ADOOR 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 adjacent forest not frequented by men
is considered the abode of Lord Siva and his divine consort. The stream
below the valley is nature bounty.
The famous Madiyan Kulom temple is situated in Ajanur
village. It is about five kms. from Kanhangad, the headquarters of Hosdurg
taluk. The main deity of the temple is Bhadrakali; but there are also
other deities like Kshetrapalan, Bhagavathi and Bhairavan. A peculiarity
of this temple is that a Brahmin priest performs pooja only in the noon,
while the morning and evening poojas are performed by a sect called
Maniyanis. The festivals in the temple fall during the months of Edavam
(May, June) and Dhanu (December, January) and on these days all the
poojas are performed in connection with this festival.
ANANDASHRAM & NITYANANDASRAMAM
These are the two notable asramams in Kanhangad.
Anandashramam, situated about five kms. east of the
Kanhangad Railway Station, was founded in 1939 by Swami Ramadas,
a great Vaishnava saint of modern times. The main asramam and other
buildings have a beautiful setting in the midst of shady mango, coconut
and other groves. There is a hill to the east of the asramam, to which
the devotees retire for quiet meditation and from its west, the surrounding
extensive landscape can be seen in its natural grandeur. The spot at
the highest point of the hill is so fascinating that the devotees, who
go up the hill and sit silently, are blessed with deep peace and tranquility.
The Nityanandasramam, which is situated on the hillock 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 guhas (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
The only lake temple in Kerala and the 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. The industrial park of KINFRA is situated
largest and best preserved fort in the State. The alluring scene
of the sea shore and its exhilarating natural scenery and beauty
attracts the visitors. Fast emerging as an International tourist
centre. More details.. .
Lady of Sorrows Church - oldest in the district constructed
in 1890 AD. 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.
BELLIKOTH Another centre in Ajanoor village renowned as
the birth place
of Poet P.Kunhiraman Nair, veteran freedom fighter and playright Vidwan
P.Kelu Nair and Rasika siromani Kanan Nair. A cultural centre of the
CHANDRAGIRI FORT Chandragiri lies three kms. south of Kasargod town. It has
a large square situated high above the Chandragiri river on its southern
bank. The fort it said to have been built in the 17th century
by Sivappa Nayak of Bednore, who established his authority over the
area and built a chain of forts. The Chandragiri river, on the bank
of which it rises, marked the traditional boundary between Kerala and
the Tuluva Kingdom. There is a beautiful bridge over the Chandragiri
river at Thekkil, five miles from Chandragiri. A mosque is situated
nearby and the view of the bridge with the mosque in the background
is one of the most attractive sights on a drive along the NH 17 from
Kannur to Kasargod. A longest railway tunnel in Kerala
passes through Chandragiri Hills. A boat club has been recently
CHERUVATHUR The place of illustrious poets and scholars
of Kuttamath Kunniyur family. The Veeramala hills at this place has
the ruins of a Dutch fort built in the 18th century, is a picnic spot.
It is 10 Km. North East of Kasargod. This Mutt belongs to the Sankaracharya
tradition, presently renowned as a seat of art and learning.
GOVINDA PAI MEMORIAL
In Manjeswar, is the native place of M.Govinda Pai (1883-1963), one
of the greatest Kannada poets of modern time. He was conferred the title
of "Poet Laureate" by the erstwhile Government of Madras. He is known
as Rashtra Kavi Govinda Pai.
HOSDURG FORT The fort with its round
bastion looks imposing from a distance. Somashekara Nayak of Ikkeri
dynasty built the fort. The place made well known by the Nithyanandasram
with 45 caves.
KAMMATAM KAVU An evergreen forest of about 50-60 acres
with a perenial stream is a centre of worship connected with Kammadam
KANJAN JUNGA 16 KMs east of Kasargod is an artist village,
established by Artist P.S.Pununchithaya, the renowned artist of the
KANWATHEERTHA BEACH RESORT
3 Km. north of Manjeshwar, has a large swimming pool lake, and a beach
of 4 Km. length. The swimming pool is formed by sea water in the neat
vast beach is one of the gifts of nature.
KARIANGODE RIVER Running through the hills and dales of Hosdurg Taluk.
Immorlised as Tejaswini by great novelist Niranjana laps on its shore.
The famous village of Kayyur - the cradle of agrarian revolutions where
the farmers and farm workers staged a historic battle against feudalism
and the British imperialism.
KASARGOD TOWN The Municipal town is situated on
the bank of river Chandragiri. The confluence of several
languages and culture where eight languages are spoken.
The splendor of Kasaragod Saree comparable to that of Kanjeepuram
is a cynosure of the market.
is the emporium of cash crops like Areacanut and Coconut.
Malik-Deenar Juma Masjid, Malika Arjuna temple and
Dolors Church are worshiping places of historical importance.
Pulikkunnu, one of the seats of the assembly of gods where
39 Theyyams are presented for the annual festivals. Other
features - Important business centre; 31 metre above sea
KOTTANCHERI HILLS The rain forest near Konnakkad 30 KM north- east of
Kanhangad. Beautiful picnic centre and ideal for trekking. Thalakkaveri
in the Brahmagiri mountain of Coorg is near this hills. Reflection of
genetic beauty of Kodaikkanal.
KOTTAPPURAM Mud fort build by the Nileshwar Rajas and later
annexed by Bednore Nayaks in the 18th century. A Juma masjid and a Hindu
shrine stand close by.
KUDLU Kasargod suburb - 4Km. towards north, where famous eight day
discourse between Madhavacharya, the great Dwaita Philosopher and Trivikrama
Pandit, the famous Adwaita Scholar took place, in the presence of King
Jayasimha of Kumbla ended in the victory of Madhavacharya and the acceptance
of Dwaita philosophy by Trivikrama Pandit. The 75 year old CPCRI - the
premier plantation crop research institute is located here.
KUMBALA 13 Km. north of Kasargod. The ancient seat of Rajas of Kumbala.
The town stands on a bold peninsula in a lagoon seperated from the sea
by a sand spit and connected to it by a narrow channel. Parthi Subbha,
father of Yakshagana was born here in the 18th century. Famous Gopalakrishna
temple situated here.
MADHUR 8 KMs north east of Kasargod. Famous Srimad Anantheswara
Vinayaka temple is situated here.
The 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 flowing leisurely in front of it.
The Madhur Temple is a Siva temple with Srimad Anantheswara as its presiding
deity. But importance is given to the deity Maha Ganapathi. The Sivalingam
of the temple is said to have been found by a harijan woman, Madharu.
The special festival of the temple is Moodappa Seva, 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.
Namaskara Mandapam of the temple has
been decorated with beautiful figures of puranic heroes in wood. A closer
examination of the wood carvings would disclose the various episodes
of the Ramayana, beginning with the Seethga Swayamvaram. The
Mantapam in the interior of the temple building as well as the outside
facade of the second and third storey of the main building
are also profuse with attractive and exquisite wood carvings.
It is said that 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
MALIK DINAR MOSQUE Over the years, Kasargod acquired the considerable
importance as a centre of Islam on the west coast. It
is the site of one of the mosques believed to have been
founded by Malik Ibn Dinar. The mosque, Juma Masjid, which
is one of the best kept and most attractive 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.
MAIPADY PALACE Eight Km. east of Kasargod on the Kasargod-Perla
road. There are ancient palaces of Kumbala Rajas.
Situated in the heart of the Kasargod town is one of the
famous temple in Kasargod district. The temple festival
and yakshagana are most attractive.
MANJESWAR Lies in the northern most extremity of Kerala and a place
of historical and religious importance. For a long time it was the seat
of a flourishing community Gowda Saraswatha or Konkini Brahmins. Famous
for the two old Jaina Bastis at Bangra Manjeswar. Manjula Kshethra
Mahathmya a legend which deals with the history of this place.
The birth place of Rashtra Kavi Govinda Pai.
NELLIKUNNU MOSQUE Famous for Uroos, this mosque attracts
thousands. Very near to Kasargod town. The Nercha celebration,
during the second half of November, lasts for one week.
NILESHWAR Abbreviated form of Nilakanta Iswar. Formerly seat of Nileshwar
Rajas who belonged to the Kolathiri family. The place witnessed the
battle between Bednore Nayaks and Nileshwar Rajas. The cultural centre
of the District. In and around there are several Kavus where
nature, God and man commune serene silence. Major among them is Mannan
purathu Kavu, where the grand finale of the annual temple festival of
the region takes place. Porattu of Anjoottambalam Veerarkavu draws large
crowds. Porattu is the satrical representation of everyday life presented
in pageantry during the Poram.
PERNE Out of the 28 Muchilottu Bhagavathi temples, Perne in the
northern most and the only one north of Chandragiri seema situated in
the vicinity of Ananthapuram. The mass marriage at the time of Pooram
festival in the month of Meenam is a unique feature of this temple.
POSADIGUMPE An ideal picnic centre and tourist resort
located on a hillock 487.68 metres above sea level in Dharmathadka 30
KM north-east of Kasargod. From the hill top one can see the Arabian
Sea, Manglore, Kudremukh, etc.
POVVAL FORT An old fashioned fort on the Kasargod-Mulleria
route about 10 KMs from Kasargod.
RANIPURAM Formerly known as Madathumala.
About 48 KMs east of Kanhangad. Lying 780 meters above sea level.
In beauty and boundary of nature comparable to Ooty. An ideal place
for trekking. Tourist cottages are available here.
TRIKARIPUR The old seat of Thazekkattu mana famous for T.S.Thirumumbu,
poet and freedom fighter. Birth place of Guru Chandu Panikkar the famous
TRIKKANAD & PANDYAN KALLU A famous temple on the sea shore near the Bekal
fort, dedicated to Lord Siva. 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. Palakkunnu Bhagavathi Kshethram, one KM north
of Trikkannad is famous for annual Bharani festival, which attracts
Also known as Kekulom (the eastern place). Near Panathur
Temple here is consecrated to Kshethrapalan and Bhagavathy. Eight day
annual festival attracts large crowd from all over the district as well
as from Coorg.
VALIYAPARAMBA 5 KMs south west of Cheruvathur separated from the mainland
by back waters. One of the main tourist spots of the District. This
is an island in the Arabian Sea. An ideal place for picnic also a fishing
VEERAMALA HILLS Situated at Cheruvathur. Hill top with ruins of a Dutch
fort built in the 18th century. A picnic spot from where the natural
beauty of Kariangode river and surroundings can be enjoyed.