Malappuram is home to various streams, rivers, lush greenery and hence the list of tourist places here is so long. This district which contains four universities, two medical colleges and two law colleges is considered as the educational hub of Kerala. Religious and historical sites makes it as a must visit place. Let us check the list of major tourist places in Malappuram.
List of Tourist Places in Malappuram
This river which is also known by various other names like River Nila, Ponnani River or Kuttipuram River is the second largest river in Kerala. It clearly depicts the culture and life of Southern Kerala. The river provides shelter to eleven reservoirs and Malampuzha Dam is built across this river. This is a river mentioned in the ancient Hindu scriptures and today visitors visit this river to spend their leisure time and relax. People choose this river for activities like fishing, boating etc.
Arimbra Hills is known as the Mini Ooty of Kerala. This place is added to the list of tourist place in Malappuram due to its rolling hills and greenery. There are many hiking spots here and the green scenery and plantations resembles Ooty. It is best place to hangout with friends and family and people can clearly view the runway of Calicut International Airport from the hiking spots.
Malappuram is enriched with beautiful backwater lakes and Biyyam Kayal is famous and the most visited one. It is situated in Ponnani. This Kayal has many attractive features and most important among them is the boat race held here as a part of the Onam celebration. Both male and female rowers participate in this race and visitors from many parts come to experience this unique competition. Hanging bridge made using high power steel is another highlight of this spot and rest house situated on the bank of lake provides comfortable stay for the tourists. District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) developed this place as a tourist center and provides water sports facility now. The freshness and calm atmosphere here attracts equally the tourists from India and abroad.
Nilambur Teak Musuem
In the list of tourist spots in Malappuram, Nilambur Teak Musuem holds a special position. This is a suitable place to enjoy and experience teak plantation activities. Musuem is situation near teak plantation and visitors will be able to observe various methods of seed- grading, pro-sowing treatment, preparation of teak stumps, vegetative propagation of teaks and the complete rotation cycle of teak from seed to mature tree. It is the first Teak Museum in the world and operated by Kerala Forest Research Institute. Tourists can visit this spot from 10:00 am to 4:30 on all days except Monday.
A one stop destination on the hilltop to view and experience the ruins of an old fort , a water -park and ancient murals. The remains of the fort and murals of the temple are the historical attractions whereas water-park offers entertainment . It is commonly known as the ‘Marine Drive‘ of Malappuram and it provides wide range of experience such as Lalitha Kala Academy Art Gallery, Adventure Park, Kids Traffic Park, Water theme Park, Open Air Theatre, Balloon Park, 16D Cinema. This spot provides all these unique experiences and hence it is a must-visit spot in Malappuram.
Nedumkayam Rain Forest
A perfect spot in the list of tourist attractions in Malappuram district for nature lovers. This rainforest , which is a part of Nilagiri Biosphere Reserve is located just 15 kms away from Nilagiri. Finally tourists visit here to enjoy the thick green forest, fresh air and clear streams.
This is one of the best tourist places in Malappuram. Visitors flood to this region during monsoon to enjoy the crystal-clear waterfalls, hills and greenery. Youngsters choose this place for swimming and to click photographs.
Arya VaidyaShala Musuem
Malappuram is well known for its advancements in the field of Ayurveda treatment with the establishment of Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Shala and this musuem attracts the visitors, doctors and scholars for its narration of the history of Ayurveda and Arya Vaidya Shala. It is also one of the oldest museum and heritage centre in Kerala. Secondly it deeply conveys knowledge about herbal importance and medicines. Today, it is one of the major tourist attractions of our state.
Malappuram is enriched with various religious sites and one among them is Garuda Temple. It is not only a religious site, but also a historical site too. It is commonly known as Vellamassery Garuda Kavu Temple and many devotees visit here to get cuteness from snakebite. The sculptures of snakes coated in gold is also a major architectural attraction here.
Mambaram Juma Masjid
One of the oldest mosques in Kerala and is situated in Tirurangadi of Malappuram. Numerous devotees and tourists visit this place. Research scholars also visit here as part of their study. Finally this mosque will have a prominent place in the list of major tourist attraction in Malappuram.