Kasaragod

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Destination Theme
Museums & Historical Places, Beaches,
Best Suited For
Families, Senior Citizens.
Recommended Duration
Two to Three days

Quick Info

Kasaragod is the name of a town in the Kasaragod district of Kerala. The town is world famous for its coir and handloom industries. The most famous tourist attraction in Kasaragod is the well-preserved Bekal Fort. The town also has calm backwaters, a beautiful beach and many pilgrim centres. The nearest airport to Kasaragod is Mangalore International Airport which is at a distance of about 70 kilometres from the town.

Rankings & Ratings

A historically significant city with one of the longest coastlines.

Editor's Rankings

#13 in 33 Destinations in & around Kerala
#5 in 10 Museums & Historical Places in & around Kerala
#8 in 13 Beaches in & around Kerala

Editor's Review

If you are someone who appreciates architecture, Kasaragod is an ideal destination for you in Kerala. You will find some of the best forts of Kerala at this place. But the city would require some travelling and you need to choose the right time to visit this place. 

PROS

  • The forts are well-maintained.
  • Many varieties of popular Malabar food are available.
  • You can move around the place at reasonable prices.
  • The architecture of temples and mosques is beautiful.

CONS

  • The town experiences heavy rainfall for 6 months.
  • The climate is quite humid almost throughout the year.
  • Tourist activities are very less.
  • Most tourist attractions are far away from the main town area.

Itinerary Tips

  • Tourists mostly prefer winters to visit Kasaragod since it is relatively more pleasant.
  • Local buses and autos can be used to travel around the place.
  • Houseboat cruises are also available for visitors.
  • Theyyam festival is one of the major attractions near Kasaragod.
  • Bekal Fort is a must-visit tourist attraction in Kasargod.
  • You can also visit Ranipuram Hill Station which is a little away from Kasaragod.
  • The town also has several temples that you can visit.
  • Quite a few wildlife sanctuaries are present in and around Kasaragod.

Detailed Info

The district of Kasaragod has a 293 kilometre long coastline. The place is famous for its exalted hills, charming rivers and lovely beaches. Kasaragod has rich historical significance because of its many forts. The largest fort in the state of Kerala called Bekal Fort is in Kasaragod. Madhur Mahaganapathy Temple and Malik Deenar Juma Masjid are two of the most famous religious places in Kasaragod. The architecture of both these places is simply fantastic showcasing traditional styles.

The town is home to another famous fort called Chandragiri Fort which provides a sweeping view of the Arabian Sea. There are several pilgrim centres in and around Kasaragod that include Ananthapura Lake Temple, Madhur Ganapathy Temple, Palakunnu Bhagavathi temple and Mallam Temple. Among the tourist attractions near Kasargod are Ranipuram Wildlife Sanctuary and Ranipuram Hill Station.

 

Altitude

The altitude of Kasaragod is just 19 metres(62 ft) above mean sea level. 

Weather

The place experiences highest rainfall in the state during the monsoon from June to November. The summers are humid and winters are cool and pleasant.

Best Time to Visit?

Between the pleasant months of December and February. 

How to Get There?

By Air

The nearest airport to Kasaragod is Mangalore International Airport at a distance of 70 kilometres from the town. The airport is well-connected to various cities across India and some cities abroad too. From the airport, you can hire a taxi or book a cab to reach your destination.

By Train

Kasaragod has a railway station of its own. The station is connected to other parts of Kerala as well as cities outside Kerala like Goa, Jaipur, Mangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore etc. From the station, an auto or a taxi can be taken to reach your hotel.

By Road

Several private and state-run buses are available that connect Kasaragod to other cities in Kerala and some cities outside Kerala also. National Highway 66 passes through the town.  

Local Cuisines

Spicy Malabar Biryani, Arikkadukka(Mussel dish), Poduthol( Vegetarian side dish) and Appam with stew are some of the most sought-after dishes in Kasaragod. Some great snacks like Unnakkaya, Halwa and Achappam are also loved by travellers.