Ponnani,Thirur,Nilambur,Perinthalmanna,Thirurngadi and Eranad are the Thaluks here.
Bharathapuzha,Chaliyar,Kadalundipuzha, Thirur puzha and Thoothapuzha drains this district.
The district is beautiful with hills and valleys, rivers and streams with greenish vegetation, forests and also blessed with scenic coastal line.The meaning of Malappuram is 'Place atop Hills'. In the past these area was known as 'Valluvanadu' and or 'Eranadu'.
This place was historically important.The 'Mamankam' festival which was celebrated in a very grand manner every twelve years was held at 'Thirunavaya'.The last Mamankam was celebrated in the year 1755.
Thirunavaya was an education center of Vedas and Hindu Culture.'Nava Mukunda Temple' is existing here which is one among the 108 abodes of Lord Vishnu in India.
The Kings of Valluvanadu,Kings of Vettathunadu, Zamorins,The Kings of Perumbadappu swaroopams were the early rulers.The Portuguese,HyderAli, Tipu Sultan,and the British ruled later on.
This district was the stage for 'Malabar Rebellion'.'Thirurangadi earned much fame because of the 1921 rebellion.
Thanur is a place 8 km from Thirur.This was a colony of the Portuguese.
Nilambur is famous for Teak Plantation,The oldest teak trees in the world can be spotted here.The place
where the teak plantation exists is very beautiful.There is a hanging bridge here and the scenery from that bridge is breathtaking.There is a teak museum also here.All information about teak is available to the visitors from the museum.
At 'Kottakunnu' which is 12km from Manjeri there exists a fort built by the Zamorins.The sun set can be seen very nicely from this high altitude place.There is a water theme park and amusement park here with so many interesting rides.
18km from Nilambur there is 'Nedumkayam' where there exists greenish rain forests ..Elephants and deers can be viewed here.
17kms from Nilambur there is Adyan Para water fall.
Ponnani is an Important place in this district.Malappuram is the mostly populated district of Muslims in South India.Ponnani is a sacred place for the Muslims.There are more than fifty Mosques there.There is a fishing harbour at Ponnani.
Kottakkal is important for Ayurvedic treatment.The headquarters of 'Kottakkal Arya Vaidya sala' is here.Many people visit their hospital for 'Pancha Karma Treatment' and other Ayurvedic treatments.There is Ayurvedic mental hospital and Ayurvedic Medical College here.
Thirur is an important place and famous because it is the birthplace of 'Ezhuthachan'.
Ezhuthachan created Hindu religious books 'Ramayana,Mahabharatha,and Maha Bhagavatham' in Malayalam.These books in poetry form are actually independent translation from Sanskrit.Till his time the poets of Kerala wrote either in Sanskrit or in 'Manipravalam' which was a mixture of Malayalam and Sanskrit.
Ezhuthachan who lived the life like a Saint had many disciples.They traveled many places for the revival of Hindu culture.
Manuscripts of his books was spread widely and people loved to study and recite his books daily at home.
His works written in pure Malayalam contains classic Malayalam words.If all the meaning of words used by Ezhuthachan in his books can be studied, one can become an expert of Malayalam language and literature.. Even today he is revered by
all sectors of the society.His books are considered sacred and copy of those books are kept in all Hindu families of Kerala.In fond remembrance people visit his birth place.During 'Navarathri festival' on Vijaya Dasami day hundreds of small children are brought here for "Vidyarambham'(Initiation of study)
Another Poet 'Poonthanam Nampoothiri' who wrote the famous book 'Gnana Pana' belong to this district.He lived at 'Keezhattur' near Perinthalmanna.
His house(Illam) is still preserved and visited by tourists.He was a firm believer of Lord Krishna and visited Guruvayoor temple usually.Those days the poor Nampoothiri had to walk to and fro and once robbers attacked him during night on his way to Guruvayoor temple.They captured his money and a gold ring.At that moment a man on a horse appeared there.The robbers ran away but the knight chased them.Poonthanam Nampoothiri when reached the temple in the morning the temple priest gave him his gold ring.The Priest said he had a dream the previous night. Lord Krishna told him in the dream that there would be a gold ring in front of the idol next day morning and it belonged to Poonthanam.As in the dream the gold ring was found in front of the idol by the Priest in the morning and gave back to Poonthanam Then Poonthanam understood that the rider on the horse who saved him and chased the robbers the previous night was none other than Guruvayoorappan.
In his old days one day he said to to the family members that Lord Krishna would come next day to take him to heaven and so a feast must be arranged for Lord Krishna.Family members did not believe but the feast was arranged.The next day Nampoothiri was acting as if receiving a guest and he served the meals to the guest..He was happily talking to some body but family members witnessed none..Later he announced that it was time for his departure to heaven and anybody else willing to go heaven could accompany him.His wife also did not believe his words but thought he was mad. A maid servant who believed his words accompanied him.Both of them walked up to the gate and disappeared..People still believe that both of them were taken to heaven by Lord Krishna.
Pazhayangadi Mosque of Kondotti which was constructed in the 18th century attracts tourists.This is made in Mughal style.There is Nercha festival in March every year when thousands of people gather there.
Puthen Pally nercha at Perumpadappu and Omanur Nercha are famous Mosque festivals in Malappuram district.
Kadalundi Bird sanctuary is visited by tourists.Vallikkunnu beach and padinjarekara beach are marvelous.
'Thrippangottu Temple' is an important Siva temple of Kerala.Thirumandhamkunnu Devi temple is also very ancient and sacred temple.Kunnathambalam which is at Mancheri and 'Thanur Temple are famous Shrines.