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Malappuram district, with its rich natural beauty and historic past, has its own tourist attractions.Kottakkal, 13kms from Malappuram, is the premier centre for the traditional classical Indian medical system of Ayurveda with a renowned private institution set up in 1900. It possesses a large private hospital, drug producing centre, herbarium and an Ayurvedic Medical College. Patients even from several foreign countries come to this world renowned centre of excellence in ayurveda for treatment.
Nilambur is famous for its teak plantations. The oldest teak plantation of the world, the Conolly’s Plot is just 2 Kms. from Nilambur town. The oldest Teak Kannimari in the plot is a rare attraction. This plot of 2.31 Hectares, is beside the Chaliyar river at Aruvakode, where a country boat ferry is ready for visitors.
Four Kms. away from Nilambur on the side of Nilambur-Gudallur road, is the world’s first Teak Museum and sub centre of Kerala Forest Research Institute. Eighteen Kms. away from Nilambur is Nedumkayam where the rain forests flourish. From the wooden rest house built by the Britishers, elephants and deer can be viewed.Beyond Chaliyar river, 27 Km from Nilambur, is Valamthode, a hill top place where a perennial waterfall attracts people.
Twelve Kms. north east of Malappuram town, Manjeri is the head quarters of Ernad Taluk. It was a live centre of the National Movement. Manjeri Kovilakam was the seat of the ruling families under the Zamorins. Pookottur near Malappuram, has a place in history, where the Mopla warriors fought the British with their traditional weapons and were killed in cold blood, during the Malabar Rebellion.
The land of ancient Mamankom, Thirunavaya is at a distance of 7 kms south of Tirur. Situated on the banks of Bharathapuzha, it is a place of historical importance. A deep well called Manikkinar,is believed to be dumped with the dead bodies of the legendary Chaver pada. The place has three temples, dedicated to the Trimurtis, the gods of creation, sustenance and annihilation of life, according to the Hindu belief, strewn on the banks of the Bharathapuzha.
The Palace (Mana) of Azhvanchery Thamprakkal of Puranic fame is located 2 kms north of Thirunavaya. A martial art festival of Kalaripayattu, is conducted during summer on the sands of dry Bharathapuzha.Tirur is one of the important business centres of Malappuram district. It is 41 Kms south of Kozhikode, on the Mangalore-Madras railway line. Thunjan Paramba in Trikkandiyur, the birth place of Thunchath Ezhuthachan, Father of Malayalam Literature, located 3 km away from Tirur railway station, is sacred for all who speak Malayalam.
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