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About Kazargode

Located in the northern extreme, on the banks of the Payaswini River lies Kasargod, the14th district of Kerala. Renowned for its handloom and coir industry, it is one of the most enchanting districts bounded by the Western Ghats in the east and the Arabian sea in the west & blessed with water, forest and mineral resources. The forest-covered Western Ghats in the east and the Arabian Sea in the west flank. Demarcating the north and the south are two rivers - the Talapadi and the Trikaripur (near Karuvellure) . Grey rocks and barren land amidst dense Vegetation as well as calm lagoons visible through the coconut palms along the coastal bet lend this district a rare and distinct beauty.


Located 15kms north of Kasargod town, Manjeswaram is an ancient and small town on the banks of river Manjeswar. This smalcashew growing place is a prominent pilgrim center of all castes and creeds because of the numerous mosques, temples (both Jain and Hindu temples) and churches. For a long time it was the seat of a flourishing community Gowda Saraswatha or Konkani Brahmins. The memorial of the late Govinda Pai, the grand patriarch of Kannada literature is also located at Manjeswaram.

Bekal fort
Bekal fort, the largest and the best-preserved fort in Kerala, lies 16 Kms south of Kasaragod on the national highway at the northern tip of the state. The fort, a circular imposing structure of laterite rising 130 ft. above sea level, stands on a 35 acre headland that runs into the Arabian sea. The Bekal fort is now under the Archeological Department of the Government of India. There is a recently renovated temple dedicated to Hanuman, at the entrance to Bekal. An old mosque is also situated very near the fort and this is believed to have been founded by Tipu Sultan

Palakkad Fort
The old granite fort situated in the very heart of Palakkad town is one of the best preserved in Kerala. It was built by Hyder Ali of Mysore in 1766. The fort was taken over and modified by the British in 1790. It is now preserved by the Archaeological Survey of India. Palakkad Fort was supposedly built to hasten communication between Coimbatore and the West Coast. In 1784 AD, after a siege lasting eleven days, the British Colonel, Fullerton stormed the Fort. It later fell into the hands of the Zamorin's troops but was recaptured by the British in 1790 AD. Martyr's Column, Open Air Auditorium called "Rappadi" is located in the spacious grounds of the Fort, now preserved by the Archaeological Survey of India.


Kareem's Forest park (Puliyamkulam Park)
India's first private sanctuary which spreads across 32 acres (130,000 m2) and rich in diverse species of trees, medicinal plants, birds, insets, reptiles, amphibians, small wild animals, microorganisms and so on. People from different walks of life environmentalists, scientists, University and Ayurveda students, and laymen, all over the country visit his forest park for practical experience and study purpose.created in 1979 by P. Abdul Kareem, an environmental activist and a nature-lover. Tourist from all over the country are visiting this park not only to enjoy the pristine beauty and pure natural environment, but also for practical experience and study purpose. The park also offers trekking facilities for the adventure lovers. The park is situated at Puliyamkulam, near Parappa. It is 23 km away east of kanhangad town. Frequent bus service available.

Nileswaram, by the banks of the Nileshwaram river is a kind of place which would not leave you impressed at the first sight. It is a dusty town with a series of decrepit buildings. If you have time and a keen eye you could slowly unravel the hidden charm of Nileswaram and understand the reasons as to why it was an important cultural center. The place was the seat of the Nileshwar Rajas who inhered in the family unit of Kolathris and their palace (Nileshwaram Palace), The town is also famous for its numerous shrines called 'kavu', several yoga and cultural centers which offers rejuvenation therapy and naturopathy treatments like mud and herbal baths. Distance from Kasargod: 45 km &Distance from Bekal: 12 km.


Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary
Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary located on the western slopes of the Western Ghats, is the northern most wildlife sanctuary of Kerala . Headquartered near Iritty, the park`s area is spread across 55 The forest is well fed by a good network of rivers. On the southern side it is the Cheenkannipuzha River which forms the primary drainage system. Narikkadavuthodu, Kurukkathodu and Meenumuttithodu rivers flowing from the northern upper towards south joins the Cheenkannipuzha. Distance from Thalasserry: 45 km & Distance from Kannur town: 60 km. Ranipuram shola NP/ wildlife sanctuary
The proposed Ranipuram Wildlife sanctuary / National park of Kanhangad forest range consists of various flora and fauna which are endemic to the Western Ghats and a yet to studied biodiversity hotspot. It merges with the Talacauvery wildlife sanctuary. Ranipuram hill station which falls in Panathady reserve forest is an ideal area to notify as a wild life sanctuary/National park. shola forest seen only here in this district. Elephants, leopards, deer, wild dogs, wild boars, macaques, jungle cats, Leopard cats slender loris, porcupines, malabar giant squirrels, malabar civet cat, many species of birds, rare butterflies and medicinal plants are found in these forest.

Malom wildlife sanctuary
Malom reserve forest of Kanhangad range consists of Tropical rainforest and many wild animals like as rhesus monkey, wild pig, flying squirrels, slender loris, porcupine, and birds like peacock, Malabar hornbill and grey horn bill are seen. Snakes like cobras, python and king cobras reported. It is 28 km away east of Kanhangad in Balal-Kallar panchayath.

Adoor wildlife sanctuary
Adoor reserve forest which spreads about 2 km2 in Kasaragod district is the home for endangered animals like jungle cat, slender loris, wild pig, porcupine, turtles, peacock, Malabar horn bill, butterflies, medicinal plants and wet evergreen forest. Illicit tree felling, hunting, encroachment are main threats for this sanctuary. It is about 35 km east of Kasaragod town in Adoor-Kuttikol panchayath.

Parappa wildlife sanctuary
Parappa reserve forest of Kanhangad range are home for jungle cats, slender loris, wild pig, porcupine, turtles, peacock, Malabar horn bill, butterflies, medicinal plants and wet evergreen forest. Illicit tree felling, hunting, encroachment are main threats for this sanctuary. It is about 22 km East of Chervathur town.

Kammadam sacred grove wildlife sanctuary
Kammadam kavu, related with Bhagavathi temple, is the biggest sacred grove of Kerala and rich in wildlife, evergreen forest, orchids, medicinal plants and shrubs. Wild animals like Jungle cat, monitor lizard, civets, fox, bats, snakes, various species of birds and butterflies seen. It is 25 km east of Kanhangad town. Cheruvathur, a fascinating picnic located 10kms south of Nileshwaram, is the home of the illustrious poets and scholars of Kuttamath Kunniyur family. The tourist attractions of this place are the Veeramala hills and the Cheruvathur Kota Palli.

Veeramala Hills
Veeramala hills is a small mountain situated at Cheruvathur from where the natural beauty of Kariangode river and surroundings can be enjoyed. The major attraction here is the ruins of a Dutch fort built in the 18the century.

Pandiyan Kallu
The historical significant Pandiyan Kallu is a rock rising above the sea, located 2kms from the famous Trikkanad Temple. Legend says that one of the Pandya King tried to attack the temple through the sea, but their ship was burnt by Lord Shiva. The burnt ship was then turned into a rock and later it came to be known as Pandiyan Kallu. It is a quite challenging and favourite destination of adventurous swimmers.

Edneer Mutt
Edneer Mutt is a religious center renowned for its encouragement to art, literature and cultural activities. This ancient mutt belongs to the Sankaracharya tradition is located on the Kasargod-Puthur road, around 10kms north east of kasargod. It attracts devotees from all over Kerala, Karnataka and other states.

Maipady Palace
Maipady palace is about 8kms from Kasargod town on Kasargod-Perla road. It was once the seat of the Kumbla Rajas.

Located on the south of Kasargod, the village of Trikkaripur was the old seat of Thazhekattu Mana. The village is famous for its communal harmony and 'Theyyam', a ritual art form. Trikkaripur is the hometown of many famous personalities such as Guru Chandu Panikkar, Kathakali artist; T S Thirumumb, poet and freedom fighter; K.M.Kunhambu, artist and social servant.

Kumbla is a small town located on the mouth of a lagoon formed by the Shiriya river at a distance of 14kms north of Kasargod. Parthi Subbha, who was renowned as the Father of Yakshagana was born here in the 18th century. Yakshagana is a colourful dance drama based on myths and legends. The famous Sri Gopalakrishna Temple is situated at Kumbla.

Adoor mahalingeswara temple
According to the mythology, a Harijan, who was an untouchable, discovered the Shiva lingam while he was on his way to his work. Since the Shiva Lingam was discovered by a common man, the day is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm. People throng to the temple premises and wear their choicest costumes. They celebrate the Makara Sankramam Festival with remarkable fervor and keenness. They pay homage to the Shiva Lingam and also ask for their prosperity and overall happiness. temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is located in the scenic village of Adoor, 45 kms east of Kasargod. This 13th century temple on the southern bank of river Payaswini is believed to have been founded by Arjuna, the mythical Pandava archer. Legend has it that it is at Adoor where 'Kiratha Yudham', the battle between Lord Siva and Arjuna took place. The walls of the temple is adorned with colourful paintings of Ganapati and Sashta and the roofs are exquisitely carved with the scenes from holy scripts. The transliterated inscription of Sanskrit in Kannada script in the temple shows that it is someway related to the Western Chalukya King Kirthivarman II of 745-755 AD. The Festival at the Adoor Mahalingeshwara Temple is held in the month of February-March.

It is located 5 km from Kanhangad in Hosdrug talik and is known for the Madiyam Kovilakam temple, dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. The ancient temple has intricate wood carvings on Palazhimadhanam, Sitaswayamvaram and Dakshayagam. During the annual nine day festival of 'pattutsavam', various cultural and religious programmes are held.

15 km from bekal fort this internationally renowned spiritual centre founded by swami Ramadas in 1939.offers aquite,peaceful ambiene best suited for meditatiom and spiritual studies.

Anadapura lake temple
30 km from Bekal, this 9th century temple is the only lake temple in Kerala and is the moolasthanam (original abode) of Anandapadmanabha, the deity of Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple, Thiruvananthapuram. A crocodile at the temple pond, said to be 150 year old is a major attraction.

Chandragiri fort
Southeast of Kasaragod town on the banks of the Chandragiri river, Kasaragod district, north Kerala. The fort has an eventful history to relate... A couple of centuries ago, the river Chandragiri was considered the border of two powerful kingdoms - Kolathunadu and Thulunadu. When Thulunadu was captured by the Vijayanagara Emperor, the Kolathunadu kings lost the Chandragiri region to them. It was only in the 16th century that the great empire of Vijayanagara (presently under the Karnataka State) declined. But later the Ikkeri Naikkars or the Bedanoor Naiks took over the reins of Chandragiri as an independent region. Thus the Chandragiri Fort was built by Sivappa Naik for the defence of his kingdom. The fort changed hands over the years to Hyder Ali of Mysore and then to the British East India Company. Today it is a protected monument under the State Archaeology Department. The Chandragiri region was rejoined to the State of Kerala through the State Reorganisation Act, 1956, Government of India. A ruined fort, a vantage point offering a breathtaking view of the river, coconut groves and the Arabian sea. It Maintain bye Archiological Department, Central Govt of INDIA..

Chandragiri cruises
This popular backwater destination harbors an island and is replenished by numerous rivers.The backwater cruises from Chandragiri start from the Chandragiri Bridge. A cruise down the thickly green coated stretch of vegetation of a picturesque Valiyaparamba, based in Kasargod, Kerala, south India, India, is a memorable one as the sound of the waves splashing on your boat coupled with the greenery fading past you is enough to transform a dry mathematician into a photography enthusiast.

Bekal hole aqua park
Bekal Hole Aqua Park is a unique leisure spot, located just one km north of the Bekal Fort. A haven for the water sport enthusiasts, the park is the only one of its kind in North Malabar that provides facilities like pedal boats and water cycles. The park offers a long day relaxation and the visitors can enjoy the water rides through the cool stretches of the Bekal hole backwaters.

Bela church (Our Lady of Sorrow Church)
Oldest in the district constructed in 1890 AD, 15 km north of Kasaragod. This Gothic style Roman Catholic Church which is under the Mangalore Diocese, celebrated its centenary recently. located 11km from Kumbla on the Kumbla-Badiadka road and 15kms north of Kasargod. Originally, it was a small thatched church built at Kudrepady by the migrated Konkani Catholics and for better convenience it was shifted to the present location. Dedicated to Mother of Dolours, The miraculous statue of the Mother of Sorrows was lifted to this church from Kudrepady with great solemnity. The church was later renovated in the year 2001. The annual perunal (festival) of the church is celebrated in the month of December.

Narampady Church (St. John De Britto)
Narampady Church alias St. John De Britto Church is situated on the Badiadka-Mulleria route, about 10 km from Badiadka which is 6kms east of Kasargod. This Roman Catholic Church was established in 1942 (1939).

Central planitation crops and research institute (CPCRI)
The CPCRI serves as a national forum for improving the genetic potential of plantation crops, to conduct basic and applied research and to produce genetically superior planting materials for coconut, arecanut, spices and cashewnut. The Coconut Research Station was established in 1916 and later brought under Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) during 1970 as Central Plantation Crops Research Institute. The initial mandate of the institute was on crop husbandry of coconut, arecanut, cocoa, oilpalm, cashew and spices. The restructuring process during VII and VIII Plan resulted in the establishment of separate Research Institute/Centres for Spices, Cashew and Oilpalm, but the institute continue to maintain strong linkage with these Institutions. At present the Institute has a countrywide research network of four regional stations, four research centres and 20 Centres under AICRP on palms. Besides, the institute also hosts the headquarter of Indian Society of Plantation Crops. The tissue culture protocol standardized was used for mass multiplication of high yielding disease free (YLD resistant) arecanut palms. Inflorescence explants from disease free palms of age 40 years in farmers’ gardens from hot spot areas in Sullia regions of Karnataka were sampled. Large number of plants was obtained in vitro. Direct somatic embryos from inflorescence rachilla was also obtained, which is a first report. The incidence of YLD had devastated the arecanut growing tracts and only by replanting with resistant planting material the gardens could be rejuvenated. In this context the developed tissue culture protocol has immense field application. The successful development of arecanut tissue culture protocol has opened up new hope in resistance breeding as even with limited number of resistant genotypes, large number of planting material could be produced and distributed among farmers. Besides, large number of newly released dwarf-hybrids can also be produced and distributed among farmers.

Eriyadi makkam uroos
Badadukka parappalli makkam uroos at ambalathara in hosadurg taluk bekal makkam uroos paikamanavaty etc. are also famous and attracts alarge number of people irrespective of caste and religion.

Tangal uppapa uroos
At muhayuddin juma masjid,nellikunnu,kasargod town is celebrated once in two year in memory of thangal uppapa valiyullahi muhammed haneef .this is celebrated during December-january.the nercha celebration lasts for seven to eleven days.relegous speeches by muslim scholars are also conducted in connection with the festival. on the last day of the uroos, mas- feeding takes attracts people in thousands.

Thalakalayi subhramanya temple (paravanadukkam)
Situatted about 5km away south of kasargod town,the temple is dedicated to lord subhramanya.the shasti festival during the month of December-january every year is famous and attracts large number of devotees

Sravanjika ganeshothsavan at kasargod
This festinal is celibrated during September every year in connection with ganesh chathurthi,by the local people under the banner of savanjika ganeshothsava samithi,kasargode.abig idol of lord ganesha made with clay and adorned for 5 or 7days conducting poojas one of the last day the idiol is taken with aprocession through the town and to immerse in the temple tank.

Tulur Vanam
4 km east of Panathur. The temple here is consecrated to Kshetrapalan and Bhagavathi. The eight day annual festival commencing from Sivarathri, attracts large crowds from all over the district as well as from Coorg.

Sree Mahalingeswara Temple ( Adoor)
45 km from Kasaragod. Located In wooded surroundings on the southern banks of the River Payaswini, this ancient Siva Temple contains a Sanskrit inscription In Kannada script which has been ascribed to the Western Chalukva King: Kirthivarman II (745-755 AD).

Tejaswinl-Valiyaparamba Backwaters
50 km from Bekal.This is one of the most scenic backwater stretches in Kerala. Fed by four rivers and dotted with numerous little islands, this much favoured destination offers enchanting boat cruises.

Machyankulam Durga Temple
This Bhadrakali Temple at Kanhangad is famed for its Khutha dance (pootham) performed during the annual festivals In May/June & December/January.

Jain temples
Jainism was the first of the non-native religions in Kerala. Chathurmukha Basti is one of the two Jain Temples at Manjeshwar in Kasaragod district. The Chathurmukha Basti is unique because there are four idols of Vardhamana Mahaveera facing four directions. Hence the name chathurmukha (four faces) and basti (temple). The advent of Aryan religions like Jainism, Buddhism,and Hinduism from north changed the Dravidian way of life existed in ancient Kerala. Jainism was the first to come. The Koodalmanikyam temple in Irinjalakuda, Thrissur district, is believed to be originally a Jain temple. Jainism started declining in Kerala around the eighth century A.D and nearly disappeared around the 16th century A.D. Jain shrines still survive in Wayanad, Kasaragod, Alappuzha and Kochi.

This Jain temple where the presiding deity is Vardhamana Mahaveera has four idols of the deity facing four directions in the sanctum sanctorum. And one can see all these four idols through the four doors. Hence the name Chathurmukha (means four faces) and basti (temple). Nearest railway station: Kasaragod station on the Kozhikode - Mangalore - Mumbai route. Nearest airports: Mangalore about 50 km from Kasaragod and Kozhikode international airport about 200 km away.

Kanhagad Hosdurg Fort
Hosdurg Fort alias Kanhangad fort is an imposing structure located 4km east of Kanhangad town which is around 23kms and 15kms south east of Kasargod town and Bekal fort respectively. Believed to be built by Somasekhara Nayak of Ikkeri dynasty, the fort is surrounded by a high brick wall with round bastions. Although only the ruins of the old fort remain, the legacy of the fort town endures to this day. Within the fort premises, there are several public offices and a temple called Karpooreshwara Temple devoted to Lord Shiva. The internationally recognised spiritual centre, 'Nithyanandashram' is situated on the outskirts of the fort, around 4kms away.

Kappil Beach
(6 km from Beakal Fort): Remote and secluded, this beach is fast becoming a major tourist attraction. The Kodi cliff nearby offers a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea. Kappil Beach is an ideal spot for such nature lovers and attracts a large number of such tourists every year. This sun-drenched Kappil beach is a perfect getaway after a hectic tour of the nearby Bekal Fort natural beauty of the beach, adventure-loving souls can even ascend the nearby Kodi cliff to get a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea. The nearest Railway Station is Kasaragod; about 12 km while the nearest Airport is Mangalore, about 50 km from Kasaragod town.

The Pallikere Beach
(1 km from Bekal Fort): This enchanting beach offers a spectacular view of the fort and has ample facilities for recreation and relaxation. The beautiful beach is surrounded by dense bushes and coconut tress, The Beach is quiet and its shallow waters make it ideal for swim. Clean sands induce you to take a long walk or sit and watch silently as the sun sets in the west.

Kanwatheertha Beach
(3 km from Manjeswaram): A large swimming pool like formation of the sea on the vast beach is the main attraction.

Govinda Pai Memorial
In Manjeswar, is the native place of M.Govinda Pai (1883-1963), one of the greatest Kannada poets of modern time. He was conferred the title of "Poet Laureate" by the erstwhile Government of Madras. He is known as Rashtra Kavi Govinda Pai. Kariangode River
Running through the hills and dales of Hosdurg Taluk. Immorlised as Tejaswini by great novelist Niranjana laps on its shore. The famous village of Kayyur - the cradle of agrarian revolutions where the farmers and farm workers staged a historic battle against feudalism and the British imperialism.

Malik Dinar Mosque
Over the years, Kasargod acquired the considerable importance as a centre of Islam on the west coast. It is the site of one of the mosques believed to have been founded by Malik Ibn Dinar. The mosque, Juma Masjid, which is one of the best kept and most attractive in the district, is located at Thalangara. It contains the grave of Malik Ibn Mohammed, one of the descendants of Malik Ibn Dinar and the place is sacred to Muslims. Another notable mosque, in Kasaragod is the Theruvath Mosque which is in the centre of the town. An important local celebration takes place every year in commemoration of the arrival of Malik Ibn Dinar. The Uroos attract pilgrims from all over India.

Kammatan Kavu
An evergreen forest of about 50-60 acres with a perenial stream is a centre of worship connected with Kammadam Bhagavathi Temple.

8 KMs north east of Kasargod. The rich architecture, imposing structure of the temple, with its turrests and gables and the copper plate roofing rises majestically against the beautiful land scape of hills paddy fields and gardens with the river Madhuvahini flowing leisurely in front of it. The Madhur Temple is a Siva temple with Srimad Anantheswara as its presiding deity. But importance is given to the deity Maha Ganapathi. The Sivalingam of the temple is said to have been found by a harijan woman, Madharu. The special festival of the temple is Moodappa Seva, which is covering the large figure of Maha Ganapathi with appam made of ghee and rice. The festival is conducted only periodically in view of the huge expenditure involved. It was celebrated in April 1962, after a lapse of about 160 years, and recently in April 1992. Namaskara Mandapam of the temple has been decorated with beautiful figures of puranic heroes in wood. A closer examination of the wood carvings would disclose the various episodes of the Ramayana, beginning with the Seethga Swayamvaram. The Mantapam in the interior of the temple building as well as the outside facade of the second and third storey of the main building are also profuse with attractive and exquisite wood carvings. It is said that the temple was attacked by Tippu Sultan of Mysore during his invasion and he felt thirsty and drunk the water from the temple well, which changed his mind and left the temple without damaging it. There is a mask on the temple which is said to be made by Tippu with his sword.

Nellikunnu Mosque
Famous for Uroos, this mosque attracts thousands. Very near to Kasargod town. The Nercha celebration, during the second half of November, lasts for one week.

Out of the 28 Muchilottu Bhagavathi temples, Perne in the northern most and the only one north of Chandragiri seema situated in the vicinity of Ananthapuram. The mass marriage at the time of Pooram festival in the month of Meenam is a unique feature of this temple.

Located on a hillock 487.68 metres above sea level in Dharmathadka 30 KM north-east of Kasargod. From the hill top one can see the Arabian Sea, Manglore, Kudremukh, etc.

Trikkand & Pandyan Kallu
Dedicated to Lord Siva. Also known as Dhakshina Kashi. Pandyan Kallu, a rock rising in the sea about 2 KM from Trikkannad is an ideal place for adventurous swimmers. It has the legend that ship of one of the Pandya King who attacked the Trikkannad temple was converted into a rock by Lord Siva. Palakkunnu Bhagavathi Kshethram, one KM north of Trikkannad is famous for annual Bharani festival, which attracts thousands.