Malappuram literally means ‘a land atop the hills’ and is situated 50 kms southeast of Kozhikode. Bounded by the Niligiri Hills on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west, Malappuram is enriched by three great rivers flowing through it - the Chaliyar, Kadalundi and the Bharathapuzha. Once the military headquarters of the Zamorins who ruled the Malabar region, this district has been the venue of many an uprising. 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 area are well known for their spectacular festivals. Historical monuments, diverse natural attractions and a range of cultural and ritual art forms add to its splendour

Attractions in Malappuram, around and from Malappuram

  • Kottakal This small town is home to the famed Kottakal Arya Vaidyashala, one of the pioneer institutions of Ayurveda, the 5000-year-old traditional system of health and medicine in Kerala. One of the best Ayur

  • Nedumkayam Forests A beautiful and dense forest, ideal for trekking, it offers a large variety of flora and fauna.

  • Teak Museum Situated in a place called Nilambur this is the only teak museum in the world. It also houses around 55 types of bamboos. A butterfly park is also attached to the museum.

  • Thirumandhamkunnu Temple Dedicated to the goddess Durga, this is an important pilgrim centre in Malappuram. The annual festival celebrated in March/ April attracts a large number of devotees.

  • Thunchan Memorial This is the birth place of Thunchan Ezhuthachan, the father of the Malayalam language.The iron stylus with which Ezhuthachan wrote his texts on palm leaves and the ancient Kanjira tree under which he