Malappuram (literally, a land a tops hills) is situated 50 kms south-east of Kozhikode, bounded by the Nilgiri Hills in the east, the Arabian sea in the west and Thrissur and Palakkad districts in the south. Malappuram is enriched by three great rivers flowing through it - the Chaliyar, the Kadalundi and the Bharathappuzha.

Malappuram has a rich and eventful history. It was the military headquarters of the Zamorins of Kozhikode since ancient times. This district was the venue for many of the Mappila revolts (uprisings against the British East India Company in Kerala) between 1792 and 1921. It was a famous centre for Hindu - Vedic learning and Islamic philosophy and a place of cultural heritage.

Date of Formation 16-06-1969
Area 3550 sq kms
Altitude Lowlands : Sea level
Highlands 477 - 2340 m above sea level
Population 41,10,956
Male 19,61,014
Female 21,49,942
Sex Ratio 1096 female per 1000 males
Population Density 1022
Population details in the age Group 0 - 6
Male 2,81,958
Female 2,70,813
Total 5,52,771
Spoken Language Malayalam
Source 2001 Provisional Statistics
Revenue Divisional Offices 2
Villages 138
Blocks 15
Panchayats 94
Municipalities 12
Assembly Constituencies 16
HPCs 2

The temples and mosques of this district are well known for their spectacular festivals. Along with historic moments and diverse natural attractions, a range of cultural and ritual art forms add to its value as a destination worth visiting.