- Conches, Coasts and More at Kasargod
Kasargod is equivalent to the older territory of Gods, enticing beaches,
affluent and splashing lakes, verdant green hills, and splendid forts.
Located in northernmost region of Kerala, Kasaragod is one of the finest
tourist spots that are still untouched by human race or urbanization.
Kasargod Beach can be the finest place to spend your vacation. It is a
extensive and lengthy beach, consecrated with a big number of attractive
swimming pool like figures created innately. These innate creations
have become the main appeal of the Kasargod Beach. However, Kasargod
Tourism also promotes Ananthapura Lake Temple, Sree Manantheswara
Vinayaka Temple, Thapotsavam, Bekal Hole Aqua Park, Kanwatheertha Beach
and several other appealing locations as well in Kasargod. Ananthapura
Lake Temple is considered to be an exceptional and exclusive lake temple
in entire Kerala. Global as well as Indian tourists throng this
exciting place every year especially during the summer season.
Bekal Hole Aqua Park is situated on the northern side of Bekal Fort and is a picturesque Aqua Park. It is an inimitable and one-of-a-type in entire northern Malabar. At this entertaining and astounding park, you can unequivocally take pleasure in Pedal boats along with impressive water cycles. Kasargod Tourism also promotes Chandragiri Fort, Kappil Beach, Thapotsavam and several other types of religious and cultural events throughout the year. However, Kasargod Beach. This is considered to be the most renowned beach in the entire region. Its tranquil, distant, and remote site brings the travellers of Kasaragod at this juncture. It is now a main sightseer location with each passing day. Kasargod Beach provides an unrivalled atmosphere of enormous beaches and tranquil waters. The Kodi Cliff is located near to this beach, providing wonderful views of the indigo Arabian Sea. Kasargod Tourism has played a major role in promoting Kasargod along with its religious and cultural events to both domestic and international travellers.
- Tourism Attractions
Pallikere Beach :
This picturesque beach famous for its clean sands and shallow waters is ideal for indulging in a long, relaxing stroll or a safe-swim. The beach offers a spectacular view of the historic Bekal Fort in the backdrop, located at a short distance of 1 km from the beach.
Kappil Beach :
This secluded beach paradise offers a perfect getaway from the buzz and clamor of town. The sun drenched beach is relatively unexplored and hence retains all its pristine glories intact. The beach is at a distance of about 6 km from the imposing Bekal Fort.
Bekal Fort :
Bekal is the largest and the best preserved of the forts of Kerala. This 300 year old fort offers quite an impressive sight - a massive structure in black stone standing in striking contrast to the lush greenery around and gently caressed by the Arabian Sea. Though it is called a fort, Bekal was never used for administration but only as a defense stronghold. There are long underground tunnels and an observation tower inside the fort complex, but no palaces. The observation tower is 30 feet high and a climb to the top is well worth the spectacular panoramic views of the azure sea, the golden shore and the surrounding lush greenery. Disputes remain on the origins of the fort; it is said to have been built either by the Sivappa Naiks or the Kolathiri Rajas. Bekal Fort is also of immense archeological interest; rare coins have been unearthed from various parts of the Fort complex. There is a mosquel outside the fort, built by Tippu Sultan during his southern invasions.
Sree Mahalingeswara Temple :
Kasargod has quite a few ancient temples, one of the most prominent being the Sree Mahalingeswara Temple located in Adoor. This ancient temple dedicated to Lord Siva lies nestled in wooded surroundings on the banks of the Payaswini River. The temple contains a Sanskrit inscription dating back to the 8th century A.D written in Kannada script.
Madhur Srimad Anantheshwara Vinayaka Temple :
This temple is frequented by devotees and nature lovers alike. The temple, with its copper plate roofing, numerous turrets and gables is an example of typical Kerala temple architectural style. The temple is set in picturesque settings amidst verdant hills, lush paddy fields, flower gardens and the beautiful Madhuvahini River gently flowing alongside.
Anathapura Lake Temple :
This ancient temple sits in the middle of a lake, covered on three sides by the lake. The shimmering lake reflecting the ancient temple on its gentle waves would be any shutterbugs dream.
Mother Dolorus Church :
This over a century old church is build in a fusion architecture style combing both traditional Kerala and Gothic architectural styles. The church, dedicated to Our Lady of Dolorus, is located at Bela.
Malik Dinar Mosque :
This old mosque is said to have been founded by Malik Ibn Dinar. The tomb of Malik Ibn Mohammed, one of the descendants of Dinar, is located near the mosque. The Uroose or the annual festival of the mosque attracts large number of pilgrims from across the state.
- Things To Do
Drive down NH 17 from Kannur to Kasargod. Enjoy a fantastic view of the
charming bridge set over the scenic Chandragiri River at Thekkil, with a
beautiful Mosque in the backdrop.
Take a dip in the natural swimming pool at the Kanwatheertha beach. This pool has been formed by seawater collected on the beach.
Visit Ranipuram, 48 km east of Kanjanhad. The hilly area covered with thick forests is ideal for indulging in trekking.
In the local bazaars, you can pick up knick-knacks of all kinds. The
bell-metal ware of Kasargod mostly containers, vessels and lamps of all
sizes and shapes, is very famous.
- Moving Around
There are frequent local buses connecting all parts of the town. Auto
rikshaws and taxis are also easily available. You can hire a luxury car
if you want to travel in luxury and comfort.
- Best Time To Visit
The best time to visit Kasargod would be between September and January.
- How to Reach
By Flight :
The nearest airport is the Mangalore airport, at a distance of 50 km. The Kozhikode International Airport lies at a distance of 180 km.
By Rail :
The Kasargod Railway Station is located on the Kozhikode-Mangalore-Mumbai route.
By Road :
Kasargod is connected to the surrounding areas by an excellent network of roads. NH-17 passes through Kasargod.