The Malabar Botanical Garden is a centre for research on the aquatic plant diversity of the country and for conservation of the endangered plants of the erstwhile Malabar Region maintained by Malabar Botanical Garden Society (MBGS), an autonomous organization under the administrative control of Science and Technology Department of Govt. of Kerala.
The Malabar Botanical Garden is situated adjacent to Pokkunnu at Olavanna village in Kozhikode District and lies within 11º 30’ latitude and 75º 50’ longitude. The Garden is about 10 km away from Calicut city by road leading to Pantheerankavu via Mankavu. The Garden is spread to an area of about 40 acres of which about 15 acres is marshy land and the remaining part is a hilly terrain providing diverse habitat for varieties of plants. By virtue of possessing a vast morass land, the Malabar Botanical Garden becomes unique in the nation for ex situ conservation of aquatic/wetland plants and for undertaking research on them.
The Garden is opened to students for eco education and to general public as part of promoting scientific tourism in the region. The educational value of the Garden lies with the descriptive labels displayed for the different sections and plants.