Places of Interest

Places of Worship

Garuda Temple

(open 0500 – 1000 hrs, 1700 – 1800 hrs, Sundays 0500 – 1030 hrs 1630 – 1800 hrs) Located in Triprangod on chamravattom Road, this is the only temple in India dedicated to vishnu’s carrier Garuda.


The temple is located in Melmuri village of Tirur taluk.  It is  3 Km north of Vettichira on the NH-17 connecting Calicut and Trissur. The temple as such was founded by Shree Shankaracharya and the month he consecrated Kadampuzha Temple, the day of Karthika in the month of Virshchikam  is the considered the most auspicious day and is celebrated as the festival day. For more details please Click here

Thirumandhamkunnu Bhagavthy temple

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3 kms from Perinthalmanna is one of the ancient and famous Mahakshethras of Kerala.  More Details..

Angadippuram Tali Sree Mahadeva

Temple  is located about 200 meters from the Thirumandhamkunnu temple. It is  considered to be an ancient one and a part of the 18 Tali temples (Shiva temples) built by Parasurama.

Thirunavaya Nava Mukunda temple

This ancient and famous temple, 12 Kms from tirur taluk, on the banks of the Bharathapuzha dedicated to Lord Shiva was the traditional venue of the ritual of Mamankam an enactment of traditional martial arts by suicide squades.

It had undergone periodical renovations, the last and major renovation with the reconstruction of Sanctum Sanctorum was done by the legendary PERUMTHACHAN under the direction of the Vettath Raja about 1300 years back. The reconstruction had the typical ‘ Perumthachan touch ‘ making the rays of the rising sun fall on the idol on every Medam First ( in Utharaayana period, ie in April) and on Kanni First,(in Dakshinayana period ie, in October).This temple is famous for Pithrukarmas.    More Details..

Shri Alathiyoor Hanuman temple

From times immemmorial, the bountiful grace and blessings of Sri Alathiyoor Hanuman have been invoked, and experienced by millions of devotees all around the world. It is believed that Alathiyoor Perumthikovil (Hanuman Kavu) temple was erected and consecrated by Sage Vasishta, who is prominent among the Saptarshis, some 3000 years ago.  More details ..

Jama-at Mosque

This is an important pilgrim centre of the Muslims of Kerala. Located on Malappuram-Vengara Road, the mosque, with white walls and blue doors, looks like a temple in its architecture. It may be due to the fact that it was constructed by Hindu Prana Nambi family. 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’

Trikandiyur Shiva temple

This ancient Shiva temple with an idol said to have been installed by Parasurama, is situated close to the town of Tirur and railway station, and attracts devotees from far and wide.

Vettakkorumakan Temple

This temple located 4 Km away from Nilambur railway station and 35KM from calicut airport.

Tanur Keraladeeshapuram Temple

About 3 km south from Tanur Town is the Keraladeeshapuram Temple, dedicated to Lord vishnu and believed to be one of the oldest temples in Kerala, dating back over 3,000 years

Kondotty Pazhayangadi Mosque

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Pazhayangadi Mosque, Kondotty is located 18 km east of Manjeri.  The three day long Valia Nercha feast is a local cultural event. This mosque with its lovely white dome is unique as it embodies facets of Mughal architecture.


Muslim shrine and receptacle for dead bodies of the Thangals (the relegious leaders of the malabar muslims), situated in A.R.Nagar village, is a major pilgrimage centre of Muslims which  located 26 km east of Tirur, Malappuram district.

Ponnani Jum’ah Masjid

The Ponnani Jum’ah Masjid, also known as Valiya Jum’ah Palli/Makhdum Mosque, was built in the 16th century AD. Ponnani, once known as the “Little Mecca of Malabar” and the “Jami’at al-Azhar of Malabar”, was a prominent center of Islamic learning. It is known that students from various locations are traveled to Ponnani for their spiritual education.

Chamravattom Sastha Temple

Believed to have been built by the legendary sculptor Perunthachan, the idol stands on the same level as the river, much below the sanctum sanctorum. Pilgrims heading for Sabarimala stop here en route.

Kottakkal Venkattathevar Temple

The temple was famous on  64 mural paintings adorn the walls of the sanctum sanctorum of this temple dedicated to Lord Siva and the Venkattathevar Utsavam in April.

Puthanangadi Mosque

The Mosque located 20 km from Malappuram  has ancient Arabic inscriptions engraved on one of its planks.


Puthenpalli mosque and ‘Jaram’ in Veliyancode attract devotees. The ‘nercha’ festival at Puthenpalli in Veliancode was commenced after the death of the Veliancode Thangal.


Veliyancode, 15 Km away from ponnani has  a land of social reformers. The religious leader Umar Quasi (1757-1852) was also a social reformer.  Another social reformer was the successor of the Qasi, sayed Makti Thangal, who preached for secular education of Muslims, for progress in life.


Padinjarekkara Beach

(17 km from Tirur town, 45 km from Malappuram headquarters)

Situated at the end of the Tipu Sultan Road near Ponnani, this beach offers a breathtaking view of the confluence of the Bharathapuzha, the Tirur Puzha and the Arabian Sea. Tourists can enjoy a ride on water scooters or speed boats and also munch on tidbits at the floating coffee shop. The beach is famous for bird watching, as migratory birds are often spotted here. You can also find an amenity centre, an amphitheatre and ecoshops.

Vakkad beach

The stunning Tirur River flows serenely through Malappuram District and reaches the sea through the Vakkad Beach, located near Ponnani in Malappuram district. The perfect option to soak in the beauty of the river is to opt for a boat cruise down the river through the backwaters. The boat cruise down the Tirur River starting from Aanamala and gliding through the backwaters to the estuary in Ponnani, where the river flows into the sea through Vakkad Beach, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. In addition to its stunning natural beauty, those opting for the cruisealso get the opportunity to observe flocks of migratory birds and experience the simple ways of life by the banks of the river.

Parappanangadi Beach

This beach is located further south of Vallikunnu. Can be accessed from Kozhikode – Tirur coastal road. Parappanangadi is the nearest railway station.

Ottumpuram Beach

Situated 8 km from Tanur. Nearest railway station Tirur


Biyyam Kayal

Located just 3 km from Ponnani, Biyyam Kayal is a placid, green fringed waterway with excellent boating facilities. The place is easily accessible from the Temple Town of Guruvayur via Chavakkad.

Kadalundi Backwaters and Bird Sanctuary

An enchanting scenic spot located on the border of Kozhikode and Malappuram Districts, Kadalundi Backwaters form the estuary of Kadalundipuzha spanning an area of over 250 hectares including wetlands and mangroves. The backwaters form the habitat for over 400 acres of mangrove forests. Plants belonging to 36 genera including mangroves like Aviccinia, Exoccania and Brugeria and mangrove associates like Acanthus and Deris are found here. The place is a notified protected area under Forest Department from 1995 onwards.

Mudiyam Kayal

Mudiyam is a ten acre pristine water body surrounded by coconut palms. A lesser known spot, the kayal joins the sea and is suitable for aqua sports. The place is located near the ancient temple of Ravimangalam. Mudiyam is accessed from Parappanangadi – Kadalundi Main Road.


Kallikkad is located in Vazhakkad Village Panchayath in Kondotty Block on the banks of the scenic Chaliyar River. 15 km from Kondotty and 2 km from Edavanappara.


Located on the Kozhikode – Malappuram district border Azhinjillam is a scenic spot in the River Chaliyar. The place is 14 km away from both Kozhikode city and Karippur airport.


Thunchan Paramba

This is the birthplace of Thunchath Ezhuthachan, father of the Malayalam language. On VijayadasamiDay, many come here for vidyarambham, the ceremony in which children are initiated into leaning. The iron stylus with which Ezhuttachan wrote his texts on palm leaves and the ancient knnjiratree under which he composed his poems are treasured exhibits here.  More details..

Pookootur gate

10 KM from Malappuram. war memorial gate is dedicated to those killed in the Pookkottur battle.


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.


This is the place which witnessed the Malabar Mutiny of 1921.


A main centre of the Moplah Rebellion (Mappila Lahala) against the British colonialists. 25 km from Malappuram . 22 km from Tirur railway station.

Wagon Tragedy Memorial Muncipal Town Hall

Wagon Tragedy Memorial Municipal Town Hall is a historic hall along with a monument evoking the memories of the notorious Wagon Tragedy during British rule. A tragic incident occurred on November 10, 1921 in which 67 Muslim prisoners died in a closed railway goods wagon due to suffocation while being transferred to the Coimbatore jail.

Mamankam Monuments

Mamankam was an age old festival of Kerala, held every 12 years on the banks of Bharathapuzha in at Thirnavaya in Malappuram. Lasted for 28 days, this glorious magnum event was noted for the festivals and trade fair of Kerala from middle age. A huge number of traders from different parts of current Kerala and Tamil Nadu came here to trade here. Celebrated during the time of Kulasekharas (Chera dynasty) from the 14th century till 18th century.

The following are some of the Mamankam Monuments protected by DTPC Malappuram:


Located on Kodakkal- Alathiyur Road, it was the place where the captured elephants of the enemies were buried.

Nilapadu thara

Located on Kodakkal – Tirur Road, it was the venue of Mamankam.


Located on Kodakkal – Banthar Road, it was the place where the rulers used to keep the explosive for the wars.

Changampalli Kalari

Located on Thazhathara – Kuttippuram Road, it was the place where soldiers were trained for wars.


Located near famous Thirunavaya temple, this mandapam is the place where the kings and queen of were seated to view the Mamankam festival.

Nilambur Kovilakam

Nilambur Kovilakam is the erstwhile residence of local rulers and is famous for its beautiful frescoes and artwork in wood.

Nilambur Teak Museum

Teak Museum is located 4 km from Nilambur, a town in the Malappuram district of Kerala. The museum, a two storey building, is the world’s first teak museum and is operated by the Kerala Forest Research Institute. The exhibits include comprehensive information on aspects of the use of teak in their exhibits and articles on the subject. The museum provides extensive information of value historically, artistically and scientifically.

The museum was established in 1995 on the campus of the centre of Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI) because of the historical significance of teak to the area. The world’s first teak plantation was planted in Nilambur in the 1840s by the British.


Adyanpara falls

Adyanpara Falls is a cascading waterfall in the Kurmbalangodu village of Nilambur taluk in Kerala, India. It is 14 km away from Nilambur town. It is a scenic and picturesque location and attracts scores of tourists from various parts of Kerala.


This waterfall is located near Karuvarakundu. Keralamkundu is located 2000 feet above sea level. Falls originated from silent valley .  7 km East of Karuvarakundu.


This is an enchanting scenic spot in the high ranges of Malappuram. Located near Kozhippara, the place is covered by mist all through the day. The waterfall is located on the Chokkad stream. Kakadam Poyil, mostly engulfed in mist is a beautiful spot in the vicinity.


A beautiful waterfalls near Kuttippuram. This place is considerd as the starting of Tirur puzha (Panampalam River). 7 km far from kuttippuram town. Also near to Aazhvanchery mana , Melpathur mandapam and thirunavaya .

Olly falls

Beautiful waterfalls surrounded by forest. 15. Km from edvanna. 25. Km from nilambur


Situated near Perinthalmanna. Best Season June – December


Cherukad smarakam

Birth place of  Malayalam novelist, poet and political activist Cherukad Govinda Pisharodi. 16 km from Perinthalmanna

Melpathur Mandapam

Birth place of Melpathur Narayana Bhattathiri. 12 k.m from kuttipuram

Vallathol Smarakam

Located 15  km from tirur. Birth place of legendry Malayalam poet Vallathol Narayana Menon .

Moyinkutty Vaidyar Smarakam

Birthplace of Mahakavi moyinkutty vaidyar. It is a  cultural centre to attract research into the annotations of Badar pattu, and its studies and interpretations in Malayalam.The centre runs certificate courses in Mappilappattu and Mappila kali. It also has a folklore study centre, reference library and a historical museum attached.

Njeralath kalasramam

Situated  2 km from Perinthlmanna.  Birthplace of Neralath Rama poduval. An exponent of the sopanam music. Ph:

Poonthanam Illam, Kizhattoor, Perinthalmanna

This is the house of Poonthanam namboothiri, an exponent of the Krishna cult of the Bhakthi movement.  Known for his work Jnanappana (song of knowledge).The sreekrishnaTemple where he used to pray is situated nearby.

Kodappanakkal Tharavad

Birth place of Panakkad Sayyid Pookoyya Thangal, Shihab Thangal, the Muslim spiritual leaders.

Elamkulam Mana

Ancestral house of E.M.S Namboothiripad, Kerala’s first chief minister. 30 KM from malappuram, 11 KM from Perinthalmanna.

Pulikkottil Hyder Smarakam

Birth place of legendery mappila poet Pulikkottil Hyder. Situated at Wandoor.

Edasserry Square

Stands on Nilayoram park on the bank of Bharathapuzha. Built in memory of Legendry Malayalam poet Edasserry Govindan Nair author of Poothappatt.

Educational destinations

Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University

The University came into being on 1st November 2012. The primary objective of the University is the promotion of study and research of Malayalam language, literature and Kerala culture.

University of calicut

The largest University in Kerala. Established in the year 1968, it is the second university to be set up in Kerala. The University aims to nurture excellence in education and research in its catchment areas of Northern Kerala. situated at Thenchipalam. Near chelari 35 km from Malappuram.

Aligarh Muslim university

Center Established in 2010. Situated 7 km from Perinthalmanna.

EFL university off campus

Located near at Panakkad 10 km from malappuram.

Govt. Medical College, Manjeri

12 km from Malappuram.

Vaidyaratnam P.S. Varier Ayurveda College

Located at Kottakkal. it is one of the pioneering institutions in the academic topography of India, which offers excellent education in Ayurveda, the science of life.


Cherani childrens park

3 km from manjeri. Childrens play area, Garden, View point

Shanthitheeram Riverside walkway

Near to Malappuram civil station. On the bank of kadalundi river.

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Wandoor town square

Located at wandoor 15 km from manjeri. Childrens park, Garden, cafeteria.

Nilayoram Park

Located at Kuttipuram. On the bank of Nila.


Urakam Hill

Urakam Mala is a tall hillock located near Vengara. On top of the hill are the remains of an old jain Temple. The hill top offer beautiful views of airport, valleys and Arabian Sea.

Mini ootty

Valley of urakam hill. Natural Scenic and misty.

Pazhassi cave

Located at kakkadampoyil. 25 km from Nilambur

Pantheerayiram forest

Situated near Adyanpara waterfalls.

Panthallur Hills

Located 14 KM from Manjeri and 17 KM from Malappuram

Cheriyam Mala

Situated near Mankada.


The perennial springs and the green mountains form an alluring landscape. Called as Ootty of Malabar, a hill station  with an Elevation of 522m.

Other important places


Kottakkunnu, Known as Marine Drive of Malappuram is a hill garden. Kottakkunnu park contains an Open Air theater, Lalitha Kala Academy Art gallery, Adventure Park, Kids traffic park, Balloon Park, 16D Cinema. There is Water fountain and Laser show on every weekends (Saturday & Sunday) and on festivals like Eid, Onam, New year eve etc. This scenic table-top location is located at the crest of the Cantonment Hill near the District Collectorate in the heart of Malappuram city .


This small town Kotttakkal is  famed  with Kottakkal Arya Vaidyasala, Ayurveda research centre and  ayurveda Hospital.


  Situated on the banks of the Chaliyar River, this town is noted for tribal settlements, vast rainforests, waterfalls and extensive plantations of teakwood, rosewood, mahogany and bamboo. This is also the original home of the Cholainaickans, the oldest aboriginal tribe of Kerala. The widely forested land is well known for Canoli’s Plot, the world’s oldest teak plantation and bamboo clusters.

Canoli’s plot

It is the oldest teak plantation in the world, raised 150 years ago by Sri. Chandu Menon as directed by H.V. Canoli, the Governor of Malabar during the British rule. Of the 14.8 acres planted initially, 5.7 acres have been preserved to date.

Kumbharan Handicrafts Village

The Kumbharan community members in the village were traditionally artisans who made a living out of selling pottery, but nearly lost  their traditional skills due to the influx of cheap industrial substitutes. The villagers revived their traditional craft through the Kumbharan Handicrafts Project.

Nedumkayam Rainforest

This is one of the most beautiful and dense forests in Kerala with a splendid variety of flora and fauna. An integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, this area is ideal for trekking.

Chaliyar mukk

Is a sandy bank of the Chaliyar river, accessed by a 2km walk through an imposing mahogany forest. 7 k.m from nilambur

For more information, Contact :

District Tourism Promotion Council,
Up Hill, Malappuram.
Phone : 0483-2734882