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Things to do and places to visit in Kasargod, Kerala

Bekal Fort - Kasargod TourismHello there. I am Kasargod, one of the least explored regions in Kerala. Being the northern-most district in Kerala, I share my borders with Karnataka. In my small area you will be able to satiate your quest for mountains, and seas, scenic backwaters and historic forts. Yes, it’s not modest to call myself so but I am indeed a hidden gem.

Well right now I’m on news for my tragic predicament. The lack of super-specialty hospitals here is making lives difficult for those affected by the deadly COVID. Being located in North Kerala, I have endured several battles, human invasions as well as natural disasters like floods throughout history. I’ve overcome all that, so I’m sure this too shall pass. In fact, I know I’m not alone in this. The whole world is fighting against a common enemy and we shall overcome certainly. When we do, I would love to welcome you to my home. Let me take you on a virtual tour of my paradise.

Bekal Fort and Beach

Long Weekend trip to Bekal, KasargodBekal 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.

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

Kasargod Tourism - beachesYou 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

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.

The Beach Resorts

One more reason to visit me is to cut off from the hustle of city life and rewind in a lazy beach resort. There are plenty of luxury beach resorts which do not burn a hole in your pocket. That’s the advantage of holidaying in offbeat locations.

Nileshwar is one of the best places for booking a beach resort.

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 read about our whimsical trip to Bekal here and watch one of my first Youtube videos. 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. Subscribe to my blog to follow the series and for your weekly dose of wanderlust. 

The post may contain affiliate links. The pictures in the postcard and in pinnable image is sourced from Pixabay. All other photos are mine.

23 Comments

  1. Samar April 12, 2020

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

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    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 13, 2020

      Thanks for reading Samar.

  2. Samarpita Sharma April 12, 2020

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

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    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 13, 2020

      Thanks for reading. Kerala is my favorite state for tourism

  3. Matheikal April 12, 2020

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

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    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 13, 2020

      Thanks for reading.

  4. Amrita April 13, 2020

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

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    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 13, 2020

      Thanks Amrita for your time.

  5. Swarnali Nath April 13, 2020

    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.

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  6. Shubhra Rastogi April 13, 2020

    This place looks amazing calm and serene.

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  7. Sonia Chatterjee April 13, 2020

    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.

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  8. Noor Anand Chawla April 13, 2020

    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.

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    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 13, 2020

      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. Archana April 13, 2020

    Indeed its a beautiful part of the country.

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  10. Maya Bhat April 13, 2020

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

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    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 13, 2020

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

  11. Pradeep Nair April 13, 2020

    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.

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    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 14, 2020

      You are from a beautiful state

  12. sundeep ananth dubey April 13, 2020

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

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  13. Esha April 15, 2020

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

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    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 15, 2020

      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 April 16, 2020

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

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    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 16, 2020

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

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