Malappuram is a city of Kerala. It is also the administrative district and headquarters of Malappuram district. It is located 50 km away from Kozhikode, 90 km away from Palakkad and 140 km away from Coimbatore. The meaning of the name "Malappuram" is "terraced place atop the hills" or "hilltop". Malayalam, Hindi and English are some of the major languages spoken in the city, and minority of natives also speak Tamil and Arabic. The population of the city is dominated by Muslims and Hindus, and Christians make the minority group in the city. Malappuram city also houses significant number of Tamils who have migrated to the city from other regions of the country to work as labourers or construction workers.
Malappuram is famous for being the only and first municipal body of the country that has won ISO 9001-2008 certification for quality management. The city also has many hospitals like District Homeopathic hospital, Government Medical College, Orchid Institute of Health Care & Research, Govt. Taluk Hospital, MB Hospital, Christian Mission Hospital etc.