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North Kerala

Kasorgod

The northern most district of Kerala, Kasaragod is situated on the sea coast bordered by hilly Kodagu and Mangalore districts of Karnataka in the east and north. Kasaragod is known as the land of gods, forts, rivers, hills and beautiful beaches. The fort at Bekal is the largest and best preserved in the State. Kasaragod displays a variety of styles in temple architecture - the unique style of the Madhur Mahaganapathy Temple, the typical Kerala style of the historic Malik Deenar Great Juma Masjid and so on speak volumes about the rich cultural heritage of the region. Kasaragod is world renowned for its coir and handloom industries. Fishing is a prime source of livelihood.

How to reach

By Air
The nearest airport is at Mangalore, 50 km away. Cochin Airport is 420 km south.

By Train
It has a railway station linked to several important towns.

By Road
Motorable roads connect Kasargod to towns in neighbouring Karnataka and towns in Kerala.

Distances from Kasorgod to :

Distances from Kasorgod to :
Kochi 432 km
Thiruvananthapuram 654 km
Calicut 208 km
Mangalore 52 km

Kasaragod at a glance :

Kasaragod at a glance :
Place Kasaragod
Area 1961 sq. km
Population 1,070,629 (2001 census)
Altitude Sea level
Rainfall (Annual) 344 cm
Best Season August to March

Places of Interest

Beaches

Kappil Beach
Kanwatheertha Beach

Forts
Bekal Fort and Beach
Kanhangad/Hosdurg Fort
Cheruvathur

Picnic Spots
Bekal Hole Aqua Park
Possadigumpe
Kottancherry
Valiyaparamba
Ranipuram
Pandiyan Kallu

Religious Places
Edneer Mutt
Ananthapura Lake Temple
Sree Mahalingeswara Temple, Adoor
Manjeswaram
Madiyankulam Durga Temple
Madhur Temple
Tulur Vanam
Malik Deenar Mosque
Bela Church

Others
Trikkaripur
Nileswaram
Anandasrama
Chithari

Beaches

Kappil Beach

Remote and secluded this sun-drenched beach is a perfect getaway after a hectic tour of the nearby Bekal Fort, some six kms away. The Kodi cliff nearby offers a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea. This place is about 12 km from Kasorgod town and about 200 km from Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode.

Kanwatheertha Beach
A large swimming pool-like formation of the sea on the vast beach is the main attraction. It is 3 km away from Manjeswaram.

Forts

Bekal Fort and Beach

Kasaragod is a beautiful town poised at the northern extreme of Kerala State. 16 kms south of the town on the National Highway, is the largest and best preserved fort in the whole of the Kerala, surrounded by a splendid beach. Shaped like a giant keyhole, the historic Bekal fort offers a superb view of the Arabian Sea from its tall observation towers, where a few centuries ago huge cannons used to be placed. Nearby is an old mosque said to have been built by the valiant Tipu Sultan of Mysore. Built by the rulers of ancient Kadampa dynasty, the fort changed hands over the years to the Kolathiri Rajas, the Vijayanagar empire, Tipu Sultan and finally, the British East India Company. Today, the Bekal fort and its surroundings is fast becoming an international tourist destination and a favorite shooting locale for film makers. Bekal is also one among the five centres selected by the Government of India to be developed into a 'Special Tourism Area'. This place is about 16 km from Kasorgod town and about 200 km from Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode.

Kanhangad/Hosdurg Fort

This is renowned for its chain of forts built by Somashekara Nayak of Ikkeri dynasty and also for the Nithyanandashram, an internationally recognised spiritual centre.

Cheruvathur

This is the home of the illustrious poets and scholars of Kuttamath. The ruins of a Dutch fort built in the 18th century can be found in the Veeramala Hills. Cheruvathur is also a fascinating picnic spot.

Picnic Spots

Bekal Hole Aqua Park

The only one of its kind in northern Kerala, this unique Aqua Park provides water sport facilities like pedalboats and water cycles. It is one Km away from Beal Fort.

Possadigumpe

Situated 18 km east of Mangalpady in Dharmathadka, this is an ideal picnic spot, located on a hillock 1060 ft. above sea level.

Kottancherry

This place bears great resemblance to the scenic beauty of Kodaikanal. The rain forests near Konnakkad is ideal for trekking. It is situated 30 km north east of Kanhangad.

Valiyaparamba

This is perhaps the most scenic backwater stretch in Kerala. Fed by four rivers and dotted with numerous little islands, Valiyaparamba is fast turning into a much favoured backwater resort that offers enchanting boat cruises. It is situated 30 km from Bekal.

Ranipuram

Situated 750 m above sea level, Ranipuram is famous for its trekking trails and varied vegetation - evergreen shola woods, monsoon forests and grasslands. This area was formerly known as Madathumala. The extensive forests of Madathumala merge with the forests of Karnataka. Ranipuram in its natural beauty is comparable to Ooty. Wild elephants can be seen wandering on the top of the mountains. Jeep services to Ranipuram are readily available from Panathady, which is linked to Kanhangad by frequent bus services. Accommodation: DTPC cottages. It is 85 Km away from Kasorgod Town.

Pandiyan Kallu

A rock rising in the sea about 2 km from the Trikkannad Temple, Pandiyan Kallu is an ideal spot for adventurous swimmers. Legend has it that the ship of one of the Pandiya Kings who attacked the Trikkannad Temple was converted into a rock.

Chithari

Located at Kanhangad, Chithari is a A small tropical island. It is still a virgin destination. The island is accessible only by boat, often wooden canoes that belong to the locals. A part of the Bekal Tourism Project, this backwater area has all it takes to become a mega tourist destination. This place is about 5 km from Kasorgod town and about 200 km from Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode.

Religious Places

Edneer Mutt

The Mutt of Edneer renowned as a seat of art and learning belongs to the Sankaracharya tradition. It is situated 10 km north east of Kasaragod.

Ananthapura Lake Temple

This 9th century temple is the only lake temple in Kerala and is the moolasthanam of Anandapadmanabha, the deity of Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple, Thiruvananthapuram. It is situated 30 km from Bekal.

Sree Mahalingeswara Temple, Adoor

Located in wooded surroundings on the southern banks of the River Payaswini, this ancient Siva Temple contains a Sanskrit inscription in Kannada script which has been ascribed to the Western Chalukya King Kirthivarman II (745 - 755 AD). It is situated 45 km from Kasaragod.

Manjeswaram
A number of temples and fifteen mosques make this cashew growing town a prominent pilgrim centre.

Jain Temples
There are two old Jain Bastis at Bengara Manjeswar on the southern bank of the Manjeswar River.

Churches

About 11 km from Kumbla on the Kumbla -Badiadka road is the Mother Dolorus Church of Bela. The hundred year old Roman Catholic church is built in the Gothic style. The Our Lady of Sorrows Church constructed in 1890, is the oldest in the district. The memorial of the late Govinda Pai, the grand patriarch of Kannada literature, is also located at Manjeswaram

Madiyankulam Durga Temple

This Bhadrakali Temple at Kanhangad in Hosdurg is famed for its Bhutha dance (pootham) performed in connection with the annual festivals in May/June & December/January.

Madhur Temple

The Srimad Anantheswara Vinayaka Temple, with its rich architecture and copper plate roofing, rises majestically against the beautiful landscape of the Madhuvahini River. It is situated 8 km north of Kasaragod town.

Tulur Vanam

Also known as Kekulom (the eastern place). The temple here is consecrated to Kshetrapalan and Bhagavathi. The eight day annual festival commencing from Sivarathri, attracts large crowds from all over the district as well as from Coorg. It is 4 km east of Panathur.

Malik Deenar Mosque

Kasaragod acquired over the years considerable importance as a centre of Islam on the west coast. The historic Malik Deenar Juma Masjid built in the typical Kerala style is believed to have been founded by Malik Ibin Deenar. The Juma Masjid, which is one of the best kept and most attractive in the district is located at Thalankara.

Bela Church

The famous church at Bela 15 kms north of Kasargod is a famous pilgrim centre is in the district. constructed in 1890 this is the oldest church in this area.

Others

Trikkaripur
The old seat of the Thazhekattu Mana, Trikkaripur is the hometown of T S Thirumumb, poet and freedom fighter, and Guru Chandu Panikkar, the famous Kathakali artist.

Central Plantation Crops & Research Institute (CPCRI)

The Institute was established in 1970 by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, which has its headquarters in Kudlu, 5 km north of Kasaragod. The CPCRI serves as a national forum for improving the genetic potential of plantation crops, to conduct basic and applied research on various aspects of these crops, to produce genetically superior planting materials for coconut, arecanut, spices and cashewnut.

Anandasrama

This internationally renowned spiritual centre founded by Swami Ramdas in 1939, offers a quiet, peaceful ambience best suited for meditation and spiritual studies. It is 15 Km away from Bekal.