the northern-most district of Kerala, is known for its Coir and Handloom
Industries. Fishing is a prime source of livelihood. A district with a rare
and different beauty. Kasaragod is poised for growth in the area of tourism.
Kasaragod is known as the land of Gods, forts, rivers, hills and beautiful
The Fort at Bekal is the largest and the best preserved.
offers a variety of patterns in the temple architecture,
the unique style of Madhur Mahaganapathy temple, the typical Kerala style of
the historic Malik Deenar Great Juma Masjid and many other structures speak
in silence of the rich cultural heritage of the region.
The district has water, forest and mineral resources. It is flanked by the
forest-covered, Western Ghats in the East and the Arabian Sea in the West,
demarcating the North and South are two rivers - the Talapadi and the
Trikaripur. Grey rocks, and barren land amidst dense vegetation as well as
calm lagoons are visible through the coconut palms along the coast belt.
The nearest airport Mangalore (50 km)
On the Kozhikode (Calicut)- Mangalore- Mumbai
An excellent network of roads connects Kasaragod to
major towns in Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
Places of interest - Kasaragod
Ananthapura Lake Temple :
This 9th century temple is the
only lake temple in Kerala and is the Moolasthanam (original abode) of
Anandapadmanabba. The diety of Sree Padmanabha Swami temple.
Bekal Beach :
The Bekal beach
is a shallow beach
flanked on two sides by long, ravishingly beautiful palm fringed beaches.
The Bekal Fort stands proud on a promontory. The forts commanding
position, with views across the bays to the north and the south are truly
The largest and the best preserved Fort in Kerala, Bekal
, is 16 km south on the National Highway. The beautiful Bekal beach
with the historic and archaeologically significant Bakel fort in the
background is now being developed, into an international tourist
The imposing circular structure of laterite rises 130 ft above sea level
and stands on a 35 acre headland that runs into the Arabian sea.
Still later it became part of the Vijayanagar empire. In the late 18th
century Tipu Sultan captured it. An old mosque near the fort is believed to
have been built by him . After he was overthrown by the British, the fort
came under the East India Company.
The Chandragiri fort are a chain of forts built by Sivappa Nailk of
Bedanom, offers a breathtaking view of the river and the Arabian sea. It is
a vantage point to watch the sunset. Situated on the Chandragiri river,
south east of Kasaragod town, this town is known for its large 17th century
fort built by Sivappa Nailk of Bedanom.
Madiyankulam temple :
This Shadralkali temple at
Kanhangad in Hosdurg is famed for its Bhutha Dance (pootham) performed in
connection with the annual festivals in May/June and December/January.
A number of temples and fifteen mosques
make this cashew growing town a prominent pilgrim centre. The Memorial of
the late Sri Govinda Pai the great patriarch of Kannada literature is
situated at Manjeswaram. Kansvatheertha beach 13 km from Manjeswaram is a
large swimming pool like formation of the sea, the vast beach is the main
Sree Mahalingeswara Temple :
Adoor, 45 km from Kasaragod,
located in wooded surroundings on the southern banks of the River Payaswini.
This ardent Siva temple contains a Sanskrit inscription in Kannada script
which has been ascribed to the Western Chalukya King Kirthivarman.
Kappil Beach :
Remote and secluded, this beach is fast
becoming a major tourist attraction. The Kodi cliff nearby offers a
panoramic view of the Arabian Sea, situated 6 km from Bekal Fort.
This is perhaps the most scenic backwater
stretch in Kerala. Fed by four rivers and solid with numerous little
islands, Valiyaparamba is fast turning into a much favoured backwater resort
that offers enchanting boat cruises. Valiyaparamba is 30 km from Bekal.
Malik Deenar Mosque :
Kasaragod acquired over the years
considerable importance as a centre of Islam on the west coast. The historic
Malik Deener 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 district is located at Thalankara.