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Kerala Tourist Places - KASARGOD

Area 1961 sq. km
Population 1,070,629 (2001 census)
Altitude Sea level

The northernmost district of Kerala, Kasaragod is world renowned for its coir and handloom industries. Fishing is a prime source of livelihood. Kasaragod is known as the land of gods, forts, rivers, hills and beautiful beaches. The fort at Bekal is the largest and best presented 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. Spectacular pageants of They`yam, Yakshagana, Kumbla (buffalo race), Poorakkali, Kolkali etc. enchant visitors.

Accessing Kasaragod
Telephone access code : +91-4994

Air : Nearest Airports : Mangalore (50 km); Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode (200 km)

Rail : On the Kozhikode-Mangalore-Mumbai route. Enquiry Ph: 230200

Road : An excellent network of roads connect Kasaragod to major towns in Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
Places to Visit

The Bekal Fort

Distance : 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 Kanhangad to Bekal and Kasaragod to Bekal via Chandragiri bridge - Kanhangad state highway (Open to visitors from 0900 -1700 hrs).

Bekal Fort Beach

Distance : 1 km from Bekal Fort
This shallow beach offers a spectacular view of the fort and has ample facilities for recreation and relaxation.

Kappil Beach

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

Anandasram

Distance : 15 km 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.

Ananthapuram Lake Temple

Distance : 30 km from Bekal
This 9 th century temple is the only lake temple in Kerala and is the moolasthanam (original abode) of Ananthapadmanabha, the deity of Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple, Thiruvananthapuram. A crocodile at the temple pond, said to be 150 year old is a major attraction.

Chandragiri

Situated on the Chandragiri River, southeast of Kasaragod town, this town is known for its large 17 th century fort built by Sivappa Naik 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.

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.

Nileswaram

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.