It is flanked by the forest-covered Western Ghats in the east and the Arabian Sea in the west. Demarcating the north and the south are two rivers - the Talapadi and the Trikaripur.
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 a variety of styles in temple architecture.
Places of Interest in Kasargod :
Forts & Palaces :
Bekal Fort : Bekal fort, which is the largest and the best-preserved fort in Kerala is the most important monument of the region.
This fort, located on the highway, is believed to have been built in the 1650's by Sivappa Naik of the Ikkeri dynasty. Later it was transferred to Hyder Ali of Mysore and then to the British.
The sea bastions, underground tunnels and the observation tower are impressive. An old mosque is situated very near the fort, which is believed to be built by Tipu Sultan. History sleeps here among the lonely battlements of the Bekal Fort by the sea shore.
This landscape of ethereal quality, its never-ending grasslands and sea views possess all the potential to be developed into a superb tourist destination. The Bekal fort is located on a vast 35-acre headland that runs into the Arabian Sea.
This imposing structure of laterite rising 130 ft. above sea level has a chequered history of 300 years ,which adds to its interest as an archaeology site. Due to its historic relevance, the fort is controlled by the Archaeological Survey of India.
The ancient Kizhur State temple is also located here, where during the annual festival, the deity is taken to Thrikkanaya Temple at Bekal.
Kappil Beach : The Kappil Beach, remote and secluded is fast becoming a major tourist destination, offering an unmatched experience of wide beaches and calm waters. The Kodi Cliff nearby offers a panoramic view of the bluea waters of the Arabic Sea.
Pallikere Beach : 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.
Kanwatheertha Beach : 3 kms from Manjeshwaram, the large swimming pool-like formation of the sea on the vast beach is the main attraction.
Sri Mahalingeshwar : The Sree Mahalingeswara at Adoor is located in pretty surroundings on the banks of the river Payaswini. In the temple is a Sanskrit inscription in Kannada script, which are ascribed to the Western Chalukya king Kirthi Varma II, by the scholars.
Ananthapura Lake Temple :
Situated at a distance of 30kms from Bekal, it is the only lake temple in Kerala. It is regarded as the 'moolasthanam' (original seat) of Ananthapadmanabha, the deity of Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple, Thiruvananthapuram.
Nileswaram : The cultural centre of the district, this was the seat of the Nileswar Rajas. The Nileswaram palace today functions as the folklore centre of the Department of Archaeology.
Manjeshwaram : At Manjeswaram, a quaint little cashew-rich town at the northern tip of the district, which is home to 15 mosques, is the memorial to Govinda Pai, the grand patriarch of Kannada literature.
Near Kanjangad in Hosdurg, is the Madiyankulam dedicated to Bhadrakali. The ceremonious Bhutha dance is performed during the temple festival in May/June and December/January.
Anandasram (15 km from Bekal) : This internationally renowned spiritual centre founded by Swami Ramdas in 1939, offers a quiet, peaceful ambience best suited for meditation and spiritual studies. A 40 minutes drive away, is the unique Valiyaparamba Backwater stretch.
The most scenic Backwaters of Kerala, it is fed by four rivers and is dotted with numerous islands. Valiyaparamba is perhaps the most scenic Backwaters of Kerala. A cruise centre offering exciting boat rides will soon be opened here.
Ranipuram : (55 km from Bekal) : It offers ample opportunity for exciting treks along the wide vistas of nature. This land of cool weather, situated at a height of more than 750 m above sea level, is known for its varied vegetation.
Veliyaparamba (30 km from Bekal) : This is perhaps the most scenic Backwater Stretch in Kerala fed by four rivers and dotted with numerous little islands, Valiyaparamba is fast turning into a much favoured Backwater Resort that offers enchanting boat cruises
How To Get There :
Air : The nearest airport is at Mangalore, 50 km away. Kochi airport is 420 kms south.
Rail : Kasargod has a railway station, which is linked to several important towns.
Road : Motorable roads connect Kasargod to towns in Kerala and neighbouring Karnataka.