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3550 sq. km
which literally means a ‘land atop hills’ is aptly named. The land is
bound by the Nilgiri Hills on the east, with the Lakshwadweep Sea running
along its entire western coast. Mainly three rivers – the Chaliyar, the
Kadalundi and the Bharatapuzha water the district. Malappuram is replete
with a rich and eventful history. The military headquarters of the Zamorins
of Kozhikode was located here. The Zamorins had well established contacts
with the Arab world, and according to some historians, were the wealthiest
rulers in medieval India. However, despite their immense wealth, they
were unable to unify Kerala into a single political entity – which paved
the way for the British to annex Kerala. The Mappilla revolt against the
British East India Company between 1792 and 1921 can be traced to Malappuram.
The place was also an important centre of both Vedic learning as well
as Islamic philosophy.
and mosques in the area are well known for their spectacular festivals.
Along with historic monuments and diverse natural attractions, a range
of ritual and cultural art forms adds to its value as a destination worth
At the base
of the Cantonment Hill, lies the Kottapadi – the remains of an old fort
that was built originally by the Zamorins. Parnambi, a chieftain under
the Zamorins used the complex for training his militia. The Vettakkorumakan
Temple and the Shiva Temple are located near the Fort.
also houses the Jama-at Mosque – one of the most significant mosques in
Kerala. The four-day long festival of Nercha, is held at the mosque every
year in April. Adjacent to the mosque is the Mausoleum of the Malappuram
Shaheeds (martyrs). Their heroic deeds have been immortalised in the war
ballads of Malappuram. The Nercha festival commemorates all those who
fell in the fighting between Parnambi and the local Mappillas.