Kottakkal, literally Land of the Fort is a municipal town in Malappuram district in Kerala, southern India having 32 wards. It is located 12 km southwest of Malappuram, the district headquarters, and 12 km from Tirur Railway Station. The National Highway 17 separates the municipality from Edarikkodu grama panchayat on some elements within the west. However, the fast growing Kottakkal urban region is now spread up to unique components of neighboring panchayats consisting of Edarikkodu. Kottakkal is understood for its ayurvedic institute, Arya Vaidya Sala, Kottakkal, as well as its temple competition, Kottakkal Puram, celebrated over seven days all through March–April months.
Kottakkal, formerly called "Sweta Durgam" the White Fort in Sanskrit, "Venkalikotta" and "Venkitta Kotta" in Malayalam, was a army base of the Kingdom of Valluvanadu within the medieval duration. It turned into under the manipulate of the Karuvayoor Moosad, the leader marshal and preacher of the Moopil Nairs. It may be the forts and castles constructed by way of the Karuvayoor Moosad that had been the origin of the call "Kottakkal". The suburbs of Kottakkal were known as Changuvettikkadu and Eyyakkadu now Changuvetti is developing as a twin city to Kottakkal.