Lying between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea, on the northern part of Kerala, modern day Malabar covers the geographical area north of River Bharathapuzha. It includes parts of Thrissur district, the districts of Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur, and Kasaragod. Legendary for its spices, coir and coconuts, it has attracted traders from across the world for centuries.

Its history can be traced to the rule of the Cheras until their fall in the 12th century. It would then be divided in three parts: Kolathiris of North Malabar, the Zamorins of Calicut and the Valluvakonathiris of Valluvanad. Trade relations with the world would flourish in these times along with cultural innovations that are visible to this day. From cuisine to clothing, Malabar has played an integral role in shaping Kerala into what it is today.



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