The world renowned centre for Ayurveda, Kottakal is situated in Malapuram. The Arya Vaidya Sala, was established by P.S. Warrier the well known physician and social reformer. People from different parts of the world come for treatment in ayurveda to Kottakal. There is an Ayurveda college which comes under the Arya Vaidya Sala. Art and culture also flourished in Kottakkal with the sponsorship of Arya Vaidya Sala.
Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala (AVS) is a century old Charitable Institution engaged in the practice and propagation of Ayurveda, the ancient health care system of India. Arya Vaidya Sala offers classical Ayurvedic medicines and authentic Ayurvedic treatments and therapies to patients from all over India and abroad. The famous P.S.V. Natyasanghom which has a unique place in promoting Kathakali is situated in Kottakal. Venkata Theva temple near the Arya Vaidya sala, is noted for its renowned mural paintings. Kottakkal Pooram festival attracts thousands of people from different places.