Tourist Places - Kasargod - Kerala
Kasargod is the northern most district of Kerala state in India. It was declared a separate district on May 24, 1984. Before it was a part of Kannur district. It is famous for its multi linguistic culture, as there are 7 languages spoken by the people residing at Kasargod. It was regularly visited by the Arabs and the Portuguese centuries before. It was a major trade centre back then.
The history of Kasargod says it was ruled by famous Kolathiri king. When Vijayanagiri kingdom attacked them and when his empire declined, Ikkeri naikas came to power and ruled till the end of 16th century. Then Hyder ali of Mysore conquered Kasargod during his try to conquer whole Kerala, but he failed in doing the same in case of Thalassery fort. He went back, and then his son Tipu sultan set eyes on Kerala, and captured Malabar later surrendering it to the British. Kasargod in 1956 became a part of Kerala state when the neighbouring states Kerala and Karnataka were reorganized.
To the east side of Kasargod, it is walled by the mighty Western Ghats, and is blessed with beautiful hills, lakes, rivers, beaches, and even backwaters. The coastline of Kasargod to the west is around 30 km's long and is a must visit seaside for those fond of sunbathing.
Kasargod is a jackpot for art enthusiasts as it is rich in culture and heritage. The various art forms like Yakshagana, Bombeiyatta [puppet dance], bull fight, and most importantly Theyyam attracts a lot of winged visitors from all over the planet.
Kasargod is a mixture of lakes, rivers, backwaters, beaches, hillstations, monuments, ancient forts and list goes on. Let us introduce some of the must see spots-
Bekal is at a distance of 12 kms from Kasargod town, and is an International heritage nominee. It is well preserved and is one of the oldest forts in India and largest in the Kerala state. The fort is accompanied by the skyline- silver sea on whose shore lies this brilliant piece of architecture. Anyone starting from an archaeologist to a beachside lover, it entertains all and never leave them empty minded.
The history of the Bekal fort dates its completion to 1650 AD, 365 years before. The fort was built not to showcase its beauty but rather was a part of a self defence strategy. The outer walls of Bekal fort was specially designed as per the defence strategy of that time. The upper holes of the walls were designed to aim farther targets on the sea. The next layer of holes below was for attacking enemies nearby and the third and last layer of holes were to strike the enemies who were nearest the fort. Now, that is some architectural and defensive brilliance of our ancestors. There is a railways station nearby for people travelling through rails.
With backwaters like Alleppey which is now one of the most sought after destinations in the world, the recent addition to the backwater marvel is Kasargod. Backwaters are as we all know simply an extraordinary artistic piece drawn by nature itself. Unlike Allepppey backwaters, the most notable aspect of Kasargod backwaters is that it is unexplored and untouched, which helps those who wants to enjoy Kerala backwaters, but like to avoid an overcrowded vacation.
You could reach Kavvayi which is near to Kasargod town nearly a 30 km drive, and opt for Valiyaparamba cruise houseboats. With 4 beautiful islands bounded by silvery river streams, lush countryside and exquisite Kerala cuisine served inside the houseboat, you will have a time of your lifetime. Depending on your time and demands, you can choose either day cruise or night cruise, and sail across the unique Kerala backwaters.
This hillstation is 85 km's from Kasargod town, and is one of the less explored hillstations in South India. This aids in enjoying a pleasant trip through the hills as it is not crowded with tourists. It is about 2480 feet above sea level and offers a very green and panoramic view of the landscape. Anybody who love hillstations and often do visit them would not regret spending some time at the top of these hills listening to the pure natural music of the hills. Kottancheri hills and Posadigumpe are other hillstations other than Ranipuram which are located 66 km's and 26 km's north east of Kasargod respectively.
Chandragiri Fort and Chandragiri Cruises
Just 4 kms away from Kasargod town, Chandragiri is situated on the Chandragiri River. The town is famous for its renowned Chandragiri fort which is more than 300 years old. It belongs to the chain of forts built by the Sivappa Naik of Bedanore. The fort offers a spectacular view of the Chandragiri River and the Arabian Sea. Other than Valiyamparamba Chandragiri Cruise is another way to explore the Kasargod backwaters.
Another clean and serene seaside, Kappil beach is rapidly gaining popularity among the tourists. The beach is famous for the panoramic view of the Arabian Sea one gets while standing on Kodi cliff nearby.
Witness and experience Theyyam
Theyyam is an energetic dance form of North Kerala ageing more than 2000 years or more. It is a kind of ritualistic dance rather than a stage performance including vocal and instrumental music keeping the spectator in a state of trance during the Theyyam dance. This mystical art form is performed annually during the months November to May in "Kavus" or shrines. It is usually conducted during night time or early morning hours.
Summer - March to May marks the summer season in Kasargod. The temperature ranges from 25°c to 31°c. It is a fair time to visit Kasargod.
Monsoon - Kasargod receives the highest amount of rainfall in Kerala. By June Kasargod gets wet by South West Monsoon and lasts till September, and October, November months Kasargod is hit by North East Monsoon.
Winter - The best time to make a visit to Kasargod is during Winter Season. It starts by December and lasts till the month of February. The pleasant and cool climate of Kasargod during winter attracts a lot of tourists.
By Road - Kasargod can be accessed by NH 17 which passes through nearby cities like Calicut , Kannur  and Mangalore . There are frequent bus services available from all these cities to Kasargod.
By Air - The Nearest International Airport is Mangalore which is 60 kms from Kasargod town. There are regular flights available from all the major cities India, as well as cities abroad. From the airport grab a taxi and it will take less than 2 hours to reach Kasargod.
By Rail - Kasargod is connected to all major cities by rail. There are regular trains from many parts of India passing through Kasargod. You can get down at any of these stations namely Kanhangad, Kasargod, Kumbla, Uppla, Manjeshwar, Nileshwar and grab a taxi or board a government bus to visit any of the sightseeing places in Kasargod.
Kasargod has everything starting from the unique backwater chains, misty hills, rivers, lakes and lagoons to serene beaches, and historical monuments. The famous mystical Theyyam Performance is a must see ritualistic art form, which will surely energize and at the same time enlighten your mind. Hire a houseboat and cruise along the still waters of Valiyamparamba, admiring the beauty of the lovely lush countryside while tasting some fresh hot Kerala Fish Fry. So planning a vacation? Do consider Kasargod on your list and you will not be disappointed.