Malappuram (also Malapuram, മലപ്പുറം) is a city in the southern Indian state of Kerala, spread over an area of 33.61 km2 (12.98 sq mi). The name Malappuram means “terraced place atop the hills” or simply “hilltop”, derived from the general geographical characteristics of the city.
The first municipality in the district formed in 1970, Malappuram serves as the administrative headquarters of Malappuram district. Divided into 40 electoral wards, the city has a population density of 2,083 per square kilometre (5,390 per square mile). As per the 2011 census Malappuram Urban Agglomeration is the fourth largest urban agglomeration in Kerala state with a total population of 1,698,645.
Malappuram is situated 54 km southeast of Calicut, 90 km northwest of Palghat (Palakkad), and 140 km northwest of Coimbatore.
Malappuram is situated in the mid land area of the state. As the name suggests, it is covered with small beautiful mountains of lush greenery, bonded with several fresh water streams flowing through the city bestows a harmony of natural beauty. Kadalundi Puzha, a major river in Kerala is flowing around the city.
Malappuram is one of the few municipalities in the state with a track record of keeping city clean. The recognition as ‘best municipality’ in up keeping the cleanliness and health’ by state government acknowledges this sincere efforts of municipality. Malappuram is ‘centrally located in the district which makes it the biggest potential nod of the district.
Unlike other district headquarters, Malappuram holds significant position in west-east transit along with north-south. It makes the city accessible for everyone in the district through either NH or SH. The strategical location of the city is yet to be exploited in many aspects.