Malappuram

Malappuram which literally means a terraced land atop hills is rich with evergreen forests, ravines, hills and dales, sandy surfs etc.Malappuram is one of the most fertile land, bordered by the Western Ghats in the East, Palakkad district in the South, the Arabian Sea on the West and Kozhikode and Wayanad district in the North. Malappuram has contributed significantly in the cultural history of Kerala. The distict witnessed many historical events like Mamankam festival, Mappila Revolt against British East India Company etc.It was famous for Hindu Vedic learning and Islam Philosophy. It was the Military headquarters of the Zamorins of Kozhikode since early times. Three great rivers – Chaliyar , Kadalundi and Bharatapuzha make this district unique. Malappuram gave birth to many distinguished personalities like Thunchath Ezhuthachan, the father of modern Malayalam Literature.

For details of Malappuram District , see the web page http://halokerala.com/picnic-spots/Malappuram/

Tourist Spots and places interested

Jama-at Mosque, Malappuram

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

Thali Temple, Perinthalmanna

The temple is locates about 3 kms West of Perinthalmanna on the way to Malapppuram.

Poonthanam Illam

This is the house of Poothanam Namboothiri, an exponent of the Krishna cult of Bhakthi movement, known for his work, Jnanppana (song of knowledge) and is located in Kizhattoor near Perinthalmanna.Sreekrishna Temple where he used to pray is situated nearby.

Pazhayangadi Mosque,Kondotti (18 km East of Manjeri,on the way to Malappuram)

The three day long Valia Nercha feat at this 500 year old Muslim Pilgrim centre, celebrated in February/March, is a local cultural event.

Rudra Dhanwanthari Temple

This temple is about 3500 year old and is located in the centre of Pulamanthol.The temple belongs to the Ashtavaidaya Pulamanthol Mooss family.

Nilambur

This is the original home of Cholainaickans the oldest aboriginal tribe of Kerala. The extensively forested land is well known for Canoli’s Plot the world’s oldest teak plantation and Bamboo woods.A major tourist spot near Nilambur is Kakkadampoyil. Kakkadampoyil is ahamlet in the Kozhikode and Malappuram Districts,Kerala, India. This rural settlement is about 24km from the Nilambur town and 40 kilometres from the city of Calicut (Kozhikode).

Thirumandhamkunnu Temple

Thirumandhamkunnu Bhagavati TempleThirumandhamkunnu Bhagavathi Temple is one of the ancient and famous Mahakshetras of Kerala. This shrine which is the foremost in the Bhadrakali Temple. This temple is located at Angadippuram.Dedicated to Goddess Durga; this is an important pilgrim centre in Malappuram. The annual pooram festival celebrated in March/April of Vellathiri in the Pooram ground to give audience to the Malayankutty, the headman of the Pana tribal community.Kalampattu is an important offering here.Mangalya Pooja,Rigveda Laksharchana and Chandattam are other important poojas.

Angadippuram is a divine land blessed with an array of big and small temples and is known as the temple village of Valluvanad.Angadippuram was the capital of the powerful medieval kingdom of Valluvanad.This village has around 12 Hindu temples and the famed ones are Thirumandhamkunnu Bhagavati temple and Tali temple. These temples were built by the rulers of Valluvanad and the rulers are known as Valluva Konathiris.Thirumandham Kunnu Pooram is held every year at Angadippuram during April and it si known as the festival of Valluvanad.

Thootha

Thootha is a beautiful village includes the natural beauty of Palakkad and Malappuram, and near the thootha river which flows across the two districts. As the goddess of the village, Sree Thootha Bhagavathy residing on the banks of the river at Thootha Bhagavathy Temple. Thootha Pooram is considered as the last pooram of the festival season of Malabar and its one of the biggest pooram after the Thrissur pooram. Tholpavakoothu, Kalam Pattu, Thalappoli, Chavittukali, Nayar vela, Kathir vela, Harijan vela, Kala vela, Aana Pooram and Harijan pooram, etc are part of this festival.

Trikandiyoor Shiva Temple

The idol at this ancient temple said to have been installed by Parasurama, the legendary creator of Kerla.The temple is located near the town of Tirur and attracts devotees from far and wide.

Ponnani

The only port in the district, this is an important fishing centre. During the months of February/April, thousands of migratory birds arrive here. Located close to Ponnani is Biyyan Kayal,a placid ,green fringed waterway with water sports facility.Ayilakkad is a picturesque laocale in the Ponnani taluk of Malappuram district.

Nilambur Teak Museum

Nilambur Teak MuseumThe world’s first teak museum is situated 4 km away from Nilambur on the way of Nilambur – Gudallur.It is also the sub centre of Kerala Forest Research Institute. With a two storied building, the museum offers all information about teak with various exhibitions.

Apart from being a treasure trove, it enlightens visitors about the historical, aesthetic and scientific aspect of teak and a mini auditorium for audio visual presentations. The museum was established on the campus of the sub centre of Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI) in 1995 owing to the historical significance of the region. The world’s first teak plantation was raised in Nulambur way back in the 1840s in order to ensure a steady supply of teak timber for the British.

Nilambur is where one could see the world’s oldest teak plantation established between 1842 and 1844.Spread over an area of 2.31 hectares, the plot has been named after H.V.Connolly, the collector of the region during the British rule. With assistance from his subordinate forest officer named Shri Chanthu Menon, he developed the plot now known for the largest teak tree in the world. A hanging bridge, built across the River Chaliyar through which one can access the plot, is an added attraction. Teak Museum is another notable attraction at Nilambur.

Apart from teak, paintings portraying tree felling operations, a collection of photographs on the various events of teak during different seasons, exhibits on traditional harvesting tools and teak wood samples from different ages from various parts of the world are some of the exhibits in the museum.

An 800 meter long bio resource nature trail within the museum campus is indeed an interesting one. This nature trail passes through a heavy growth of shrubs, trees and bamboos with a variety of different species of birds and reptiles and 300 varieties of butter flies, moths and insects which are found in the teak plantations.The two hour train journey on the 66 km stretch between Nilambur and Shoranur during monsoon is the best opportunity enjoys the nature in all its pristine beauty.

Thirunavaya (8 km South of Tirur)

Situates on the banks of the Bharathapuzha, this was one of the Venues form Mamankam, a grand assembly of the rulers of Kerala, held once in every 12 years. The extravagant festival was conducted for the last time in 1755.Today; Thirunavaya is the venue for the annual Sarvadaya Mela.The Thiruvavaya Navamukunda Temple is also a famous pilgrim centre. During Karkidakavavu, people flock at the banks of Bharathapuzha here, to perform the Pithrukriya for departed souls. The site of Melpathur Illam, the home of great poet Melppatthur Narayana Bhattathiri, auther of Narayaneeyan, is about 2 miles from here.Kuttippuram is the nearest railway statioion.The small hamlet , Thavanur , is nationaly known for its annual Sarvodaya Mela.Thavanur is on the banks of Bharathapuzha which located around 4 Kms from Kuttippuram.

Vettakkorumakan Temple

This famous temple is located in Nilambur and the renowned Nilambur pattu festival is held here.

Tanur

The small coastal fishing town of Tanur was one of the earliest settlements of the Portuguese. It is believed that St.Francis Xavier visited the place in 1546.About 3 kms South of Tanur town is Keraladeshapurm Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu and believed to be one of the oldest temples in Kerala.

Padinharekara Beach

At the end of the Tipu Sulthan road near Ponnani, the beach offers a breathtaking view of the confluence of the Bharathapuzha, the Tirur Puzha and Arabian Sea.

Thunchan Memorial,Tirur

This is the birth place of Thunchath Ezhuthachan, the father of Malayalam language. On Vijayadasami day, many come here for vidyarambham, the ceremony in which children are initiated into learning. The iron stylus with which Ezhuthachan wrote his tests on palm leaves and the ancient Kanjira tree under which he compose his poems are treasured exhibits here.

Adayanpara (15 km from Nilambur)

Located in the Kurumbalangode village of Nilambur taluk,Adayanpara is famous for its waterfalls and the splendor of its lush jungle.

Kottakkal

Kottakkal is situated 12 km South West of Malappuram and known as the abode of Ayurveda, the science of life in Kerala. This small town is home to the famed Kottakkal Arya Vaidyasala, one of the pioneer institutions of Ayurveda, the traditional system of health and medicine in Kerala. Founded in 1902 by Vaidyaratnam P.S. Warrier, Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala has branches all over Kerala as well as in Delhi and Chennai. One of the best Ayurvedic centers in Kerala, the Arya Vaidyasala runs an Ayurveidc research centre, a nursing home and a hospital. The chief physician can be consulted only by appointment made at least 10 days in advance. Accommodation options at the nursing home include family blocks, double rooms, singe rooms and suites.

Thirurangadi

This is the place which witnessed the 1921 Malabar Mutiny.

Kottankkunnu

Located near the district collectorate in Malappuram, one can see traces of an old fort at the crest of the Cantonment Hill. The fort was the first to be built by the Zamorins of Kozhikode. Nearby are the Vettakkorumakan Temple and the Siva Temple with the famous murals.

Paloor Subramaniya Temple

One and half kilometers from Pulamanthole centre and 12 km from Pattambi of Shornur – Mangalore railway line at Paloor situate the famous temple of Lord Subramaniyan,renowned as Paloor Kalari from ancient period.Ths is an all religious pilgrim centre too.

Vallikkunnu Beach

A beach resort set in the middle of a coconut grove is the main attraction here.Kadalundi bird sanctuary is a short distance away.

Mamburam

The shrine and mausoleum of the Thangals (the religious leaders of the Malabar Muslims) in AR Nagar Village is major pilgrimage centre.

Poonkudi Mana

Located 30 km away from Anakkayam town on Manjeri – Perinthalmanna road, it is an ancient mental health care center.

Kadampuzha Bhagavathy Temple (3 km North of Vettichira on the highway connecting Kozhikode to Thrissur)

Dedicated to Kirathaparvathi,this temple has no idol.Poojas are performed at a hole into which the Goddess is said to have disappeared after showing here presence to Adi Sankaracharya.Poomoodal (offering of flowers of Thechi) is an important feature here.Muttarakkal is another offering made by breaking coconuts.

Kodikuthimala (11 km from Perinthalmanna on NH to Palakkad)

KodikuthimalaThe Perennial Springs and the green mountains form an alluring landscape. View tower and other facilities have been developed at this spot.

Kodikuthimala Hills in Perinthalmanna is popularly known as the Ooty of Malappuram.It is also the highest peak in Malappuram.The idyllic setting of this hilly area is truly fascinating. Ever flowing springs waterfalls, a watchtower and the Suicide Point are the main attractions here.

The British hoisted their flag on this hilltop during a survey, thus getting the name Kodikuthimala.It is almost two decades ago that the hilltop started featuring on the tourism map of Kerala. Around 70 acres of land in this area is earmarked by the Tourism Department for various projects. Kodikuthimala, at an altitude of 200 ft above sea level, has a watch tower that is popular with tourists visiting this serene place because of the vantage point it offers. On reaching the top of Kodikuthimala one is spellbound by the sheer beauty of the area.

Trekking to the top of Kodikuthimala is a challenging task due to the varied topography of the hill. It is a favorite spot for youngsters who like spending the day enjoying the charm and the panoramic view of Malappuram.

The ideal time to visit Kodikuthimala is between Septembers to May. Those who love nature can choose this destination for its sheer natural beauty without the invasion of commercialism.

Kadalundi Bird Sanctaury (19 km from Kozhikode) and 7 km from Beypore Port)

Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary is spread over a cluster of islands in a scenic area surrounded by hillocks where the Kadalundi river flows into the Arabian Sea.A hillock which is 200 meters above sea level provides a splendid view of the river mouth and the sea. The place is also known for a wide variety of fish,mussles and crabs.

Kalkundu

Kalkundu is a scenic village with beautiful waterfalls,now being developed as a tourist attraction.However,the natural wilderness of the place itself is an extraordinary blessing to be cherished.

Getting There

By Air: The nearest airport is at Calicut International Airport (36 km).Kochi International Airport is 169 km away.

By Rail: The nearest main railway station is at Kozhikode and there is another smaller station at Tirur (44 km South of Kozhikode)

By Road: Malappuram is connected by road with several tourist centers and cities in India. Long distance buses and interstate buses operate from different KSRTC Bust Stations.

Where to Stay

For details of hotels and resorts in Malappuram, see accommodation listing on http://halokerala.com/hotels/kozhikode/ or http://halokerala.com/hotels/malappuram/

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