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The region lying between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea in Southern India is known as Malabar. It comprises the northern half of the state of Kerala and covers the districts of Malappuram, Kozhikode (Calicut), Wayanad, Kannur and Kasargod. Geographically the name is sometimes extended to the entire southwestern coast of the peninsula, called the Malabar Coast.

During the rule of the British, Malabar was the name of a district. It was under the presidency of Madras and stretched about 233 km along the west coast, south of Mangalore. After independence, the states were divided along linguistic lines and on November 1 1956, the Malabar district was merged with the Malayalam-speaking state of Travancore-Cochin to form the state of Kerala.

Updated on 29th July, 2005

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