Malappuram, located in the South Indian state of Kerala is surrounded by Nilgiri Hills on the east and Arabian Sea on the west. Spread across an area of 3,550 sq km, four major rivers namely Chaliyar, Kadalundippuzha, Bharathappuzha and Tirurpuzha flow through the district.
During the 9th century the destination was under the rule of the Kulasekharas of Mahodayapuram, while the European colonial powers ruled the region in the 15th century. Malappuram was also under the reign of the Mysore Kingdom, Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan in the 18th century. The Malappuram District was formed on 16th June 1969.
This place still possesses ruins of the ancient fort which was constructed by Tipu Sultan. The destination is famous for its Hindu-Vedic learning and Islamic philosophy. Moreover, it is also the place of origin of Indian medicinal system called Ayurveda.
The culture of the destination lies in its art and craft, fairs and festivals. Malayalam drama is popular in Malappuram along with Muslim folk art forms like Arabanamuttu, Duffmuttu and Kolkai. Ancient folk arts like Chavittukali or Cherumakkali is also quite popular in the region.
Thirumandhamkunnu Pooram, Kottakkal Pooram, Puthenpalli Nercha and Omanur Nercha are some of the festivals celebrated in this region. The cultural heritage of the destination is preserved in its literature which was started by Thunjath Ezhuthachan.
The word Malappuram in Malayalam means on top of the hills and the destination is surrounded by various hills like Vavil or Vayutmala, Vellarimala, Urothmala and Pandalur hills. Known as the Land of Rivers, Malappuram is dotted with huge plantation of coconut trees. Padinharekara Beach along with various pilgrim centres are the famous attractions.
Calicut Airport, 26 km from Malappuram is the nearest airport. Mangalore-Madras and NilamburShoranur Railway Line pass through the district and are connected with nearby cities. Buses are available from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to reach the destination.
The best season to visit Malappuram is during the months of September to March as the weather conditions are pleasant.