Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary, a scenic stretch spread over a huddle of small islands, is a must-see attraction in Malappuram district. It is located at the strategic location where river Kadalundi meets Arabian Sea before merging into the sea. Kadalundi, the beautiful hamlet where the sanctuary is situated, is easily accessible by road.
The sanctuary serves as the seasonal home to a wide variety of migratory birds. Placed at an altitude of 200 m and surrounded by undulating hills, Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary offers an unforgettable experience to bird lovers. An exciting variety of bird species including Malabar hornbills, woodpeckers, whimbrels, darters, gulls, herons, sandpipers, plovers, kingfishers and brahminy kites can be spotted in the area.
The best time to visit the sanctuary is between October and March and boating facilities are available to explore the region. Apart from birds, the sanctuary houses a variety of marine species including fishes, turtles, crabs and mussels.
Keraladeshpuram Temple, an ancient and historic Hindu temple of South India, is located at a distance of about 3 km from Tanur town. Tanur, a coastal town in the Malappuram district, is known as one of the oldest Portuguese settlements.
The presiding deity of the ancient Keraladeshpuram Temple is Lord Vishnu and history has it that it was visited by Saint Francis Xavier in the mid-sixteenth century. The present structure of the temple is a renovated one which was rebuilt after having been destroyed by Tipu Sultan of Mysore.
The temple is situated close to the Tanur Beach, and it offers a tranquil ambience to visitors. One of the key features of the temple is its remarkable mural paintings depicted on the walls. The main annual festival of the temple falls in the Malayalam month of Vrishchikam. Other popular destinations around the town include Trikkaikattu Temple and Math, Shobha Parambu Devi Temple and Vettakkorumakan Temple.