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Kasaragod (District)


Kerala District - Kasaragod

About Kasaragod

The northernmost district of Kerala, Kasaragod is world reowned for its coir and handloom industires. Fishing is a prime source of livelihood. Kasargod 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. Kasargod displays a variety of styles in temple architecture - the unique style of the Madhu Mahaganapathy temple. Spectacular pagents of Theyyam, yakshagana, Kumbla (buffalo race), Poorakkali, Kolkali etc. enchant visitors.


Kasaragod Facts and Figures
Area : 1961 sq km.
Altitude : Sea Level.
Temperature : 1,070,629(Census 1991)

How to Reach Kasaragod
Air : Nearest Airport : Mangalore (50 km); Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode (200 km).
Rail : On the Kozhikode-Mangalore-Mumbai route.
Road : An excellent networks of roads connect Kasarkod to major towns in Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

In and Around Kasaragod
Bekal Fort

The Bekal Fort is 16 km south of Kasaragod on the national highway. The 300 year old Bekal Fort is one of the largest and best preserved forts in Kerala. This imposing circular structure of laterite rises 130 ft. above sea level and stands on a 35 acre headland that runs into the Arabian Sea. Buses are available every 10 minutes from Kanhanagad to Bekal and Kasargod to Bekal via Chandragiri bridge - Kanhanged stste highway.

Pallikere Beach
1 km from Bekal fort. This shallow beach offers a spectaular view of the fort and has sample facilities for recreation and relaxation.
Bekal Hole Aqua Park
1 km from Bekal fort. The only one of its kind in the northen Kerala, this unique Aqua Park provides water sport facilities like pedalbaots and water cylces.
Kappil Beach

6 km fro Bekal Fort. Remote and secluded, this beach is fast becoming a major tourist attraction. The Kodi cliff nearby offers a panoramic view if the Arabian Sea.

Ananthapura Lake Temple
30 km from Bekal. emote and secluded, this beach is fast becoming a major tourist attraction. The Kodi cliff nearby offers a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea.
30 km from Bekal. This is perhaps the most scenic backwater stretch in Kerala. Fed by four rivers and dotted withnumerous little island. Valiyaparamaba.
Situatedon the Chandragiri River, southeast of Kasaragod town, this town is known for its large 17th century fort built by Sivappa aik of Bedanore. The Chandragiri Fort, one of a chain of forts built by the same ruler, offers a breathtaking view of the 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 celebrates the annual festival called Pattu Utsavam.

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

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

Churches : About 11 km 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 constructd in 1890, is the oldest in the district.

Kanwatheertha Beach
Just 3 Km from Manjeswaram. A large swimming pool- like formation of the sea on the vast beach is the main attraction.
The cultural centre of the district, this was the seat of the Nileswar Rajas. The Nileswaram palace today functions as the folklore centre of the Dept. of Archaeology. The town is also famous for its numerous kavus (shrines), temple festivals and the Kavil Bhavan Yoga and Cultural Centre which offers rejuvenation therapy and naturopathy treatments like mud and herbal baths.

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