Mamankam was an age old festival of Kerala, held every 12 years on the banks of Bharathapuzha in at Thirnavaya in Malappuram. Lasted for 28 days, this glorious magnum event was noted for the festivals and trade fair of Kerala from middle age. A huge number of traders from different parts of current Kerala and Tamil Nadu came here to trade here. Celebrated during the time of Kulasekharas (Chera dynasty) from the 14th century till 18th century, the Mamankam festival came to an end with the conquest of Kozhikode by Hyder Ali in 1776.
Here are some Mamankam Monuments protected by DTPC Malappuram:
Manikkinar: Located on Kodakkal- Alathiyur Road, it was the place where the captured elephants of the enemies were buried.
Nilapadu thara: Located on Kodakkal - Tirur Road, it was the venue of Mamankam.
Marunnara: Located on Kodakkal - Banthar Road, it was the place where the rulers used to keep the explosive for the wars.
Changampalli Kalari: Located on Thazhathara - Kuttippuram Road, it was the place where soldiers were trained for wars.
Pazhukkamandapam: Located near famous Thirunavaya temple, this mandapam is the place where the kings and queen of were seated to view the Mamankam festival.
Nearest railway station: Thirunavaya, about 2 km away
Nearest airport: Karipur International Airport, about 32 km away