Malappuram is a northern district in Kerala known for its rich culture, historic significance and remarkable heritage. The region of Malappuram, speckled with small hills and mounds, justifies its name which in Malayalam means ‘Hill Top’. With a history that weaves ancient and modern times together, the region contributed extensively to the culture, religion, economy as well as tourism of Kerala. The district invited the attention of economists from all over the country in recent times due to its Gulf migrant population which gave rise to an unprecedented economic boom.
Three rivers, namely Chaliyar, Bharathapuzha and Kadalundi, flow through the land of Malappuram enriching both its soil and its culture. The powerful army of the Zamorins kings of Calicut was headquartered here in olden days. The name of the district is marked in the history of Indian nationalism for being the venue for Khilafat Movement and Mopila Revolt. Malappuram is the birth place of the Muslim dance form, Oppana
Varied Traditions and Unique Attractions
The small towns of Malappuram contributed to the cultural, political, literary traditions of Kerala in matchless manners. Thirunavaya was a hub for Vedic education during medieval times and from Kottakkal originated traditional medical system of Ayurveda. Ponnani (an ancient center of Islamic learning) and Nilambur (better known as the teak town of the country) have given global acclamation to Malappuram.
The sightseeing options in Malappuram include Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary, Keraladeshpuram Temple and Thirunavaya Temple. The region houses a number of other temples and mosques such as Malappuram Juma Masjid, Mannoor Shiva Temple, Thiruppuranthaka Temple and Vettakorumakan Temple. The hill garden at Kottakkunnu, Biyyam Lake and the riverside park of Shanthitheeram draw thousands with their potential for tourism.
Malappuram enjoys good connectivity by road, rail and air enabling travelers to visit the place around the year.
The climate of the region is moderate and suitable for sightseeing. The dominance of Muslim population has given rise to a spectacular food culture in the district which combines Arabic and traditional Kerala flavors. The natural beauty, eventful history, exotic cuisines of Malappuram caters to the travel expectations of nature enthusiast, history lovers and foodies alike.