Tourist Places near MalappuramMalappuram, which means a land atop hills, has truly justified its name. Situated in the south-eastern direction of Kozhikode at a distance of around 50 km, this place is bounded in the east by the Nilgiri Hills and Palakkad and Thrissur in the south and Arabian Sea in the western direction. Three rivers flow through its land namely Barathappuzha, Chaliyar and Kadalundi. Marked by eventful and rich history, this place boasts of many architectural delights of all periods. It is a very well known centre for Islamic philosophy and Hindu Vedic learning and a place for rich cultural heritage. There are numerous tourist destinations that are within reach of Malappuram situated in around 150 km distance from the city. Some of the most famous ones are listed below.
Kozhikode, also known as Calicut is situated at a distance of around 143 km from Malappuram. It is in 1498 that the Portuguese explorer, Vasco Da Gama, landed here and opened the trade route between India and the European countries. There is an amazing blend of the Indian and Portuguese architecture and culture in this city. Some of the most visited tourist destinations in Kozhikode include Thikkoti Light House, Kozhikode Beach, Kappad Beach, Vellari Mala, Thusharagiri Falls, Tali Temple, Pazhassiraja and Krishna Menon Museums, Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary, Perucannamuzhi Dam and the famous Lion’s Park. The best time to visit Kozhikode is during the months from October to February when the weather is most pleasant here. It is well connected via rail, road and boat with Malappuram.
PalakkadLocated at a mere distance of 81 km from Malappuram, Palakkad is a city that has hosts of tourist attractions. Lakkidi, Jain Temple, Nelliyampathy, Mayiladumpara Sanctuary, Tipu's Fort, Silent Valley, trithala and Varahamoorthu Kshetram etc. This city is well connected with Malappuram via road, and rail.
Kadalundi NagaramSituated on the north-western border of Malappuram, at a distance of 36 km, Kadalundi Nagaram is the place where the Kadalundi River joins the Arabian Sea. Being home to several migratory birds, this city is flocked by them over the vast stretch of water during the months of February to April. It is well known for the Pooram festival near Vallikunnu in the Niramkitha Kotta Bhagavati Temple that lasts for a week’s time. It is attended by more than a thousand pilgrims from all across the country. Kadalundi Nagaram is best reached from Malappuram by cabs or local buses.
The birth place of the noted Mappila Poet, Moyiain Kutti Vaidyar, Kondotty is located very near to the Calicut Airport at a distance of mere 22 km. This Mappila poet is being recognized and a memorial for him is being proposed to be built in the city. It is also famous for Nercha in Pazhayangadi Mosque. It is best connected to Malappuram via road. One can hire a local bus or a cab to reach this city.
KottakkalA world renowned center for ayurveda, Kottakkal is located at a distance of 13 km from Malappuram. P. S Warrier, a well-known social reformer and a physician has established The Arya Vaidya Sala which is visited by numerous people from all parts of the world for treatment. Due to the patronage provided by the Arya Vaidya Sala, culture and art also prevail in the city of Kottakkal. Reach this city by catching a local bus or hiring a cab from Malappuram.
ManjeriTowards the north-eastern direction of Malappuram at a distance of almost 12 km, the town of Manjeri is situated. Historically, it was National Movement’s live center and today Manjeri is recognized as Ernad Taluk’s headquarter. The District Court and District Hospital are situated at Manjeri. Other important district offices including PWD road division, District medical offices, Local work division etc are also located in this town. The famous Arukizhaya Siva Temple is located in Manjeri. It is well connected to Malappuram by road and one can take a cab or a local bus to reach this town.
Teak plantations make up Nilambur town which is located at a distance of mere 41 km from Malappuram. The very famous, Conolly’s plot, which is the oldest teak plantation in the whole world is at a distance of just 2 km from Nilambur town. Located near the Cheliyar River, this plantation can easily be reached by travelling in a country boat ferry. Apart from the Conolly’s plot, there are numerous other tourist attractions that dot Nilambur. Some of them include Vettakkorumakan Temple, Adiyanpara Waterfall, Nilambur Teak Museum, St Mary Church, Holy Family Church, St Francis Church, Central Forest Nursery etc. Nilambur is well connected to Malappuram via roadways and waterways. One can take the services of the state bus or hire a cab to reach Nilambur comfortably.
PerinthalmannaSituated at a distance of 24 km from Malappuram city, Perinthalmanna is known to be the headquarter of Perinthalmanna Taluk. This town is famous for its two temples namely Tali Temple and Thirumandhamkunnu Temple in Angadipuram which is just 2 km away from Perinthalmanna. There is also a famous Muslim educational center and yatimkhana. It can be reached by Malappuram by hiring a state bus or a cab.
PerumpadappuSituated at a distance of 166 km from Malappuram, Perumpadappu acted as a seat of Perumpadappu Swarupam, the Prince of Cochin. Jaram and Puthenpalli Mosque attract the Muslim devotees. Umar Quasi, a religious leader and a social reformer was also born here. Reach Perumpadappu from Malappuram by cab, state bus or train.
PonnaniPonnani, the oldest and only port in Kerala is located at 48 km distance from Malappuram. It is an important fishing center and is a tidal port near Bharathapuzha. Apart from the Bhadrakulngara Temple, Manja Bhagavathi Temple, Ponnani Beach, etc. there are almost 50 mosques in this town. It can also be described as the town of kabaristans and mosques. From the Kottipuram Railway station, Ponnai is connected by the National Highway 15. You can reach Ponnani via road or by rail from Malappuram.
Tanur, a coastal town where the Portuguese settled for the first time is located at a distance of 31 km from Malappuram. It is famous as a fishing center and one of the oldest temples in Kerala, Keraladheeswarapuram Temple which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu is just 3 km from the Tanur town. It is well connected to Malappuram via road and many state buses operate on this route. For more comfort, you can hire a taxi or a cab too.
ErnakulamLocated at a distance of 153 km from the city of Malappuram, Ernakulam is famous for Chottanikkara Temple, Clock Tower, Maritime Museum, Santa Cruz Basilica, Willingdon Island and antique shops in Jew Street etc. It is a big city that is thronged by visitors of all ages from different parts of the world. It is well connected to Malappuram via road and rail. Many state buses operate and connect both the cities. Travelling by taxi or a cab would, however, be more comfortable.
ThrissurThe distance between Malappuram and Thrissur is just 84 km. This town is well known for the Vazhachal and Athirappally waterfalls, Cheraman Perumal Juma Masjid, Palayur Church, Yam Temple, the Zoo and the state museum, etc. It is also amongst the most visited places near Malappuram. It is well connected to the city of Malappuram via road and rail.
PalakkadKnown for Lakkidi, Jain Temple, Nelliyampathy, Tipu’s Fort, Varahamoorthi Kshetram, Trithala, etc. the town of Palakkad is located at a distance of 81 KM from Malappuram. Reach this town by catching a state bus or by hiring a taxi.
A small city, Wayanad is located at 110 km from the city of Malappuram. This city is well known for Brahamagiri, Mananthavady, Chembra Peak, Jain Temple, Edakkal Caves, Karalad Lake, Meenmutty Falls, The Jungle of Secrets, Wayanad Heritage Museum etc. Reach this destination by travelling in a cab or a state bus as per your convenience.