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"The Land on the Hilltop"

Malappuram Tourism

Enclosed by the Nilgiris in the east and the Arabian Sea on the west, Malappuram is a prominent district in Kerala which is commonly known as "the land on the hilltop."

With ancient monuments, natural spectacles, and the meandering rivers, Malappuram is a blend of history and heritage. Home to the Zamorins of Kozhikode and legendary poets, writers and artists; the culture and traditions of this region are unmatched. It is an important religious centre for Hindus and Muslims as well.

On your visit to Malappuram, make sure to experience the Thirumandham Kunnu Pooram festival, which is a cultural feat and attended by countless devotees around Kerala. With historical monuments, natural wonders, aesthetic art forms and traditional cuisine, Malappuram is replete with all that a traveller could wish for.

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Came into existence in 1969, Malappuram is the land of terraced hilltops and natural beauty. It used to be military headquarters during the reign of the British Crown. This impeccable landscape holds valuable prehistoric relics (like the rock-cut caves, menhirs and dolmens which links to Jain-Buddhist existence) and archaeological relics of the fortified palace Kizhakke Kovilakam. These relics contributes in highlighting the life of hegemony of Zamorins or Samuthiri in Malappuram. Though there is a lack of information on the history, iron stylus and old temples support in throwing light to the past. There are pieces of evidence that portray Malappuram to be a part of Chera empire during the Sangam period. It was even land where Portuguese, French and British established their supremacy. Being the birthplace of the Father of the modern Malayalam language, Thunchath Ezuthachan, this place has taken part in most of the Indian independence movement like having delegated to the Indian National Congress, participating in the Quit India Movement and then the formation of Kerala Muslim League.


Being the birthplace of the Father of the modern Malayalam language, Thunchath Ezuthachan, Malappuram is profoundly influenced by his literary works. With the highest population of Muslims, the formation of Kerala Muslim League has supported and embraced the inhabitants socially and culturally. In addition to that, Malappuram is also the soccer capital of Kerala. Even before getting independence, this district has been politically and socially active. With the colonial history of the establishment of the supremacy of British, French and Portuguese, Malappuram had a more significant cause in contributing to the Indian Independence Movement. Moreover, they have been preserving their relics, traditions and customs for years.

South India's natural paradise

Malappuram' literally means a land atop hills. Malappuram is bounded by the Nilgiri Hills on the east, the Arabian Sea on the west, and Thrissur and Palakkad districts on the south. The town has many beaches, backwaters, hills and valleys. That is why it is also called "South India's Paradise".

Restaurants and Local Food in Malappuram

Malappuram cuisine is also known as Mappila cuisine and has significant Arab as well as Muslim influences from the large number of Muslim Keralites that reside here. These influences blend with the elements of a typical Keralan cuisine to give your taste buds a truly unique experience. Though both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food is available, the area is rich in non-vegetarian delicacies of mutton, pork and beef.
Popular items here include Biryani, prepared with mutton, chicken. pork etc, Erachi(meat) Puttu and Parottas.One can also try Pathiris,which is a bread prepared with rice.
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1- Arrive, check-in and rest. Then visit Mini Ooty View Point, Kadampuzha Bhagvati Temple and Thirumandhamkunnu Bhagwati Temple.
Day 2- Begin the day at Nilambur Teak Museum, kottakkunnu and Kumaragiri Farm and Nature Camp.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Scenic beauty with great views of the hills and valleys. The temples and mosques here are renowned for their extravagant festivals.

What's Not So Great?

Summers can be harsh. Communicating with the locals can be a problem as not many of them speak English.

For Whom?

Nature lovers, pilgrims and architecture buffs can find Malappuram a great vacation spot. It is also a popular getaway for the people living in and around Kerala.

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How To Reach Malappuram

Malappuram is a town that can be easily reached by road and rail networks in and around Kerala.

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Abdulla Puzhakathodi 1 year ago
Near by my home...We frequently visit the place. Nice place to visit for relaxation.
Ranjith RanX 1 year ago
Vry beautiful...... Must visit Koottakadav, near Kudallur. Velliyamkall park and under the bridge @ Shornur (Palakkad district)
Ranjith RanX 1 year ago
U cn visit Nilayoram [email protected] Kuttipuram n Thirunavaya
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