Kasargod in Kerala is sought after by the tourist for its vast natural landscapes, beaches, tribal population and its folk arts and music. The beaches of Kasargod are beautified by its rivers, hills and Rocky Mountains, all create a nice ambience where one can have fun and frolic. It is known for its Bekal Fort perched on a hillock.
Kasargod is gifted by the green scenery, water bodies, and forest and mineral reserves of nature. Visiting this beach location in Kerala one can explore its rich cultural life and the historical forts.
Seasonal timings :
Kasargod gets rainfall both from south west monsoon and northeast monsoon. One can plan trip to this beach village during the months of December to April.
How to Reach :
Mangalore Airport is just 50kms away from Kasargod; one can reach also from Kozhikode International Airport which is 200 kilometers from Kasargod.
Kasargod is well-linked to major cities of Kerala and other neighboring states.
Kasargod Railway Station is the nearest one to reach Kasargod as it is linked to important towns and cities in Kerala, and to other major states in India.
Buffalo Race :
Buffalo Race found only in Kasargod district of Kerala and some parts of Dekshina Canara district is closely related with the agrarian life of the farmers. It symbolizes the sowing and harvesting of the farmers. Buffalo race is held at the fields where bulls and buffalos take part in the race. Huge crowd is seen during the race. Villagers gather here, they shout in joy. This race sport is popular in the northern parts of Kasargod district, especially in Kumbala and Manjeswar. Animals are decorated colorfully; riders also dress up in colorful wears. It is a part of cultural heritage of Tulunad.
In the folk songs of Malabar, reference of the cock fight is found. It is a part of temple festivals. Cock fight is conducted by the villagers secretly in some regions as it is legally banned now. Women cannot watch this spot due to social stigma.
Yakshagana is a musical dance drama; it is one of the important folk arts of Kasargod district. It is also performed in certain areas of Karnataka state. This dance drama is also seen in Terukkuthu in Tamilnadu, Koodiyatam and Chakyarkuttu in Kerala, Veedhinataka in Andhra Pradesh, etc.
The performers dance according to the epical tales from the Ramayana, Mahabharata, Bhagavatha and from other Hindu mythological episodes. They play the role of Gods, demons and sages. Kasargod is home veteran Yakshagana performers and the locals still perform this musical dance drama.
Culture of Kasargod :
Culture of Kasargod is a perfect harmony of Hindu, Muslims and Christians.All lead a rich cultural life in close harmony with nature.
Kasargod is rich in folk culture and people of this district celebrate some festivals mostly related with their social beliefs.
Sarvajanika Ganeshotsavam :
The Sarvajanika Ganeshotsavam is a Kasargod temple festival celebrated with great pomp and show. It is celebrated in the month of September at the time of Ganesh Chaturthi. A bid idol of Lord Ganesha is placed and people worship it for five days. On the last day it is immersed in the temple tank.
Mallikarjuna Temple Festival :
Mallikarjuna Temple Festival is the most important temple festival. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Mallikarjuna Temple celebrates this festival for 5 days. It attracts a large number of devotees and tourists.
One can have various activities in Kasargod, the most revered are :
One must experience a boat cruise in Kasargod. One can hire a boat run by the Bekal Resorts Development Corporation in Tejeswari River from Kottappuram to Kannur. The boats are mostly traditional kettuvallams. One can also enjoy backwater cruise at Valiyaparamba routed by rivers and islands.
Kottancherry Trekking :
The very first sight of Kottancherry will make one spell bound. It is major trekking spot in Kasargod. It is being compared to Kodaikanal for its green landscapes. Trekking routes will take one to monsoon forests, grasslands, spice plantations as well as shola forests. One can easily reach this trekking spot from Kasargod.
Ranipuram (Trekking Spot) :
One must trek to the deep forests at Ranipuram. Adventurous one will have trekking fun here. It is also known as Madathumala. One can set out a jeep ride through the green mountains and valleys.
Specialty in Gastronomy :
One can experience the local dish of Kasargod; seafood is the main specialty of the area.
Tourist Places in Kasargod
Kasargod travel attractions are varied ranging from its beaches to the forts and temples. The main tourist attractions in Kasargod are :
1Anjaneya Temple :
Locating at the right side of the entrance of Bekal Fort, Anjaneya temple is a renowned Hindu pilgrimage center. When in Kasargod one must visit this age-old shrine.
2Bekal Fort :
Known for its massive interiors and spacious exteriors, one will wonder to see its 300 years old Bekal Fort. Perched on the top of a hill this fort is exhibiting a distinctive shape of a giant keyhole. Bekal is a favorite haunt for the film makers due to its natural beauty. One must explore this fort standing with its architectural splendour. This fort has gained a place in the international tourism map.
3Kanwatheertha Beach :
Beach buffs should not miss a visit to this beach in Kasargod sought after for its large and vast natural swimming pool. One can laze at the natural spot savoring its vast panorama.
4Pallikere Beach & Kappil Beach :
Just one kilometer from the Bekal Fort, Pallikere Beach is a great fun to the tourists. Lazing at the beach one can have fun and pleasure savoring the serene beauty of the shallow waters.
Kappil Beach is also sought after by the beach buffs due to its natural wonders. The hilly rocks of the beach add zing to it. It is 6 kilometers from Bekal Fort. One can also explore its beach tribal village still in the lap of nature.
5Chandragiri Fort :
This fort is sited to the south east of Kasargod, bordering River Chandragiri. It was built by the rulers and it is known for its exquisitely carved structure. The overwhelming sight of the river adds beauty to it. A popular picnic spot in Kasargod this offers a mind-blowing view of the sunset. A mosque as well a fort is located on the vicinity of the fort.
Kasargod Pilgrim Centre
1Malik Deena Juma Masjid
Muslim tourist visit Kasargod as it is the centre of Islam on the west coast. It is believed that the Malik Deena Juma Masjid (Mosque) was founded by Malik Ibin Deenar. The architecture of the mosque is typical Kerala style. It is located at Thalankara.
Manjeswaram is a popular pilgrim centre known for its temples and mosques. It also houses the memorial of late Sri Govinda Pai, the grand patriarch of Kannada literature. Kanwatheertha beach is a large swimming pool located near it. The Cultural Kalayottam (bull race) contest is a great extravaganza held here. Keralite people from all over the state come to witness this bull race.
3Sree Mahalinheshwara Temple
Sree Mahalinheshwara Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is 45kms from Kasargod. It is situated on the southern banks of the river Payasurini. This ancient temple has a Sanskrit inscription in Kannada script.
4Ananthapura (Lake Temple)
It is located at a distance of 12 kilometers from Kasargod town. It is the original seat of Anandapadmanabha, the deity of Sri Padmanabha Swami Temple in Thiruvananthapuram.
Bela Church, a church of Lady of Sorrows is located at a distance of 15 kms away from Kasargod. It was constructed in 1890 and the oldest church of the district.
The other religious centers of Kasargod are Kanhangad (Spiritual centre), Madhur Temple and Madiyankulam Temple.
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