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The area demarcated as Malappuram district in Kerala, lying between Arabian sea and Nilgiri hills, and consisting of high range forests, agricultural midland and coconut plantations in low land, was formed in June 16,1969. With the rain forests of Nedumkayam, migrating birds in Purathur, the vast belt of Bharathapuzha, and perennial rivers Challiyar, and Kadalundy, the festive mood emerging out of the cultural and religious occasions, the haunting memory of great poets and major historical episodes, Malappuram district offers a wide range of attractions to make it one of the focal points of tourism. The rustic and rugged beauty with hills, valleys, ravines and thick green vegetation, Malappuram provides a sumptuous treat to the eyes of the tourist.

The peace loving people of this area, who adopt the traditional life style of Kerala, with their warm hospitality,make the tourists feel at home.Besides, there are plenty of attractive places around.Nedumkayam, 20 k.m away from conolleys plot, is famous for thick forest. the settlement of primitive tribes.Valamthode is a beautiful place with a natural waterfall and a view of the blue mountain top.Kottakkal is a renowned centre for Ayurvedic treatment, attracting even foreigners with the style of treatment they follow. Ponnani, the coastal town is famous for trade from ancient times.Thirunnavaya is the land of ancient Mamankam on the banks of Bharathapuzha in Trirur.

Pilgrimage Tourism

Pilgrimage Tourism has great scope in Malappuram district. Kondotty Nercha is a seven days festival during March. Nercha is conducted in Pazhayangadi Mosque of Kondotty constructed in 16th century AD. The tomb of Mohamed Shah the Sufi exponent is close to the mosque. It was constructed in Mughal style. Thousands gather in a secular way to participate in the festival which assumes the form of a carnival.

There is Perumpadappu Puthan Palli near Ponnani where the annual Nercha attracts thousands. The Nercha culminates in food distribution to the poor.Malappuram mosque near Thirurangadi attracts thousands of devotees irrespective of religion for offerings at the "Jaram" there. The mosque is 7 Km away from Parappanangadi railway station. This mosque played an important role in the peasant outrage of 1921 and the National Movement.

Kadampuzha Bhagavathy temple 2 KM from Vettichira in Kozhikode-Thrissur highway attracts hundreds of devotees far and near. Dry coconut is the main offering before the deity.Malaparamba Palli Perunnal in the church near Angadipuram is also an important festival. Numerous big and small Mosque-Temple-Church festivals are celebrated in the district in summer.

The atmosphere of the entire Malappuram district has the fragrance of Oppanappattu, the art form of Muslim ladies. Mappila arts like Kolkali, Duff Muttu, Aravana Muttu are also popular. The other religious arts like Thira, Bhoothamkettu, Thiruvathirakali, Margom Kali are also performed during festive public gatherings, Kalarippayattu has got deep roots in the district. Changampully is a famous Kalari.Kalaripayattu competitions are organized on a state level during the summer season.

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