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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.
Places Around Kasargod
Valiyaparamba Backwaters: This is one of the most scenic backwater stretches in Kerala. Fed by four rivers and dotted with numerous little islands, this much favored destination offers enchanting house boat cruises. The Bekal Resorts Development Corporation provides house boat services on the Tejaswini River from Kottapuram in Nileshwaram to Kannur, along the Valiyaparamba Backwaters.
Ranipuram: Situated 750 m above sea level, Ranipuram is famous for its trekking trails and varied vegetation, evergreen shoala woods, monsoon forests and grasslands. The extensive forests here merge with the forests of Karnataka.
Bekal Fort & Beach: The 17th century Bekal Fort is one of the largest and best preserved forts in Kerala. This circular structure of laterite rises 130 ft above sea level and stands on a 35 acre headland that runs into the Arabian Sea. The shallow Bekal beach offers spectacular view of the fort and has ample facilities for recreation and relaxation.
Chandragiri Cruises: Boat trips to nearby islands and palm groves. Boarding Point- Chandragiri bridge. Chandragiri Boat club: This boat club offers speed boat rides, houseboat cruises, island camping and wildlife tours into the forest interiors. Fishermen near the Chandragiri Bridge will give you ride on the backwaters and arrange trips to nearby islands.
Anandashram: This internationally renowned spiritual centre founded by Swami Ramdas in 1939, offers a quiet, peaceful ambience suited for meditation and spiritual studies.
Manjeswaram: A number of temples and fifteen mosques make this cashew growing town a prominent pilgrim centre. The memorial of the late Goninda Pai, the grand patriarch of Karnataka literature, is also located at Manjeswaram.
Temples: There is a Sreemad Antheshwara Temple situated on the Karnataka border. There are two old Jain Bastis at Bengara Manjeswar on the southern bank of the Manjeswar River.
Churches: About 11 km from Kumbala on the Kumbala-Badiadka road is the Mother Dolores Church of Bella. This 100 year old Roman Catholic Church is built in the Gothic style. The Our Lady of Sorrows Church constructed in 1890 is the oldest in the district.
Nileshwaram: Once the cultural centre of Kasargod District, this place is home to the Nileshwar Rajas, said to have come from Kozhikode nearly 600 years ago. Their palaces showcase the fine architecture and spectacular woodwork of the time. The town is also famous for its numerous Kavus (shrines), temple festivals and the Kavil Bhavan Yoga and Meditation Centre.
Theyyam: The oldest ritualistic temple art form in India and one of the most spectacular in terms of artistry and symbolism, Theyyam literally means a form or shape, which is usually the representation of a divine or heroic character from mythology. It is normally performed in houses, tharavads and shrines. The annual Theyyam calendar is available at the Bekal resorts Development Corporation’s information centre at the Bekal Fort.
Theme Village: Get closer to nature in the eco-friendly cottages of Oyster Opera at Padanna. These unique cottages are built on land, water and tree-tops. Surrounded by tiny, palm-fringed islands, the retreat is promoted as a tourist resort where mussel farming on coir and traditional oyster and clam harvesting are key attractions.
Yakshagana: This classical art form of Karnataka is very common in Kasargod. Two variations of this performing art are Bayalattu and Bommayattu. Kannada Parthy Subba, the father of Yakshagana belongs to Kumbala in Kasargod.