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A municipal town, Tirur is a part of the Malappuram district of Kerala. It has an average elevation of 2 m and spans over an area of approximately 16 sq. km. Located about 26 km west of Malappuram and about 41 km south of Kozhikode, Tirur is an important business centre of the Malappuram district.

During the medieval times, Tirur was included in the Kingdom of Tanur (Vettattnad). It was a part of the first railroad started by the British Empire in Kerala. Thunchan Parambu, a place in Tirur, is highly revered and its soil is considered to be very sacred. This soil is also used in Vidyarambham, a Hindu tradition, especially during Vijayadashami.

Thunchaththu Ezhuthachan, a 16th century poet who is also considered as the father of the Malayalam language literature, lived in the town. It is a place where hundreds of children are given lessons to write in Malayalam language. The young and emerging poets of Kerala offer their first poem here.

Places to Visit

There is a beach in Tirur that is known for migratory birds who gather here in large numbers during the months of February-April. The beach located near Tirur is also known for its scenic beauty. It is a popular destination among both national and international tourists and nature lovers.

It is known for harmony among people from different religions. There are many places of worship in the town that are quite popular among tourists and local people. Some of these places are mentioned below:

Triprangode Kalasamharamurthy temple: It is a temple located near Tirur and dedicated to Lord Shiva. There is a legend associated with the temple. A young devotee of Shiva, Markandeyan was saved by Lord Shiva from Yama here. The temple has five 'Shiva Lingas' in total - the first one is where Markandeyan embraced Lord Shiva, then the three are the steps that Lord Shiva took to kill Lord Yama and the last one represents angry Lord Shiva.

Garudan Kavu: Situated at a distance of about 6 km, it is the only temple in the country dedicated to Garuda, the bird deity. It is believed that those who worship here get easy relief from diseases and snakes' poisons. Sundays are important days here especially during the time of Mandalakalam (16 November-28 December).

Chamravattom Sastha Temple: Situated on the banks of the Bharathapuzha river, this temple is located at a distance of about 15 km from Tirur. During the monsoon season, the temple gets drowned by the floods that are considered as a holy bath for the deity.

Alathiyur Hanuman Kavu: This temple, dedicated to Lord Hanuman, is situated at a distance of about 8 km from the Tirur railway station. It is said to be the place where Lord Rama told Hanuman about Sita and gave him his ring so that Sita could believe that Hanuman was his messenger.

Vyrankodu Bhagavathi Temple: This is another popular temple located near Tirur. Here, Vyrankottu Bhagavthi is worshipped as 'Desathin Devatha', which means the Goddess of the land.

Puthiyangadi Masjid: Puthiyangadi is a small town located near Tirur and is considered sacred by Muslims. The mosque here is very popular and every year during the month of January, a festival known as Puthiyangadi Nercha is celebrated in the temple with great zeal and fervour.

How to Reach?

Calicut International Airport is the nearest airport that is about 35 km away from the town. The Tirur railway station is the major railway station that connects the Malappuram district to other places in India. By road, Tirur is connected to other cities although there is no National Highway that passes through the town. Regular buses ply between Tirur and other cities like Malappuram, Guruvayur, Kozhikode and others.

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Last Updated on : May 20, 2015