Sri Gopalakrishna Temple is located close to Kasaragod town, and is dedicated to Lord Bala Gopalakrishna, the older brother of Lord Krishna. According to mythology, the idol of Lord Bala was presented to Kanva Maharishi, the saint who established this temple, by Lord Krishna himself. The temple is believed to have obtained sanctity of three yugas (eras) that is Treta, Dwapara and Kaliyuga.
Theyyam is popular in Kasaragod, and in most of north Kerala. Also known as Kaliyattam, it is a ritual that incorporates dance, mime and music and enshrines the rudiments of ancient tribal cultures which attached great importance to the worship of heroes and the spirits of ancestors. There are over 400 Theyyams performed across northern Kerala, but the most spectacular ones are Raktha Chamundi, Kari Chamundi, Muchilottu Bhagavathi, Wayanadu Kulaven, Gulikan and Pottan. These are performed in front of shrines, sans stage or curtains, by persons belonging to the Vannan, Malayan and other castes.
'Thudangal' (the beginning) and 'Thottam' (the invocation) are the introductory rituals of the Theyyam or the Thira, as it is known in south Malabar. The headgear and other ornamental decorations are spectacular in sheer size and appearance. In Kasaragod, it is performed annually between the months of December to April. However, at the Parassinikadavu Sri Muthappan Temple in Kannur, Theyyam is preformed on all days.