(Last Updated on : 09/01/2012)
Malappuram is the fourth largest urban agglomeration in Kerala
. The word Malappuram, in Malayalam, means 'On top of the hills'. It is situated 50 km southeast of Kozhikode and 90 km northwest of Palakkad on the Kozhikode Chennai
road (NH 213) which joins NH 47 in Palakkad.
History of Malappuram
Malappuram was a military head quarters in ancient times. The Zamorins of Calicut
stationed a part of their militia here. Malabar Special Police was established in 1921 in the aftermath of Malabar rebellion, also known as Mappila Lahala. Malappuram also contributed to the cultural heritage of Kerala. It was a centre of Hindu-Vedic as well as Islamic theology.
Geography of Malappuram
Malappuram city is situated in the mid land area of Kerala. It is covered with small beautiful mountains of lushly greenery, bonded with several fresh water streams flowing through the city makes a harmony of natural beauty.
Administration of Malappuram
The Civil station area consists the administrative and other Government offices of the district such as District Collectorate, District Treasury, RTO, PWD Division Office, Jilla Panchayat , Town planning Office, Text depot, District Medical office.
Economy of Malappuram
A major contributor of the local economy is the payments of the migrants residing in the Middle East countries. It also has a strong trader community. Agriculture currently is picking up in Malappuram. People working in different Government offices contribute a major part in the commerce and the economy.
Tourism in Malappuram
Malappuram City is mainly divided to two as Up Hill and Down Hill. The daily market is at Down Hill, a place where most of the household things can be bought.
Kottakkunnu: It is also known as Marine Drive of Malappuram which is a hill garden. The Kottakkunnu Park contains an open air auditorium, Lalitha kala academy art gallery, DTPC hellipad, a water theme park etc. Here one can also see traces of the first fort built by the Zamorins of Kozhikode
Melmuri: This is famous for Swalath Nagar and Grand Masjid. Melmuri serves as the residential area in the city outskirt.
The temples and the Mosques of the city are well-known for their spectacular festivals. Malappuram Juma Masjid is one of the oldest Mosques in Kerala. Thiruppuranthaka temple, Mannoor shiva temple, Vettakorumakan temple are few famous temples.
Shanthitheeram is a riverside walk park under construction by KTDC on the shores of Kadalundi River which once completed will contain Rain huts, Amphitheatre, food court, pavilion.