Malappuram is situated in the Midland area in Kerala. As the word means “terraced place atop the hills”, it is covered with small beautiful mountains of lush greenery, bonded with several freshwater streams flowing through the city bestows a harmony of natural beauty. The place is known for its vast expanse of forest along with its varied wildlife habitats, rivers and waterfalls.
The five best places to visit in Malappuram are:
- Located about 15 km from Nilambur in Malappuram, it is not just a river; but comprises thick rainforest with rich flora and fauna, Chaliyarriver flowing through the forest and the vast teakwood plantations. An integral part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, this area is ideal for trekking.
- Best time to visit Nedumkayam is from December to February.
- Famous for being ruins of an old fort, situated at the base of cantonment hill, the fort is believed to be constructed by Zamorins of Kozhikode and houses Vettakkorumakanand Shiva Temple.
- Renowned for its architecture, these temples are famous for murals of Malabar. Possessing rich historical significance, the site is known as death place of VariyankunnathKunjahammed Haji, a revolutionary.
- Also houses an art gallery exhibiting artistic works of tribal and artisans.
- Best time to visit fort is from September to March.
3. Padinharekara Beach
- A vast beach, Padinharekara Beach offers a mesmerizing view of river Triurpuzha and Bharatapuzha coming in full force to join with the Arabian Sea.
- The soft, shining white sand offers you a memorable walk. Tourists can indulge in various activities at the beach and even get Ayurveda massages.
- Best time to visit the beach is from Septembers to March.
4. Kadampuzha Bhagavathy Temple
- A unique temple dedicated to Durga with no idol.
- Though the temple can be visited all over the year, it is during November-December that the temple festival is held.
- One of the ecology promoting temples as plastic items are not allowed inside.
5. Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary
- It is one of the major attractions of Malappuram and houses more than 100 species of birds, making it a haven for nature lovers.
- Around 60 varieties of migratory birds come to the sanctuary every year. Birds such as sandpipers, greenshanks, terns, seagulls and more can be seen in between October and March
- Located at a height of 200 m above sea level, it offers great views of the river and the Arabian Sea.
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