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Malappuram District is encircled by Arabian Sea in the west and Nilgiri Hills in the east. The zamorians had control over this region in the olden days and they had the military head quarters over here. Later the British used the Haig Barracks on top of a hill, to station their army. The present district of Malappuram was carved out of districts of Kozhikode and Palakkad in 1969.

Some of the important places of Malappuram are listed below.


The Mamankam which was part of ancient convention occurred in Thirunavaya. By traveling 7 km south of Tirur you could reach this place. And about Mamankam, it is a grand meeting of the rulers that occurred once in 12 years, in which one among them was elected as a Ruler of Kerala. Pageantry, in which the warriors fought each other under various Kings, was the highlight of the event. It was also a grand trade fair.

Thali Temple, Perinthalmanna

On traveling 20 kms from Malappuram you could reach Perinthalmanna. The said Thali Temple can be spotted 3 kms west of Agadipuram on the way to Malappuram from Perinthalmanna. There is a Chaverthara, preserved near the Thirumandhamkunnu Temple dedicated to martyrs of Mamankom.

The Jama- at Mosque at Malappuram

The Jama Mosque at Malappuram is famous pilgrim center of Muslims in Kerala. Adjacent to the mosque you would find the martyrdom of martyr could be seen. Their heroic deeds are immortalized in the mappala ballads.

Pazhavangadi Mosque at Kondotti

The mosque can be located 18 km east of Manjeri on the way to Malappuram. It is a famous 500 year old Muslim pilgrim center


One of the important business centers of Malappuram and can be reached by traveling 41 kms from Kozhikode on the Mangalore - Madras railway line. Tirur is more important for all those who speak Malayalam because it is the birth place of Thunjath Ramanujan Ezuthachan of the 16th century who is honored as the father of Malayalam Literature. A memorial is constructed in Thunjan Parambu for the pioneer of Malayalam Literature.


One of the earliest settlements of Portuguese is a small coastal fishing town. People believe that St. Francis Xavier visited this place in 1546.


Kottakal is a renowned center of Ayurveda. The famous Arya Vaidya Sala founded by P.S. Warrier the well-known physician and social reformer is over here. Kathakali and Kalaripayattu as well as other art forms thrive here under the great patronage of Arya Vaidya Sala. An herbal garden consisting of rare herbs is another attraction of this place. There is also an Ayurveda College at Kottakkal. It is situated 12 kms south of Malappuram.

Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary

This bird sanctuary can be located by traveling 19 km from Kozhikode and 7 km from Beypore Port. It is the place where the river Kadalundi joins the Arabian Sea. Migratory birds flock to this place in certain seasons especially during the months of February to April. This place turns refuge to hundred varieties of native birds and over sixty varieties of migratory birds.


Near to the Ayurvedic center at Kottakal, in the cantonment hill, there are remnants of an old fort built by the Zamorins of Kozhikode. Those who like visiting heritage sites would find this place attractive.

Padinharekara Beach

The beach offers a stunning view of the merger of the Bharatapuzha, Tirurpuzha and the Arabian Sea. Attraction of the place is that migratory birds flock here in large numbers.


At Nedumkayam you would see the rich rain forest with wild animals and elephants. It can be viewed from a wooden rest house built by the British.


Nilambur situated on Kozhikode - Ooty highway, 40 km from Malappuram is famous for its Teak Plantation. Here on alighting you could see the oldest teak plantation in the world.


On the highway connecting Kozhikode and Thrissur you could find this place. It is famous for its Bhagavathy temple said to have been set up by Sree Sankracharya, the philosopher.

Biyyan Kayal

Near to Ponnani, this placid lake is famous for water sports facility. The lake is bordered by lush green canopy of coconut groves.


The gurgling springs of everlasting source of fresh cool water and its impenetrable green hills offer an attractive view to its visitors.


Adyanpara lures tourists for its dense green forests and the grandeur of its waterfalls.

The visit to Malappuram will give you an excellent opportunity to under the Culture of Kerala and the Heritage of Kerala. There is ample scope for Village Tours and Ayurvedic Tours. Those seeking Wildlife Tours and Cycling Tours would find this place interesting.

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