Malabar is a region in South India. The name of the region is thought to be derived from the Malayalam words mala (hill) and vaaram (range, region), westernized into -bar. The region is a part of The Malabar Coast, which in historical contexts, refers to India’s southwest coast, lying on the narrow coastal plain of Karnataka and Kerala states between the Western Ghats range and the Arabian Sea. The coast runs from south of Goa to Cape Comorin on India’s southern tip. The area is famous for its history as a major spice trade center. This region was the port of first call for Vasco da Gamma on his maiden voyage.
Administratively, the area is divided into the following districts:
- Wayanad District
- Kasaragod District
- Kannur District
- Kozhikode District
- Malappuram District
- Palakkad District
Here are nine of the most notable cities.
- 1 Kozhikode or Calicut. for museums and parks
- 1 Kannur or Cannanore. for Theyyam temple dance.
- 1 Thalassery or Tellicherry. for beautiful beaches
- 1 Kalpetta , for beautiful tea estates at Meppadi
- 1 Mahe Beach, old French enclave.
- 1 Parassinikkadavu , for the cute riverside temple.
- 1 Kottakkal , for Herbal medicines and massages
- 1 Beypore , for the walk into the sea, 1 km long Pulimoottu.
- 1 Malampuzha Gardens, Palakkad. for a family picnic.