocks where the Kadalundipuzha river flows into the Arabian sea. Over a hundred varieties of native birds and over 60 varieties of migratory birds flock here in large numbers. A hillock which is 200 m above sea level provides a splendid view of the river mouth and the sea. The place is also known for a wide variety of fish, mussels and crabs.
Kottappadi Located near the renowned Ayurvedic centre at Kottakkal, one can see traces of an old fort at the base of the Cantonment Hill. The fort was the first to be built by the Zamorins of Kozhikode. Nearby are the Vettakkorumakan Temple and the Siva Temple with the famous murals of Malabar.
Padinharekara Beach At the end of the Tipu Sultan road near Ponnai, the beach offer a breathtaking view of the confluence of the Bharathapuzha, the Tirur Puzha and the Arabian Sea.
Vallikunnu Beach A beach resort set in the middle of a coconut grove is the main attraction here. The Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary is just a short distance away.
Kadampuzha (3 km north of Vettichira on the highway connecting Kozhikode and Trissur) Kadampuzha is famous for its Bhagavathy Temple said to have been set up by Sree Sankaracharya, the philosopher.
Trikandiyur Shiva Temple The idol at this ancient temple is said to have been installed by Parasurama, the legendary creator of Kerala. The temple is located near the town of Tirur and attracts devotees from far and wide.
Mamburam The shrine and mausoleum of the Thangals (the religious leaders of the Malabar Muslims) in AR Nagar Village is a major pilgrimage centre.
Biyyan Kayal Located close to Ponnani, this placid, green fringed waterway has a watersports facility.
Kodikuthimala The perennial springs andthe green mountains form an alluring landscape.
Adyanpara Located in the Kurumbalangode village of Nilambur taluk, Adyanpara is famous for its waterfalls and the splendour of its lush jungles.
¤¤ How to Reach
Air : Nearest Airport : Karipur, Kozhikode.
Rail : Nearest main railway station: Kozhikode
Road : Malappuram is well connected to all the major towns in Kerala, Kerala Karnataka and Tamil Nadu by an excellent road network.