Kasargod is a district in Kerala, which is famous for its handloom and coir industries. It is also known as the ‘region of several cultures’ with the presence of different religious communities. This destination is popular for temples, mosques, forts and beautiful hills.
The Bekal Fort is considered to be the prime attraction of the district and is maintained by the Archaeological Department of India. Bekal Beach, which is very close to the fort, is also a popular attraction. Adoor is a popular town of the district, renowned for the Lord Shiva temple. Ajanoor is important religious site, which has the popular Bhadrakali temple.
The Ananthapura Lake temple is the only lake temple in entire Kerala. The Mahaganpathy temple and Mallikarjuna temple are other popular temples in the Kasargod District. Apart from temples, mosques, including the popular Malik Deenar Mosque and Nellikunnu Mosque are also famous.
Kammatam Kavu is an evergreen forest with a stream and has the Kammadam Bhagavathi temple. The Kanjan Junga is another popular tourist spot, established by the renowned artist P. S. Pununchithaya. The mud fort, another popular attraction, also known as Kottapuram, was constructed by the Nileshwar Rajas in the 18th century.
The Posadigumpe Hill is an ideal picnic spot, from where the beautiful Arabian Sea can be seen. The Povval Fort is situated at a distance of around 10 km from the town of Kasargod. Trikaripur is another popular site which is associated with the renowned poet and freedom fighter T. S. Thirumumbu and also with Guru Chandu Panikkar, a well known Kathakali dancer.
Other popular attractions are the Ranipuram, Kottencheri Hills, Valiyaparamba Backwaters, Chandragiri Fort, Kareem Forest Park, Bela Church and Thalangara Children's Park. The Kasargod District is also quite rich in flora and fauna and has many wildlife sanctuaries. Some of the popular sanctuaries are the Adoor Wildlife Sanctuary, Parappa Wildlife Sanctuary and Kammadam Sacred Grove Wildlife Sanctuary.