The northern region of Kerala popularly called Malabar includes the places of Malappuram, Kozhikode, Waynad, Kannur and Kasargod the fiver districts. This was the favourite haunt of sea farers who did trade and commerce with Indian centuries ago. Malabar is a tourist attraction place today. It is blessed with dense and pristine forests of Waynad, which houses some of the oldest tribes. Most areas of malabar comprise of undefiled forests having rare flora and fauna. There are the beautiful and serene beaches of Kappad and Pallikere. Mist clad hills offer beautiful waterfalls and spice plantations in this region.
Malabar also has a historical tradition. The Bekal fort at Kasargod stands as a testimony of the glorious past. Kannur has a historic importance of its own. It is a melange of varied cultures and traditional atrts and crafts. Way back in 1492 Vasco Da Gama the Dutch trader had landed on the Kappad Beach in Kozhikode. The arrival of the Dutch added a totally new facet to Kerala's history.
One of the oldest art form of Kerala is Theyyam - has its origin in Malabar. It is still performed in the temples of North Kerala. Malabar is rich with tradition and the folklore centres have revived a number of exotic art forms that were lying dormant for a long time. Traditional handicrafts and handlooms also are a major attraction of Malabar.
The dense forests of Malabar abound in myriad plants and shrubs of medicinal value. To add to that a favourable climate sets the best ambience for rejuvenative therapies. Ayurveda was revived in India by the Kottackal Ayurvaiday Sala which is situated in Malappuram.
Winters in December to March and monsoons in May are the best time to go to Kerala. The day time temperature is about 32 degrees and night temperature drops to the lowest of 20 degrees. The hottest months are April, May and June, where the temperature soars above 36 degrees with high humidity.