Nileshwar is a town that is located in the Kasaragod district of Kerala. It is one of the three major towns in the district. The other two are Kanhangad (9 km from Nileshwar) and Kasaragod (37 km from Nileshwar.) Nileshwar is situated between the two rivers of Thejaswini puzha and Nileshwaram puzha. It is known as the cultural capital of the district and the town is known for its places of religious importance. Various folk arts are performed in Nileshwar and there are also several markets here.
Places to Stay
There are several hotels in Nileshwar. Some of them are Kanan Beach Resort (Tariff – Rs. 10,300), Malabar Hotel Front Resort and Spa (Tariff Rs. 6000) and Gokulam Nalanda Resort (Tariff – Rs. 1000.)
The official language of Nileshwar is Malayalam. Konkani is also spoken here.
The Theyyam ritual is important in Nileshwar. It is held between October and May each year. Other festivals include the Kalasam and the Pooram.
Places of Interest
There are several places that can be considered to be tourist attractions in Nileshwar. Some of them are the Arayakkil Sree Veerabhadraswami temple (1 km from Nileshwar), the Cheranathala Sree Vishnumoorthi temple, the Shaasta temple and the Benkana Kavu.
How to Get There
The airport nearest to Nileshwar is the Mangalore airport. It is located about 99 km away from the town.
There are daily trains from Mangalore (89 km from Nileshwar), Ernakulam (325 km from Nileshwar), Kanhangad and Kasaragod.
There are daily bus services to Calicut (146 km from Nileshwar), Trivandrum (531 km from Nileshwar) and Ernakulam. KTC Tours is said to be a reliable bus operator in this region. Discounted bus tickets are available on a number of travel websites like TicketGoose.com.