Malappuram Tourism

Malappuram Tourism

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Malappuram Info

  • State: Kerala
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • Altitude: 131 m
  • District: Malappuram
Malappuram, located in the South Indian state of Kerala is surrounded by Nilgiri Hills on the east and Arabian Sea on the west. Spread across an area of 3,550 sq km, four major rivers namely Chaliyar, Kadalundippuzha, Bharathappuzha and Tirurpuzha flow through the district.

During the 9th century the destination was under the rule of the Kulasekharas of Mahodayapuram, while the European colonial powers ruled the region in the 15th century. Malappuram was also under the reign of the Mysore Kingdom, Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan in the 18th century.  The Malappuram District was formed on 16th June 1969.

This place still possesses ruins of the ancient fort which was constructed by Tipu Sultan. The destination is famous for its Hindu-Vedic learning and Islamic philosophy. Moreover, it is also the place of origin of Indian medicinal system called Ayurveda.

The culture of the destination lies in its art and craft, fairs and festivals. Malayalam drama is popular in Malappuram along with Muslim folk art forms like Arabanamuttu, Duffmuttu and Kolkai. Ancient folk arts like Chavittukali or Cherumakkali is also quite popular in the region.

Thirumandhamkunnu Pooram, Kottakkal Pooram, Puthenpalli Nercha and Omanur Nercha are some of the festivals celebrated in this region. The cultural heritage of the destination is preserved in its literature which was started by Thunjath Ezhuthachan.  

The word ‘Malappuram’ in Malayalam means ‘on top of the hills’ and the destination is surrounded by various hills like Vavil or Vayutmala, Vellarimala, Urothmala and Pandalur hills. Known as the Land of Rivers, Malappuram is dotted with huge plantation of coconut trees. Padinharekara Beach along with various pilgrim centres are the famous attractions.

Calicut Airport, 26 km from Malappuram is the nearest airport. Mangalore-Madras and Nilambur–Shoranur Railway Line pass through the district and are connected with nearby cities. Buses are available from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to reach the destination.

The best season to visit Malappuram is during the months of September to March as the weather conditions are pleasant.

Malappuram is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Kolli Hills and Erode.

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Malappuram Traveller Reviews

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  • Faizzukarle
  • 2 Reviews
  •  874 readers

"Malappuram I one of the beauttyful place of Kerala"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 23, 2017
In Malappuram Nilambur is most popular known as the land of teak plantations, is a famous town in Malappuram district. The place is noted for its vast expanse of forest along with its varied wildlife habitats, rivers and waterfalls. It is situated close to the Nilgiri range of the Western Ghats on the banks of the Chaliyar River. Considered to be the oldest in the world, the teak plantation here obtained its name after H. V. Conolly, the Malabar district collector during the British rule. He was instrumental in planting teak in the entire Nilambur area. Chathu Menon, a forest officer under Conolly, organised the hectic task of planting the saplings. Chathu Menon was laid to rest in the teak garden in Conolly's Plot.
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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Pritvi Kanchi
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 232 Reviews
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"Must visit attractions are around"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted May 28, 2016
I had been to Malappuram in the last week of February 2016. Malappuram is located in Northern Kerala meaning 'Hill Top' in Malayalam. The three rivers of Chaliyar, Bharathapuzha and Kadalundi flow through Malappuram. The must-visit attractions in around Malappuram include Ponnani, Nilambur, Kadalundi bird sanctuary, Kerala Dish Puram temple in Thirunavaya temple. Ponnani is an ancient center of islamic learning while Nilambur is known as the land's teak town.
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Chetan murlidhar

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  • Chetan murlidhar
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1281 readers

"A nice place to drive around"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Aug 14, 2015
If you do not find a good hotel, Vegetarians will have problem of Food. Taxi people are bit expensive and overbearing. Language a big issue around here. Without local escort people its highly difficult to do any work. Climate was awesome, Road bends through hills are marvellous views. It is a nice place to drive around.
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Gopal krushna tripathy

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  • Gopal krushna tripathy
  • 3 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
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"Lush green natural ambiance at Malappuram"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 13, 2014
The city is famous for Herbal therapy at an affordable cost. The entire system of transportation, accommodation, shopping etc are transparent. The people are very friendly and cooperative. Very faint chance of getting cheated. Climate is very pleasant here, not too hot not too chilly. The Calicut beach is a worthy place to visit. There are many restaurants offering Arabic cuisine. You can try out the food, if you are a foodie!
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Raj Dishri

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  • Raj Dishri
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews
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"Good Staying"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 15, 2012
It is Loss green and good approach in the bank of a river and highway.Good for the tourist and Businesman

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food is good very less sight seeing but good approach to other business centre

Activities & things to do: Organise Vehicle and team event nicely.very often the have discount on various event

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Straight route from the Wayanad and Pallakad and OOTY. Flight Connection from Kozhikode air port Very near to the city
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Khaleel Naha

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  • Khaleel Naha
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  • Lives in Cochin
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  •  14 helpful votes
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"Longest driving beach of Kerala"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 21, 2011
finest beach in northern kerala

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Thalaserry biryani must eat.

Activities & things to do: Take up a long private driving in the beach.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Best to catch up train from Cochin to Kannur.Nearest airport Mangalore and Calicut.
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