It is relevant to explore the prominent personalities of Mala who were involved in social and political work. The history of modern Mala started counting from around 1850. It was Chakkalmattath Kanichai Thomman Ittoop who gave the huge plot known "Padanayar Kottaparampu" and paddy field to the amount of 300 measures to the Carmelite Congregation to start their Monastery.
It was blessed Mariam Thresia's vision and her sincere mission with spirit of God was the only force behind this humble project of Maria Theresa Hospital. By the grace of god and kind co-operation and help many positive motivated people, the dream to have a hospital in a remote village like Kuzhikkattussery met its reality. This hospital stands up as a movement of our beloved founder. Blessed Mariam Thresia to perpetuate her healing mission with love and care.
Mala's historical prominence is interwoven with the culture of Gowdasaraswatha (Konkani) community, who immigrated from Goa in 1560. Sree Mukunda Krishnaswamy Temple, Mala whose prime idol was installed in 1085 in the month of phalguna by the Konkanis, is a symbol of prosperity abundance and auspiciousness. This temple is believed to have been built to get rid of the fury of the "naga" chariots. Sree Mukunda Krishnaswamy Temple, Mala is managed by the Shree Prasadapureswara Devaswom, Mala.
Nedumkotta (means long fort in Malayalam language) - It was a militarily strategic Fort built by Thiruvithamkur Maharaja Karthika Thirunal Ramavarma to prevent the invasion of Samoodiri and Tippu Sultan. Beginning from the coastal area of Arabian Sea, to the Western Khat the fort was 56 km in length and was strong enough to protect the kingdom. Nedumkotta was a well planned fort with huge trenches measuring 8 meters depth and 6 meters width running parallel to the fort.
Holy Grace school situated outskirts of Mala town, in Thrissur district, Kerala. The Management of Holy Grace Academy Kuruvilassery, Valiyaparmbu Mala claims it is "the School with a difference". In-fact one who realize the differences shown in the past we admire and appreciate them because of their performances. When they started Holy Grace Academy, their philosophy was new to the village people, now follows many.
Govt. ITI Mala Thrissur was established in 1983 aiming to impart skilled personnel in the various industrial trades. Mala ITI is situated at Kuruvilassery, a nearby village of Mala Thrissur. ITI Mala is one of the leading ITIs in Kerala and now it has been recognized as centre of excellence.
Mala was the pet constituency of the former Chief Minister of Kerala, Sri.K.Karunakaran and he made it his way to the State Assembly, a number of times. The famous comedian of the Malayalam film industry Sri.Mala Aravindan is from Ambazhakadu, Mala.
Al Azhar Central School, Mala, Thrissur is a popular CBSE Senior Secondary School started in June 2003 and located at Paranattukunnu, Mala - Puthenchira Road hardly 1.5 km away from Mala town. Al Azhar Central School, Mala a co-curriculum school caters CBSE syllabus from KG-I to Plus Two.
Kottakkal Soccorso Convent School was founded in 1949, as a fulfilment of long wish of the people who resided nearby locations of Mala. It was under the supervision of Sr. Fabiola who become the first headmistress of the Soccorso School Mala. Soccorso school is under the management of Udaya Provincial, Irinjalakuda, Kerala a unit of CMC (Congregation of Mother of Carmel). Soccorso Convent High School is a well-respected and successful school with a proven record of high academic standards.
Mala Government Hospital is presently one of the essential medical treatment center for the majority of ordinary people living Mala and neighboring places. It had a Gigantic figure in caring the health of the people is nearing to it's centenary celebrations. In the past there were no hospitals in the surroundings of Mala. There were only local Ayurvedic "Vaidyans" and they treated the patients with Ayurvedic medicines. Kodassery was such a famous place where a famous "Vaidyan" was practicing.