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Kasargod is a district in the northern part of Kerala in the Malabar region. This district was formed in 1985. The Kasargod district is gifted by Mother Nature with water, forest, and mineral resources. The forest-covered Western Ghats in the east and the Arabian Sea in the west, Kasargod is the one of the most beautiful districts in Kerala state with 11 rivers (out of a total of 44 rivers in Kerala), forts, beaches, hills and backwaters, it is a land with seven languages and several cultures and a place of pleasant co-existence among people of various religions.
Agriculture is the prime source of living for people in Kasargod. Natural vegetation, except in some coastal regions, consists of different types of forests. It's known for its coir, handloom industries as well as Tobacco are prime business.
The landscape is prevailed by the coconut palms with hills and small streams flowing into the sea. The landscape is covered with tiled-roof buildings, placed with the famous Kasargod tiles made with the local hard red clay and the walls are made typically with laterite blocks. Old houses are commonly found with elaborate wood-work.
A major part of the district comes under upcountry region with numerous hills and valleys and it presents a flapping surface gradually coming up and blending into the slopes of Western Ghats. Soil is lower ranking and laterite with underlying metamorphic rock. Typical vegetation of this area is deciduous forest consisting of a mixture of evergreen and deciduous trees. Underwood consists of a variety of animals and perennials.
Kasargod, the district with natural extravagance has been a key provider to the cultural, religious, political and industrial legacy of the State. Kasargod has a large population of tribes, who maintain a culture definitely different from the mainstream culture.
It was famous from Arab travellers who came to Kerala in 9th and 14th century AD had visited Kasargod. Apparently, Kerala is the most attractive of all the Indian States and Kasargod definitely is the pride of Kerala.
Kasargod district consists of two taluks with a population of 1,24,000, and has an average literacy rate of 79% above the national literacy rate The Malayalam is the main language, which is influenced by Tulu, Kannada, and Konkani; and Tulu spoken at Kerala is influenced by Malayalam.
PLACES OF MAJOR ATTRACTION AND IMPORTANCE
Adoor is a small village 45 Kms east of Kasargod. Located in wooded surroundings on the southern banks of the River Payaswini. It is famous for its ancient Siva Temple believed to have been founded by Arjuna.
Anandashram and Nityanandasramam are the two notable asramams in Kanhangad, which is around 20 kms from Kasargod.
Ananthapura Lake Temple is the 9th century temple; it is the only lake temple in Kerala and is the Moolasthanam (original seat) of Ananthapadmanabha, the divinity of Sree Padmanbha Swamy Temple, Thrivananthapuram.
Bekal Fort is the largest and best conserved Fort in the State. The attractive scene of the sea shore and its thrilling natural surroundings and beauty attracts the people.
Pallikare Beach is one kilometre away from the Fort. This beach offers a fantastic view of the Fort and has sufficient facilities for leisure and relaxation.
Kodi Cliff is a very tall cliff between the Kappil Beach; and Chandragiri fort is another spectacular site for viewing the nightfall.
Kottancheri Hills are the rain forest near Konnakkad 30 Km north- east of Kanhangad. It is a beautiful picnic center and ideal for trekking. Thalakkaveri in the Brahmagiri mountain of Coorg is near to these hills.
Mallikarjuna Temple is situated in the middle of the Kasargod town it is one of the famous temple in Kasargod district. The temple festival and Yakshagana are most attractive.
Kappil Beach is just 6 km away from Bekal Fort; being remote and secluded, this beach is fast becoming a major tourist attraction.
Valiyaparamba is 30 km away from the Fort this is perhaps the most beautiful backwater stretch in Kerala. Fed by four rivers and spread with numerous little islands, Valiyaparamba is fast turning into a much preferred backwater resort that offers captivating boat cruises.
How to get there:
To reach Kasargod from Mysore it is around 170 km, from kannur it is around 60kms. The nearest railway station is Bekal Fort railway station which is linked to several important towns around 10 kms from Kasargod. Nearest airport is Mangalore airport in Karnataka 50 kms from the town, Kozhikode (Calicut) Airport is 150 km south of Kasargod town.
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