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Must See Attractions in Kasaragod During Your Kerala Travel

Updated on March 1, 2017
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A travel enthusiast, Sunil Kunnoth finds pleasure in making long train journeys with a mind to observe things around.

The stunning view of Bekal Fort, Kasaragod
The stunning view of Bekal Fort, Kasaragod | Source

Kasaragod (or Kasargod) is a border district of Kerala, a southernmost state in India.. It shares border with Karnataka and predictably has got some of the features of that state rather than that of Kerala to some extent. The district is situated on the northern part of Kerala, sandwiched between the southern tip of Karnataka and northern limit of Kerala.

The district has its own unique features thanks to the sharing of border with Karnataka. Culturally, the region is a melting point of two different traditions that of Thuluva and Kerala. The area had a large concentration of Brahmins and their colonies centuries ago. They had built many temples in and around Kasaragod. The district had also witnessed the growth of Jainism and Buddhism in Kerala on its soil.

Boundaries

South: Kannur

East: Karnataka

North: Karnataka

West: Arabian Sea

How to describe this beauty! A view of Bekal Fort
How to describe this beauty! A view of Bekal Fort | Source
Kerala's unique greenery. Another  view of Bekal Fort
Kerala's unique greenery. Another view of Bekal Fort | Source
The beautiful lonely beach at Kappil.
The beautiful lonely beach at Kappil. | Source
Malik Dinar Mosque (Also known as Juma Masjid),Thalangara, Kasaragod
Malik Dinar Mosque (Also known as Juma Masjid),Thalangara, Kasaragod | Source

Video of Bekal (Presentation in English)

Unique Features


The most notable and unique feature of Kasaragod is its multi language usage. Kasaragod is known as ‘the land of seven languages’ (‘Sapthabhasha Bhumi’ in Malayalam). Nowhere in Kerala exists such a diversity and multitude of languages. The languages spoken here are Malayalam, Tulu, Beary, Kannada, Konkani, Hindi and Urdu. Beary is spoken by Tuluva-Malayalam Muslims. They also use Hindi and Urdu. In places like Manjeshwaram and Hosankadi what you mostly hear will be Tulu. Even if you are a Malayali, the Malayalam being used here may be somewhat difficult to follow especially for those coming from the southern part of Kerala.

The dominant religion here is Hinduism followed by Islam and Christianity. At certain places Muslims outnumber Hindus.


Places of Interest Around


  • Bekal Fort
  • Chandragiri Fort
  • Kappil Beach
  • Srimad Anantheshwara Siddi Vinayaka Temple, Madhur
  • Folkland, Trikaripur
  • Malik Deenar Mosque, Thalangara


Tu Hi Re, A Hindi Film Song Scene Filmed at Bekal

Bekal Fort: In the tourism map, the most attractive destination of Kasaragod is Bekal Fort. This is a spectacular fort situated at a height of 43 meters above sea level facing north. It is a picturesque location and song scenes of many films, especially that of Bollywood, were shot here. The most striking feature is the observation tower. The tower is in the middle of this fort, 10 meters high. You can see the entire fort and beyond it the sea on the west. It was built by Shivappa Nayak of Bednore in 1624. It is the largest fort in Kerala and the most attractive location in Kasaragod. (Please watch the Video for more idea)

Visit time: 8 am-6 pm


Chandragiri Fort: 5 km from Bekal. Built in the 17th century and is a small fort. Yet the view from here is marvelous as well incomparable. You can see the scintillating view of the Chandragiri River flowing into the Arabian Sea. The presence of thick coconut palms here give you a delightful scenery.

Visit time: 9 am 6 pm


Kappil Beach: If you love a village life, do reach here. It is 3 km from Chandragiri fort. The attraction awaits here is a remote and secluded beach with small cliff called Kodi. It offers you the vantage views.


Srimad Anantheshwara Siddhi Vinayaka Temple, Madhur: 8 km from Kasaragod. It was a Shiva temple but later came to be known as a Ganapati Shrine. Tipu Sultan though came to attack this temple, returned without damaging it. It is believed that to pacify the Muslim soldiers, he just made a cut on the temple wall. You can see the cut even today. Another charming point of the temple is the beautifully carved sculpture depicting scenes from Ramayana on the top and front of the hall.


Folkland, Trikaripur: Kerala’s folk performances and martial arts are certain things you must watch. 'Theyyam' deserves special mention in Kasaragod's performing arts like what we see in Kannur with greater significance. The Folkland helps you in this connection. You can update your knowledge on these arts by making a visit to this small institution. Workshop, exhibitions and performances are frequently held for the promotional purpose. A visit is a worth. For more details, please visit their official web site.

Contact No. 0467 2210699

Web: www.folkland.org


Malik Deenar Mosque, Thalangara: An historic mosque and a must see destination if you have interest in History and knowing the story of the Kerala Muslims. It is the site of one of the mosques believed to have been founded by Malik Deenar. Also, this is one of the best preserved mosques in Kerala. The mosque known as Juma Masjid is a wonder showcasing the architectural beauty of the olden days. It is located at Thalangara and contains the grave of Malik Deenar, one of the companions of Mohammed, the Islamic Prophet. Muslims consider this as a sacred place for the obvious reason.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 2 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Glad to know that you loved it. Thank you for stopping by and leaving comments.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Looks like a beautiful place for a lovely vacation destination.

      Interesting article and nice photos.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 2 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      @radhikasree

      Your comments are very much appreciated. Hope you will make a journey to this beautiful place in your next Kerala trip. I request you to visit Bekal at any cost as it is such a wonderful marvel to see and experience.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 3 years ago from Mumbai,India

      One of my cousins stays in Kanhangad. A trip to his home may help me explore all these earthly delights of Kasaragod some day.

      Voted up, beautiful and interesting. Sharing in Hubpages.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Thank you for the visit and comments

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Beautiful photos and informative article. Well done..

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Your visit and comments are appreciated. Hope you will make a trip to this beautiful place. I specially request you to visit Bekal. I have plan to write about more interesting places in Kerala shortly to help people like you to explore this land-Kerala, which is also known as 'The God's Own Country'.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Wow! All the photos look so beautiful! I have not traveled lately. I will have to keep this trip in mind. A very helpful and informative hub about Kerala Travel. Voted up and useful.