Things to do and places to visit in Kasargod, Kerala

Last Updated on May 9, 2024

Bekal Fort - Kasargod Tourism

Kasargod is one of the least explored regions in Kerala. Being the northern-most district in Kerala, it shares border with Karnataka. Here a traveler can satiate your quest for mountains, and seas, scenic backwaters and historic forts. In this post we'll talk about the history and places to visit in Kasargod.

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Bekal Fort and Beach

That's me standing at the entrance of the enormous Bekal Fort on our road trip to Bekal from Bangalore

Bekal is a place known for this imposing medieval fort. Constructed by Shivappa Nayaka of Bednore, more than 300 years ago, this is the largest fort in Kerala. The fort was a stronghold of the Keladi Nayakas, who rose to power after the downfall of Vijayanagar Empire. It is probably the most well-preserved fort in Kerala. The government has restored several parts of the fort and created a beautiful garden here.

The fort stands tall against the turbulent waves of the Arabian Sea. It has literally stood the test of time and tide. Read more about it in our travelogue – Bangalore to Bekal Road Trip.

Nileshwaram backwaters

You must have heard of the famous backwaters of Alleppey. But did you know you can enjoy the same scenic beauty, music of birds, charm of the coconut groves here in my lap? Very close to Bekal fort, you can book a houseboat and experience sheer tranquility. Near the Nileshwar town, there is a beach named Thaikadappuram. This beach is famous for olive riddly turtles. They visit the beach every monsoon to lay eggs.

Kappil Beach

The sky after rainfall at Thaikadappuram Beach in Nileshwar , near our resort. The sand is still wet, and the weather is perfect for walking along the beach lined by coconut groves

You will be bewitched by the impeccable beauty of this beach. The serene beach located 15km from the town is a treat to the senses. Climb the Kodi cliff to get breathtaking panoramic views of the beach , the coconut groves and the Arabian Sea.

Kareem – a man-made forest

A road leading to bekal through what looks like a tunnel made of trees

Man cut the forests for the sake of development. But here, a man named Kareem planted trees and made a forest. This became the first man-made forest of Kerala, and an exemplary wildlife conservation project. This 32-acres of green oasis is located 23 km away from Kanhagad town.

Ananthpura Lake Temple

This is the only temple in Kerala that is constructed in the middle of a lake. It is the original seat of Ananth Padmanabha Swami. The beauty of the temple lies in its location and the murals of Puranic lores on its walls.

Chandragiri fort

Chandragiri is another fort constructed in the 17th century by the Keladi Nayaks.  The fort itself is not as well-preserved as Bekal, but it offers spectacular panoramic views.  The confluence of Chandragiri river with the Arabian sea is a sight to behold.

Scenic hill stations

Veermala hills and the Ranipuram hills are some quaint hill stations here. Not crowded by tourists and commercial activities, these places are perfect for people seeking trails off the beaten track.

Speaking of hill stations, don't miss Munnar – one of the most beautiful hill stations in the world.

The Beach Resorts

One more reason to visit Kasargod is to cut off from the hustle of city life and rewind in a lazy beach resort.

There are quite a few affordable luxury beach resorts which do not burn a hole in your pocket.

Malabar Resort, Lalit Resort and Spa  and Taj Bekal Resort are some of the best beachside properties close to the famed Bekal Fort.

Would you like to come here and see all of this with your own eyes? My people will welcome you with a warm smile and delicious Malabar cuisine. So stay safe now, so that you can travel here later. I will be waiting for you.

Blogger's Notes:

Kasargod surprised me with its charming simplicity. You can watch one of my first Youtube videos about our whimsical trip to Bekal here . I am taking the Blogchatter A2Z challenge to beat the lockdown blues. This post is a part of the series “Postcards from India”, my theme for this challenge.

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  1. Lovely, again! Adding Kasargod too to my bucket list!

    1. Sinjana Ghosh says:

      Thanks for reading Samar.

  2. Samarpita Sharma says:

    I’ve never been to Kerala
    Reading about offbeat locations was refreshing, specially about the man-made forest.

    1. Sinjana Ghosh says:

      Thanks for reading. Kerala is my favorite state for tourism

  3. Matheikal says:

    I’ve been to some of these places and you’ve stirred nostalgia.

    1. Sinjana Ghosh says:

      Thanks for reading.

  4. I have always wanted to visit Kasargod.Once this crazy stuff gets over I will

    1. Sinjana Ghosh says:

      Thanks Amrita for your time.

  5. Swarnali Nath says:

    The thing I loved most is the vibrant combination of blue and green!! Lovely. And the opening photo is such a Serene one. Loved the place, yet another beautiful postcard.

  6. Shubhra Rastogi says:

    This place looks amazing calm and serene.

  7. Sonia Chatterjee says:

    I have traveled across Kerala exhaustively. We drove down to Bekal Fort in Kasargod while living in Mysore. Thanks for taking me down the memory lane.

  8. Noor Anand Chawla says:

    Kerala’s plight during Covid 19 is indeed saddening but I hear the government is dealing with it better than other parts of the country. I would love to visit Kasargod in better times.

    1. Sinjana Ghosh says:

      Thanks Noor for your comment. Yes, Kerala seems to be doing a good job (based on news n numbers) but Kasargod does not have the medical facilities like the rest of the state.

  9. Indeed its a beautiful part of the country.

  10. Maya Bhat says:

    I landed here seeing the word Kasargod. I belong to Kasargod district. I am from a town named Kanhangad. Loved reading about my place

    1. Sinjana Ghosh says:

      Wow! you are from a beautiful place. Thanks for reading and glad that you liked it.

  11. Pradeep Nair says:

    The northern tip of my home state 🙂
    I had a friend from Nileshwaram.
    Lovely place. Rich heritage, as you have rightly said not many people know of.

    1. Sinjana Ghosh says:

      You are from a beautiful state

  12. sundeep ananth dubey says:

    It has “GOD” in the name itself 😀
    Looks like a place for the bucket list.
    Amazingly penned Sinjana 🙂

  13. Another wow post…the photos…are you the photographer?

    1. Sinjana Ghosh says:

      For most.. but the picture in the postcard and pin is by someone really talented in photography and lightroom as well. those are form pixabay.

  14. Sumita Roy says:

    I had no idea about this place. But your description have made me interested to visit this place in future.Thanks

    1. Sinjana Ghosh says:

      Thanks a lot 🙂 you can find detailed guides of many such places on this blog.

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