Kasargode, Kerala, India


  Kasargode, Kerala, India

   Situated on the banks of the Payaswini River, Kasaragod's many monuments bring back the colourful days of the Kolathiri rajas. Home to the largest and most well preserved fort in the entire State and abode of the popular Malik Ibn Dinar Mosque, it can also boast of the only lake temple in Kerala.

    The hinterland of this district is lush and green as it has 1 2 major and minor rivers coursing through it. The two rivers, Talapady and Trikaripur, actually demarcate the northern and southern boundaries of this busy town. The centre of Kasaragod bustles with business and trade - in coir products, hides, skins and handloom. Thoro are many bustling restaurants, and glitzy shops with rows of electronic goods and perfumes, owned by those who have : returned from the Gulf countries, peddle their ware i between outlets hawking banana and jackfruit chips.

Essential Information




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When To Go

:  1992 Sq.Km

:  12,03,342

:  Kasargod, Hosdurg

:  Uduma, Panayal, Pallikkara, Chithari, Anjanoor, Pulloor, Periya, Madikai, Beloor, Hosdurgu,    Panathadi, Malothu, Kanjangadu, Thayyanoor, Kallar, Balal, Ambalathara, Neeleswaram,    Kinanoor, Krindalam, West eleri, Cheruvathoor, Kayoor, Pilikkodu, Cheemeni, Vadakke    Thrukkarippur, Thekke Thrukkarippoor, Padana, Kodakkadu, Perol, Parappa, Bheemanadi,    Cheettarikkal, Palavayal, Kunjathoor, Vorkkadi, Kodalamugaru, Meenja, Kadambar, Hosabettu,    Uppala, Echilamngodu, Kayyar, Paivalike, Bayar, Enmakaje, Mairi, Edanadu, Koyippadi,    Badoor, Madoor, Bela, Bambrana, Neerchal, Bandiyadukka, Padre, Nettanige, Kubadaje,    Koodulu, Padi, Chengala, Kalanadu, Thekkil, Kolathoor, Muliyar, Bedadukka, Kuttikkol,    Bandadukka, Adoor, Delampadi, Kasarkodu, Thangara, Adhoor, Munnadu, Karivedakam,

:  Manjeswaram, Kasarkodu, Kanjangadu, Neeleswaram,

:  +91 491

:  671 XXX

:  KL-14

:  August to February

Sights and Attractions
  Founded in 1931 by Swami Rarndas and Mother Krishnabai, visionaries who devoted their lives to spreading the message of universal love and service, this ashram is located in an internationally known spiritual centre. Prayer halls and visitor cottages are* located within the large, shady compound.
Ananthapura Temple
     Considered the only lake temple in Kerala, this ninth century shrine is unique in other ways as well. Situated in the middle of a picturesque lake, its sanctum sanctorum can be reached only by a bridge. Two other structures stand separately in the'lake, housing other deities.
Bekal Fort
   This 17th century edifice, one of the best maintained in all : of Kerala, is situated nearly 40 m above the waves of the : Arabian Sea that crash against its bastions. An observation : tower in the centre and the walkway along the periphery, \ both offer stupendous views of the ocean. There are ': underground tunnels connecting the moat on its eastern : side with the sea. A 1909 British-built guest house is now ; an outpost for the tourism police.
Chandragiri Fort
     Our next destination was Changdragiri fort built by Shivappa Nayikka in the 17th centuary. This is a square shaped fort adjacent to the sea with an expanse of seven acres and is located by the side of the river Payaswini. We had a brath taking view of the river and the sea at the time of sunset from the fort. The fort is now in ruins.
Kanhangad Hosdurg Fort
   Following the chain of forts built in this region by the Ikkeri dynasty, the sleepy little town of Kanhangad, 23 km southeast of Kasaragod, was given a new name -Hosdurg. Although only the ruins of the old fort remain, the legacy of the fort town endures to this day.
Kanwatheertha Beach
 About 15 km north of Kasaragod, is Manjeswaram, an ancient town on the banks of the Manjeswar River. This small cashew-growing centre became famous as a pilgrim centre because of the numerous mosques and Jain and Hindu temples around it. Apart from that, the Kanwatheertha Beach and the charming lagoon with its expanse of white sand attract weekenders.
Kappil Beach
   The secluded Kappil Beach, fringed by palrns and occasional casuarina groves, is among the cleanest and most unpolluted in all of Kerala. The nearby Kodi cliff offers panoramic views of the sea and the beach, while the Pallikunnam Temple, 2 km away, promises spiritual salvation.
    One morning while we were in Kannur, we decided to have a shift from out scheduled itinerary and visit Thalakkaveri that falls in the state of Karnataka. We climbed the hills and crossed the state boundary at Koottupuzha and entered Kodagu in Karnataka.
  East of Kanhangad, bordering the picturesque Coorg district of neighbouring Karnataka, is the scenic village of Konnakad. Barely a few kilometres to the south, close to Tala Cauvery, is an idyllic spot known as 'Kottancherry'. Covered in lush vegetation and surrounded by an undulating hilly terrain, this area is ideal for trekking. Wore: it is 30 km northeast of Kanhangad, ana 4Q Km east of Ni'eswaram.
Malik Ibn Dinar Mosque
   Malik Ibn Dinar was a missionary from Arabia who is credited with bringing Islam to the shores of the Malabar. Following the wishes of the ruler, Cheraman Perumal, who embraced Islam, Dinar and his followers set about constructing mosques in Kerala and preaching their religion. Of the nine mosques built in the Malabar region, only this one in Kasaragod survives.
Possadi Gumpe
   East of Manjeswaram is a small hill resort known as Possadi Gumpe, ideal for day trips and picnics from Kasaragod. Perched 323 m above sea level on a hill, the area is reminiscent of the beautiful woods ofOoty. The nearest village is Paivalike. Facilities available are minimal, hence it is best to carry food and water and go equipped with adequate trekking gear.
     Situated on the highest peak in the district, Ranipuram is 750 ft above sea level. Known formerly as 'Madathumala', Ranipuram is ideal trekking territory, and draws enthusiasts all through the year. With its forests, abundant wildflowers, verdant grasslands and the odd elephant sighting, it makes for a great getaway. Note: it is 46 km from Kanhangad.
Places to Visit


Aakulam Tourist Complex, Agasthayarkoodam, Anjengo Fort, Ammachiplavu, Ananthapuri, Beemapalli, Kanyakumari, Kerala State Science and Technology Museum, Kovalam Beach, Maruthwamala, Napier Museum, Neyyar, Padmanabhapuram Palace, Priyadarshini Planetarium, Puthen Malika, Shankhumugham Beach, Sree Chithra Art Gallery, Sree Chithra Enclave, Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Sucheendram temple, The Zoo and Museum Complex, Thriparappu waterfalls, Varkala, Vattakkotta, Veli, Vivekanandappara, Vyloppilly Sanskrithi Bhavan,


Adventure Park, Alumkadavu Boat Building Yard, Ashtamudi Backwaters, Houseboats, Mata Amritanandamayi Ashram, Munroe island, Thangasseri, Thenmala, Thevally Palace.


Aranmula boat race, Ashtamudi Backwaters, Kakki Reservoir, Kaviyoor, Konni, Mannadi, Maramon, Perumthenaruvi Falls, Sabarimala, Thiruvalla, Vastu Vidya Gurukulam, Vijnana Kala vedi Cultural Centre,


Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple, Bhagavathi Temple, Chakkulathukavu Bhagavathi Temple, Chavara Bhavan, Karumadi Kuttan, Krishnapuram Palace Museum, Kuttanad, Mannarassala Snake Temple, Pathiramanal Island, R Block,, St George Orthodox Syrian Church, St Mary's Church, Champakulam, Subrahmanya Temple.


Blossom international Park, Cheriyapalli, CSl Church (St George's Church), Devikulam Lake, Eagle Rock or Parunthumpara, Idukki Arch Dam, Kalvary Mount, Kolukkumalai, Kundala, Kurisumala Ashram, Kurisumala, Malanadu Development Society (MDS), Mampara Grasslands, Mangaladevi Temple, Marayoor, Mattupetty, Mount Carmel Church, Munnar, Murugan Para, Nelliyampathy, Orange and Vegetable Farm,Panchalimedu, Peermede, Pine Forests, Pothundy, Rajamalai, Seetharkundu,Summer Palace, Tea Museum, Thekkady, Thommankuthu, Thrisangu Hills, Top Station, Vagamon, Viewpoints, Waterfalls of Munnar,


Ayyampara hills, Cheriyapalli, Erumely, Ganapathiyar Kovil, Good Shepherd Church, Ilaveezhapoonchira, Kanjirapally, Kayyoor Temple, Krishnapuram Palace Museum, Malanadu Development Society (MDS), Pala, Poonjar Palace, Shrine of our Lady of immaculate Conception, St Dominic's Cathedral, St George Church, St Mary's Church, St Mary's Church Bharananganam, St Mary's Forane Church, St Thomas Benedictine Abbey, Thirunakkara Temple, Vagamon, Valiyapalli, Kumarakom, Driftwood Museum, Bird Sanctuary, Midlands.


Antique Shops in Jew Street, Bhoothathankettu, Bishop's House/indo-Portuguese Museum, Broadway, Cherai Beach, Chottanikkara Temple, Clock tower, Dutch Cemetery, Fort Kochi Beach, Hill Palace Museum, Kerala Lalitha Kala Akademi, Kochi, Kumbalangi, M.G.Road, Marine Drive, Maritime Museum, Museum of Kerala History, Pardesi Synagogue, Santa Cruz Basilica, Shiva Temple, SNC Maritime Museum, Spice Market, St Francis Church, Thirumala Devaswom Temple, Willingdon Island, Chendamangalam.


Athirappally and Vazhachal water falls, Ayyappa and Edathedathu Kavil Bhagavathy, Basilica of Our Lady of Dolores, Cheraman Perumal Juma Masjid, Cheruthuruthy, The land of Arts, Guruvayur, Irinjalakkuda, The land of Bharatha, Juma Masjid,Kodungallur, Koodalmanik, Yam Temple, Irinjalakuda, Kurumba Bhagavathi Temple, Lourdes Cathedral,Mar Thoma Pontifical Shrine, Martha Mariyam Chaldean Church, Palayur Church,Punnathoor Kotta, Sakthan Thampuran Palace, Shiva Temple,Sree Rama Temple, Thriprayar,The Cheraman Perumal who embraced Islam, The State Museum and Zoo,The Swaraj Roudn the heart of Thrissur,Vadakkumnathan Temple,


Jain Temple, Lakkidi, Mayiladumpara Sanctuary, Nelliyampathy, Silent Valley, Tipu's Fort, Trithala, Varahamoorthi Kshetram.


Kadalundi Nagaram, Kondotty, Kottakkal(Centre of Ayurveda), Kottapadi, Malappuram, Manjeri, Nilambur(Forest area), Perinthalmanna, Perumpadappu, Ponnani, Tanur, Teak Museum,Tirur,Tirurangadi,


Beypore and its ‘Urus’, Beach Road, CSI Church, Kallai, Lokanarkavu of Vadakkanpattu, Mananchira Square, Mishkal Mosque, Mother of God Cathedral, Muchundipalli, Pazhassiraja Museum and Art Gallery, Planetarium and Science Centre, Tali Temple,Valayanadu Devi Kshetram,


Mananthavady, Brahamagiri, Chembra Peak, Edakkal Caves,Jain Temple, Karalad Lake, Kerala Kalamandalam, Kuruva Dweep, Lakkidi's Chain Tree, Mahe, Meenmutty Falls,Muthanga,The jungle of secrets, Pakshipathalam,Pazhassi Museum,Pookot Lake,River Nila,Soochipara and Kanthampara Falls, The tree of Karimthandan,Thirunelly Temple,Thrissiteri Temple,Wayanad Heritage Museum,


Alluring Beaches, Cheruvathur Kota Palli, Delightful Backwaters, Ezhimalai, Fort St Angelo,Kanhirode weaving Co-operative, Kerala Folklore Academy, Kottiyoor Shiva Temple, Mahalingeshwara Temple, Nileswaram, Parassini Kadavu Temple, Payyambalam Beach,Rajarajeshwara Temple,Thalassery,The tree of Karimthandan,Ummichipoyil and Varikulam,Valiyaparamba Backwaters,


Anandashram, Ananthapura Temple, Bekal Fort, Chandragiri Fort, Kanhangad Hosdurg Fort,Kanwatheertha Beach, Kappil Beach, Kodagu, Kottanchery, Malik Ibn Dinar Mosque, Possadi Gumpe, Ranipuram.