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Tucked away in the small town of Methala, Kodungallur in Trissur district is a two-storied mosque with tiled sloping roofs, typical of the local architecture here. It isn't opulent but does not look very old with a fresh coat Image
of paint it sports and as the mosque has been renovated several times over the centuries. What makes this quaint little mosque so unique, is that this is the oldest mosque in India. Dating back to around 629 CE, this mosque could well have been built in the lifetime of Prophet
Mohammad himself !

Malik-Ibn-Dinar, an Arab trader who frequently visited the Kerala coast for trade, is said to have built this mosque as well as eight others on the coast. He was granted land by a local king, Cheraman Perumal after whom the mosque is today named, who .
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