Kasaragod

With the Western Ghats in the east (Coorg district of Karnataka State), Kozhikode and Wayanad districts in the south, Lakshadweep Sea in the west and Kasaragod in the north, Kannur district is bounded by a wealth of natural beauty. The district itself, which shares much of this natural Splendour, has been a key contributor to the cultural, religious, political and industrial heritage of the State. In addition, Kannur also enjoys the credit of having been the cradle of many a colorful folk art and folk music of Kerala.

Kasaragod General Information

  • Area :1961 sq km
  • The population size - 1,270,629
  • Altitude - Sea level

How to Get There

By Air

Nearest airports: Mangalore (50 km); Karipur international airport.

By Rail

On the Kozhikode-Mangalore-Mumbai route.

By Road

An excellent network of roads connects Kasaragod to major towns in Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Place to visit

Payyambalam Beach 2 km from Kannur

This beach is a local picnic spot. The northernmost district of Kerala, Kasaragod is world renowned for its coir and handloom industries. Fishing is a prime source of livelihood. Kasaragod is known as the land of gods, forts, rivers, hills and beautiful beaches. The fort at Bekal is the largest and best preserved in the State. Kasaragod displays a variety of styles in temple architecture - the unique style of the Madhur Mahaganapathy temple, the typical Kerala style of the historic malikDeenar Great Juma Masjid and so on speak volumes about the rich cultural heritage of the region. Rich pageants of Theyyam, Yakshagan, Kumbla (Buffalso race), Poorakkali, Koklali etc. enchant visitors.

Bekal: The Bekal Fort (16 km south of Kasaragod on the national highway) The 300 years old Bekal Fort is one of the largest and best preserved forts in Kerala. This imposing circular structure of literate rises 130 ft above sea level and stands on a 35-acre headland that runs into the Arabian sea. Buses are available every 10 minutes from Kanhangad to Bekal and Kasaragod to Bekal via Chandragiri Bridge - Kanhangad state highway.

Pallikere Beach: This shallow beach offers a spectacular view of the fort and has ample facilities for recreation and relaxation.

Anandasram: This internationally renowned spiritual centre founded by Swami Ramdas in 1939, offers a quiet, peaceful ambience best suited for meditation and spiritual studies.

Kanhangad / Hosdurg Fort: This is renowned for its chain of forts built by Somashekara Nayak of Ikkeri dynasty and also for the Nithyanandashram, an internationally recognized spiritual centre.

Ranipuram

This astounding mountain terrain is situated around 85 km from Kasaragod at an altitude of over 750 m above sea level and was previously known as Madathumala. Ranipuram offers abundant opportunities for exciting and interesting treks along the vast overwhelming natural landscapes. The weather of Ranipuram remains pleasant and houses an awesome variety of natural vegetation. It is capped with evergreen shola woods, dazzling monsoon forests, and attracting meadows. If you really want to cradle in the laps of nature, then this is the perfect place for you. Wild elephants can be spotted wandering atop the mountains. This place has some lovely tourist cottages which promise a comfortable stay.

Anandasram

Anandasram is situated around at a distance of 15 km from Kasaragod. This awe-inspiring hilly terrain is a globally renowned spiritual center established by Swami Ramdas in 1939. The aura of the ashram is immensely quiet and peaceful, creating an excellent ambience for meditation and spiritual teachings. The ashram is encircled by impressive flora and fauna. Here, you easily get comfy accommodation with various facilities. The ashram is an excellent location for divine "Sadhnas", away from the rest of the world. Just a half-hour drive will land you to another famous excursion site of Kasargod, Valiyaparamba backwater stretch, which is perhaps one of the most beautiful backwaters of Kerala

Veliyaparamba

Valiyaparamba is possibly the most ravishing backwater stretch with picturesque surroundings in Kerala. Nestled by four rivers, this small site consists of several small islands. All these traits are making Valiyaparamba the most-desired and preferred backwater resort, offering enthralling boat cruises. Besides, this isolated land is also famous for fishing centers. Here, you will find yourself enclosed by a wonderland of enchanting natural and scenic beauty. Spending time at this place is sure to refresh all your senses deeply. Valiyaparamba is very close to Bekal Fort and beach.

Shopping in Kasaragod

The areas for shopping in Kasargod are pretty limited.Kasargod does not have many impressive malls or huge showrooms, but that is where the beauty lies. The place is untouched by commercialism and urban lifestyle. The local craftsmen of Kasargod are famous for making beautiful artifacts out of metal. Kasargod is famous for bell-metal production. Different types of containers, vessels and beautiful lamps are famous here and sell like hot cakes.