Malabar

Malabar is a region in Kerala in India. It is divided into six districts.

Regions

Cities

Here are nine of the most notable cities.

Other destinations

Understand

Malabar was a district of British India until 1947. After Indian independence, Malabar became part of the state of Kerala and was divided into six new districts. The people of Malabar are very friendly and respond reasonably well when you speak to them in English or Hindi.

Talk

Malayalam is the local language but English is generally understood.

Get in

There are airports at Kozhikode and Mangalore.

Get around

Malabar has excellent bus services charging only ₹7 for three km. The crew might seem a little rude for no apparent reason. The drivers, being unable to show their rudeness to the passengers, show it in their driving style.

The recently introduced mini buses are a better option: they stop everywhere and the conductors are pleasant to passengers. They charge ₹7 for every three km.

Government buses are called KSRTC. Travelling in one is considered a luxury by local standards. KSRTC has marginally higher charges for Fast Passenger and Super-fast services. Air-conditioned Volvo buses are also operated by KSRTC charging three times the ordinary fare.

Autorikshaws are cheaper than other parts of the country and usually only charge ₹15 per km. Malabar auto drivers have a reputation for not being greedy and for their courteous behavior to the customers. South Kerala autorikshaws have a habit of charging higher if the passenger is well dressed.

Taxis charge ₹1,000 for a day's contract. They can also be hired for shorter distances after negotiating the fare in advance. Air conditoned jeeps are available for hill side travel.

Do

Eat

Malabar style fish curry made in a pot of clay.

Malabar cuisine, which its residents consider to be the tastiest varieties of Kerala cuisine, is distinguished by the preparation style and unique recipes. It is a style that arose from the blending of Arab, Brahmin, Zamorin, and Chirakkal cultural influences. You will find that Malabar offers a full range of vegetarian options. There are plenty of non-vegetarian dish varieties for omnivores, too. Dishes are accompanied by a plethora of distinctive rice preparations, rice breads, and flatbreads. Malabar also has an unusually bountiful selection of traditional Indian snacks. The extreme north of Malabar has a large presence of Konkani influence, with distinctive recipes focusing more on seafood.

However today most of the style varieties are available through out Kerala and though unique food specialties needed to be tasted at its own place.

Drink

Beer and wine are easily available. Stronger drinks are available only in five-star hotels.

Stay safe

Malabar is free from violent crime but not free from petty thieves. Cities are deserted after 8 p.m. for unknown reasons. Perhaps the political violence or the total lack of nightlife might be the reasons for this early closing habit. Frequent general strikes can paralyze public life when restaurants and transport facilities remain closed. Police usually rescues tourists trapped in bus stations. Unmarried couple shouldn't show any affection in public as vigilante groups and moral policing are very dangerously active in Vatakara and Kasaragod cities. Wayanad district is vulnerable to Maoist attacks and so a large number of special police is camping there. Recently they attacked a national park. Tourists are not targeted, but be careful in lonely treks.

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