Mallur Shiva Parvathy temple, Tavanur

Mallur Shiva Parvathy temple is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Parvathy as its name indicates. This temple is situated in Thrikkanapuram of Tavanur grama panchayath, Malappuram district. Kuttippuram town serves as a point of transportation. Kuttippuram town have come up around railway station and a 500 metre walk above Kuttippuram Bridge will reach temple. Mallur temple lies on the southern bank of Bharathappuzha (Nila river) overlooking the river. Kuttipuram town is located on opposite side of the temple in northern bank of Bharathappuzha.

Mallur temple is well connected by roads and railway network. NH 66 is passing through Mallur temple and NH 66 explansion provided transportation more convenient. Second bridge was constructed above Bharatapuzha parallely to the old bridge as part of NH 66 expansion.State highway 69 which connects Thrissur and Thrikkanapuram starts from here.

Mallur temple is known as “Mini Pampa” and it is the only one “idathavalam” or halting station for Sabarimala pilgrims in Malappuram district. Wide roads, parking facilities, restaurants, river side resting centres make this area a perfect location for Idathavalam. Usually pilgrims take a bath in Nila river and pray in temple then proceed to Sabarimala. Temple authorities has arranged all necessary infrastructure in the temple and twenty four hours life guards services are provided for pilgrims due to strong undercurrents in the river.

There is a Shiva statue overlooking to the river Bharathappuzha attracts pilgrims here. It is believed that the Mallur Shiva Parvathy temple has a history of 2000 years.

Kuttippuram Bridge

Kuttippuram Bridge is a distinctive and magnificient bridge which connects south and north shores of Bharatapuzha (also known as Nila). Nila is the second longest river in Kerala after river Periyar. It is a landmark symbol of not only Kuttippuram but also Malappuram district. The bridge which connects Tirur taluk and Ponnani taluk, Kuttippuram and Tavanur panchayaths, Kottakkal and Tavanur legislative assembly constituencies.

Madras Government chose location of this important bridge due to its less distance from Malabar to Thiru-Kochi or Travancore-Cochin state via road. Malabar was part of Madras state while Thiru-Kochi was a separate state before formation of Kerala soon after independence. Eventhough railway line existed in Kuttippuram, major road transport from Kozhikode to Kochi was via Perinthalmanna- Cherpulassery-Ottappalam-Shornur. The bridge is part of NH 66 which connects Mumbai and Kanyakumari. Currently it is in the confluence of three districts, Palakkad, Malappuram and Thrissur. Kuttippuram Bridge provides easy transportation among three districts.

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