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Twenty kms, south east of Malappuram, this town is the head quarters of Perinthalmanna Taluk. Thirumandhamkunnu temple and Tali temple in Angadipuram, 2 kms. from Perinthalmanna, Kozhikode road, is famous for its Muslim educational complex and Yathimkhana. The Mankada kovilakam, 8 km away in Manjeri Road, was the seat of the ruling family, under old Valluvanad Kingdom.

A Chaverthara, preserved near the Thirumandhamkunnu temple, is a memorial for the martyrs of Mamankam. The Chaver warriors used to cover this place before moving to Thirunnavaya. Eight kms, from Perenthalmanna is Keezhattur, the birth place of great poet of Malayalam, Poothananam Namboodiri of 16th century A.D.

The house of the poet is preserved as a monument by the Guruvayur Devaswom. Pariyapuram church and Malaparamba church are important Christian Centres. A fort of Tippu sultan, is at Paloor near Angadipuram. In the Angadipuram Rest house premises, a monument of Francis Hamilton Bunhnan's finding of later of laterite stone is built by the Geological survey of India.


The growing town of Kondotty near the Calicut airport, is famous for the Nercha in the Pazhayangadi Mosque. It is the birth place of the great Mappila Poet, Moyiain kutty Vaidyar. he popularised Mappilapatt by his poems on non religious and romantic themes. A memorial for the poet is proposed to be built in Kondotty.

The history of Kondotty is connected with that of Kondotty Thangals, the Sufi exponents. The first Thangal Mohammed Shah was brought by Tippu of Mysore, to bring the mappilas to the side of his rule. The Thangal first resided at Areekode and later settled in Kondotty.

When the British emerged on the scene putting an end to reign of Tippu sultan, the Thangal switched sides with them. Hence, during the 1921 upsurge, the mappila mob attacked the house of the Seventh Thangal, Naziruddin Shah. Kondotty Nercha is held at the tomb of the first Thangal. Two Kms. from Kondotty, is Nediyiruppu from where the Zamorin Kingdom was expanded. In ancient times, Zamorins were known as Nediyiruppu swaroopams.


Tirurangadi was an important centre of the Khilaphat movement, the National movement and the Malabar Rebellion. It was the Tirurangadi incident on 20th August 1921, that ignited the outbreak of Mappila Rebellion. Mampuram Kizhakkepalli was the seat of Khilaphet leader, Ali Musliar and a centre of religious education.

The Mampuram mosque on the other side of the Kadalundi is a pilgrim centre. At Mampuram Nercha, People from all religions come and offer agarbathi (incence sticks) for the fulfilment of their aspirations. Tirurangadi, 24 Kms. west of Malappuram, is now the Block headquarters. A new Taluk is proposed to be formed with its head quarters at Tirurangadi.

There is the P.S.M.O. College and a big Yatimkhana (Muslim Orphanage) here. Eight Kms. west of Tirurangadi, is Parappanagadi, which is an important fishing centre. A fisheries Development Project is functioning here. A fish farm also functions at Ullanam, near Parappangagadi.

Kadalundi Nagaram

Kadalundi Nagaram is situated in the north western border of Malappuram district, where the Kadalundi river flows into the Arabian sea. It is 10 km north of Parappanangadi. The nearest railway station is at Vallikkunnu. Kadalundi Nagaram is seasonal abode of migratory birds, which flock in on the vast stretch of water during February - April Pooram festival in the Niramkitha Kotta Bhagavati temple near Vallikunnu, lasts for a week, attracting thousands.


The coastal town Tanur, was one of the earliest Portuguese settlements. It is believed that St. Francis Xavier visited this place is 1546. situated 8 km from Tirur, it is an important fishing centre. Mangalore-Madras railway line passes through this town. The Keraladheeswarapuram temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, which is one among the oldest temples of Kerala, is 3 Km south of Tanur town. Keraladheeswarapuram is also a weavers settlement.


Ponnani is the only port in Malappuram district and one of the oldest ones in Kerala. A tidal port at the mouth of Bharathapuzha, Ponnani is an important fishing centre. Ponnani is connected by road from Kuttipuram railway station. National Highway 17 passes through this town, which is divided by the Canolly Canal, adding to its beauty. Ponnani is a town of mosques and Khabaristans. Though described as a place 231/2 mosques, there are nearly 50 mosques.

Malik Ibnu dinar, the first Islamic missionary who came to Kerala, was believed to have visited Ponnani. The Human Ath mosque, the biggest mosque in the town, was built by Sheikh Zainuddin Makhdoom in the 16th century. Zainuddin was the one who wrote the early history of Kerala Muslims. The religions established Makhdom is renowned all over the country. Trikavu in Ponnani was one among the seats of the Zamorin, from where he controlled the trade and commerce. The famous Trikavu durga temple here, celebrates Navarathri festival.

Ten Kms. south-east of Ponnani, is the legendary Mookkuthala Bhavathi Temple, one of the ancient Durga temples of Kerala. It is believed that Sankaracharya is associated with the founding of the temple. The Karthika Mahotsav, celebrated in Varischikam (November-December) attract thousands of devotees. The Mookuthala stone, believed to be growing from below the idol every day, is considered sacred.

Sukapuram temple near Edappal is another important Hindu temple. Biyyam Kayal is a spread of backwaters near Ponnani town, where a boat race is conducted annually, during Onam celebrations. A permanent pavilion is built for the spectators and nearly a dozen country boats, including some rowed by women, participate. A big scheme is underway to develop a tourist complex here, with hotel, park and pedal boats.


Boarding Thrissur district, Perumpadappu was the seat of Cochin princes known as Perumpadappu Swarupam. It is now the headquarters of Prumpadappu Block. Puthenpalli mosque and jaram attract devotees, Perumpadappu is about 15 kms. form Ponnani. Veliyancode near Perumpadappu in the coastal line, is an important Islamic centre from ancient times, The religious leader Umar Quasi (1757-1852) was also a social reformer.

He instigated tax denial, a movement against the land tax that was extraordinary increased by the land lords with government backing. He was arrested by the Kozhikode Collector and imprisoned. Another social reformer was the successor of the Quasi, Sayed Makti and imprisoned. Another social reformer was the successor of the Qusi, Sayed Makti Thangal, who preached for secular education of Muslims, for progress in life.


At the floor of the Cantonment Hill is the maiden called Kottappadi ("fort gate"), though today there are only traces of the old fort built by the British to protect Malappuram from the accession of Malabar by Mysore.



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