Tourist Attractions in Kasaragod
Attractions in Kasaragod
Bekal Fort, Bekal Fort Beach, Kappil Beach, Anandasram,
Ananthapuram Lake Temple, Manjeswaram, Kanhangad or Hosdurg
Fort, Sri Mahalingeswara Temple, Cheruvathur, Madhur Temple,
Ranipuram, Pandiyan kallu, Malik Deenar Mosque and Nileswaram
are the famous tourist attractions in Kasaragod.
The Chandragiri town is situated on the Chandragiri river,
south east of the Kasaragod town. This town is known for its
large 17th century fort built by Sivappa Naik of Bedanore. The
Chandragiri fort, one of the 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 view the sunset. The boat trips
to the nearby islands and palm groves are also organized. The
nearest boarding point is the Chandragiri bridge. There is a
mosque and the ancient Kizhur State Temple at Chandragiri.
The Bekal Fort is situated about 16 km south of Kasaragod on
the national highway. The Bekal Fort is about 300 year old and
one of the largest and best preserved forts in Kerala. This
imposing circular structure of laterite rises about 130 feet
above sea level and stands on a 35 acre headland that runs
into the Arabian Sea. The Bekal Hole Aqua Park is situated
near the Bekal fort. This park is the one of the unique Aqua
park in northern Kerala and provides water sports facilities
like paddle boats and water cycles.
The Bekal fort Beach is situated about 1 km from Bekal Fort.
This shallow beach offers a spectacular view of the fort and
has ample facilities for recreation and relaxation.
The Kappil Beach is situated about 6 ks. from Bekal fort. The
Kappil beach is the remote and secluded beach. Now, this beach
is fast becoming a major tourist destination. The Kodi cliff
nearby offers a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea.
Ananthapuram Lake Temple
Ananthapuram Lake Temple is situated about 30 km from Bekal.
This 9th century temple is the only lake temple in Kerala and
is the moolasthanam (original abode) of Ananthapadmanabha, the
deity of Sri Padmanabha Swami Temple, Trivandrum.
Manjeswaram is the most famous cashew growing town and a
famous pilgrimage centre. A large number of temples and
fifteen mosques are located in this town. There are two old
Jain Bastis at Bengara Manjeswar on the southern banks of the
Manjeswar River. The Memorial of the late Sri Govind Pai, the
great patriarch of Kannada literature is situated at
Manjeswaram. A large swimming pool like formation of the sea
on the Kanwatheertha beach is the main attraction of this
Madhur Temple is situated about 8 km north of the town
of Kasaragod. The Srimad Anantheswara Vinayaka Temple,
with its rich architecture and copper plate roofing,
rises majestically against the beautiful landscape of
the Madhuvahini River.
Kappil Beach is the remote and secluded beach, about 6 km from
Bekal Fort. This beach is fast becoming a major tourist
attraction. The Kodi cliff nearby offers a panoramic view of
the Arabian Sea.
Anadasram is the most famous spiritual centre in Kasaragod,
situated about 15 km from Bekal. This spiritual centre was
founded by Swami Ramdas in 1939 and offers a quiet, peaceful
ambience best suited for meditation and spiritual studies.
Ranipuram is located about 85 km from the town of
Kasaragod at 750 m above sea level. Ranipuram is famous
for its trekking trails, evergreen shoal woods, monsoon
forests and grasslands. This area was formerly known as
Madathumala. The extensive forests
merge with the forests of Karnataka. The natural beauty of
Ranipuram can be compared to Ooty. Wild elephants can be seen
wandering on the top of the mountains.
Kanhangad or Hosdurg Fort is mainly known for its chain of
forts built by Somashekara nayak of Ikkeri dynasty and also
for the Nithyanandashram, an internationally recognized
spiritual centre. The Bhadrakali temple at Kanhangad in
Hosdurg is famous for its Bhutha dance (pootham) performed in
connection with the annual festivals in May - June and
December - January.
Sree Mahalingeswara Temple
Sree Mahalingeswara Temple is located in Adoor, about 45 kms.
from Kasaragod. This temple is located in the wooded
surroundings on the southern banks of the Payaswini river.
This ancient Siva Temple contains a Sanskrit inscription in
Kannada script which has been described to the Western
Chalukya King Kirthivarman II.
Cheruvathur is the home of the illustrious poets and scholars
of Kuttamath. Cheruvathur is also a fascinating picnic spot.
The ruins of a Dutch Fort built in the 18th century can be
found in the Veeramala Hills.
Pandiyan Kallu is a rock that rises in the sea about 2 km from
the Trikkannad Temple. Pandiyan Kallu is an ideal spot for
adventurous swimmers. According to the legends, the ship of
one of the Pandiya Kings who attacked the Trikkannad Temple
was converted into a rock.
Malik Deenar Mosque
The historic Malik Deenar Juma Masjid is one of the best kept
and attractive mosque of Thalankara at Kasaragod. The Malik
Deenar mosque is built in the typical Kerala style of
architecture and believed to have been founded by Malik Ibin
Nileswaram is the cultural centre of the district of Kasaragod
and was the seat of the Nileswar Rajas. The town is also
famous for its numerous shrines, temple festivals and the
Kavil Bhavan Yoga and Cultural Centre which offers
rejuvenation therapy and naturopathy treatments like mud baths
and herbal baths. Today, the Nileswaram Palace functions as
the folklore centre of the Department of Archaeology.