The national harbor at
Kadalundi is an earthly paradise for migratory birds, located 19 Kms
from Kozhikode and 7 Kms from Beypore port. The sanctuary, which is
spread over a cluster of islands, covers an area of 3 Kms, in a scenic
area surrounded by hillocks, where the Kadalundipuzha flows into the
The large flock of birds that come here is the breath-taking backdrop of
wooded greenery that enthralls bird watchers and nature lovers in no
small measure. Over a hundred varieties of native birds and over 60
varieties of native birds and over 60 varieties of migrating birds flock
here from Siberia, Persian Gulf, Europe, America and Himalayan ranges in
large numbers. A hillock, which is 200 meters above sea level, provides
a splendid view of the river mouth and the sea. The place is also known
for a wide variety of fishes, mussels and crabs.
Vallikunnu Grama Panchayat through the people’s plan tries to develop
this area as a major tourist center in south India. An information
center, a bird museum, slide project facilities, photo exhibition hall,
miracle expo centre, and science museum are being planned as part of the
over all schemes. Instead of that the Panchayath administration has
taken care to include water cruise facilities. For this purpose, a fleet
of motorboats and a mini boat jetty are also planned.
This small town, 13 Kms
from Malappuram is the home of the famed Kottakkal Arya Vaidyasala, one of
the pioneer institutions of Ayurveda in India. Ayurveda, Indian’s unique
science of life and medicine, has a major role in attracting tourists to
Kerala. In a large number of cases, Ayurveda is responsible for persuading
foreign travelers to visit the State.
Vaidyaratnam P.S. Warrier
founded the Arya Vaidyasala in 1902. People from different parts of the
world, from Haly, Germany, Holland, Britain, France and USA, come here
seeking Ayurveda treatment. The Vaidyasala runs an Ayurveda research
center, a nursing home, a hospital, an Ayurveda college and a medicinal
Kottakkal is also the
abode of art and culture. The PSV Natyasangham, the blessed Kathakali
group runs a Kathakali school. Venkata Theva temple near the Vaidyasala is
noted for natural paintings. Kottakkal Pooram festival attracts thousands.
commercial centre in Malappuram district.
Most of the Government institutions and many offices such as
District Court, District Hospital,
District Medical Office are located in Manjeri.
has an important place in history of Malabar. It was at the center of
1921 Muslim Revolution better known as Sipahi Lahala. Manjeri is
a one of the Muslim majority area of
is centrally located and is well connected with major cities of Kerala
and neighboring states. The new Calicut Airport is only 25 minutes drive
from city center (approximately 25 Kms.). One of the biggest commercial
centre of Kerala, Kozhikode (previously known as Calicut) is only 47 Km
away from Manjeri and is well connected by road, the private, public
transport buses are plying at almost every 5 minute frequency.
are many Govt/Private Sector High Schools/Technical High School, using
both Malayalam and English as medium of study. For
graduation and post graduations in different disciplines - NSS
College, Co-operative Arts College, Unity Women's
college ...etc. In addition to the above, there are many
well-known Institutions offering
Computer courses and other such technical specialisations.
is a very busy town. Close proximity to the new
International airport is
an added advantage to the business circle.
18 Kms away from
Nilambur where the rain forest flourish, elephants and other wild
animals can be viewed from the wooden rest house built by the British.
An elephant-taming center, which still attracts visitors from all
climes, is also there. Half an hour drive through the dense forests,
leads to Mancherri, the settlement of Chola Naikars, a primitive tribe.
Kurmbalangod village of Nilambur Taluk is famous for its waterfalls and
the splendor of wooded jungle. This cascade is a spectacle of unrivalled
grandeur. The wild beauty of this place is a rare treat for the eyes and
heart of the travelers.
The Malappuram District
Panchayat allotted funds to use this waterfall for generation of
The Elembalai hill is
the border of Kerala and Tamilnadu, where the river
Chaliyar originates. This hill clothed in dense forest and bamboo woods
adds to the beauty of the same.
The mass wild life in
Nilambur, Amarambalam, Melathur and
Wandoor attracts hundreds of visitors every season. The region is a
beloved homestead of innumerable birds and animals. To the lover of
nature, the botanist and the naturalist, this region offers every charm
in forest, mountain valley and cultivated plain. Elephants, bosons,
deers tigers, blue monkeys, bears, boards, rabbits wild cats and dogs
are found in the forests along with a variety of birds and reptiles.
This variety of wild life welcomes the visitors with their own melody.
Very often flying squirrels and black panthers are found here.
The Kavanakallu Regulator cum
bridge in Chaliyar river, 13 Kms away from Kondotty hill gives Nilambur
a unique place in Kerala’s Tourist map. 95 percentage of the
construction of the regulator has been completed. After the completion
of the regulator, about 60 Kms long artificial lake will be formed. A
big scheme is underway to develop Chaliyar as a major tourist center.
Like other districts, the dominant feature of
Malappuram is the luxuriance of its vegetation. With a summer climate
that is not unduly warm, it has many charms to offer the travelers.
Nilambur, on the Kozhikode-Ooty highway, 40 Kms from Malappuram is
famous for its teak plantation and too it is an important halting place
for tourists on route to Ooty. The oldest teak plantation of the world,
the Conolly’s Plot is just 2 Kms from Nilambur town. The oldest and
tallest teak tree in the world, Kannimaree is a rare attraction. At
Aruvakkode, beside the Chalaiyar river, where a country boat ferry is
ready for visitor, four Kms away from Nilambur in the Ooty road are
world’s first teak museum and sub center of Kerala Forest Research
Institute. In the well-designed museum, a visitor can have at hand,
information on all aspects of teak, exhibits, articles and details of
historic, aesthetic and scientific value.
Padinharekara, the lovely beach is close to Ponnani
and at the end point of the Tippu Sultan road. It offers a breath taking
view of the confluence of the river Bharathapuzha and Tirurpuzha with
the Arabian sea. This place is noted for migratory birds, gathering in
thousands during February-April.
20 Kms from Malappuram is another
cultural center in the district. The Thali temple is located about 3 Kms
west of Agadipuram as the way to Malappuram from Perinthalmanna. The
Thirumandhamkunnu temple is dedicated to goddess Durga. The annual
pooram festival celebrated in March/April attracts thousands. A
chaverthara, preserved near the Thirumandhamkunnu temple is a memorial
for the martyrs of Mamankam.
Kodikethmala, a scenic
hilltop near Perinthalmanna attracts tourists largely with its panoramic
views. It is exceptionally rich in flowering plants, butterflies and
birds. The DTPC is now developing it further.
This place has many charms to offer the traveler. The
Biyyamkayal, a spread of backwater near Ponnani town is a replica of the
backwaters of Kollam and Alapuzha, where boat race is conducted
annually, during Onam celebrations. A permanent pavilion is built for
the spectators. Nearly one dozen country boats including some rowed by
women, participate. This is a most enchanting experience. As a part of a
big project, the District Tourism Promotion Council set up water sports
facility, including pedal boats, running boats, park and cafeteria.
The small coastal fishing town of Tanur has one of the
earliest Portuguese settlements, situated 8 Kms from Tirur. It is
believed that St. Francis Xavier visited the place in 1546. the
Keraladeshapuram temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu which is one among the
oldest temple of Kerala, is 3 Kms south Tanur town.
8 Kms away from Tirur situated on the banks of the
Bharatha puzha, this is a place of great historical importance. The
Mamankam, a grand assembly of the rulers of Kerala, an enactment of
traditional martial arts by suicide squads, was held here once every 12
years in olden times. Today Thirunavaya is the venue for the annual
Sarvodaya mela. The ancient and famous Thirunavaya temple is also a
famous pilgrim center.
Kms south of Kozhikode, this small town has a unique place in State
tourism map. The birthplace of Thunchath Ezhuthachan, the founder of
Malayalam literature, now called Thunchan, the founder of Malayalam
literature, now called Thunchan Parambu, is in Tirur. Today Thunchan
Parambu is being developed into an important research center and
literary meeting place by the Government. In Vijayadashami day hundreds
of children are initiated here into the wonders of writing when they
first trace the letters of the Malayalam alphabet in sand. A maxvomica
tree, of which leaves are not bitter, is a surprise at Thunjan parambu.
6 Kms from Tirur, Tripranjhode where the only temple of Kerala,
consecrated to Garuda, is situated.
Tirurangadi was an important center of the Khilaphath
movement, the national movement and the Malabar Rebellion. It was the
Tirurangadi incident on 20th August 1921, that ignited the
out-break of Malabar Rebellion. Mambusan Kizhakkefath was the seat of
Khilaphath Bader Ali Musliar.
500 meters away from Malappuram town, it is a
historically important place. One can see the traces of an old fort at
the base of cantonment hill. The fort was the first to be built by the
Zamorine of Kozhikode. Nearby are the Vettakkorumakan temple and Siva
temple with the famous murals of Malabar. The British authority used it
as a firing range and many a Moppila rebel was killed here by them.
Authorities built a helipad at the top. On evening large numbers of
people gather here to see the sunset. A children’s park is made here
by the DTPC.