It is a town and a municipality in Kasargod district in the state of Kerala. It is also the administrative head quarters of Kasargod district as well as of Kasargod Taluk. The large Bekal Fort is a major tourist attraction near Kasargod. The ship building industry of Thalagara was well known in India. In the past years a number of ships were built here and sold to various states of India and even exported to foreign countries.
The Kasargod economy is mainly agrarian with cash crops such as coconut, rubber etc. Onam, Vishu, Ganesh Chathuri, Nagara Panchami and Malik Deenar Uroos are widely celebrated festivals here. Eid, Bakrid, Milad-e-Cheriff and Muharam are also celebrated here.