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.