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Kerala’s northernmost part is Kasargode. The place abounds in natural bounties and the picturesque spots that would leave you mesmerized and wonderstruck. Pristine beaches fringed by palm trees and the rocky promontories are manifestations of nature’s generous gifts to this place. Through the ages, the district had seen the rule of numerous kingdoms spanning from Kolathiri to Bednore to Mysore and then to the East India Company.

Bekal Fort

12 KM south of Kasargod is the famous Bekal fort standing majestically at Pallikara village’s seashore. During the reign of Chirakkal kings of Kolathiri Kingdom, the heir apparent of the kingdom Vadakkelamkur used to reside in this fort. The fort was later rebuilt and improved upon by Bednore kings. In 1763 AD, Haider Ali annexed the fort and subsequently became the house of Huzur of Canara during Tipu Sultan’s reign. When East India Company took over the fort, South Canara’s Kasargod Taluk came to be known as Bekal. The Bekal fort is very well preserved and is maintained by the Archeological Department of the Government of India. Tourists desirous of exploring the magnificent fort at their leisure can book a stay in the Traveller’s Bungalow of Kerala Public Works Department. It lies within the fort precincts. The fort commands splendid views of the surrounding land and sea. The views of the sunrise and sunset from the fort are divine. Hanuman temple is located at the fort’s entrance. A mosque dating back to Tipu’s era is situated nearby.

Adoor

Arjuna, the famous Pandava warrior from Mahabharata, had established the Shiva Lingam here in the ancient temple. Arjuna had performed austerities to please Shiva and gain the fatal Pashupata weapon from him. Lord Shiva appeared in the form of ‘Kirata’ along with his consort ‘Parvati’ to test Arjuna’s dedication. The fierce battle that ensued between Arjuna and Shiva is the legendary ‘Kiratha Yuddham’. The adjoining forest and the stream chuckling below have been bestowed with unmatched natural beauty. The place is 45 KM to the east of Kasargode.

Ajanoor

This village plays host to the famed Madiyan Kulom temple. Bhadrakali is the presiding deity. Bhagavathi, Kshetrapalan and Bhairavan are other prominent deities. Only during the noon, the puja is performed by the Brahmin priest. In the morning and evening, the deity is worshipped by Maniyanis sect priests. The architectural splendour and ornate mandapams are worth seeing. In the month of Edavam and Dhanu, grand festivals are organized.

Chandragiri Fort

The fort came up as a chain of forts, built in the 17th century by Sivappa Nayak of Bednore who had annexed the Kolathiri kingdom. It is located 3 KM to the south of Kasargode town. The fort is named after Chandragiri river along whose bank it had been constructed. The river once served as the demarcation line between Tuluvu and Travancore kingdoms. The fort is precious from the architectural point of view. Some distance away is the bridge of Thekkil built over the Chandragiri river. Yu can catch awesome views of the scenic surroundings from the bridge. Through the Chandragiri hills passes Kerala’s longest railway tunnel.

Athapuram temple

This secluded place, 15 Km from town, is relatively isolated and is famous for 2 temples. The Anantha Padmanabha Swami temple is surrounded by water and has been carved out of a mammoth rock. The temple premises are connected to the sanctum sanctorum with a bridge that offers scenic views of the surroundings. Lord Ganapathy’s temple is the second attraction here. The splendid temple is situated above the cave in close proximity of the water. In the pond, there lives a vegetarian crocodile.

Kottencheri Hills

The hill constitutes the border of Kerala and Karnataka and is some 3000 feet above the mean sea level. The sylvan Kottencheri range forest and the verdant landscape in the neighbourhood are the home to exotic flora, fauna and medicinal herbs. Nestled in the mountain is ‘Talakkaveri, the famous centre of pilgrimage

Kudlu

Located 4 KM from Kasargod town to the north, this place is famous for the eight day discourse that took place between the eminent Dwaita Philosopher, Madhvacharya and Adwaita scholar, Trivikrama Pandit. In the battle of erudition, Madhavacharya had emerged victorious and Trivikrama Pandit had accepted the philosophy of Dwaita. The tussle of intellects was presided over by King Jayasimha of Kumbla. CPCRI, established 75 years ago, to promote research in plantation crops is also situated here.

Nileswar

The place is known as the cultural centre of Kasargod district. A number of temples manifesting architectural brilliance of the craftsmen of past are situated here. Notable among them are the Anjootambalam Veerar Kavu and Mannampurathu Kavu. The rulers of the place were great lovers of art and had sponsored construction of many structures that still reflects the rich cultural legacy of the place. The temples are the venues of grand festivals which attract many tourists who throng the temple podiums to watch the beautiful art forms performed. The Nileswar palace is under the surveillance of Kerala Archaeological Department. You can also learn yoga in its ancient forms here.

Kodungalloor

This pilgrim centre in the district has great importance attached to it. The beautiful church here preserves the holy relics from around 52 AD that is the time of St. Thomas. Kodungallur is also exceptionally well known for the mosque by the name of Juma Masjid. Built in 629 AD, it is the oldest and the first ever mosque in the country and second in the whole world. Apart from the above, Kodungalloor is also a place of worship for many Hindus. It is home to some of the very well-known temples that are worth your visit. The diversity of worship centres in this part of the district makes it a symbol of religious accord and tolerance.

Anandashram and Nityanandashram

Anandashramam was built by great Vasihnavite Swami Ramdas in 1939 AD some 5 Km to the east of Kanhangad Railway Station. Swami Nityanand laid the foundation for Nityanandashram one Km away from Hosdurg taluk office. The ashram is located on a hillock that commands scenic views of the surrounding areas. Initially, there was a cluster of forty five caves on the hill slope which later got consolidated into an Ashram and temple. The temple has been modelled after the Somnath Temple of Gujarat. The ornate temple is rich from architectural point of view. Spiritual tranquillity prevails in the ashrams and you can commune with the supreme soul easily. Life size statue of Swami Nityananda in sitting posture is present. If you want to retire from the hustle and bustle of city life and meditate, this is the perfect place for the same.

Ananthapura Lake Temple

This is the single most lake temple in the state of Kerala and is considered the Moolasthanam of Ananthapadmanabha Swami. There is an industrial park nearby..

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