Like any other district of Kerala, Malappuram is a treasure house of the natural beauty. There are beaches, rivers, waterfalls, backwater destinations, hills, valleys, plantations and not to forget a famous bird sanctuary to bind you with their charm. Once there, you will not feel like coming back. Moreover, these beauties of nature will help you forget the stressful life that you have been leading continuously. So, walk on the sands and the let the exhaustion quietly flow away with the rushing water or gaze at the water falling from a great height with a thundering sound and feel the tranquility it still manages to give you. You can say that the fall falls to give you a refreshing high.
However, it is not just the natural beauty that will captivate your attention since there are a number of manmade attractions as well to stop you from proceeding ahead. These manmade attractions are reflective of the regions historical and cultural wealth. There are temples, mosques and art centres that very elegantly put before you the past of the region and also give you ample indication of what the future will be like.
The people of Malappuram, like the rest of the Keralese, are extremely cordial and treat their guests with much respect. And, as for eating out in Malappuram is concerned, do not go expecting big restaurant, but definitely expect some delicious food. The number of small restaurant and the eating joints in the region will leave you elated.
The name Malappuram literally translates into a land atop the hills.
As for the history of Malappuram, it was the military headquarters of the Zamorins of Kozhikode since ancient times. It was also influenced by the the Kings of Vettathunadu, Portuguese and Mysore Sultans before falling into the hands of British.
The Moppila revolt, which were typical revolt against the British rule in Kerala, found a great venue in Mallapuram. Post independence, the Malappuram was merged with the state of Kerala in1956. The district itself was formed in June 1969 by combining the backward areas of the previous Kozhikode, Perintalmanna and Ponnani taluks of Palakkad.
The nearest airport is at Kozhikode, Karipur Airport. Flights from here fly daily to Delhi, Coiambatore, Mumbai, Kochi and Chennai. There are flights thrice a week to Goa, twice to Trichy and just once to Trivandrum. From Karipur, prepaid taxis are available to take you to Kozhikode. Prepaid taxis are available to transfer you to Malappuram.
There are railway stations at Tirur, Kuttippuram, Perintalmanna and Nilambur that connect to other places like Kozhikode, Manglore, Kochi, Trhiruvanantpuram, Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata.
Malappuram is well connected by road to all the parts of Kerala. KSRTC run buses are also quiet frequent and take you to different parts of Malappuram itself.