Malappuram is a city in the southern Indian state of Kerala, with a core urban population (in 2011) of 101,330 inhabitants spread over an area of 33.61 km2. The first municipality in the district formed in 1970, Malappuram serves as the administrative headquarters of Malappuram district. Divided into 40 electoral wards, city has a density of population of 2,083 per km2. 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, in malayalam, means 'Place atop the hills'. Malappuram is situated 50 km southeast of Kozhikode, 90 km northwest of 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 lushly 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.
A major driver of the local economy is the remittances of the migrants residing in the middle east countries,by which banking sector in Malappuram has a huge NRI Deposits. City has strong trader community in which Hotels and bakery business out numbers, followed by Textile and Medical sector. Tourism is the major crowd puller of the city. Places like Kottakkunnu, Shanthitheeram etc. attracts lakhs of people from all over the state.
Malappuram is well known for its sports enthusiasm and spirit. And it holds countless accolades from several major and minor competitions, specially in football. Football is in nerves of the public of Malappuram. Malabar Special Police HSS, which is the current champion of State Mahindra Youth Football Challenge is an all time achiever in the inter school tournaments.It is also the runner up team of 53rd Subroto Cup international football tournament held at Delhi.Hockey is another major sports in which malappuram excels with GBHSS Hockey team. Like elsewhere in Kerala, Cricket is also widely played. But lack of a cricket stadium in the city is major constraint for the cricketers and cricket lovers for practicing and conducting tournaments.