Kasaragod the northern most district of Kerala, is known for its coir and handloom industries, Fishing is a source of livelihood. A district with a rare and different beauty, Kasargod is known as the land of Gods, forts, rivers, hills and beautiful seashores. The fort at Bekal is the largest and the best preserved. Kasargod offers a variety of patterns in temple architecture.
The unique style of Madhur Maha Ganapathi Temple, a typical Kerala style of historic Malik Deenar Great Juma Masjid and many other structures speaks in silence with the rich cultural heritage of the region. The rich pageant of 'Theyyam's ditteies and impersonations -raises Kasargod into a land of fabulous fantasies.
Lying in the northern tip of Kerala, bounded by the Western Ghats in the east, Arabian Sea in the west,Karnataka State in the north and Kannur District in the south, the district is blessed with water, forest and mineral resources.
|Altitude||:||935 to 2817 m above Sea Level|
|Temperature||:||(deg C) - Summer- Max 37.5, Min 22.5, Winter- Max 37.5, Min 22|
|Best Season||:||September to March|
Places of Interest
16 km south of Kasaragod on the national highway, above sea level and stands on a 35 acre headland that runs into the Arabian Sea. The 300 year old Bekal Fort is one of the largest and best preserved forts in Kerala.
6km 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.
75km 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.
Ananthapura Lake Temple
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.
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.
This is the home of the illustrious poets and scholars of Kuttamath. The rums of a Dutch Fort built in the 18th century can be found in the Veeramala Hills. Cheruvathur is also a fascinating picnic spot.
30 km north east of Kanhangad, this place bears great resemblance to the scenic beauty of Kodaikanal. The rain forests near Konnakkad is ideal for trekking.
85 km from Kasaragod town, 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.
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.
8 km north of Kasaragod town, the Srimad Anantheswara Vinayaka Temple, with its rich architecture and copper plate roofing, rises majestically against the beautiful landscape of the Madhuvahini River.
10 km north east of Kasaragod, the Mutt of Edneer renowned as a seat of art and learning belongs to the Sankaracharya tradition.
18 km east of Mangalpady in Dharmathadka, this is an ideal picnic spot, located on a hillock 1060 ft. above sea level.
9 km 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. Central Plantation Crops & Research Institute (CPCRI): The Institute was established in 1970 by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research and 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 cashew nut.
How to reach Kasargod?
Nearest Airport : Mangalore (50 km); Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode (200 km).
On the Kozhikode-Mangalore-Mumbai route.
An excellent networks of roads connect Kasarkod to major towns in Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
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