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Mallappuram is in Madurai district, Periaiyur Taluk, near Usilampatti to M. Kallupatti (Elumalai). It has an average elevation of 350 metres (1,150 ft). Mallappuram is on the way to Theni, but there is no public transportation available.
Educational institutions in the village include Thiruvalluvar Teacher Training Institute, B,Ed, M.Ed Colleges, Tamil Thai Teacher Training Institute, and Thiruvalluvar Polytechnic College.
As of 2001, Mallappuram had a population of 11,030. Males constituted 50% of the population and females 50%. Mallapuram had an average literacy rate of 56%, lower than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 67%, and female literacy is 45%. In Mallappuram, 10% of the population is under 6 years of age. Most of the population are business people.
- Sathuragiri Mahalingam temple is 4 km away from Mallappuram.