City of the Braves
Basically a hilly area, Malappuram,
50 km southeast of Kozhikode is rich in history. It
was the military headquarters of the Zamorins of Kozhikode
in the olden days. With such a tradition, it was in
this area that the famous Mappila uprisings against
the British East India Company in Kerala took place.
Malappuram is also well known as a centre of Vedic learning
and Islamic philosophy in addition to being the home
of the famed Kottakkal Arya Vaidyasala, pioneers of
Ayurvedic medicine and treatment in Kerala.
small town of Kottakkal, 12 km from Malappuram, is the
centre of Ayurvedic medicine and treatment. It is home
of the home of the well-known Kottakkal Arya Vaidyasala,
the pioneer institution of the indigenous system of
health and medicine.
A centre of great learning in both Hindu
and Islamic philosophies, one of the prime attractions
of Mallapuram is the Jama-at Mosque, an important pilgrim
centre for the Muslims of Kerala. The mosque's four
day Nercha festival every year is celebrated in April.
Beside the mosque is the mausoleum of the Malappuram
martyrs who gave their lives in Mappila uprising.
off Malappuram is Tanur, a small coastal fishing town
and one of the earliest Portuguese settlements. St.
Francis Xavier is believed to have visited Tanur in
1546. The Keraladeshapuram Temple, three km away from
Tanur, is a must see since it is one of the oldest temples
in the state.
Biyyan Kayal (Waterway): Located close
to Ponnani, this placid, green-fringed waterway has
different types of water sports facility, and attracts
a lot of people here.
Outside Malappuram is Nilambur, the home
of Kerala's oldest aboriginal tribe, the Cholainaickans.
In the same place is Canoli's Plot, the world's oldest
teak and bamboo plantation.
Reaching Malappuram: The nearest airport
is at Kozhikode, 36 km away, while the nearest railway
station is also Kozhikode or Calicut. Malappuram is
well connected with major cities in Kerala, Karnataka
and Tamil Nadu.