Malappuram to Kottakkal in One DayMalappuram was a stronghold of the military forces of the time because of its natural formations as well as man-made defences like forts and palaces for the safe keeping of the population.
The name entails the land of the Fort because of the ‘Sweta durgam’ or ‘White fort’ that is the main feature of the landscape. This fort had, at one time, been the armed citadel of the Vakkunadu kingdom under the Moopil Nairs.
In fact, historical evidence testifies to the authenticity of all castles and forts that were constructed by the Karuvayoor Moosad were given the name of Kottakal. These edifices make for fascinating sightseeing opportunities that showcases the great legacies of the past as well as the contemporary world. Some of the places that can be visited around the area can be taken up according to comprise the following itinerary.
9:30 to 1 pm: On starting after a hearty breakfast all the temples can be visited before lunch and after a short lunch break of about forty five minutes one can concentrate the afternoon to visiting the mosques in the vicinity.
There are two Vishnu temples at Kottappati namely the Venkatta Tevar Siva Temple and the Vettekkaran temple. There is also the Pandamangalam situated Sree Krishna temple and a Ganapati temple located at Indiannur. Then, there stands the much worshipped Kuttippurath Kavu temple at Kuttippuram as well as the Kurumba temple located at Parappur. The only ‘Devi’ or Goddess temple is the Annapoorneswari temple of Cherukunnu. Returning for lunch to Kottakal city one can visit the Sree Viswanbara temple located at Kottakalpooram or the Arya Vaidya Sala Complex which is the centre for Ayurvedic treatment and cure. After lunch at Kottakal city one may continue the itinerary and visit the various mosques of the nearby area.
1:30 to 3:00 pm : Starting from the Palappura Juma Masjid one can drive on to the Juma masjid located at Indianoor. Then there is also the Kolathuparamba mosque at some distance. Further to this mosque is the Othukkungal Juma masjid and the Puthur Juma mosque. All these are proximal to Kottakal. Besides, there are also the Othukkungal mosque and this visual delight is further supplemented by Cherukunnu masjid along with the Atteeri Juma masjid.
3 to 5:30 pm: Other significant aspects of the visit to the Kottakal region are the mandatory browsing through one of the oldest market places known as the Kottakal Chanda or even popularly called as the Puthur Chanda. It is a weekly market held in the manner of a local fair every Saturday. Most of the local traders assembles with their myriad goods and have been gravitating towards this market since centuries. In the region it is renowned as a commodity of the great Kottakal cattle fair of the region.
How to Reach from Malappuram to KottakkalKottakal is located about a hundred kilometers from Malappuram as one travels in a Southern direction. By bus, the journey may take about two hours at a cost of about a hundred rupees. If one is travelling by road and driving along at a sightseeing pace one tends to take the most scenic route.
Heading southwest from Malappuram one drives for about ten minutes to take a right onto the Parappanagadi Road for half a kilometer and then taking three left turns onto the Othukungal-Panakkad road. After travelling about eight kilometers take a right at the Puthoor old intersection and stay on the Tirur-Malappuram-Manjeri Road. After going for about three kilometers take a U turn. Travelling for about half an hour turn left into Kottakal.