In ancient times, it was an important trade center and was known to Arabs by the name Harkwillia, a port city in the west coast of India. Earlier Kasargod was a part of South Kanara district of the Madras Presidency under the British, and after the states re-organisation in 1956, it became a part Malabar district and was later added to the Kannur district. On 24th May, 1984 Kasargod was formed as an independent district comprising the erstwhile Kasargod and Hosdurg Taluks. The place derived it name from the two Sanskrit words kaasaara (which means lake or pond) and kroda (which means a place where treasure is kept). As it was a part of Kanara, people of Kasargod speak Malayalam with the accent of other languages like Tulu, Kannada, Urdu and Konkani. Also known as the 'Land of Gods', Kasargod has a variety of distinct architectural style temples, churches and mosques. The town, renowned for its forts, beaches, hills, backwaters etc is the cradle of many colourful art forms and folk music of Kerala. As the land of Yakshagana and Theyyam, it is fast acquiring prominence in the tourist map of India.

Kasargod is located in the northern part of Kerala. The place is known for its handloom and coir industry. Also, it is famous for spectacular items of bell metal. Though still untouched by urban lifestyle, Kasargod tourism is fast catching up because of its natural beauty. The main economic activity of people of Kasargod is fishing. While you travel to Kasargod, you will see the forest-covered lush green Western Ghats towards the East and the vast Arabian Sea towards the West. It is flanked by two main rivers, Talapadi and the Trikaripur in north and south respectively.Kasargod has a variety of temples and places of worship that have a distinct architectural style. The place gets its distinct beauty from the calm lagoons fringed with coconut trees and dense vegetation. There are many places in the city as well as surrounding it and are quite a feast to the eyes. The temple of Madhur Mahaganapathy is unique and is a must visit.

Kasaragod is known as the land of Gods, beaches, , rivers, hills and forts. Kasaragod is a land of temples, mosques and churches. The main tree religions of kasaragod are Hindu, Muslims and Christians.Kasargod is rich in folk-culture, visual arts and festivals. some of them are Theyyam, Kolkali,Daff mutt,Mappila patt,Poorakkali, Yakshaganam, Kallampattu,Porattu, Oppana, Mappillapattu, Cock-fight etc. Most of the peoples of Kasaragod are farmers. The important crop raised are Areca nut, Coconuts ,Rubber, Paddy,Cashew,Pepper,Vegitables,Tapioca,Banana,Tobacco etc. Mlayalam, Kannada, Tulu, English, Hindi,Konkani are the major languages of the district. There are 12 rivers in the districts,they are Chandragri ,Manjeshwara, Mogral, Shrirya, Kvvayi, Kumbala, Kalanad, Bekal, Kariyankod, Uppla, Chithari,Nileshwar.

Kasargod is known for its coir and handloom industries. Fishing is a prime source of livelihood in Kasargod. The district has water, forest, and mineral resources. Kasargod is flanked by the forest-covered Western Ghats in the east and the Arabian Sea in the west. 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. Kasargode displays different styles of temple architecture. The unique architectural style of Madhur Mahaganapathy temple, the typical Kerala style of the historic Malik Deenar, Great Juma Masjid and many other structures speak volumes about the rich cultural heritage of the region. The Kasaragod city guide explores and highlights various tourist and travel attractions of Kasargod town.

Location info:

Kasargod city lies on the path of N.H-17. It is well connected by rail to parts of India such as Trivandrum, Kochi, Calicut, Cannanore, Mangalore, Goa, Surat, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Jammu Tawi, Kanyakumari etc. Nearest Airport is at Mangalore(49km).

Climate/Weather of Kasaragod Districts :

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.

History of Kasaragod Districts :

Educational Institutions of Kasaragod Districts :

Dhakheerath English Medium High Schoolunstarred
Malik Deenar Nagar, Thalangara, Kasaragod, Kasaragod, Kerala

Private collagesunstarred
Kasaragod, Kasaragod, Kerala

Chemmanad Jama-ath Higher Secondary Schoolunstarred

GHS Chandragiriunstarred

Goverment College
Kasaragod, Kerala

Prathibha College
Kasaragod, Kerala

Kasaragod, Kerala

Aliya Arabic College
Deli Chemnad road,Kerala

Aliya Arabic Collegeunstarred
Deli Chemnad road, Kerala

Izzathul Islam Schoolunstarred
Kasaragod, Kerala

Kasaragod Govt Schoolunstarred
Kasaragod, Kasaragod, Kerala

Thanbeehul Islam Higher Secondary Schoolunstarred
Kasaragod, Kerala


The local language spoken here is Malayalam the mother tongue of the people of Kerala known as keralites or Malayalees.Its principal and recognized administrative language is Malayalam. Tulu, Beary bashe and Konkani are also widely used. Besides these Kannada, Marathi, Urdu and Hindi are also spoken here.


The region is rich in traditional folk art forms. Muslims have their own common folk and celebration art forms such as Oppana, Kolkalli, Dauf muttal etc. Oppana is a celebration dance held on the eve of Muslim marriage, where the women to be married are decorated, with whom her friends and relatives do this ritual dance.

Onam and Vishu are the widely celebrated Festival here. Eid, Bakrid, Muharram are celebrated in accordance with time of Calicut and uduppi. These festials along with Shivaratri and Dasara are celebrated with much rigor by the people. And so is diwali. There are local festivals like Kumbala veddikett. Another festival of importance is Moodappaseva, a local festival celebrated in the Madhur Temple periodically. Kundamkuzhy Sree Panjalingeswara Kshethra Arattu Mahotsavam is very famous festival in this location.

Theyyam or Theyyattam is a popular ritual dance of North Kerala state, India, predominant in the Kolathunadu area . As a living cult with several thousand-year-old traditions, rituals and customs, it embraces almost all the castes and classes of the Hindu religion in this region is the dominant folk art form.

Poorakkali is a unique performing art of Northern Kerala. Poorakkali integrates rituals associated with the worship of the God of love, devotional songs, dances dedicated to several deities and an academic contest between heads of Poorakkali troops known as PauLckei\i, on issues ranging from logic and grammar to philosophy.

Yakshagana is a dance drama popular in the state of Karnataka. It is believed to have evolved from pre classical music form and theatrical arts is also common, but only on sidelines. Kolkali, poorakkali, mangalam kali, maruthkali, etc are folk arts performed in connection with the temple festivals. Mogral is famous for its cultural programmes which has been run by many of cultural associations. There people are so fond of Mappilappattu. It had most famous poets like "mogral kavi".

How to reach?

Nearest Railway Station: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.
Nearest Airport:Mangalore Airport is just 50kms away from Kasargod; one can reach also from Kozhikode International Airport which is 200 kilometers from Kasargod.
Road Transport:Kasargod is well-linked to major cities of Kerala and other neighboring states.

Tourist Attraction of Kasaragod Districts:

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.

The famous Madiyan Kulom temple is situated in Ajanur village. It is about five kms. from Kanhangad, the headquarters of Hosdurg taluk. The main deity of the temple is Bhadrakali; but there are also other deities like Kshetrapalan, Bhagavathi and Bhairavan. A peculiarity of this temple is that a Brahmin priest performs pooja only in the noon, while the morning and evening poojas are performed by a sect called Maniyanis. The festivals in the temple fall during the months of Edavam (May, June) and Dhanu (December, January) and on these days all the poojas are performed in connection with this festival.

Bela Chruch
Our Lady of Sorrows Church - oldest in the district constructed in 1890 AD. 15 KM north of Kasargod. This Gothic style Roman Catholic church which is under the Manglore Diocese, has celebrated its centenary recently and also renovated.

5 KMs south west of Cheruvathur separated from the mainland by back waters. One of the main tourist spots of the District. This is an island in the Arabian Sea. An ideal place for picnic also a fishing centre.

Hosdurga Fort
The fort with its round bastion looks imposing from a distance. Somashekara Nayak of Ikkeri dynasty built the fort. The place made well known by the Nithyanandasram with 45 caves.

The Nityanandasramam
Is situated on the hillock about half a km. south of the Hosdurg taluk office, was founded by Swami Nityananda. The spot was at first part of a forest area. Here Swami Nityananda constructed 45 guhas (caves) in a mountain slope. There is a temple built in 1963, after the style and design of the famous Somanatha Temple in Gujarat. A full size statue of Swami Nityananda in sitting posture made of panchaloha is one of the attractions of the asramam.

45 KMs east of Kasargod town. Famous for its ancient Siva Temple belonged to have been founded by Arjuna. The place where the Kiratha Yuddham battle between Arjuna and Lord Siva took place according to legend. The adjacent forest not frequented by men is considered the abode of Lord Siva and his divine consort. The stream below the valley is nature bounty.

Trikkanad & Pandyan Kallu
A famous temple on the sea shore near the Bekal fort, 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.

Kasargod Town
The Municipal town is situated on the bank of river Chandragiri. The confluence of several languages and culture where eight languages are spoken. The splendor of Kasaragod Saree comparable to that of Kanjeepuram is a cynosure of the market.

Ananthapura Lake Temple
The only lake temple in Kerala and the Moolasthanam (original seat) of Ananthapadmanabha Swami (Sri Padmanbha Swami Temple) Thiruvananthapuram. is 5 km. from Kumbla. Local belief is that Ananthapadmanabha had settled down here originally. The industrial park of KINFRA is situated here.

Bekal Fort
The largest and best preserved fort in the State. The alluring scene of the sea shore and its exhilarating natural scenery and beauty attracts the visitors. Fast emerging as an International tourist centre.

Is situated about five kms. east of the Kanhangad Railway Station, was founded in 1939 by Swami Ramadas, a great Vaishnava saint of modern times. The main asramam and other buildings have a beautiful setting in the midst of shady mango, coconut and other groves. There is a hill to the east of the asramam, to which the devotees retire for quiet meditation and from its west, the surrounding extensive landscape can be seen in its natural grandeur. The spot at the highest point of the hill is so fascinating that the devotees, who go up the hill and sit silently, are blessed with deep peace and tranquility.

Chandragiri Fort
Chandragiri lies three kms. south of Kasargod town. It has a large square situated high above the Chandragiri river on its southern bank. The fort it said to have been built in the 17th century by Sivappa Nayak of Bednore, who established his authority over the area and built a chain of forts. The Chandragiri river, on the bank of which it rises, marked the traditional boundary between Kerala and the Tuluva Kingdom. There is a beautiful bridge over the Chandragiri river at Thekkil, five miles from Chandragiri. A mosque is situated nearby and the view of the bridge with the mosque in the background is one of the most attractive sights on a drive along the NH 17 from Kannur to Kasargod. A longest railway tunnel in Kerala passes through Chandragiri Hills. A boat club has been recently started here.

The place of illustrious poets and scholars of Kuttamath Kunniyur family. The Veeramala hills at this place has the ruins of a Dutch fort built in the 18th century, is a picnic spot.

Edneer Mutt
It is 10 Km. North East of Kasargod. This Mutt belongs to the Sankaracharya tradition, presently renowned as a seat of art and learning.

Another centre in Ajanoor village renowned as the birth place of Poet P.Kunhiraman Nair, veteran freedom fighter and playright Vidwan P.Kelu Nair and Rasika siromani Kanan Nair. A cultural centre of the district.

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.

Veermala Hills
Is situated at Cheruvathur. Hill top with ruins of a Dutch fort built in the 18th century. A picnic spot from where the natural beauty of Kariangode river and surroundings can be enjoyed.

Hotels/Lodge/Accommodation in Kasaragod Districts :

Hotel City Palace
North Kottachery, Kanhangad, Kasargod

Apsara Regency
Bank Road, Kasargod- 671 121

The Nalanda Resorts.
NH.17 Jn. Nileshwar, Kasaragod Dist, Kerala, India. Pin: 671314.

Fort Land Hotel
Main Road, Uduma, Kasargod, Kerala, India.

Eeyam Hotel
Palakunnu, Bekal P.O., kasargod-671318, Kerala, India

Megha Tourist Home
Main Road, Kalpetta,Wayanad,Kerala

Fort Palace Tourist Home
Bekal Fort, Kottakunnu, Arlikktta, Pallikkara, Kasargod

Couvery Lodge
Behind Municipal Bus Stand, Kasargod


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Bekal Beach
This is Situated at the northern tip of Kerala, Bekal Beach is only 14 km away from Kasargode,79 km from Kannur, 2km from kovalam. Bekal is a beach destination of the future. It has long palm-fringed beaches and a rocky headland topped by the huge Bekal fort. This beach is being developed a resort. But for now, you can still savour the touch of history as you view the serene Lakshadweep Sea from the tall observation towers of the fort's once huge cannon emplacements. Bekal Beach is situated at the northern tip of Kerala, 79 km from Kannur; Bekal is a beach destination of the future. It has long palm-fringed beaches and a rocky headland topped by the huge Bekal fort.....more
Kanwatheertha Beach
Kanwatheertha Beach is situated 3 km from Manjeswar, Kasargod District, Kerala. Kanwatheertha Beach is a renowned beach in Kerala, quite well known for its scenic beauty. This Kanwatheertha Beach is a very famous tourist spot in Kerala. Aqua-Tourism is one of the most significant aspects of Kerala and Kanwatheertha Beach is a distinctive spot to substantiate on this interesting feature. Kanwatheertha Beach welcomes you all to unravel its charm and spirit. This charming lagoon is a ideal place only for tranquil lovers but also for fun loving people.....more
Kappil Beach
The Kappil beach is located in Kasargode District, its a paradise for those tourists and visitors who prefer peaceful and quite vacations, in the lap of nature. The secluded and somewhat unexplored 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, some six km away. Besides the natural beauty of the beach, adventure-loving souls can even ascend the nearby Kodi cliff to get a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea. For those who prefer Thoreau to Harold Robbins, the secluded and relatively unexplored Kappil Beach should prove idyllic.....more
Pallikere Beach
The Pallikere beach presents a picturesque sight of the Bekal fort, kasargode District.. Hence a tour to Pallikere beach means an intermingling of culture and history. The annual Kochi festival which is held on the white sands of the Pallikere beach is a major tourist attraction. The Pallikere beach is a favorite haunt for the tourists.This shallow beach offers a spectacular view of the fort and has ample facilities for recreation and relaxation. This beautiful expanse of shallow waters and beach offers a spectacular view of the Bekal fort. The public beach has ample space for recreation and relaxation. With international standard facilities to be developed here, Pallikere will rank among the best beaches in the country.....more
Valiyaparamba Backwater
Valiyaparamba is a backwater draw out situated in the district of Kasargod of Kerala. Circulated by 4 rivers flecked by quit number of small islands, Valiyaparamba is incredibly growing as an excellent backwater resort which grants captivating boat cruises. Valiyaparamba, a piece of land dissevered from the solid ground is a significant and notable fishing centre. The Valiyaparamba is just some few kilometers away from Bekal, where it just takes little hour's of ride to reach the place. The Valiyaparamba is the most renowned tourism spot that grabs the attention of the visitors by its scenic look. Moreover, Valiyaparamba is an ideal place to plan your picnic.....more
Kasaragod City
Kasargod is located in the northern part of Kerala. The place is known for its handloom and coir industry. Also, it is famous for spectacular items of bell metal. Though still untouched by urban lifestyle, Kasargod tourism is fast catching up because of its natural beauty. The main economic activity of people of Kasargod is fishing. While you travel to Kasargod, you will see the forest-covered lush green Western Ghats towards the East and the vast Arabian Sea towards the West. It is flanked by two main rivers, Talapadi and the Trikaripur in north and south respectively.Kasargod has a variety of temples and places of worship that have a distinct architectural style.....more
Bekal Fort
Bekal fort, the largest and the best-preserved fort in Kerala, lies in Pallikere, and its 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.Bekal fort is one among them .It is a famous tourist place in Kerala the land of yoga and Ayur Veda .Bekal fort is the largest and best preserved fort of kerala and has a grate tourist attraction.The fort is situated north of kerala at around 10km north of kanghangad town and has great historical and archeological interest. Bekal Fort, which is about 350 years old, is the largest fort in Kerala. It is proposed to be developed into a tourist complex.....more
Chandragiri Fort
Chandragiri fort lies 3 km south of Kasargod town, Kasargid district, kerala. It has a large square situated high above the Chandragiri River on its southern bank. This fort is situated on the bank of the Chandragiri River and marked the traditional boundary between Kerala and the Tuluva Kingdom. Built in 1000 AD in the form of fortifications with bastions and a steep moat, Chandragiri was under the rule of Yadavarayas for about three centuries and came into the control of Vijayanagara rulers in 1367. It rose into prominence in 1568 AD and remained as seat of power for the later Vijayanagara kings under whose reign the fortified area was further extended and some of the magnificent buildings and temples were constructed.....more
Hosdurg Fort
Hosdurg Fort is situated about 4km east of Kanhangad town, Kasargod district, kerala which is around 23kms and 15kms south east of Kasargod town. Hosdurg Fort with its round bastion looks imposing from a distance. Somashekara Nayaka of Keladi Nayaka dynasty of Ikkeri built the fort. The name Hosdurg is derived from the kannada word Hosa (which means new) and Durga (which means Fort) and was once an integral part of South Canara.The place made well known by the Nithyanandasram with 45 caves.This fort is also known as Kanhangad fort, 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.....more
Valiyaparamba Island
Valiyaparamba is a small island in the Arabian Sea in the Kasaragod district of Kerala state, south India. It is one of the main tourist spots of the district and also a fishing centreValiyaparamba is perhaps the most scenic backwater stretch in Kerala. Fed by four rivers and dotted with numerous little islands,Valiyaparamba, about 30 km from Bekal, Kasaragod, North Kerala.Valiyaparamba is fast turning into a much favoured backwater resort that offers enchanting boat cruises.Valiyaparamba is a beautiful backwater destination. A tour to Valiyaparamba will provide you a holiday in one of the most serene and tranquil destinations of Kerala. Located near Kasargod, Valiyaparamba is a small island favored by the tourists who search for some seclusion in the lap of nature.....more
Malik Dinar Mosque
The mosque, Juma Masjid, which is one one of the best kept and mosque attractive in the district, is located at Thalankara. It contains the grave of Malik Ibn Mohammed, one of the descendants of Malik Ibn Dinar and the places 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. Malik Dinar mosque Kasaragod acquired over the years, considerable importance as a center of Islam on the west coast. It is the site of one of the mosques believed to have been founded by Malik Ibn Dinar.....more
Chandragiri River
Chandragiri River is Located in Southeast of Kasaragod town on the banks of the Chandragiri river, Kasaragod district, north Kerala.The river originates in a village called Koinadu of Kodagu district in Karnataka state. Chandragiri fort lies three km south of Kasargod town. It has a large square situated high above the Chandragiri River on its southern bank. In the 17th century Sivappa Nayak of Bednore has built the fort. He also stablished his authority over the area and built a chain of forts. This fort is situated on the bank of the Chandragiri River and marked the traditional boundary between Kerala and the Tuluva Kingdom. There is a beautiful bridge over the Chandragiri River at Thekkil at the distance of five miles from Chandragiri.....more
Neeleshwaram River
The Nileswaram River is located 45km from kasargod and 12 km from bekal, Kasargod District, Kerala.It Flows through Nileswaram, the seat of the Rajas of a bygone era, palaces, sacred groves, shrines, festivals and yoga centres. River Cruises are the best kept secret of Nileswaram. Cruising along the Tejaswini River can make you discover the magic of life on River. BRDC ( Bekal Resorts Development Corporation ) runs several Houseboat cruises on the Tejaswini River from Kottapuram in Nileswar to Valiyaparamba. The town is also famous for its numerous kavus (shrines)temple festivals and the Kavil Bhavan Yoga and Cultural Centre which offers rejuvenation therapy and naturopathy treatments like mud and herbal baths.....more
Uppala River
Uppala river is a situated in Kasargod District of Kerala and is 15 km south of Manjeshwar and its close to the Arabian Sea,Uppala is a populated place in Kerala, The river shirrriya & abijna and uppala joins here. The length of the river is about 50 km.Originating 150 m height from the sea level, the river passes through Kasargod District in Kerala, and merges in the Arabian Sea.Uppala River, also known as Kalai River, originates from the Veerakamba Hills in Karnataka.Manjeswar river joins from the north eastern side and Uppala river (broader river) joins from the south eastern side. Ancient uppala bridge constructed at NH 17, across Uppala river near Hosangadi and You can also Add Hotel of any type so Tourists can stay in your Hotel in Uppala River.....more
Ananathpura Temple
The Ananthapura temple is situated in the central part of a lake of the 31-km from Bekal at Ananthapura,Kasargod District, Kerala. The Ananthapura temple is just five kilometers away from Kumbla. The Ananthapura temple is very familiar, as it is the only lake temple that has the Moolasthana of the Anantha Padmanabha Swami. The other major attraction of the Ananthapura temple is they can be visited by any group of visitors irrespective to caste, creed and religion. The house of worship is surrounded by a porch along the outside of a building called Chuttambalam. The temple has a small pond where water will stays with respect to seasonal changes.The presiding of the temple is Lord Vishnu seated on the serpent god, Adishesha.....more