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Malappuram (District)


Kerala District - Malappuram

About Malappuram

Malappuram is situated 50 km southeast of Kozhikode. Bounded by the Nilgiri hills on the east, the Arabian sea on the west and Thrissur and Palakkad districts on the south, Malappuram is enriched by three great rivers flowing thourgh it - he Chaliyar, the Kadalundi and the Bharathapuzha. The temples and mosques of this district are well known for their spectacular festivals. Along attractions, a range of cultural and ritual art forms ad to its value as a destination worth visiting.


Malappuram Facts and Figures
Area : 3350 sq km.
Altitude : Above Sea Level.
Temperature : 3,096,000 (Census 1991)

How to Reach Malappuram
Air : Nearest Airport : Karipur, Kozhikode.
Rail : Nearest main railway station: Kozhikode
Road : Malappuram is well connected to all the major towns in Kerala, Kerala Karnataka and Tamil Nadu by an excellent road network.

In and Around Malappuram

Thirunavaya is located 8 km south of Tirur on the banks. The Bharathapuzha, this is a place of great historical importance. The Mamangam, a grand assembly of the rulers of Kerala, used be held here every 12 years. In this grand assembly the Emperor of Kerala was chosen.
Today Thirunavaya is the venue for the annual Sarvodaya Mela. The Thirunavaya Navamukunda temple is also a famous pilgrim centre.

The birth place of Thunchath Ezhuthachan, the father of the Malayalam language, now called Thunchan Parambu, is in Tirur. It is the hallowed ground where hundreds of children are initiated into the wonders of writing when they first trace the letters of the Malayalam alphabet in sand taken from that revered spot which was Ezhuthachan's home.
The small coastal fishing town of Tanur was one of the earliest settlements of the Portuguese. It is believed that St. Francis Xavier visited the place in 1546. About 3 km south of Tanur town is Keraladeshapuram Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu and believed to be one of the oldest temples in Kerala.

Kottakal is well known for the kottakal Ayurveda sala. It can be said almost without doubt that Ayurveda owes its present status to Vaidya Ratnam PS Varrier of Kottakkal, in Malappuram district of northern Kerala. In 1902 it took him much intensive study - of both Ayurveda and Allopathy, a lot of courage and persistence and a great deal of faith, to take the first step to revive a science that was jostled almost into non existence. Allopathic medicines had been brought in by the Europeans to India. Ayurveda practitioners were few and Ayurvedic medicines difficult to prepare. The situation was grim for the common man.

Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary
19 km from Kozhikode and 7 km from Beypore port. The sanctury is spreawd over a cluster of islands in a scenic area surrounded by hillocks where the Kadalundipuzha river flows into the Arabian sea. Over a hundred varieties of native birds and over 60 varieties of migratory birds flock here in large numbers. A hillock which is 200 m above sea level provided a splendid view of the river mouth and the sea. The place is also known for a wide variety fo fish, mussels and crabs.

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