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Malappuram – Of Rivers And Cultures


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 the 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.

Tourist Places In And Around 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.

How To Reach Malappuram

Malappuram enjoys good connectivity by road, rail and air enabling travellers to visit the place around the year.

Malappuram Weather

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.

Malappuram Weather

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How to Reach Malappuram

  • By Road
    Malappuram enjoys good connectivity by road to all its neighboring districts such as Calicut and Palakkad. Kerala state transport buses as well as private buses are available to and from Malappuram. Buses are the most economic option to explore the towns within the district. Luxury buses are available to Malappuram from Bangalore, Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram.
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  • By Train
    Malappuram district has a number of minor railway stations including Angadipuram, Tirur, Tanur, Kuttippuram and Parappanangadi. Many trains connecting the northern and southern parts of Kerala pass through these stations. Regular trains are available to Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Thrissur, Kottayam, Kannur and Mangalore. Those who travel by train can also consider landing in Calicut railway station which is 50 km away.
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  • By Air
    The airport nearest to Malappuram is Calicut International Airport (also known as Karipur International Airport) which is located at a distance of about 25 km from the heart of Malappuram. Calicut airport has a number of flight services connecting to the major cities of India and some cities in the Middle East. Those who arrive by air can take taxi services to all major towns of Malappuram.
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