Kottakkal is a world-renounced center of Ayurveda. The Arya Vaidya Sala, established by P.S. Warrier, the well-known physician and social reformer, has completed its hundred years of glorious existence. People from different parts of the world come for treatment, art and culture also flourish in Kottakkal at the patronage of Arya Vaidya Sala. P.S.V. Natyasanghom has a unique place in Kathakali. A Kathakali school is run by the Sanghom. Venkata theva temple near the Arya Vaidya Sala, is noted for mural paintings. Kottakkal Pooram festival attracts thousands. Connoisseurs of music, art, culture and literature of the country, participate in the cultural mela organized in connection with the pooram.
Annual seminar on Ayurveda and other branches of medicine, conducted as a pert of founderís day of Arya Vaidya Sala, are attended by experts from abroad also. A medicinal herbal garden, maintained by the Vaidya sala is a rare treasure.
There is an Ayurveda College at Kottakkal. The Govt. of Kerala runs the only Ayurveda Mental hosptal of the state, here. Kottakkal is 12 km west of Malappuram. National Highway-17 passes through Kottakkal. The distance from there to Kozhikode Airport is 13 km, and to Tirur Railway station is 16 km. The famous Kadampuzha Devi temple is not far from Kottakkal, where devotees in and out of Kerala, come and pray to remove obstruction in life. Dry coconut is the main offering.