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Flanked by the Nilgiris on the East and the Arabian Sea on the West, Malappuram is a district rich with evergreen forests, pristine valleys, meandering rivers and breathtaking beaches. Situated 50 km southeast of Kozhikode, Malappuram has four great rivers flowing through it, namely, the Chaliyar, the Kadalundi, the Thirurpuzha and the Bharathapuzha. The district that has a rich heritage has several examples of Indo-European architecture.

This district was the venue for many of the Mappila revolts (uprisings against the British East India Company in Kerala) between 1792 and 1921. It was also 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, Malappuram is also famous for its cultural and ritual arts.

The region also has a network of inland waterways. The midland region is fertile with thick coconut groves while the hilly tract has dense forests and extensive teak plantations apart from the innumerable streams and rivers.

Fact File  
Area 3548 sq kms
Population 36,29,640
Best time to visit November to February
Temperature 22 – 37 Degree Celsius 
STD Code 0494



Situated 40 km from Malappur, Nilambur is famous for its teak plantations. Tourists often stop here on their way to Ooty. The oldest teak plantation of the world, the Connolly’s Plot is just 2 Kms from Nilambur town. The town also has Kannimaree, the oldest and tallest teak tree of the world. Nilambur...


It is in Ponnani that the Nila River ends her journey by emptying out into the Arabian Sea. This scenic coastal town is counted as one of the most important fishing centres along the Malappuram Coast. One can go river rafting on the Thootha River on a raft made of wild bamboo fastened with coir ropes....


Situated on the banks of Bharathapuzha, Thirunavaya is a place of great historical importance. Today Thirunavaya is the venue for the annual Sarvodaya mela and the Mamankam festival. The Thirunavaya temple is also a famous pilgrim center.

Tanur Beach

Tanur was one of the oldest Portuguese settlements. St. Francis Xavier visited the place in 1546. Tanur Beach is the small fishing town of Tanur. The nearby attraction is the Keraladeshpuram temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is the oldest temple of Kerala.

Padinharekara Beach

Padinharekara Beach is close to Ponnani and at the end of the Tipu Sulthan Road. It offers a breath taking view of the confluence of the River Bharathapuzha and Tirurpuzha with the Arabian Sea.


This ancient temple on the banks of River Bharathapuzha is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple was the venue of the Mamankam festival where people adept in the martial art of Kalaripayattu used to come to fight it out.


This ancient Shiva temple with an idol is said to have been installed by Parasurama. It is situated close to the town of Tirur, and attracts devotees from far and wide.


A Muslim shrine and receptacle for dead bodies of the Thangals (the religious leaders of the Malabar Muslims), Mumburam is situated in A.R.Nagar village. It is a famous pilgrimage centre of Muslims.

Valiya Juma Masjid

This is an important pilgrim centre of the Muslims of Kerala. The four day annual festival at the mosque (nercha) is celebrated in April. Adjacent to the mosque is the mausoleum of the Malappuram shaheeds (martyrs) whose brave exploits have been immortalized in the Mappila ballads.

Pazhayangadi Mosque, Kondotti

18km east of Manjeri, this mosque is on the way to Malappuram. The three day long Valia Nercha feast at this 500 year old Muslim pilgrim centre is celebrated during February/March.
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