district of Kerala
is famous for its coir and handloom industries and is also home to some
exquisite folk arts and rituals of Kerala. The 300-year-old Bekal Fort
is one of the main attractions of Kasaragod. Breathtaking backwater
stretches and pristine beaches attract visitors to this district, which
has close cultural ties with the bordering State of Karnataka.
Historical Zone -
Bekal Fort (16 km south of Kasaragod on
the national highway): The 300-year-old Bekal
Fort is one of the largest and best preserved forts in Kerala. This
imposing circular structure of laterite rises 130 ft. above sea level
and stands on a 35 acre headland that runs into the Arabian Sea. Buses
are available every 10 minutes from Kanhangad to Bekal and Kasaragod to
Bekal via Chandragiri bridge - Kanhangad state highway. (Open to
visitors from 0900 - 1700 hrs.)
Situated on the Chandragiri River,
southeast of Kasaragod town, this town is known for its large 17th
century fort built by Sivappa Naik of Bedanore. The Chandragiri Fort,
one of a chain of forts built by the same ruler, offers a breathtaking
view of the river and the Arabian Sea. It is a vantage point to watch
the sunset.There is a mosque nearby. The ancient Kizhur State Temple at
Chandragiri celebrates the annual festival called Pattu Utsavam.
Kanhangad / Hosdurg Fort:
This is renowned for its chain of forts
built by Somashekara Nayak of Ikkeri dynasty and also for the
Nithyanandashram, an internationally recognised spiritual centre.
is the home of the illustrious poets and scholars of Kuttamath. The
ruins of a Dutch Fort built in the 18th century can be found in the
Veeramala Hills. Cheruvathur is also a fascinating picnic spot.