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An ancient port town, this is the northernmost Distric on the coastline of Kerala and is also one among the 14 districts of the state. Kasaragod is famous for coir and handloom industries apart from the scenic beauty, forests and beaches. This is also the location of the Bekal Fort, which is known to be the largest as well as the strongest fort of the state. This was built here during the rule of the Kolathiri Rajas. The Malik Deenar and the Jma Masjid are two more tourist attractions. The Mahaganapathy Temple is the major most vplace of worship in this district. The city is settled on the banks of the Payaswini River which is why it ahs fertile land which is perfect for growing crops due to the abundance of silt here. The very popular art forms of this region are the Theyyam, Yakshagana, Kolkali, Poorakkali and others.

Chandragiri Fort - Kasaragod

A 17th Century Fort, it is situated right on the banks of the Chandragiri River. It was once the line of division between the kingdoms of Thulunadus and Kolathunadus. There is also a bridge over this river and you can take boat rides to the nearby islands. The fort acts as a watchpoint for everyone. From here you can enjoy some of the most extraordinary views of the Arabian Sea and the blue waters of the river. This is a popular place for movie and ad shoots and also for picnics and outings.
Chandragiri Fort is situated very close to Kasaragod. Lying on the banks of the Chandragiri river, it is much smaller to the Bekal fort, but is one of the main forts of the Vijayanagar empire. You can see the ruins of what was once the Capital of the Vijayanagar empire. Built in the 17th century, this fort is well known for its architecture and well preserved artifacts that highlight the lives of the past rulers. There is also a beautiful beach just 4 kms away and boating options are available on the Chandragiri River.
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Bekal Beach - Kasaragod

This is a shallow beach just by the Bekal Fort and is the one which has been developed by the Tourism Department over here. This is now an exotic location for tourists and also the most visited place in Kasaragod. There are all sorts of facilities here including waste bins and toilets. There is a children's park for the little ones to enjoy and there are also shady areas and tree houses for you to rest. To make the beach even more beautiful two laterite statues of Theyyam have been built here by artists from Neelambur too. Apart from these facilities, the beach is very nicely lit up during the evenings to make it look beautiful as well as to let the tourists enjoy the place even during the hours after sunset.
An overcrowded beach with vendors and tourists all around is very common in India but Bekal beach is very different from from all those beaches. It is quiet, serene and absolutely clean. If you are lucky, you might even spot a dolphin swimming in the sea. We started walking along the shore and after 1 km, you will spot uduma fishing village with multi-colored fishing boats. The Uduma fishing village is also marked by an artificial rock bund created to prevent sea erosion wiping out the village. Climb over the embankment and walk until the village is behind you. The embankment merges with the beach soon after. Half hour later reach the rocky outcrops that mark the end of the Bekal beach.Cross the rocky outcrop to reach Kappil beach.
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Bekal Fort Road - Kasaragod

This is one of the oldest and largest forts of the country and the presence of this fort can be traced from years ago. The Thirakkal as well as the Kolathiri kings are the earliest inhabitants of this beautiful structures. It was at that time a common habit of royals and kings to fortify their royal enclosure or palace to defend it from the enemys. The stronger the structure of a fort is, the better it is always. Later, when excavations have been made here in the fort, a number of coins and other items have been found which bring out the clear influence of the Mysore Sultans here. Later came the British rulers and then started a new Era in the Economical and social structure of the region. At present, the Bekal Fort is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kerala and also a known place where directors shoot movies and ads. Also, the Tourism Department has put this place as one of the five best tourist attractions here and special care is taken of this.
This one's a little far off, but worth a visit. Spreading over 40 acres, it is the largest Fort in Kerala. This fort was not an administrative center as many other forts in India, but was highly equipped with the best designs and technology. It's one of the rare forts that has an observatory, which was used to track enemy movements. Today, it is used to get a nice view of the nearby villages. The fort is around 300 years old and is situated in the backdrop of the Arabian sea. It was built by Tipu Sultan as a defense strategy and is today converted into a tourism spot by the government. It is pretty scenic with many Bollywood songs being shot there.
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Kappil Beach - Kasaragod

Located about 6 km away from the Bekal Fort, this is one of the cleanest and unpolluted beahes of the region. If you are the one who prefers seclusion more than the crowd, this should be a perfect beach for you over the rest of the beaches. This place is however becoming a favourite location for tourist with every passing day the Kodi Cliff nearby serves as a watchpoint for tourists. From here you can get awesome views of the Arabian Sea and the surroundings too. The views of the Pallikunnam Temple, which is about 2 km away can also be enjoyed from this cliff. Besides, you can also enhoy small picnics and lazy strolls along the beach.
There is nothing like enjoying sunset on the beach. A part of the kappil beach is taken up by Taj for their beach resort.Walk ahead to the other side of the Kappil beach. You are allowed to camp on this beach. On the way to Bekal fort, I had seen a huge hoarding about a traditional dance performance which was to happen that day. Before coming to this place, I had done my research and had basic idea of this dance ritual called THEYYAM. After the sunset we walked to the main road and took an auto to reach the temple in kasargod where this performance was happening.
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Malik Deenar Juma Masjid - Kasaragod

Built by Malik Ibn Deenar, this is a typical Kerala style mosque which is in the Thalankara region. It is one of the best preserved mosques of the state. Long time back in the 7th Century, this man was a trader who ame down to India with 12 of his associates to trade in this country and with another aim of spreding Islam in other parts of the world. They started spreading their message along with trading here peacefully. The king Cheraman Oerumal got to know about this and was highly impressed by theoir ways of spreading religion. On being asked, Ibn Deenar replied that the secret behind his honesty was his recent turn to Islam. The king was so happy with them and was so highly convinced that he himself embraced Islam. Later, this mosque was built and Ibn Deenar was made the first Qazi. He is also said to be the first person who had brought Islam to the country.
Around 1400 years old, This mosque reminds of the Islamic influence in Kerala. Built in a typical Kerala style architecture, this mosque was built by Malik bin Deenar, the first people to bring Islam into Kerala. The place is sacred to Muslims as it has the grave of Malik Ibn Mohammed, one of the descendants of Malik Bin Deenar. It is one of the monuments that speaks of the cultural heritage of Kerala. It is one of the Historical places to visit in North Kerala.
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Ananthapura Lake Temple - Kasaragod

This is the only temple or the only lake temple which is dedicated to Anandapadmanabha except the one which is Ananthapura very close to Kasaragod. This is a beautiful temple in the middle of a rectangular lake and also a grassland. The temple is dedicated to the worship of Lord Vishnu who rests on the Ananthanaga. The temple is in the middle of the lake which signifies the fact that Lord Vishnu is the ultimate reality. He is also said to be resting here on the Kshir sagar or the Ocean of Milk to symbolise the never ending creation capability of the god. The Lake here is a representation of the Ksir Sagar. The unique part of this temple is that the idol inside is not made up of any single item but of a combination of more than 40 materials. There is also an auspicious temple crocodile inside the lake.
This temple is located around 30 kms from the Bekal Fort. Built in the 9th century, it is the only lake temple in Kerala. It is surrounded by the Ananthapura Lake and the only way in is through a bridge. The temple is very serene to spend time in. Another attraction here is a Crocodile that is said to be around 150 years old. This is one of the few South Indian temples that is open to people of all castes. It is a very modest looking temple with greenery around. There is also a small Ganesha temple near the gate that is worth a stop.
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