Area: 1961 sq. km. Population : 1,070,629 Altitude: Sea level
Kasaragod town, the headquarters of this district, is the northernmost municipal town in the state. Situated on the right bank of the mouth of the Chandragiri river, the area was once part of the Vijayanagar empire.
Spread over nearly five acres, the Kasaragod fort is believed to have been built by Sivappa Nayak in the middle of the 17th Century.
The beautiful Bakal Beach with Bakal Fort in the background, is of great historical and archaeological interest. Once held by Tipu Sultan the fort was later incorporated into the domain of the English East India Company.
The fine beach and natural scenery around the fort is exchanging. Bakal is also a wonderful health resort. An old mosque nearby is believed to have been built by Tipu Sultan.
Chandragiri is also a famous for its large square fort on the left bank of the Chandragiri river. A mosque and ancient temple are also located nearby.
The Hosdurg Fort here, with its round bastions is a major attraction for tourists. Several public offices and the Karpooreswara Temple are located in fort area.
The memorial of Govinda Pai, the grand patriarch of Kannada literature is situated here. Manjeshwara also has its share of temples and mosques.
How To Get There :
Kasaragod, located on the sea coast, has a railway station, connecting it with various parts of the state. The nearest airport is at Mangalore, Karnataka, 50 Km away. Kasaragod is also connected by good motorable roads with various parts of the state.