Tourist Places Malappuram - Kerala
Malppuram was once the headquarters of the famous Zamorins before it was captured by Hyder Ali of Mysore. Later on Malappuram was handed over to the British as per the treat of Seringapattanam. Malappuram has many institutions for Vedic and Islamic philosophies. Three rivers namely Chaliyar Rver, Kadalundi River and Bharathapuzha River flow through Malappuram.
Literally Malappuram means 'Atop hillock" and it got the name considering its geographical characterestics. The city is recognized as the 'best municipality in up keeping the cleanliness and health'.
NilamburNilambur is a renowned town in Malappuram district, and is gifted with rich vegetation, wildlife, waterfalls and rivers. It is near to the Nilgiri Hills of Western Ghats. It is famous for its Teak plantation, situated just 4 kms from the Nilambur Town. You can also visit the forest zone with prior permission from the Forest Department. Inside the forest you will come across many tribal communities who are having a history of more than a thousand years, there within the thick woods of Nilambur. The other attractions at Nilambur which are not to be missed are the Nedumkayam Rain Forest, Adyanpara Waterfalls, Kodikithimala and Karuverakundu. There are frequent bus services available from Tirur bus stand to reach Nilambur covering 66 kms on road.
Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary38 kms from Malappuram and 7 kms from Beypore is this another bird watcher's paradise Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary. It is set across scenic islands on the Kadalundi River, one of the major rivers flowing through Malappuram. At Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary, you can spot varieties of local as well as migratory birds like whimbrels, herons, sandpipers and so on.
Kadampuzha Bhagavathy TempleKadampuzha Bhagavathy Temple dedicated to goddess Durga is situated at Kadampuzha of Malappuram district. The temple is believed to be around 1900 years old. It is under the Malabar Devaswom Board. Here goddess Durga is worshipped in her 3 different manifestations viz. Vana Durga, Vidya Durga and Aadi Durga. You can locate the temple 19 kms away from Tirur town.
Kottakkal Arya VaidyasalaOver 100 years of excellence in the field of Ayurveda, Kottakkal Arya Vaidyasala is one of the prominent institutions of Ayurveda situated at Kottakkal, a small town in Malappuram. It was established by Vaidyaratnam P.S. Warrier in 1902. It has an Ayurvedic research center, a nursing home and a hospital. Kottakkal Arya Vaidyasala has its branches all over the state along with branches in Chennai and Delhi. Kottakkal is 16 kms away from Tirur.
Summer - Summer starts at Malappuram by March, and ends in May. Humidity is high during this season, and temperature averages 35°c. Regardless of the heat during the period, it is pretty much a good time to visit Malappuram especially for those interested in Bird watching.
Monsoon - During the months June to September, the monsoon succeeds the summer and brings heavy rainfall to Malappuram. Therefore visiting Malappuraam during the monsoon may restrict you stay inside. However by October the rain retreats slowly and invites winter.
Winter - It is the perfect time for visiting Malappuram. The temperature is cool, Pleasant and inviting ranging from 16°c to 26°c. The season starts by November and continue till the end of February.
By Road - Malappuram is well connected by National Highways and State Highways. Its neighboring cities are Palakkad [80kms] and Kozhikode [57kms]. There are frequent buses from all parts of the state which passes through Malappuram.
By Air - The nearest airport is Kozhikode International Airport at Karipur, Kozhikode 37 kms away. There are flights from all the major cities in India as well as abroad to Kozhikode.
By Rail - Malappuram has many railway stations like Tirur, Kuttipuram, Parapanangadi, Tanur and Kuttipuram. There are a lot trains which pass through these stations coming from various parts of the country.
Malappuram is not a full fledge tour destination, probably because it is least explored but It has a wonderful geography and is rich in culture which can make it one of the hotspots in Kerala. It is gifted with 3 shiny rivers named Kadalundi, Chaliyar and Bharathapuzha. Nilambur, town in Malappuram is famous all over the world for its Teak Plantation which is believed to be the oldest in the world. Malappram is also one of the pilgrim centers in Kerala for the Hindus as well as Muslims. When you consider visiting Kerala, do remember to plan some time at Malappuram and taste some famous Malabari cuisine.