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A district with rare
and different beauty, Kasaragod is poised for growth in the area of tourism.
Kasaragod , known as the land of Gods, forts, rivers, hills and beautiful
beaches is the most enchanting district of Kerala.
Kasargod is a land
with resonant past, myths and legends. The fort at Bekal is the largest
and best preserved in the State. Kasargod is acquiring prominence in the
tourist map of India as 'The land of Yakshagana and Theyyam'. Kasaragod
is also the cradle of many colourful art forms and folk music of Kerala.
Kasaragod displays a variety of patterns and styles in temple architecture
like Madhur Mahaganapathy Temple, Malik Deenar the Great Juma Masjid etc
which speaks volumes about the rich cultural heritage of the region.The
rich pageant of 'Theyyam's impersonated, rises Kasaragod into a land of
The twelve rivers
flowing across its terrain, makes Kasaragod an enchanting beauty of Nature's
Places of Interest
Bekal,at the northern tip of Kerala is 140 kms away from Calicut International
Terminal. With the Konkan Railway Line, Bombay will just be 15 hours from
Bekal. The beaches,backwaters and hill stations of Bekal offer a totally
different backdrops to the holiday experience. Large number of forts,
big and small like Bekal, Chandragiri, Hosdurg, Kumbala, Panayal, Kundamkuzhi,
Bandaduka etc. reveal the historical importance of this land. Bekal Fort
remains the largest and best-preserved fort in Kerala. History and legend
are interwoven together in Bekal, particularly regarding its antiquity
Beekal Fort (16 Kms south of Kasaragod on the national highway)
The Bekal Fort
The 300 year old Bekal Fort is one of the largest and best preserved forts
in Kerala. This imposing circular structure of laterite sites rises 130
ft. above sea level and stands on a 35 acre headland that runs into the
Arabian Sea. Buses are available every 30 minutes from Kanhagad to Bekal.
The Fort appears to have been built up from the seas since almost three
fourth of its exterior is drenched and the waves do stroke the citadel.
Unlike most other
Indian Forts, Bekal fort was not a center of administration, for no remains
of a Palace are found within the Fort. Probably the fort was built for
fulfilling the defence requirements. The holes on the outerwalls of the
fort are so remarkable that they are specially designed to defend the
fort effectively. The holes at the top are meant for aiming at the farthest
points; the holes below are meant for hitting when the enemy is nearer
and the holes underneath facilitate attacking when the enemy is very near
to the fort. This is a remarkable evidence for the medival technology
of defence strategy. Apart from this, the wild and ecstatic beauty of
the setting sun is a glorious presence in the fort.
(1 Km from Bekal Fort):
This Shallow beach offers a spectacular view of the fort and has ample
facilities for recreation and relaxation.
Bekal Hole Aqua
Park (1 Km from Bekal Fort):
The only one of its kind in northern Kerala, this unique Aqua Park provides
water sport facilities like pedal boats and water cycles.
Malik Deenar Mosque
Kasargod acquired considerable importance as a center of Islam. The historic
Malik Deenar Juma Masjid built in the typical Kerala style is believed
to have been founded by Malik Ibin Dinar. The Juma Masjid, which is one
of the best kept and most attractive in the districts is located at Thalankara.
Kappil Beach (6Km
from Bekal fort)
Remote and secluded , this beach is fast becoming a major attraction.
The wide beach and calm waters promise you an experience without parallel.
The Kodi cliff nearby offers a panoramic view of blue skies and rolling
sands, making your visit one to remember.
kms from Bekal)
This internationally renowned spiritual centre founded by Swami Ramdas
in 1939, offers a quiet, peaceful ambience best suited for meditation
and spiritual studies.
Temple (30 Km from Bekal)
This 9th century temple is the only lake temple in Kerala and is the moolasthanam(original
abode) of Anandapadmanabha, the deity of Sri. Padmanabha Swami Temple,Thiruvananthapuram.
Kms from Bekal)
This perhaps is the most scenic backwater stretch in Kerala . Fed by four
rivers and dotted with numerous little islands, Valiaparamba is fast turning
into a much favoured backwater resort that offers enchanting boat cruises.
(10 Kms from Bekal)
Situated on the Chandragiri river, southeast of Kasaragod town , this
town is known for its large 17th century fort built by Sivappa Naik of
Bedanore. The Chandragiri fort, one of a chain of forts built by the same
ruler, offers breathtaking view of the meandering Chandragiri river and
the Arabian Sea. It is a vantage point to watch the sunset. There is a
mosque nearby . The ancient Kizhur state Temple at Chandragiri has an
annual festival called Pattu Utsavam.
(10 Kms from Bekal)
A cruise in a speed boat down the picturesque Chandragiri river, takes
you around evergreen islands and coconut palm groves. The boarding point
is conveniently located beside the Chandragiri bridge.
The temple town is located 5 Kms from Kanhangad in Hosdurg taluk. The
famous Madiyam Kovilakam Temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. The
ancient temple has intricate wood carvings on Palazhimadhanam, sitaswayamvaram
and Dakshayagam. The annual nine day festival of 'pattutsavam' is celebrated
here, various cultural and religious programmes are held during the festival.
The village also 13 mosques and one church. There is also an 'Anandaswaram',
founded in 1939 by Swami Ramdas, a great Vaishnava saint.
A Hindu Pilgrim centre, 8 km from Kasaragod, it is well known for the
Srimad Anantheswara Vinayaka Temple or Mahaganapathi Temple. The sacred
temple even finds mention in the Sahyadri Centre of Skanda Purana. The
sacred thirtham of the temple well is believed to cure all diseases. The
imposing structure of Srimad Anantheswara Vinayaka Temple-the rich architecture
and copper plate roofing rises majestically against the beautiful landscape
on the banks of Madhuvahini.
A number of temples and fifteen mosques makes this cashew growing town
a prominent pilgrim centre. The memorial of the late Sri Govinda Pai,
the grand patriarch of kannada literature, is situated at Manjeswaram
.At Kanwatheeratha beach (3 km from Manjeswaram), a large swimming pool-like
formation of the sea on the vast beach is the main attraction.
There are two old Jaina Bastis at Bengara Manjeswar on the southern
bank of Manjeswar river.
About 11 Kms 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 located at Manjeshwaram.
Kanhangad / Hosdurg
This is renowned for its chain of forts built by Somashekara Nayak of
Ikkeri Dynasty and also for the Nithyanandashram, an internationally recognized
spiritual centre. Somashekara Nayak captured Manjeswar and Thaliparamba
and built a fort at Kanhangad Hosdurga [new fort].
Located 15km. north of Kasaragod, the little town is known for the oldest
church in the district. The church Our Lady of Sorrows was constructed
Tular Vanam (4km
East of Panathur)
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.
Crops &Research Institute
The institute was established in 1970 by the Indian Council of Agricultural
Research,has its headquarters in Kudlu,5km north of Kasargod.The CPCRI
serves as a national forum for improving the genetic potential of plantation
crops,to produce genetically superior planting materials for coconut ,arecanut,spices
A rock rising in the sea about 2 km from theTrikkannad 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 Thrikkannad temple was
converted into a rock.
Edneer Mutt (10
km north east of Kasargod)
The Mutt of Edneer renowned as a seat of art and learning belongs to the
Beach (3 Km from Manjeswaram)
A large swimming pool - like formation of the sea on the vast beach is
the main attraction.
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