- The Land on Top of the Hills
Malappuram is one of the least developed of tourist centers in Kerala.
However, in terms of its natural beauty, there are few districts in
Kerala to beat Malappuram. Malappuram literally means the land on top of
the hills And that is what Malappuram is all about; a land abounding in
hills, valleys, plantations, rivers, waterfalls, beaches and much more.
Its favorable location, bounded by the Nilgiri Hills on the east and
the Arabian Sea on the west makes it one of the most exotic of locales
for a holiday. Three rivers criss-cross through Malappuram the Chaliyar,
the Kadalundi and the Bharathapuzha.
- Tourism Attractions
Nedumkayam is famous for its thick forests where you can find all conceivable shades of green. The evergreen tropical rainforests here house a wide variety of rare species of animals as well. There is an elephant training centre as well at Nedumkayam. A half an hours journey into the jungle will take you to Macheeri, a tribal settlement occupied by the Chola Naikan tribe. Kottakkunnu is another spot of the area where you can see the remains of the fort built by the Zamorins of Kozhikode. The town by itself is also quite scenic, located at the top of a hill. The best spot from which to watch the landscape around would be from atop the wooden rest house built by the Britons.
Nilambur is most famous for its priceless teak plantations. Conollys plot, named after the then district collector Conolly who planted the trees, extends to a full 2.31 acres beside the Chaliyar River. The teak museum on the Nilambur-Gudallur road is the only one of its kind in India. The museum offers comprehensive information on various aspects of the tree and also has a collection of historically and aesthetically significant articles. While in Nilambur, dont forget to check out the ‘Kovilakams or the official residences of the royal family. These houses reflect typical Kerala architecture at its best, simple yet elegant, large airy houses with carvings in wood.
Mancheri also has settlements of various tribes. Valamthode is another tribal settlement area which also has a beautiful waterfall. A further 10 km from here and you will reach Adyan Para, yet another waterfall.
Malappuram town :
This is the headquarters of the district. Malappuram has several spots of historical significance. Poonkudi Mana, 10 km from Malappuram, is famous for its centre offering treatment for mental illness. The centre specializes in using traditional methods for the treatment.
Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala :
Kottakkal, one of the provinces of Malappuram, is reputed for its Ayurveda centre. The centre here called the Arya Vaidya Sala is almost 100 years old and is visited by people from all over the world. The Arya Vaidya Sala also promotes various art forms like Kathakali. In fact, a Kathakali school is run by the centre.
Trikkandiyur is known for being the birthplace of Thunchathu Ezhuthachan, popularly known as the father of the Malayalam language. The spot where Ezhuthachans house stood has now been developed into a memorial with a meeting hall and a library. During the Thunjan Utsava held during the last week of December, budding poets come here and offer their first poem to Thunchathu Ezhuthachan.
The legendary Mamankam festival used to be held here. The Mamankam is a festival with a long history behind it. In the past, it was a festival which was held once in 12 years in which all the rulers participated. The Ponnani port used to get crowded during the time owing to the many barges of the traders which would dock there. A huge trade fair was also held as part of the festival. The celebrations went on for 28 days during which time there would be pageantries, contests, exhibitions of valor and festivities of various kinds.
Ponnani is a coastal town of Malappuram with a rich heritage. The beach at Ponnani is quite scenic and unspoiled. There is an old sea port as well at Ponnani. Fishing and other activities still go on in the port. The tidal mouth of the Bharathappuzha at Ponnani is an ornithologists paradise, migratory birds from all over the country flock here during certain seasons presenting a visual extravaganza to the onlooker.
Padinjarekkara Beach :
The beach is unique offering a magnificent view of the convergence of the two rivers- the Bharathapuzha and the Tirur Puzha with the Arabian Sea.
Kodikuthimala which is situated at an altitude of 1500 ft is popularly known as the Ooty of Malappuram owing to its pleasant climate throughout the year. The view from here is nothing less than enthralling.
- Things To Do
Take a cruise down Biyyam Kayal at Ponanni, a beautiful backwater lined with lush greenery. Biyyam Kayal also has a range of water sports activities-speedboat and water scooter rides.
- Moving Around
The local bus service has buses running to and fro between points in the town. Auto rickshaws are also a comfortable means of transport. If you want to travel more comfortably, you can hire a private car. However, you might have to resort to jeeps to travel inside the jungle.
- Best Time To Visit
The best time to visit would be between September and March. However, March to May is when the migratory birds flock to Ponnani. The annual boat race at Biyyam Kayal takes place during the week of Onam, in August-September.
- How to Reach
By Flight :
Calicut International Airport is 36 km away from Malappuram.
By Rail :
The nearest railway station is at Kuttippuram 21 km away.
By Road :
There are KSRTC buses operating to all parts of the state from Manjeri, which is the major town of the district.