The place is having famous centre for Hindu-Vedic learning and Islamic philosophy, the temples and mosques of this region are well known for their spectacular festivals. Along with historic monuments and diverse natural attractions, a range of cultural and ritual art forms add to its value as a destination. The place is enriched by three great rivers flowing through it the Chaliyar, Kadalundi and the Bharathapuzha. The military headquarters of the Zamorins of Kozhikode since ancient times, this district was the venue for many of the Mappila revolts (uprising against the British East India Company in Kerala) between 1792 and 1921. Malappuram, literally a land atop hills, has contributed much to the cultural heritage of Kerala…..
Malappuram sightseeing places
Nilambur : the place which is famous for its teak plantations. The oldest teak plantation of the world, the Conolly's Plot is just 2 Kms. from Nilambur town. The oldest Teak Kannimari in the plot is a rare attraction. This plot of 2.31 Hectares, is beside the Chaliyar river at Aruvakode, where a country boat ferry is ready for visitors.
Teak Museum: The Muzeum is just 4Kms. away from Nilambur on the side of Nilambur-Gudallur road, is world's first Teak Museum and sub centre of Kerala Forest Research Institute. In the Teak Museum, a visitor can have at hand information on all aspects of teak. The Museum, arranged in a two storied building, exhibits articles and details of historic, aesthetic and scientific value. From the wooden rest house built by the Britishers, elephants and deers can be viewed .
Manjeri: The place is just 12 Kms. north east of Malappuram town, Manjeri is the head quarters of Ernad Taluk. It was a live centre of the National Movement. Manjeri Kovilakam was the seat of the ruling families under the Zamourins. The District Hospital and the District Court are at Manjeri . Anakkayam 2 Kms. from Manjeri was an important center in the 1921 mass upsurge. Anti British revolts took place from 1790 itself, in and around Manjeri.
Pookottur: Pookottur has a place in history, where the Mopla warriors faught the British with their traditional weapons and were killed in cold blood, during the Malabar Rebellion. Panakkad, 6 km from Malappuram in Malappuram - Parappanangadi road, is an important spiritual centre for the Muslims of Kerala. 10 km away from Malappuram, between Anakkayam and Mankada, is Poonkudi Mana, famous for the traditional method of treatment of mental illness. Seminars on modern treatment and traditional styles are conducted here.
Thirunavaya: Thirunavaya is 7 kms south of Tirur the land of ancient Mamankom,. Situated on the banks of Bharathapuzha, it is a place of historical importance. In olden days, Mamankam was a grand assembly of the rulers. Held once in 12 years, in which one among them was selected as the emperor of Kerala. The Mamankam festival was celebrated for 28 days with great pomp and pageantry where traders from outside came in ships and barges to Thirunavaya through Ponnani port.
The Palace(Mana): This Mana of Puranic fame Azhvanchery Thamprakkal is 2 kms. north of Thirunnavaya. Navamunkuda Temple, believed to be constructed by Nava yogis on the right bank of Bharathapuzha, is an important Vishnu temple of Kerala. Pitru Tharpanam is a ritual, held here on the day of Amavasi of Karkidaka(July). Balikarma is offered by people in their wet clothes, after a dip in the river, for the salvation of sins and to appease the manes.
Tirur: The birth place of Thunjuath Ramanujan Ezhuthachan of the 16 th century AD, honoured as the Father of Malayalam literature. Important works of Ezhuthachan, Adhyatma Ramayanam and Harinamakeerthanam are widely recited in Kerala homes. It is 41 Kms. south of Kozhikode, on the Mangalore-Madras railway line. Thunjan Paramba in Trikkandiyur, 3 km away from Tirur railway station, is sacred for all who speak Malayalam. One of the important business centers of Malappuram district. South of Tirur is Chamravattom Sastha Temple, which is constructed on the banks of Bharathapuzha. 6 kms. from Tirur, is Truprangode where the only temple of Kerala, dedicated to Garuda, the bird deity, is situated.
Ponnani: This is an important fishing centre and the only port in the district. During the month of February/April thousands of migratory birds arrive here. Biyyan Kayal is located very close to Ponnani a placid green – fringed waterway plenty of water sport facility. The 600-year- old jama at Mosque is an important pilgrim centre of the Muslims of Kerala and has given Ponnani the name, the Mecca of the East.
Pandinijarekkara Beach: This beach is 5kms. from Ponnani and is famous for bird watching the beach also offers a breathtaking view of the confluence of the Bharathapuzha the Tirur Puzha and the Arabian Sea.
Kumbham Handicrafts Village: The Kumbharan community members of the village who were traditionally artisans revived the dying craft of pottery through the Kumbham Handicraft initiative. Today their terracotta furniture, wall hangings, sculptures, tiles and gardens accessories can be found even in five stars Hotel.
Adyanpara: This place is famous for its waterfalls and lush jungles. Adyanpara is 15km from Nilambur.
Nadukayam Rain Forest: One of the most beautiful and dense forest in Kerala with splendid Variety of Flora and Fauna. This forest is just 15kms from Naliambar.
Vallikunnu Beach: This beach is very closer to Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary. A Beach Resort set in the midst of a coconut grove is the main attraction here.
Vakkad Beach: One of the pristine areas boating in the estuary where the river flows into the sea through Vakkad Beach is a unique experience by itself.
Kodikuthimala: The perennial springs and the green mountains from an alluring landscape. This mountain is just 11kms. from Perithalmanna.
Kottai: The place is just closer to Tirur Railway Station. The place is locally known as kanoli canal boating facilities that include Shikaras which resemble a gondola, platform boats and speed boats that travel up to Azhimugham which is 19 kms. away from Kottai. The trip down the canal is a rare experience.
Kottakal: Kottakal is in the southwest of Malappuram. This small town is a home to the famed Kottakal Arya Vaidyasala one of the pioneer instructions of Ayurveda – Kerala’s traditional syatem of Health and medicine.
Things to Do:
A cruise down Biyyam Kayal at Ponanni, a beautiful backwater lined with lush greenery. Biyyam Kayal also has a range of water sports activities-speedboat and water scooter rides.
Location: Towards the north of Kerala, bounded by the districts of Thrissur, Palakkad and Kozhikode; 50 km from Kozhikode city.
Climate: The climate is tropical; the summers can be hot and humid.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit would be between September and March. However, March to May is when the migratory birds flock to Ponnani.
How to Reach Malappuram?
By Air: Calicut airport is at Karipur in the district. 36 km. away from district headquarters.
By Rail: Major railway stations are Thirur, Kuttippuram. Local passenger service on Shornore- Nilambur line.
By Road: Manjeri is the main city in the district, Malappuram has a KSRTC station which operates bus services to all parts of the state.