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Coastal Life

Ponnani Ponnani is a coastal municipality and a major fishing center in Malappuram district, which is bordered by an estuary on the northern side, backwaters in the south and the Arabian Sea to its west. It is where Kerala's second longest river, the Bharatapuzha, finally comes to the end of its long, winding journey through Malabar to join the Arabian Sea. Ponnani was once a famous sea port under the control of the Namboothiri feudal lords with power later shifted to the hands of the Zamorins of Kozhikode.

Being a major coastal town, the place has much historical significance too. Apart from being a favourite destination of the Arab traders 2000 years ago, the place was also a captivating destination for many Muslim spiritual leaders, who were instrumental in introducing Islam here. During the months of February/April, thousands of migratory birds arrive here. Located close to Ponnani is Biyyam Kayal, a placid, green-fringed waterway with water sports facility.

Getting there:
Nearest railway station: Kuttippuram Railway station, 21 km
Nearest airport: Karipur International Airport, about 61 km

Tanur The small coastal fishing town of Tanur in Malappuram district was one of the earliest settlements of the Portuguese. It is believed that St. Francis Xavier visited the place in 1546. About 3 km south of Tanur town is Keraladeshapuram temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu and believed to be one of the oldest temples in Kerala. Tanur Beach is a beautiful hangout for the travellers and is noted for its serene ambience.

Getting there:
Nearest railway station: Tirur Railway station, 2 km
Nearest airport: Karipur International Airport, about 32 km