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The district of Malappuram in Kerala is edged by the Nilgiri hills on the eastern side and the Arabian Sea on its western side. Located at a distance of about fifty kilometres from Kozhikode, its dense high range forests, coconut plantations and agricultural land provide the perfect picnic spots for all kinds of tourists. This part of the State is rich and plush in terms of culture as it was a colony of the Portuguese in the past. Another striking feature of this district is that St. Xavier visited this place back in the 14th century. What makes it even more interesting is that the father of Malayalam literature, Mahakavi Thunchen Ezhuthachan was born here. Earlier, this district was the headquarters of military in the time of Zamorin and the military festival of 'Mamankam' was also celebrated here. Further, Malappuram is the centre of Ayurveda College and the base of the sole Ayurvedic Mental Hospital in the country. This district has a number of places that you must visit that have been listed below:

Pathanamthitta Mosque

This mosque in the district is an extremely famous pilgrim centre for the Muslims. The festival of 'Chandanakkudam' attracts tourist and devotees from all over the world to become a part of the grand celebrations here. Filled with colours, decorated elephants, beautiful lights, the jovial music and most importantly, the enthusiasm of the visitors and participants, this festival is an experience that you will surely cherish for many years to come.


This destination is located at a distance of only six kilometres from the town of Pathanamthitta. The most celebrated location within this area is the sacred tomb of an illustrious Christian patriarch- Mar Ignatius 111. This tomb has preserved the mortal remains of the said Christian revered personality. Here, the month of February witnesses a grand festival.


This place is at a mere distance of eight kilometres from the town and is where the antiquated and famous Bhagavathi temple is located. The beautiful architecture of the temple along with the peaceful atmosphere is breath-taking and an ideal place for tourists to revive themselves. It not only projects the architecture’s skill and talent but is also a classic specimen of the excellent craftsmanship. The elegant painting and stone figurines in and around the temple add to its appeal.


Kadammanitta this place is also situated at a distance of eight kilometres from Pathanamthitta and is a perfect explore of an intense Kerala village. Whenever it is that you visit this area, you must make it a point to take a stroll and observe the peaceful lifestyle of the native people. It is also the home to a beautiful Devi temple. The famous dance from called Padayani is also performed during a festival in the month of April every year and it is well worth of your time.

Sabarimala Sree Dharmasastha Temple

This temple’s most lucrative feature is that it is located in the middle of the great Sahya ranges and is situated nine hundred and fourteen meters above the sea level. Here, the devotees, especially, from the southern part of the country pay visits regularly and observe various stringent rituals for a period of forty one days. As a part of this ritual, they undertake a long journey uphill, towards the temple on foot to please their God and receive his blessings. The journey above mentioned, breaks, finally at the foot of the Pamba River- that makes the environment even more serene. In addition to this river, Perumthenaruvi also adds to the charm of the place. Around the same area, Nilackal is located and is also worth a visit. This is celebrated for the famous ancient Shiva Temple and the Ecumenical Christian centre.


This is another extremely popular pilgrim centre for the Hindus. This town is located by the side of Pamba River and is tremendously well known for the annual Snake-boat race that is held here. This race is held around the months of August and September when the tourists from all over the world and media swarm this place. The temple around this time of the year is beautifully decorated with exceedingly elaborate adornments. The festivities last for over a week and are launched in the honour of the installation of the new deity at the temple. This place is also celebrated for the Aranmula kannadi- the special metal mirrors often used to make crafted handles through a secret technique, very well guarded securely within the area.

Vijnana Kalavedi

Vijnana Kalavedi: This is an institute in the area where teachers and gurus depart various kinds of skills and knowledge by teaching different art forms of the state. It enjoys a very special place in the district and is famous amongst the foreigners as they often enrol here as students.

Kozhencherry and Charalkunnu

Located at a distance of only five kilometres from Kozhenchery, it is one of the most famous destinations amongst the Christians in India. It owes its relevance to the congregation held here every year, named as the Maramon convention that is conducted in the month of February/ March on an annual basis. Various other places of interest for the tourists in and around the district are Pandalam, The Valiya Koickal temple, Parumala, Malankara Orthodox Church, Thiruvalla Srevallabha Temple, Paliakara Church, Koduman and Mannadi etc.

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