Kasaragod is a town and a municipality in the Kasaragod district, state of Kerala. It is 52 km from Mangalore by road and 46 km through rail. The Bekal Fort and Chembirika Beach are the major tourist attraction points near Kasaragod.
Kasargod has many fairs and festivals that are popularly celebrated: Onam, Vishu, Ganesh Chathurti, Nagara Panchami and Malik Deenar Uroos. Eid, Bakrid, 'Milad-e-sheriff' and Muharram are celebrated in a manner similar to that seen in Kozhikode. These festivals along with Shivaratri and Navaratri (Dasara) are enthusiastically celebrated by the local people, as is Deepavali. The 'Milad-e-sheriff' celebration include cultural activities, including competitions such as speech, songs and processions by Madrassa students. There are many places (Mogral) which are well known for Mappilappattu, a tradition in the Malabar region. Local festivals, include: Kumbala Bedi Utsava, and Moodappaseva, the latter a local festival celebrated periodically in the Madhur Temple. Theyyam is a Bootha kola (a spiritual act) performed in Kasargod.
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