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Malappuram (literally, a land atop hills) is situated 50 km southeast of Kozhikode. Bounded by the Nilgiri hills on the east, the Arabian sea on the west and Thrissur and Palakkad districts on the south, Malappuram is enriched by three great rivers flowing through it - the Chaliyar, the Kadalundi and the Bharathapuzha. Malappuram has a rich and eventful history. It was the military headquarters of the Zamorins of Kozhikode since ancient times. This district was the venue for many of the Mappila revolts (uprisings against the British East India Company in Kerala) between 1792 and 1921. The hill country has also contributed much to the cultural heritage of Kerala. It was a famous centre for Hindu-Vedic learning and Islamic philosophy.

The temples and mosques of this district are well known for their spectacular festivals. Along with historic monuments and diverse natural attractions, a range of cultural and ritual art forms add to its value as a destination worth visiting.

Malappuram General Information

  • Area :3550 sq. km
  • The population size - 3,096,000
  • Altitude - Lowlands: Sea level

How to Get There

It is situated on the Calicut - Madras road, 12 km. south - west of Manjeri and 52 km. south - west of Calicut.

By Air

Nearest Airport: Karipur, Kozhikode (36 km)

By Rail

Nearest main railway station: Kozhikode 50 Kms and Palakkad 90 kms Railway Line through the costal belt runs through several towns situated in Malappuram district such as Tirur, Kuttippuram, Nilambur, Angadipuramwhich are well connected to cities in the north through the newly introduced Konkan Railway

By Road

Malappuram is well connected to all the major towns in Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu by an excellent road network.

Place to visit

Thirunavaya: Situated on the banks 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 ThirunavayaNavamukunda 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.

The Jama-at Mosque, Malappuram : This is an important pilgrim 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 Malappuram shaheeds (martyrs) whose brave exploits have been immortalized in the Mappila ballads.

Nilambur: This is the original home of the Cholainaickans, the oldest aboriginal tribe of Kerala. The extensively forested land is well known for Canola's plot the world's oldest teak plantation and bamboo woods.

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 Keraladeshapuram Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu and believed to be one of the oldest temples in Kerala.

Kottapadi: 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 Ponnani, the beach offers a breathtaking view of the confluence of the BharathaPuzha, the Tirur Puzha and the Arabian Sea.

Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary

The sanctuary is spread over a cluster of islands in a scenic are surrounded by hillocks where the Kadalundipuzha river flows into the Arabian sea. Over a hundred varieties of native birds and over 60 varieities 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


Ponani is the only port in Malappuram district and it is known as Mecca of Kerala. There are about 50 mosques in the town. Ponani is one of the oldest ports of South India. Ponani is known for its backwaters and Boat races held during Onam festival.


Locally known as Kanoli Canal, boating facilities that includes shikaras which resembles a gondola, platform boats and speedboats that travels uptoAzhimugam, 19 km are available here. The trip down the canal is a rare experience.


Nedumkayam is a beautiful lush green place about 18 km from Nilambur. There is also an elephant training center which attracts lots of tourist besides its natural beauty. The rain forest, wildlife and vegetation offers captivating view to the eyes.

Shopping in Malappuram

The city of Malappuram is an Experienced shopping destinations famous for its handicrafts. There are Many Multi National Mall , Shopping Center and Shopping Complex . Enjoying a holiday in Malappuram and returning empty handed is certainly unthinkable . All Necessary Items and goods is Available in Malappuram District in Kerala State of South India.