Friday, 28 November 2014


Malappuram is situated on the Calicut - Madras road, 12 km. south - west of Manjeri and 52 km. south - west of Calicut. Malappuram is the head quarters of the district.In earlier times, Malappuram was the head quarters of European and British troops and later it became the head quarters of the Malabar Special Police (M.S.P).

Malappuram District map:

MALAPPURAM TOWN - Jama’at Mosque – One of the most important mosques in Kerala. Nercha festival in April. Adjacent to the mosque is the mausoleum of Malappuram Shaheeds, whose brave exploits have been immortalized in the Malappuram ballads.

Kottakkal (12 km south) – Has a fortified palace of the Kizhakke Kovilakam kings, a wing of Zamorins. Also, headquarters of Kottakkal Arya Vaidyasala, a pioneering private Ayurvedic institution established in 1903. Research centre and hospital.

NILAMBUR – Known for Canolly’s Plot, the world’s oldest teak plantation. Named after H.V. Connolly, then collector of Malabar district. Bamboo trees cover extensive area in the forest. Teak museum. Original home of Cholainaickans, the oldest tribe of Kerala.

Tirur – Birth place of poet Thunchath Ramanuja Ezhuthachan, father of the Malayalam literature. ‘Thunchan Parambu’, where the 16th century poet was born, is highly venerated and its sand is held sacred and is used in vidyarambham, especially on Vijaya Dashami.

Thirunavaya (8 km south of Tirur) – Navamukunda Temple, believed to have been founded by nine saints. Mamamkam festival (grand assembly of rulers in Kerala), started by Cheruman Perumal, used to be held here once every 12 years up to 1755 to choose an emperor. Now, a martial arts festival of Kalarippayattu is held during summer on the sand banks of Bharathapuzha river.

Mambaram (26 km east of Tirur) – Muslim pilgrim centre. Famous for the Makhan – a shrine used primarily as a final resting-place for the principal Thangals. The Mambara Nercha is held in the month of Muharram near the tomb of Mambaram Thangal.

Manjeri - Karikkad Subramanya temple is unique for its architectural style. The temple at Thrikkalangode, near Manjeri, is known for its Manjeri Pooram festival in April.

KONDOTTI (18 km east of Manjeri) – 500 year old Pazhayangadi Mosque, which is venue of Valia Nercha festival during February – March. Associated with Muslim saint Mohammed Shah, also known as Kondotti Thangal.

Tanur – Coastal fishing town of historical importance. One of the first Portuguese settlements in India. St. Francis Xavier visited in 1546. Beach, Keraladesapuram (Vishnu) Temple – one of the oldest in Kerala.

Angadippuram – Religious centre for both Hindus and Muslims.

Thirumandhankunnu Temple – Principal deities are Shiva and Bhagavathi. Pooram festival in March/April attracts large number of devotees.

Puthanangadi Mosque – Has Arabic inscriptions engraved on one of its planks.

Padinharekara Beach, near Ponnani – The beach offers a breathtaking view of the confluence of Bharathapuzha, Tirur Puzha and the Arabian sea.

Vallikunu Beach – Beach set in the middle of a coconut grove.

Biyyan Kayal – Waterway with boating facility.

Kodikuthimala – Perennial springs and green mountains.

Adyanpara – Waterfalls and lush jungles.

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