Malappuram is a city in the state of Kerala. Malappuram, in Malayalam means ‘Place atop the hills.’ It is situated 50 km southeast of Kozhikode and 90 km northwest of Palakkad and was a military headquarters from ancient times. It was also a centre for Islamic and Vedic studies. Tipu Sultan had a fort at Malappuram.
As the name suggests, Malappuram is covered with beautiful mountains of lush greenery. Several fresh water streams flowing through the city bestow an ambience of natural beauty. Malappuram is one of the few municipalities in the state with a consistent track record of maintaining cleanliness in the city.
The city has a strong trading community outnumbered by hotels and bakery business, followed by textiles and medical sector. Tourism is a major crowd puller in the city, with places like Kottakunnu, Shanthitheeram etc., and attracting tourists from all over the country.
According to the 2011 census, the population of Malappuram is 101,330 and the literacy rate is 96.47 percent, higher than the national average of 59.5 percent. Male literacy rate is 97.85 percent and female literacy rate is 95.21 percent. The languages spoken are Malayalam, Hindi and English.
The city has several prominent educational institutions right from school level to higher education, such as Kendriya Vidyalaya, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Malabar Special Police HSS, Government Girls Higher Secondary school, Govt. Boys, Sree Arunodaya Vidyanikethan etc.