Areekode is a small village in the Malappuram district of Kerala. The village is known as the ‘Mecca of Football’ for the area’s craze for football. It is believed that the name Areekode is derived from the Malayalam word Aruvikkode, which means the side of a river. The Chaliyar river is believed to have given rise to the settlement in the village. Located in the heart of the Malabar coast, the place has its own unique Muslim culture which is different from much of North India. The Malabar Biryani is a must-try dish of the area.
Places to Stay
Since, Areekode is a village, one will have to weigh in the options of other towns and cities when it comes to the issue of staying. Good budget hotels are available in plenty in Malappuram, the district headquarters located at a distance of 37 km. Some of the lodges which are worth considering are Motel Araam - Kuttipuram (Tariff – Rs. 500), Swagath Inn (Tariff – Rs. 900), Ruby Residency (Tariff- Rs. 600) and Tamarind KTDC Easy Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000).
The official language of the area is Malayalam. English is also widely understood.
The important festivals celebrated are the fasting month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), Vishu in April, Onam in August-September and Christmas.
Places of Interest
Some of the places which are worth visiting in Malappuram are the Malappuram Juma Masjid, a very old mosque of its kind in the state, the Thiruppuranthaka Temple, Mannoor Shiva Temple, Kothakkunnu (known as the Marine Drive of Malappuram) and others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Kozhikode International Airport at a distance of 20 km.
Kozhikode Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 36 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses connect Areekode to different cities in the region. Kallada Travels is a popular bus operator in the region. However, the village is mostly catered to by state-run buses. Utilising a bus ticket booking coupon can save your money when you buy your tickets.