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Malappuram

 

Malappuram
 
Area: 3550 sq. km
Population: 3, 096, 000 (2001 census)
Altitude
Lowlands: Sea level
Highlands: 477- 2340 m above Sea level
Telephone access code: +91-483
 
Enriched by three great rivers flowing through it ? the Chaliyar, Kadalundi and the Bharathapuzha, Malappuram has a rich and eventful history. The military headquarters of the Zamorins of Kozhikode since ancient times, this district was the venue for many of the Mappila revolts (uprising against the British East India Company in Kerala) between 1792 and 1921. Malappuram, literally a land atop hills, has contributed much to the cultural heritage of Kerala. A famous centre for Hindu-Vedic learning and Islamic philosophy, the temples and mosques of this region are well known for their spectacular festivals. Along with historic monuments and diverse natural attractions, a range of cultural and ritual art forms add to its value as a destination.
 
Thirunavaya Temple
(8 km south of Tirur)Situated on the banks of the Bharathapuzha, this was one of the venues for Mamangam, a grand assembly of the rulers of Kerala, held once every 12 years. This extravagant festival was conducted for the last time in 1766. Today, Thirunavaya is the venue for the annual Sarvodaya Mela. The Thirunavaya Navamukunda Temple is also a famous pilgrim centre. During karkidakavavu, people flock at the banks of Bharathapuzha here, to perform the pithrukriya for the departed souls. The site of Melpatthur Illam, the home of the great poet, Melppatthur Narayana Bhattathiri; author of Narayaneeyam, is about 2 miles from here.
 
Padinjarekkara Beach
At the end of the Tipu Sultan road near Ponnani, the beach offers a breathtaking view of the confluence of the Bharatha Puzha, the Tirur Puzha and the Arabian Sea.
 
Vallikunnu Beach
A beach resort set in the middle of a coconut grove is the main attraction here. The Kadalundi bird sanctuary is just a short distance away.
 
Thirumandhamkunnu temple, Angadipuram
Dedicated to Goddess Durga, this is an important pilgrim centre in Malappuram. The annual Pooram festival celebrated in March /April attracts large numbers of devotees.A unique custom here is the arrival of Vellathiri in the Pooram ground to give audience to the Malayankutty, the headman of the Pana tribal community. Kalampattu is an important offering here. Mangalya pooja, Rigveda laksharchana and Chandattam are other important poojas.
 
Thali temple, Perinthalmanna
 The temple is located about 3 km west of Angadipuram on the way to Malappuram from Perinthalmanna.
 
Tanur
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.
 
Kottapadi
Located near the renowned Ayurvedic centre at Kottakkal, one can see traces of an old fort at the base of the Cantonment Hill. The fort was the first to be built by the Zamorins of Kozhikode. Nearby are the Vettakkorumakan Temple and the Siva Temple with the famous murals of Malabar.
 
Mamburam
The shrine and mausoleum of the Thangals (the religious leaders of the Malabar Muslims) in A R Nagar village is a major pilgrimage centre.
 
Adyanpara Waterfalls
Located in the Kurumbalangode village of Nilambur taluk, Adyanpara is famous for its waterfalls and the splendour of its lush surrounding.
 
Thali temple
The temple is located about 3 km west of Angadipuram on the way to Malappuram from Perinthalmanna.
 
Kadampuzha
(3 km north of Vettichira on the highway connecting Kozhikode and Thrissur)Kadampuzha is famous for its Bhagavathy temple said to have been set up by Sree Sankaracharya, the philosopher.
 
The Jama-at Mosque
This is an important pilgrim centre of the Muslims of Kerala. The four day annual festival at the mosque (nercha) is celebrated in April. Adjoining the mosque is the mausoleum of the Malappuram Shaheeds (martyrs) whose brave exploits have been immortalised in the Mappila ballads.
 
Pazhayangadi Mosque, Kondotti
18 km east of Manjeri, on the way to Malappuram): The three day long Valia Nercha feast at this 500 year old Muslim pilgrim centre, celebrated in February /March, is a local cultural event.
 
Trikandyur Shiva Temple
The idol at this ancient temple is said to have been installed by Parasurama, the legendary creator of Kerala. The temple is located near the town of Tirur and attracts devotees from far and wide.
 
Nilambur
Nilambur is one of the biggest town and a taluk in the Malappuram district of Kerala, South India. It is famous for its forests, especially its wildlife habitats, rivers, waterfalls and teak plantations. It is situated close to The Nilgiris range of the Western Ghats on the banks of the Chaliyar River. It is about 40 kilometres from Malappuram town and 24 kilometres from Manjeri town on the Kozhikode - Ooty. Nilambur is also an Assembly Constituency. The town of Nilambur is famous for the Nilambur Vettekkoru Makan Paattu held every year in the Nilambur Kovilakom Temple.
 
Teak Museum(Open 1000-1700 hrs)
Famous for having the world's first teak plantation raised in the Conolly Plot about 150 years ago, the Teak Museum here is worth visiting if you travel to Nilambur. Established by the Kerala Forest Research Institute in collaboration with the Kerala Forest Department, it is a thematic museum housing historical, cultural and aesthetic aspects of teak, all under one roof.

A collection of bamboo trees on the way to the museum imparts a special beauty to the place. The carved teak door at the entrance of the museum has a painting of the Kannimara teak. It is the oldest living teak tree not only in India but also in the world, located in Parambikulam Wild Life Sanctuary in the district of Palghat, Kerala. It is 47.5 m tall with a girth of 642 cm.

among the several exhibits displayed in Nilambur; the root system of a mature teak tree is perhaps the most interesting of all. Paintings on the walls remind one of the early histories of teak planting. The miniature model of an antique sailing vessel made of teak wood and a painting of a sailing ship are the other attractions. Logs of a 116-year-old tree have also been preserved. The museum presents scientific information and exhibits on various aspects of teak. A world literature on teak is available in the library.

Tourists planning to holiday in Nilambur during their Kerala travel can reach Nilambur either by going via Kannur, which is 70 km away or through Ooty, which is 100 km away.
Nilambur Kovilakam
 The cultural heart of Nilambur is a place in Malappuram district of Kerala, South India. It is a place where royals ruled in distant past. Scenic locale with Chaliyar river, Teak forest, temples like Vettekkorumakan kshetram which's famous for 'Nilambur Pattulsavam'-once, most famous festival of Ernadu and viradoor kshetram (connected to King Virad with whom pandavas lived while in exile), Kovilakams with old architecture, nearby town, and famous ppl in arts, literature, politics, business & music.
The Kovilakom is the residences of the local rajas or rulers of earlier days. These structures are famous for their beautiful frescoes and artworks in wood which underlines the richness of Vaastu. Known for the Nilambur Pattu, an ancient festival, which is noted for its Kalampattu or ritual powder drawing on floor, falls in the month of January. Surrounded by the richness of river Chaliyar contributed to the finest residential area of present.
Nilambur is again famous for its forests with full of greenery including wildlife habitat, clean water rivers, waterfalls and Teak plantations. It is situated near to the Nilgiris rangeof the Western Ghats.
 
 
Coconut Segregation Plant,Vettom
The Coconut segregation plant at Vettom un ravels the fascinating world of coconuts. The whole process of deriving fibre from the coconut that goes in to the making of many coir products can be witnessed here.
 
Kottakkal
Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala (AVS) is a century old Charitable Institution engaged in the practice and propagation of Ayurveda, the ancient health care system of India. AVS offers classical Ayurvedic medicines and authentic Ayurvedic treatments and therapies to patients from all over India and abroad.AVS was established at Kottakkal in Kerala State of India in 1902 by the visionary physician and philanthropistthe late Vaidyaratnam P.S. Varier. Started essentially as a village clinic, it has now grown into a multi-unit, multi-disciplinary and multi-crore organisation. It has operations in different areas of Ayurvedic practice.AVS manages Ayurvedic Hospitals at Kottakkal, Delhi and Kochi. All classical Ayurvedic medicines, therapies and expert medical advice are available there. AVS has two modern medicine manufacturing units, has well equipped quality control labs, has fullfledged research activities, publishes Ayurvedic periodicals and books, cultivates medicinal plants and conducts educational programmes. AVS also runs a Kathakali academy where the classical theatre of Kathakali is taught and performed

 

 
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