Places to visit in Kasargod:
45 KMs east of Kasargod town. Famous for its ancient Siva Temple belonged to have been founded by Arjuna. The place where the Kiratha Yuddham battle between Arjuna and Lord Siva took place according to legend.
The famous Madiyan Kulom temple is situated in Ajanoor village. It is about 5 kms. from Kanhangad. The main god of the temple is Bhadrakali; but there are also other gods like Kshetrapalan, Bhagavathi and Bhairavan. In this temple ,Brahmin priest performs pooja only in the noon, while the morning and evening poojas are performed by a sect called Maniyanis,This is the main paculiarity of this temple.
ANANDASHRAM & NITYANANDASRAMAM
Anandashram and Nithyanandasramam are asramams are situated in Kanhangad. Anandashramam, situated about 5 kms . East of the Kanhangad Railway Station, was founded in 1939 by Swami Ramadas, a great Vaishnava saint of modern times. The best parts of the ashram are the beautiful surroundings . For meditation in peace, one can visit the hill located on the east of the asramam.
The Nityanandasramam, which is situated on the small hill about half a km. south of the Hosdurg taluk office, was founded by Swami Nityananda. The spot was at first part of a forest area. Here Swami Nityananda constructed 45 caves in a mountain slope. There is a temple built in 1963, after the style and design of the famous Somanatha Temple in Gujarat. A full size statue of Swami Nityananda in sitting posture made of panchaloha is one of the attractions of the asramam.
ANANTHAPURA LAKE TEMPLE
Ananthapura lake is the only lake temple in Kerala.tTe Moolasthanam (original seat) of Ananthapadmanabha Swami (sri Padmanbha Swami Temple Thiruvananthapuram) is 5 km. from Kumbla. Local belief is that Ananthapadmanabha had settled down here originally.
It is belived that the temple guardian is a crocodile named babiya,it leaves in the temple lake.Its is also belived that if the crocodile dies, another crocodile will takes its place. The Temple lake in which the Sanctum is situated is a large structure measuring 302 feet square (about 2 acres).In the right corner of the lake ,there is cave and has a gate. The locals belives that the priests of the temple,god Anantha Padmanabha went to Thiruvananthapuram Sri Padmanabha swami Temple through that cave .
Bekal fort is an important tourist place in the Kasargod district, situated on the seashore of Pallikara village. Bekal fort lies 12 kms south of Kasargod town. Bekal Rama Nayak, a local Kannada writer said that the word, Bekal is derived from the word Baliakulam.Baliakulam means Big Palace. The place is said to have been the seat of a big palace in the past. The word Baliakulam got corrupted as Bekulam and later as Bekal. Bekal Fort is the largest and best maintained fort in the State. The natural scenery and beauty of the sea shore attracts the visitors. The Bekal fort is now under the Archeological Department of the Government of India.
Madhur is a Famous Vinayaka temple.Temple is situated 8 KMs north east of Kasargod. Following are the important things in this temple: rich architecture, imposing structure of the temple, with its turrests and gables and the copper plate roofing rises majestically against the beautiful land scape of hills paddy fields and gardens with the river Madhuvahini…
The Madhur Temple is a Siva temple .But importance is given to the deity Maha Ganapathi. The locals said that a Harijan woman, named Madharu have been found the Sivalingam of the temple.Moodappa Seva is the special festival of the temple.which is covering the large figure of Maha Ganapathi with appam made of ghee and rice. The festival is conducted only periodically in view of the huge expenditure involved. It was celebrated in April 1962, after a lapse of about 160 years, and recently in April 1992.
The temple was attacked by Tippu Sultan of Mysore during his invasion and he felt thirsty and drunk the water from the temple well, which changed his mind and left the temple without damaging it. There is a mask on the temple which is said to be made by Tippu with his sword.
This is an old fashioned fort on the Kasargod. Situated Kasargod-Mulleria route about 10 KMs from Kasargod.
TRIKKANAD & PANDYAN KALLU
This is a famous temple on the sea shore near the Bekal fort, and it is a Siva temple ,also known as Dhakshina Kashi. Pandyan Kallu, a rock rising in the sea about 2 KM from Trikkannad is an ideal place for adventurous swimmers. It has the legend that ship of one of the Pandya King who attacked the Trikkannad temple was converted into a rock by Lord Siva.
This hills situated at Cheruvathur hill top with ruins of a Dutch fort built in the 18th century. Kariangode river is the another interesting picnic spot from here.
Our Lady of Sorrows Church is the oldest church in the Kasargod district, constructed in 1890 AD. This church is situated 15 KM north of Kasargod. This Gothic style Roman Catholic church which is under the Manglore Diocese, has celebrated its centenary recently and also renovated.
MALIK DINAR MOSQUE
The west coast side of kasargod is a centre of islam. The locals of this site believed that the mosques have been founded by Malik Ibn Dinar. The mosque, Juma Masjid, is one of the most attractive Place in the district, is located at Thalangara. It contains the grave of Malik Ibn Mohammed, one of the descendants of Malik Ibn Dinar and the place is sacred to Muslims. Another notable mosque, in Kasaragod is the Theruvath Mosque which is in the centre of the town. An important local celebration takes place every year in commemoration of the arrival of Malik Ibn Dinar. The Uroos attract pilgrims from all over India.